The Flemish rectors have to protest against the situation of the guest professor at the VUB ‘unanimously decided to, with immediate effect, all new forms of academic cooperation with Iranian research institutes to suspend.’
That writes the Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR) in a press release Thursday. The VLIR is pressed therein are ‘serious concerns’ about the fate of the condemned Iranian scientist dr. Ahmadreza Djalali, who in the meantime already for two years been locked in an Iranian prison.
The Flemish rectors requirements of ‘verifiable safeguards’ of the Iranian government that the fundamental human rights of Djalali be respected. This means that he is entitled to a fair trial and the necessary medical care. “As long as the Iranian government does not give effect to these questions, will the Flemish universities there is no new institutional partnerships more close with Iranian partners.”
Herman Van Goethem: ‘The Flemish rectors call upon the Iranian government to respect the fundamental human rights of prof Djalali. Right to a fair trial and the right to the necessary medical care are absolute conditions that must be fulfilled before the Flemish universities new cooperation with Iranian institutions can start.’
‘Human rights are an important guideline in the foreign policy of the Flemish government’, says Koen Verlackt, secretary-general of the VLIR. ‘The Flemish Interuniversity Council would like to thank the Flemish government and the Flemish parliament for their efforts and calls for all resources to turn to in the case of dr. Djalali to a satisfactory solution.’