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Academic Freedom at 56th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

Hector Ulloa represented GSF at this session to discuss a newly presented UN report on academic freedom.

Academic Freedom at 56th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

At the 56th session of the UN Human Rights Council, Hector Ulloa, representing the Global Student Forum, had the honor of discussing the newly presented report on academic freedom by the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education, Ms. Farida Shaheed.

This report, alongside the call for member states to adopt the Principles for Implementing the Right to Academic Freedom, marks significant progress towards embedding these principles within international law. Hector's participation brought forward two crucial points:

  1. Recognizing Students' Right to Academic Freedom: Hector emphasized the critical need for acknowledging students' right to academic freedom and their ability to express themselves without fear of reprisal. This issue is particularly pertinent for the Global Student Forum amidst the ongoing crackdown on pro-Palestine students globally. The surveillance and attacks on students mobilizing in Gaza represent a blatant violation of their academic freedom.
  2. Enhancing Human Rights Reporting Mechanisms: Hector highlighted the importance of refining human rights reporting systems to better capture violations of academic freedom as distinct offenses. The silent repercussions, such as self-censorship, are challenging to quantify with current methods. Rethinking these monitoring processes could significantly improve our understanding and protection of academic freedom.
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