As anti-government protests continue in Iran, Canada’s universities express their deep concern in light of recent reports that Iranian security forces have clashed with students at a university in Tehran.
Academic freedom remains a fundamental element of a vibrant and thriving society, and universities help build spaces for the free exchange of ideas. For this reason, any violence on university campuses in Iran presents a profound challenge to those fundamental freedoms, and to establishing a bright future for Iranian academics, scholars and citizens.
The education, research and innovation that takes place at universities around the world help to create international linkages and strengthen both local and global communities.
Canada’s universities stand in solidarity with Iranian scholars and academics at home and abroad, as well as the families and friends of those affected by these events. We call on the government of Iran to discontinue these violent acts immediately.
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