June 15, 2016 —
Education International (EI) and the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) are calling on Iranian authorities to release Canadian academic Homa Hoodfar after she was charged and jailed for supposed “sedition against the state.”
Prosecutors have yet to present any evidence to support the charges.
An anthropologist and popular professor at Montreal’s Concordia University, Hoodfar, 65, is a world renowned expert on sexuality and gender in Islam.
Hoodfar was first detained in March by a counter-intelligence unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards days before she was scheduled to return to Canada. After having her passport confiscated she was subjected to interrogation.
In a letter addressed to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Sayed `Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani, EI General Secretary Fred van Leeuwen asks that the charges be reconsidered.
“We are of the view that Professor Hoodfar’s detention represents infringements of various international human rights’ conventions and the right to academic freedom… Education International invites the Iranian authorities to consider the immediate and unconditional release of Professor Homa Hoodfar, and to respect fully the fundamental rights of all teachers and citizens,” said van Leeuwen.
To use your voice to help free Professor Hoodfar and allow her to safely return home to Canada, sign the CAUT petition http://www.homahoodfar.org/#!petition/ler5z