Support for Human Rights and Expression (December 14, 2022)

Dear Colleagues and Students,

I write to you today in solidarity with all those who promote and support the well-being, dignity, and freedom of each and every human being across the world. Freedom of speech and intellectual inquiry underpin our mission and we are proud to stand with protesters in Iran, Afghanistan, and China. 

In Iran, public demonstrations demanding women's equality have filled the streets and university campuses following the tragic and unnecessary death of Mahsa Amini, arrested by the Iranian government's “morality” police. 

In Afghanistan, the Taliban has closed schools and there have been dramatic increases in violence and abrogation of human rights against women. In October, students across the country protested an attack on a learning center that left 53 students dead, mostly young women. 

In China, citizens have protested the draconian Zero-COVID lockdowns that severely restricted freedom of movement and freedom of expression. While the Chinese government has begun to relent, there is still a long way to go. 

UM-Dearborn stands with those who oppose oppression and demand fundamental human rights, especially on university campuses, which should be safe havens of learning and discovery. The university is committed to supporting all members of our community who have been affected by these events.

Students who need assistance can contact Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Faculty and staff may seek support through the Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Office (FASCCO). 

With hope for a better world, 

Domenico Grasso 

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