Kristian Skrede Gleditsch, ISA President; Mark Boyer, ISA Executive Director; Omar McDoom, ISA Academic Freedom Committee Chair posted on November 01, 2021 10:55
The Academic Freedom Committee of the International Studies Association (ISA) expresses grave concern for repeated attempts by the Attorney-General of Mexico to arrest and detain 31 Mexican scientists and researchers for offences relating to the alleged misuse of funds arising from their professional involvement with the Mexican Science and Technology Council’s (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología, CONACyT) Scientific Technological Advisory Forum (Foro Consultivo Científico y Tecnológico, FCCyT AC). We note a federal judge has twice rejected the Attorney-General’s application for arrest warrants and we are troubled by the report that he may seek a warrant a third time.
We view the repeated threat of criminal charges that are ill-founded and that target scholars as an attack on academic freedom. In investigating and pursuing these allegations, we urge the Attorney-General to be guided only by the law and the relevant facts and to consider the chilling effect that repeated attempts to bring criminal charges may have on Mexico’s scientific community.
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 Mexican government to respect academic freedom and to halt these intimidatory activities. We stand in solidarity with our academic colleagues in Mexico.
For further information about ISA’s deliberative processes on academic freedom concerns and the committee’s mandate from the Governing Council, please see: https://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