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DECLARATION OF SOLIDARITY WITH THE PEOPLE OF IRAN BY UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS OF THE RUHRGEBIET

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OPEN LETTER

In solidarity with the brave Iranian women and girls who, alongside fellow men, are courageously demonstrating for their basic human rights, we condemn the brutal violence of the security forces against these peaceful demonstrators.

As professors, we emphatically support the demands for freedom of expression, freedom of research and teaching, and free access to education and research for all, regardless of gender.

We believe that it is time to stand up resolutely for the rights of women and girls in Iran and around the world. Rights that we take for granted, such as access to a general university education, open exchange between researchers and students, free choice of profession, and a right to self-determination, regardless of gender, are being violated in Iran and elsewhere.  

It is up to us women and our allies to fight for these rights! We therefore call upon the German government to take an unequivocal stand on the human rights violations and the arbitrarily brutal state violence in Iran.

Prof. Dr. Martina Havenith,  Chair of Physical Chemistry, Ruhr University Bochum

Prof. Dr. Juliane Czierpka, Department of History, Ruhr University Bochum


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