Creation of a branch of our support committee in London, 17 February 2020
Support message from the London committee’s founders:
We wish to let you know that we held a meeting on the 17th February 2020 in Bush house King’s College London and that we have created a branch of the Support Committee in London for the three of you.
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day we can’t stop thinking about you and your ordeal. At the meeting there were old friends of yours; academics who have read your books and articles; Doctoral and Master’s Students who are inspired by your examples of courage and lucidity about the situations you have described; previous detainees who have known what you are suffering now; were all gathered together to sign this postcard. We hope you will have an opportunity to read when you come home.
We, professors and scholars of King’s College London, Oxford, Birkbeck, Goldsmith, Cambridge and Queen Mary, are all asking for your immediate and unconditional release from prison. Your detention is legally and ethically unjustifiable. It poses a threat to all academics and to academic freedom in general. Iranian society values knowledge, it’s universities and academics, as do we. It is in that spirit that we are calling on the regime to implement your release with immediate effect. We will continue to mobilise both within our institutions and beyond in your support.
Signed by Vivienne Jabri, Mervyn Frost, Nick Michelsen, Didier Bigo, Martin Susan, Hirst Aggie, Pablo de Orellana, Claudia Aradau, Sarah Perret, Leonie Ansems de Vries, Emma Mc Cluskey, James McDougall, Ramon Sarro, Ricardo Soares de Oliveira, David Styan, Evelyn Ruppert, Christopher Clapham, Elspeth Guild, Engin Isin, Devon E. A. Curtis, Dr Christine Cheng, Professor Ziad Elmarsafy, Dr Stacey Gutkowski, John Lonsdale, Aaba Atach, Ana-Diamond, Dr. Lucile Maertens, and many other participants