The Coalition for Academic Freedom at the Americas at the 2024 SAR Global Congress

On June 25-27, Scholars at Risk (SAR) held its 2024 Global Congress in Vilnius, Lithuania, under the theme Sustainable Knowledge: Lessons from Universities, Scholars and Students in Exile.

The event was co-hosted by Scholars at Risk, the European Humanities University, and the City of Vilnius. During three very intense and enriching days, we were able to hear a wealth of experiences from all over the world, while at the same time it was an excellent opportunity for CAFA to meet with its members for an in-depth workshop on some of our priority strategies.

This was also the first time that CAFA met with some of the members of the recently formed African and Asian Coalitions for Academic Freedom, a very promising inter-regional network. In addition, CAFA’s Director, Camilla Croso, participated in the panel Academic Freedom Advocacy in the UN and Regional Systems, which explored efforts to enhance the understanding and protection of academic freedom within and through intergovernmental and regional human rights and higher education systems. Other panelists were Kwadwo Appiagyei-Atua (School of Law, University of Ghana), Bencharat Sae Chua (Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University), and Denise Roche (Advocacy Manager, SAR Europe & Inspireurope+). It was moderated by Pingtjin Thum (New Naratif). The panel showed us all how strategic our cross-regional cooperation efforts will be and how much we can all learn from different contexts and backgrounds.

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