Statement in Support of Students and Faculty at JNU From Faculty and Affiliates of the American Uniersity of Beirut, Lebanon

February 23, 2016

We, the undersigned faculty, students, staff, and affiliates of the American University of Beirut are highly concerned over the recent repression of free speech and undue police and legal interventions at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi.

We condemn the police action at JNU, the arrest of the JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar on the charge of sedition, the unwarranted harassment of students and activists, the targeting of Umar Khalid, and the profiling of Kashmiri and Muslim students on campus. We denounce the repressive charges against Kumar and others, the violence against faculty and students, as well as police complicity in the beating of Kumar at the Patiala Courthouse.

We support the courageous work of JNU students and faculty who address pressing issues of social concern: inequality, brutality, and marginalization. We stand in solidarity with efforts to address injustices perpetrated under a military occupation that has wracked Kashmir for decades. We hold that these injustices have been paradoxically perpetrated under systems of so-called justice: JNU student leaders were courageous in addressing the secret execution of Afzal Guru, whose case was carried out in absence of any due process, and whose killing has been condemned by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.

While we recognize the critiques of military violence in Kashmir as distinct grievances, we note the repression of such critiques within a broader anti-intellectual regime. The actions against students at JNU, in tandem with the sedition charges against former Delhi University professor SAR Geelani and the recent targeting of Dalit student activists at Hyderabad University, reveal a troubling pattern emerging at Indian universities that stifles critical thinking, dissent, scholarship, and debate. From Lebanon, we stand alongside international scholars who have drafted and signed numerous solidarity statements, shoulder-to-shoulder with the students, faculty and staff of JNU. These events have violated the autonomy of the university as a non-militarized space for freedom of thought and expression.

 

