Scholars at Risk
An international network for threatened researchers
Lund University has been a member of Scholars at Risk (SAR) since 2014. SAR is a network of over 500 member universities in 42 countries that supports and defends the principles of academic freedom and defends human rights for researchers around the world. The network supports threatened researchers by arranging sanctuaries at the member universities.
In Sweden, 21 higher education institutions are members of SAR and SAR-Sweden meets approximately once per semester to exchange experiences and plan joint activities. At Lund University, there are currently two threatened researchers.
Threatened researchers can apply to Sweden and Lund University by contacting Scholars at Risk via scholarsatrisk.org
Academic freedom globally
In 2020, the UN General Assembly received a report on academic freedom from David Keye, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression.
EU Research Ministers adopted in October 2020 a declaration on the important role of governments in protecting the freedom of scientific research, and in protecting academic freedom in the Bologna Process and the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) as well as in the European Research Area (ERA).
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has adopted a resolution on academic freedom and the autonomy of higher education institutions in November 2020: Threats to academic freedom and autonomy of higher education institutions in Europe.
An Academic Freedom Index has been developed jointly by experts at the Global Public Policy Institute, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Scholars at Risk, and the V Dem Institute at the University of Gothenburg.
The index covers how academic freedom has developed since the beginning of 1900 and how academic freedom varies in 175 countries.