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U of T on Researchers at Risk and the detention of student Alexander Sodiqov

June 25, 2014

TORONTO, CANADA – The University of Toronto will host a panel of experts, featuring Chrystia Freeland (MP and author) and Ronald Deibert (Director of the Citizen Lab), to discuss the recent detention of Alexander Sodiqov. Since June 16th this year, Alexander Sodiqov, a young scholar and PhD student at the University of Toronto, has been in the custody of the security services in Tajikistan. The detention incommunicado of a young scholar has generated an international outcry—from students, from scholars, from universities, from human rights groups, and from foreign governments.

In this global discussion, held in at least nine settings around the world, scholars consider not only the latest information about Sodiqov’s detention but also the broader implications for research scholars around the globe.

This event is free and open to the public. It will also be webcast live at:

WHAT: Researchers at Risk in Central Asia: The Detention of Alexander Sodiqov

Speakers: Ms. Chrystia Freeland (MP and Author); Professor Ronald Deibert (U of T); plus additional scholars and peers of Alexander, TBA

Chair: Professor Edward Schatz (U of T)

WHERE: The Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility Munk School of Global Affairs – 1 Devonshire Place

WHEN: Friday, June 27, 2014 (12PM to 2PM)

Additional events are being held in this series around the world (taking place June 26 – July 1, 2014) in Bishkek, Exeter, London, Astana, Washington, Paris, Freiburg, Heidelberg, and more.


For press inquiries or request for interviews, please contact:

Edward Schatz
Professor, University of Toronto

Media Relations
University of Toronto
Tel: 416-978-0100