Kristian Skrede Gleditsch, ISA President; Mark Boyer, ISA Executive Director; Omar McDoom, ISA Academic Freedom Committee Chair posted on May 13, 2021 12:18
The International Studies Association (ISA) expresses grave concern for the state of academic freedom in Burma/Myanmar following the military coup initiated on February 1 2021. Nationwide protests following the coup have been met with repression and security force raids and occupations of university campuses. These actions and events are severe threats to academic freedom in the country and the autonomy of its higher education institutions. They represent an unfortunate step backwards for academic freedom in Burma/Myanmar, which had been improving since the country’s return to civilian rule in 2008.
ISA is the largest and most respected scholarly association in the field, counting over 6,500 members across some 100 countries. On behalf of its membership, we call upon the regime and its agents to respect academic freedom and stop its suppression of peaceful protest and release all those arrested and detained as a result.
For further information about ISA’s deliberative processes on academic freedom concerns and the committee’s mandate from the Governing Council, please see: http://www.isanet.org/ISA/Governance/Committees/Academic-Freedom.
Kristian Skrede Gleditsch, President, International Studies Association
Mark Boyer, ISA Executive Director
Omar McDoom, Chair, ISA Academic Freedom Committee