In support of Fariba Adelkhah and Roland Marchal

Created: 16 October 2019

#FreeFariba #FreeRoland

It has just been revealed to the public that our colleague Roland Marchal is being detained in Iran. Fariba Adelkhah’s incarceration was made known in July.

Two prominent French academics, both internationally renowned researchers, are in prison in Teheran today.

Fariba, an anthropologist, joined CERI in 1993. Roland, a sociologist with the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), has been part of CERI since 1997.

Twice now the CERI has been affected by this incomprehensible and unprecedented attack on French citizens.

All members of CERI assure Fariba and Roland of their unwavering support and friendship during this terrible ordeal and share their families’ anxiety.

The CERI in its entirety vigorously condemns this blatant and unacceptable violation of the freedom of research by the Iranian authorities, in the case of Fariba and Roland, as well as that of all the other researchers detained in Iran, whatever their nationality.

They urge the French, European and international academic community of every discipline to suspend all current cooperation with Iran as a sign of solidarity and protest.

16 October 2019

Science Po expresses its support

Dear colleagues,

You have without doubt learned through the press of the detention in Iran of our colleague Roland Marchal, Researcher at the CNRS and CERI.

For safety reasons, the French authorities had not revealed the news of his arrest and had asked us to maintain the utmost discretion.

The scandalous, appalling and arbitrary incarceration of Roland Marchal adds to that of Fariba Adelkhah.

We are in contact with the Crisis and Support Centre of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs who is keeping us informed of their well-being, on the progress of their legal proceedings and the actions being taken to build their defence.

Rest assured that with the help of the French authorities, we are doing all that we can to provide assistance and support to our colleagues.

The entire Sciences Po community addresses a message of affection and solidarity to Fariba Adelkhah, Roland Marchal and their loved ones.

Olivier Duhamel, President of the FNSP

Frédéric Mion, President of Sciences Po
16 October 2019

#FreeFariba #FreeRoland

Protest by the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)
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Le CNRS proteste vigoureusement contre l’arrestation et la détention de Roland Marchal, directeur de recherche CNRS, retenu depuis plusieurs mois en Iran. Il suit avec une très grande attention les actions menées par le gouvernement français et en particulier le Ministère de l’Europe et des Affaires Etrangères (MEAE) pour obtenir sa libération. Le CNRS apporte à Roland Marchal la protection fonctionnelle due à tous les agents de l’organisme.

Roland Marchal, dont les travaux portent sur l’économie et les conflits dans l’Afrique sub-saharienne, se rendait en Iran pour rejoindre Fariba Adelkhah, anthropologue franco-iranienne, également détenue depuis le mois de juin.

Le CNRS a demandé à tous les chercheurs et chercheuses de suspendre toute mission en Iran.

17 October 2019

Further reading and support