Thank you to everyone who came out this afternoon to call for the release of Concordia professor Homa Hoodfar.
As an academic community we have a responsibility to stand up for our incarcerated peers and to vigorously defend academic freedom around the world.
Make no mistake; Dr Hoodfar’s life is on the line. She has been denied critical medical treatment and has been held in solitary confinement without due process for over 100 days.
To members of our community who may feel disempowered, or that little can be done by to protect professor Hoodfar I urge you to keep in mind that this could happen to any one of us. When they arrested Homa they arrested us all and we will not be collectively free until Homa is released from prison and is allowed to return home to her family.
Let’s keep up the pressure.
Leader of the Green Party of Québec
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“Members of the Concordia community and the public should not underestimate the gravity of what’s taking place here,” said Tyrrell. “Her life is on the line.” He added that she has been held in solitary confinement without access to a lawyer.
Tyrrell said Hoodfar’s research aimed to help develop an understanding of Muslim women, one of the most discriminated against groups locally and globally. Tyrrell said the community has an obligation to stand up for imprisoned peers and to defend academic freedom around the world.