BISA's Statement on The Conviction of Matthew Hedges

The British International Studies Association wishes to express its grave concerns regarding the arrest, detention, and conviction of PhD student Matthew Hedges in the United Arab Emirates. The conditions of Mathew’s detention and his summary trial are in breach of international legal norms. Adherence to internationally agreed rights’ regimes, respect for internationally recognised standards of due process, and the protection of academic freedom for researchers irrespective of location are cornerstones for the continuing advancement of knowledge in international studies.  We therefore believe it is imperative that British and UAE authorities secure Matthew's immediate and unconditional release as a matter of the utmost urgency.  
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