  1. Tariq Mehmood, American University of Beirut
  2. A Nath, American University of Beirut
  3. S Sunya, American University of Beirut
  4. Lina Choueiri, American University of Beirut
  5. Steven Salaita, American University of Beirut
  6. Rania Masri, American University of Beirut
  7. Rami Zurayk, American University of Beirut
  8. Mansour Aziz, Independent Scholar
  9. Susan Prattis, American University of Beirut
  10. Jad Chabaan, American University of Beirut
  11. Sari Hanafi, American University of Beirut
  12. Karam Wahab, American University of Beirut
  13. Giuliano Martiniello, American University of Beirut
  14. Nikolas Kosmatopoulos, American University of Beirut
  15. Mutasem Shehadeh, American University of Beirut
  16. David Currell, American University of Beirut
  17. Richard Saumarez Smith, American University of Beirut
  18. Adam John Waterman, Department of English, American University of Beirut
  19. Esmat Elhalaby
  20. Alaa Hijazi, American University of Beirut
  21. Ira Allen, American University of Beirut
  22. Ayman Kayssi, American University of Beirut
  23. Ray Brassier, American University of Beirut
  24. Rola Hamam, American University of Beirut
  25. Patrick McGreevy, American University of Beirut
  26. Rima Karami Akkary, American University of Beirut
  27. Jennifer Nish, American University of Beirut
  28. Karim Makdisi, American University of Beirut
  29. Tariq Tell, American University of Beirut
  30. Lisa Hajjar, American University of Beirut
  31. Hatim El-Hibri, American University of Beirut
  32. Sonya Knox, American University of Beirut, alum.
  33. Gregory Burris, American University of Beirut
  34. Lamia Moghnieh, American University of Beirut, alum
  35. Maria Gabriella Trovato, American University of Beirut
  36. Alan Shihadeh, American University of Beirut
  37. David Wilmsen, American University of Beirut
  38. Diana E. Jaalouk, American University of Beirut
  39. Vicken M. Margossian, American University of Beirut
  40. Yusuf Sidani,  American University of Beirut
  41. Nanor Bedoyan, American University of Beirut
  42. Alice Kezhaya, American University of Beirut
  43. Nicole Massoud, American University of Beirut
  44. Steven McNamara, American University of Beirut
  45. Jana Al Mawed, American University of Beirut
  46. Ola Alhaj Hasan, American University of Beirut
  47. Christina Batrouni, American University of Beirut
  48. Georges Sacre, American University of Beirut
  49. Noor Victoria Barrage, American University of Beirut
  50. Aya Adra, American University of Beirut
  51. Sylvain Perdigon, American University of Beirut
  52. Tala Makhoul, American University of Beirut
  53. Sarah Raii, American University of Beirut
  54. Jana Nakhal, American University of Beirut
  55. The Red Oak Club, American University of Beirut
  56. Patrick Haddad, American University of Beirut
  57. Reem Khalili, American University of Beirut
  58. English Student Society, American University of Beirut
  59. Sara Malaeb, American University of Beirut
  60. Salwa Mansour, American University of Beirut
  61. Maria El-Bitar, American University of Beirut
  62. Amany Al-Sayyed,  American University of Beirut
  63. Sarin Vosgerichian, American University of Beirut
  64. Jana Kasab, American University of Beirut
  65. Reem El Khatib, American University of Beirut
  66. Dina Ayoub, American University of Beirut
  67. Sahar Houri, American University of Beirut
  68. Jad I.Tabet, American University of Beirut
  69. Ibrahim Dahrouj, American University of Beirut
  70. Tsolin Nalbantian, American University of Beirut
  71. Sonia Nalbantian, American University of Beirut
  72. Ghenwa Antonios, American University of Beirut
  73. Diana Najiya, American University of Beirut
  74. Rayan Baidoun, American University of Beirut
  75. Georges Ekmekji, American University of Beirut
  76. Carmen Ibrahim, American University of Beirut
  77. Ali Ahmad, American University of Beirut
  78. Ali El Mokahal, American University of Beirut
  79. Ahmad El Amine, American University of Beirut
  80. Ali Ajrouch, American University of Beirut
  81. Yahya Obeid, American University of Beirut
  82. Jason James Lemon, American University of Beirut
  83. Monica Al Kassouf, American University of Beirut
  84. Rachelle Dagher, American University of Beirut
  85. Joseph Sayegh, American University of Beirut
  86. Sara Baalbaki, American University of Beirut
  87. Kevork Assadourian, American University of Beirut
  88. Rasha Noureddine, American University of Beirut
  89. Farah Taha, American University of Beirut
  90. Vanessa Breeding, American University of Beirut
  91. Serine Haidar Ahmad, American University of Beirut
  92. Ekzarkova, American University of Beirut
  93. Mona Fawaz, American University of Beirut
  94. Jackson Allers, American University of Beirut
  95. Mona Chebaro, American University of Beirut
  96. Wassim El-Hajj, American University of Beirut
  97. Nate George, American University of Beirut, alum.
  98. Susann Kassem, American University of Beirut, alum.
  99. Julien Allam, American University of Beirut
  100. John Meloy, American University of Beirut
  101. Krzysztof Fleszar, American University of Beirut
  102. Farah Kobaissy, American University of Beirut
  103. Sawsan Abdulrahim, American University of Beirut
  104. Nidaa Aboulhosn,  American University of Beirut
  105. Samar Ghanem, American University of Beirut
  106. Rima Rantisi, American University of Beirut
  107. Racha Chkair, American University of Beirut
  108. Karim Eid-Sabbagh, American University of Beirut (Alumni)
  109. Maher Jarrar, American University of Beirut
  110. May Habib, American University of Beirut
  111. Lara El Mekkawi, American University of Beirut
  112. Amar Al Shabandar, American University of Beirut (Alumni)
  113. Omar Talhouk, American University of Beirut
  114. Ahmad Gharbieh, American University of Beirut
  115. Omar Dewachi, American University of Beirut.
  116. Carole Kerbage, American University of Beirut.
  117. Abdel-Rahman, American University of Beirut
  118. Sirene Harb, American University of Beirut
  119. Malakeh Khoury, American University of Beirut
  120. Khalil Makari
  121. Christopher Bauer, American University of Beirut
  122. Kathryn Lincoln, American University of Beirut
  123. Nermine El-Horr, American University of Beirut
  124. Sarwat Dabaga, American University of Beirut
  125. Dima Nasser, American University of Beirut
  126. Wael Itani, American University of Beirut
  127. Rana Hassan, American University of Beirut
  128. Sumayya Kassamali
  129. Najla Jarkas, American University of Beirut
  130. Ahmad Dallal, American University of Beirut
  131. Zeinab Dalle, American University of Beirut
  132. Doyle Avant, American University of Beirut
  133. May Farah American University of Beirut
  134. Nadya Sbaiti, American University of Beirut

 

 

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