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Xiyue Wang: scholar detained in Iran


Xiyue Wang is a University of Washington alum and current Princeton Ph.D. student unjustly imprisoned in Iran for over three years for conducting research for his PHD dissertation. He was detained because he is an American Citizen in an infringement of academic freedom. He has been used as a political pawn. In August 2018 the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has found his trial and imprisonment "illegal and arbitrary," calling for his immediate release and return to the United States. On May 2019 several UN Special Procedures expressed concern for his detention conditions and urged Iran to release Xiyue immediately.

GRA's involvement

GRA works directly with Xiyue's mother, a resident of Seattle, WA and his family. With GRA's Director support, she filed a petition before the U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and obtained an opinion. She also garnered strong support from Washington State officials.  In 2020 GRA's will work with Scholars at Risks GRA's students from the Human Rights Advocacy Seminar at the University of Washington School of Law


How you can get involved


We urge you to contact the President, congresspersons, diplomats, and legislators urging them to use every means possible to bring Xiyue home. Participate in our rallies, events or bring awareness of Xiyue's case in your activities. 

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