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Follow up letter to Vice Chancellor of University of Sydney Business School

LEBAO WU
Laverton, Australia

Apr 19, 2016 — We are the group of Chinese Australians who have sent an open letter on Monday to the Dean of University of Sydney Business School as well as other high officials in the University Senate and Academic Board, expressing our concerns about the internal disciplinary investigation regarding a tutor Mr. Wu Wei’s online comments.

While still waiting for a response from the Dean, we have noticed a report today in the Chinese state media, Global Times, which states that the University of Sydney Business School has unilaterally declared the resignation and apology of Mr Wu.

We want to point out that, until this time, we have:

- NOT seen any official University statement regarding this matter, but have heard plenty of rumour floating around on social media;
- NOT seen any reports published regarding the investigation of this matter, even though conclusions seemed to have been drawn from it already;
- NOT received any response to our open letter, or to our online petition with over 1000 people showing support to our cause;
- NOT seen Mr Wu’s statement regarding his resignation or his apology on any public forum.

We have reasons to believe that:

- Mr Wu has been silenced against his will;
- Mr Wu’s rights to equal employment opportunity has not been respected or protected;
- The School or University is under severe external pressure to end this case;
- The School or University has not handled this matter fairly, responsibly or transparently;
- The School or University is not willing to release further details regarding this matter to the public.

We reserve our rights to bring this case forward and seek justice from a higher authority.



我们是本周一发布公开信,关注悉尼大学商学院就吴维老师网上言论所展开调查的在澳华人。

在等待悉尼大学商学院回复的同时,我们突然注意到中国国家宣传机构《环球时报》刊载了悉尼大学单方面宣布,吴维老师已就网络言论道歉并提出辞职的传闻。

我们在此明确指出,到目前为止,我们:

- 没有看到悉尼大学或商学院发布任何官方声明,确认或否认这一系列网络传闻;
- 没有看到悉尼大学或商学院发布的任何调查报告,却试图凭空给事件定性;
- 没有看到对于公开信及其千百位联署者的任何回应;
- 没有看到吴维老师有关调查进展、结论、道歉、辞职的任何公开回应。

我们有理由相信:

- 吴维老师和外界沟通的权利受到限制;
- 吴维老师的平等就业权利受到侵害;
- 悉尼大学或商学院受到了来自外界的压力,希望尽快结束调查;
- 悉尼大学或商学院没有公正、透明、负责任地就事件进行调查;
- 悉尼大学或商学院不希望更多细节被公众知晓。

我们将继续关注事件发展,并保留进一步寻求公义的权利。


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