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Statement On The Detention In Iran Of Social Anthropologist Kameel Ahmady

August 21, 2019

STATEMENT ON KAMEEL AHMADY

21 August 2019

We the undersigned are academics and social researchers in issues concerning women and girls.

We note with sadness the arrest and detention in Iran of our colleague (and friend), the acclaimed British-Iranian social anthropologist and researcher Kameel Ahmady. [1]

As awards for, and recognition of, his work demonstrate, [2] Kameel’s studies have contributed significantly to our understanding of very important matters such as female genital mutilation and child marriage in the Middle East.  That dialogue must continue.

We respectfully appeal to the Iranian authorities to release Mr Ahmady from imprisonment as a matter of urgency.

Should any legal charges against him continue, we also ask the authorities in Tehran immediately to permit Kameel access to legal representation of his free choice.

Kameel Ahmady is a globally respected academic and researcher whose work has made invaluable contributions to the fields of his endeavours. 

We thank the Iranian authorities for their understanding of our concerns about the present situation, to which we hope a positive resolution acceptable to all parties will be achieved very shortly.

1. Iran arrests British-Iranian academic Kameel Ahmady, Arab News, 14 August 2019
2. Appointment to the Inter-African Committee on Harmful Practices, Global Woman Peace Foundation Award
   and A Mini United Nations Convenes In Washington, D.C.

Signed:                Institution / affiliation

(see below for signatories)

If you are an academic, social researcher or similar and you would like to append your name and organisation to this Statement, please add your details in the Comment box below, or email your name and affiliation to Hilary [at] HilaryBurrage [dot] com, with the header ‘Kameel Ahmady Statement’.

Your support will then be added to the list of names below, and we will try to keep you informed of developments. Thank you.

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  • Alex Adams: Chairman and Co-Founder, The Anti-FGM Network, UK
  • Bisi Adebayo: Activist, Reproductive Health of Women and Girls, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Hazel Barrett: Professor, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, UK
  • Diyako Baroz: Nord University, Norway.
  • Hilary Burrage: Adjunct Professor, Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics, Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern University, Chicago; Author of two books on FGM, London, UK
  • Fiona Coyle: Director, End FGM European Network, Brussels, Belgium
  • Deniz Cenk Demir: Department of History, The University of Akron, Ohio, US.
  • Mawaheb El-Mouelhy: Consultant, Population and Reproductive Health, Egypt
  • Umut Erel: Open University, UK
  • Teri Gabrielsen: Founder and Executive Director, Africa Schools of Kenya (ASK), USA and Kenya
  • Sayydah Garrett: Founder and President, Pastoralist Child Foundation, and Member, US End FGM/C Network, USA and Kenya
  • Wallicia Gill: Board Member, Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation, USA
  • Priya Goswami: Co-Founder, SAHIYO Organisation, Germany
  • Henry Keculah: President, 4.0 GPA, College Admissions Counselor, Texas, USA
  • Janroy Yilmaz Keles: Middlesex Univeristy, UK
  • Lorraine Koonce-Farahmand: Solicitor (UK), Lawyer (US), Gender & Human Rights Advocate, France
  • Tobe Levin Freifrau von Gleichen: Visiting Professor, King’s College, University of London, Associate, the Hutchins Center, Harvard University, and CEO, UnCUT/VOICES Press, Germany
  • Pierre Mury: Attorney, Paris, France
  • Jennifer Obaseki: Obaseki Solicitors, London, UK
  • Jacqui Olkin: Consultant, USA
  • Angela Peabody: Executive Director/Founder, Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation, USA
  • Lori Ann Post: Buehler Professor of Aging, Director of Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics, Professor of Emergency Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, USA
  • Charlotte Rachael Proudman: Barrister at Goldsmith Chambers, London, UK
  • Heather Sirocki: Maine State Representative (2010-2018) and sponsor of an Act Prohibiting FGM, USA
  • Donald Strong: Professor of Research Co-ordination, Department of Prevention and Community Health, Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University, Washington DC, USA
  • Sally Theobald: Professor of Social Science and International Health, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK
  • Diane Walsh: Reporter, MediaGeode GT Inc, Social Anthropology Research Management Consulting, Vancouver, Canada
  • Linda Weil-Curiel: Attorney, Paris, France

 

If you are an academic, social researcher or similar and you would like to append your name and organisation to this Statement, please add your details in the Comment box below, or email your name and affiliation to Hilary [at] HilaryBurrage [dot] com, with the header ‘Kameel Ahmady Statement’.

Your support will then be added to the list of names above, and we will acknowledge your support also when we share this Statement more widely.  We will try to keep you informed of developments. Thank you. 

One Comment leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    September 9, 2019 10:58

    Diyako Baroz; Nord University, Norway.
    Dr Janroj Yilmaz Keles, Middlesex University, UK
    Dr Umut Erel, Open University, UK
    Deniz Cenk Demir, Ph.D. Student, Department of History, The University of Akron, Ohio, US.

    >> Thank you all for your support,
    Hilary

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