Letter of Solidarity to Belarusian Students

Letter of Solidarity to Belarusian Students

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Nicholas James started this petition to Belarus

To all of the students in Belarus,

We, the international higher education community, stand in solidarity with the students of Belarus, and condemn state-sanctioned violence against them and all Belarusians. We wish to express our strongest support for their right to protest, and our heartfelt solidarity with all of those arrested, detained, and persecuted by their own government.

The illegal arrests, trials, and imprisonments of Belarus’s finest young minds are particularly abhorrent. We are shocked and deeply concerned by the troubling photos and footage from campuses such as the Minsk State Linguistic University, where police forcefully entered the grounds and detained students for the crime of singing. These actions on university grounds are a matter of grave concern for those of us in Europe and around the globe.

Universities should never be associated with fear, terror, or brutality. These are spaces of debate, discussion, and knowledge. Such violence, especially against them and in these spaces, is appalling and must come to an end. 

This brutality aims at breaking the spirit of the protest. However, the past days and weeks have shone a spotlight on Belarusians’ resilience, pride, and strength. Protests are a fundamental component of a just, peaceful, and democratic society. We strongly affirm this right, especially as it pertains to places of higher education. We stand with the students and their righteous cause: leading all of Belarus to a better future.

Yours in Solidarity,

Nicholas James, D.Phil. Politics, University of Oxford (St. Antony’s College)

Leonardo Carella, D.Phil. Politics, University of Oxford (Mansfield College)

Dzmitry Suslau, Teaching Fellow, UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies

Martha Nussbaum,  Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, University of Chicago

Nancy Bermeo, Nuffield Chair of Comparative Politics, University of Oxford (Nuffield College)

Michael Ignatieff, Rector, Central European University 

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Silver Professor, New York University

Michael McFaul, Fmr. US Amb. to Russia and  Nomellini Professor, Stanford University

Cas Mudde, Stanley Wade Shelton UGAF Professor, University of Georgia

Kwame Anthony Appiah, Professor, New York University

Dr. Michael Carpenter, University of Pennsylvania

Daron Acemoğlu, Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Robert Service, Emeritus Fellow, University of Oxford (St. Antony's College)

Archie Brown, Emeritus Fellow, University of Oxford (St. Antony's College)

Alex Pravda, Emeritus Fellow, University of Oxford (St. Antony's College)

Adam Roberts, Emeritus Professor of International Relations, University of Oxford (Balliol College)

Laura Engelstein, Henry S. McNeil Professor Emerita of Russian History, Yale University

Anna Grzymala-Busse, Kevin and Michelle Douglas Professor, Stanford University

Serhii Plokhii, Mykhailo S. Hrushevs'kyi Professor of History, Harvard University

Elena Korosteleva, Professor of International Politics, University of Kent

Nina Jankowicz, The Wilson Center 

Wojciech Sadurski, Challis Professor, University of Sydney

Axel Honneth, Jack C. Weinstein Professor of the Humanities, Columbia University

Peter Frankopan, Professor, University of Oxford (Worcester College)

Craig Calhoun, University Professor of Social Sciences, Arizona State University.

Olga Onuch, Associate Professor, University of Manchester

Mark Beissinger, Henry W. Putnam Professor of Politics, Princeton University

Brigid Laffan, Professor, European University Institute 

Timothy Garton Ash, Professor, University of Oxford (St. Antony's College)

Stephen Whitefield, Professor, University of Oxford (Pembroke College)

Chris Gerry, Associate Professor, Dean, University of Oxford (St. Antony's College)

Catherine De Vries, Professor, Bocconi University 

Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal,  Chulalongkorn University

Lin Fei-Fan, MSc. London School of Economics

Yascha Mounk, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University SAIS

Aileen McHarg, Professor of Public Law and Human Rights, University of Durham

Silvija Jestrovic, Professor, Warwick University

Per Anders Rudling, Associate Professor, Lund University,

Mark Galeotti, Honorary Professor, UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies

Chris Breward, Professor, Edinburgh College of Art, The University of Edinburgh

James Chalmers, Regius Professor of Law, University of Glasgow

David McArdle, Head of Law, Stirling University

Colm O’Cinneide, Professor of Constitutional and Human Rights Law, UCL

Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou, Professor of Human Rights Law, University of Liverpool

Philip Syrpis, Professor of EU Law, University of Bristol

Brian Klaas, Associate Professor in Global Politics, UCL

Nico Buettner, D.Phil. Politics,  University of Oxford (Linacre College)

Milàn Czerny, M.Phil Russian and East European Studies, University of Oxford (St. Antony's College)

Nicholas Trickett, European University in St. Petersburg MA Russia/Eurasian Studies, and London School of Economics and Political Science MSc International Political Economy

I.W.R. Miller,  M.Phil Russian and East European Studies, University of Oxford (St. Antony’s College)

Seva Gunitsky, Associate Professor, University of Toronto

Nadzeya Charapan, PhD (candidate) Communications, Uppsala University, Vilnius University

Stelios Skavdis, M.Phil in Economics, University of Oxford (St. Antony’s College) 

Jade McGlynn, Lecturer, University of Oxford 

Balki Begumhan Bayhan, PhD researcher, Coventry University, 

Sunnie Rucker-Chang, Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati 

Karena Avedissian, PhD, University of Birmingham, Centre for Russian and East European Studies (CREES)

Eric Jones, Northern Illinois University, MA Political Science/International Relations

Greg Afinogenov, Assistant Professor of History, Georgetown University,

Olga Zeveleva, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Helsinki 

Matthew Feldman, Em. Professor, Norweigan Study Centre, University of York 

Fred Matthews, MPhil Political Theory, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford 

Petros Petrikkos, University of Nicosia, PhD (candidate), International Relations and European Studies

Sara Bandiera, D.Phil. Neuroscience, University of Oxford (Balliol College)

J. Paul Goode, Associate Professor, University of Bath

Jack Bailey, PhD Politics, University of Manchester

Katsiaryna Shmatsina, Research Fellow, Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies

Sean Guillory, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Pittsburgh and host of the SRB Podcast

Alice Freeman, D.Phil. History, University of Oxford

Julia Korosteleva,  Associate Professor of Business Economics, University College London

Angelos Sofocleous, PhD in Philosophy (candidate), University of York

Eleni Kroussaniotakis, PhD (candidate) Criminology, University of Lancaster

Alexandros Zachariades, PhD(candidate) International Relations, London School of Economics

Ani Kokobobo, Associate Professor, University of Kansas

Anushmita Mohanty, University of Oxford, Mst. World Literatures 

Tania Saeed, Assistant Professor, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan 

Salome Gongadze, M.S.c. Global Politics, London School of Economics

Cecilia Corsini, D.Phil. International Relations, University of Oxford (St. Antony’s College)

Constanza Guajardo, D.Phil. in Politics, University of Oxford (St Antony's College)

Emel Yorganci, ESRC PhD Training Fellow, King's College London

Luke Dyks, D.Phil in Physics, University of Oxford (St Catherine's College)

Matthew Edwards, MA Governance and Public Policy, University of Manchester

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