Announcements: #FREEHOMA

Dear QUFA Members,

Dr. Homa Hoodfar, a Canadian-Iranian anthropologist at Concordia University, has been arrested in Iran for sedition against the state. These charges are unfounded and there is concern for her health and wellbeing.

The Canadian Association of University Teachers has taken up her cause (see here: http://www.caut.ca/news/2016/06/09/caut-urges-release-of-canadian-academic-detained-in-iran). The Concordia University Faculty Association is appealing to all Canadian academics to commit funds so that they can pursue a media campaign to pressure Canadian authorities to get involved on her behalf. QUFA is donating $500 to this cause.

In addition, there are a number of requests for action from all Academics that we hope you will consider:

  1. Please consider adding your name to this petition to the Iranian government to release Dr. Hoodfar
  2. Please consider adding your name to this Amnesty International petition to Canada’s foreign minister, Stephan Dion, to work to secure Dr. Hoodfar’s release: http://e-activist.com/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1770&ea.campaign.id=52057.
  3. Pass on this request to others in your network.

 

Thank you,

Lynne Hanson
President,
Queen’s University Faculty Association