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The Arrest of our Colleague Prof. Dr. Behrooz Chamanara, Professor at the Kurdistan University, Sanandaj, Iran.

Update: On sunday, 4th of December 2022, our appeal has brought a first success: Prof. Dr. Behrooz Chamanara has been provisionally released. Thank you to all the supporters!

On Friday, November 25, 2022, Prof. Dr. Behrooz Chamanara, Alumnus of Georg August University Göttingen, and Professor at the Department of Kurdish Language and Literature at Kurdistan University, Sanandaj, was kidnapped and arrested by Iranian security forces.

Mr. Chamanara had been under heavy pressure from security forces for several days due to the current situation and therefore had not left the university campus for security reasons. He was summoned to a meeting in Kurdistan Governorate and was subsequently arrested on his way home. His family has not been informed of his whereabouts up to now.


We would like to emphasize that Prof. Chamanara is a scholar whose activities are limited to teaching and research and that he has not committed any illegal activity.


As colleagues of Prof. Chamanara and scholars in the field of Iranian Studies, we recognize his arrest as unlawful and demand his immediate release.


Dr. Amr Taher Ahmad, Paris 

Dr. Chiara Barbati, Department of Civilizations and Forms of Knowledge, University of Pisa

Dr. Sara Belelli, post-doctoral research fellow, Tuscia University, Viterbo (Italy)

Prof. Dr. Alberto Cantera, Institute for Iranian Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

Dr. Amin Davoodi, Assistant Professor of Bilingual and ESL Education, University of Texas Permian Basin, USA

Touraj Daryaee, University of California, Irvine

Prof. Dr. Olga Davidson, Harvard University

Professor Paul Dilley, University of Iowa
Mahîr Dogan, MA
Prof. Dr. Shervin Farridnejad, University of Hamburg 
Dr. Maren Freudenberg, Academic Councilor, Ruhr University Bochum
Claudine Gauthier, full professor at the university of Bordeaux (France) 

Prof. Dr. Saloumeh Gholami, Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main

Geoffrey Haig, Professor of Linguistics, Institute for Oriental Studies, University of Bamberg

Stefan Härtel, Institu für Iranistik, Freie Universität Berlin

Prof. Almut Hintze, SOAS, University of London

Carina Jahani, professor, Iranian languages, Uppsala University

Dr. Thomas Jügel, Ruhr-University Bochum

Dr. Shuan Osman Karim, Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main

Jean Kellens, professeur honoraire au Collège de France

Sepideh Khaksar, Freie Universität Berlin

Maryam Khalili

Prof. Geoffrey Khan, University of Cambridge

Maximilian Kinzler

Dr. Goetz Koenig, Academic Researcher, Institute for Iranian Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

Dr habil Agnes Korn, Paris 

Prof. Dr. Volkhard Krech, Ruhr University Bochum

Prof. Dr. Philip Kreyenbroek, Georg August University Göttingen

Prof. Dr. Martin Joachim Kümmel

Dr. Michiel Leezenberg, University of Amsterdam

Judith A. Lerner, PhD, Research Associate, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NY

Dr. Pavel Lurje

Prof. Dr. Maria Macuch

Prof. Mauro Maggi, La Sapienza University, Rome

Dr. Parvin Mahmoudveysi

Mohammadmahdi Mostafavinia

Hamidreza Nikravesh, PhD candidate, Goethe University Frankfurt

Priv.-Doz. Dr. Khanna Omarkhali

Dr. Ergin Opengin, University of Cambridge

Paola Orsatti, Professor of Persian Language and Literature, La Sapienza University, Rome

Prof. Dr. Eva Orthmann, Georg August University Göttingen

Antonio Clemente Domenico Panaino, Professore ordinario di Filologia, Storia e Religioni dell'Iran, Ravenna

Prof. Dr. Ludwig Paul, University of Hamburg

Èric Víctor Pirart, Professor emèrit de les universitats de Lieja i Barcelona

Julia Poganski

Dr. Zakharia Pourtskhvanidze, Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main

Dr. Shahrokh Raei, Ruhr University Bochum

Enrico G. Raffaelli, Associate Professor, University of Toronto

Dr. Ch. Reck

Céline Redard, Postdoctoral researcher, University of Strasbourg

Prof. Dr. Kianoosh Rezania, Ruhr University Bochum

Professor Christine Robins, University of Exeter

Fateh Saeidi, University of Goettingen

Martin Schwartz, Professor Emeritus of Iranian Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Emily Selove, senior lecturer at the University of Exeter

Leila Shahabi, Scholar

Prof. Dr. Jaffer Sheyholislami, Carleton University 

Dr. Sussan Siavoshi

PD Dr. Knut Martin Stünkel, Ruhr University Bochum

Gianfilippo Terribili, Assistant Professor, Filologia, religioni e storia dell'Iran, Sapienza - Università di Roma

Miguel Ángle Andrés Toledo, FEZANA Professor of Zoroastrian Languages and Literatures (University of Toronto)

Dr. M. de Vaan, Basel University, Switzerland

Associate Professor Marc Valeri, University of Exeter (United Kingdom)

Dr. Leila Ziamajidi, Ottawa, Canada

Dr. Mohsen Zakeri, Ruhr University Bochum


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