For all up to date information on Alexander Sodiqov’s case please visit the website http://freealexsodiqov.org which hosts the most recent information on Alexander’s case, including public statements, background information, petitions and testimonials.

TORONTO – Chrystia Freeland, Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre,made the following statement today on the detainment of Alexander Sodiqov:

“I am concerned by reports of Alexander Sodiqov’s continued detainment
by Tajik security services. Alexander is a PHD student at the University of
Toronto’s faculty of Political Science who was arrested on June 16th
while conducing an interview for a research project.

Alexander, a talented young scholar, continues to be held against his will and
unaware of the charges against him.

Pressure on scholars and journalists, while always present, has risen
considerably over the last several years, putting many researchers around the
world in peril.

The pursuit of scholarly and academic freedom is a core Canadian value.
Scholars like Alexander who do their work in authoritarian regimes make a
particularly brave and important contribution to the global intellectual community
and to open society.

Freedom of communication is an essential human right, and I join Mr. Sodiqov’s
wife, Canadian-born daughter, and his academic colleagues at the University of
Toronto and around the world in hoping for and working towards
Alexander’s swift and safe return.”

The Graduate Association of Students in Political Science (GASPS) is venturing out into new territory this year with a new initiative  designed to encourage the development of student-driven academic events.  Approved by the GASPS membership in September 2013, GASPS is running a pilot project to disburse $1,000 in funding in support of workshops, graduate seminars and other networking opportunities designed to build focused dialogue in different sub-fields. To date, the fund has approved funding for two projects: a graduate “tea” connected to the FIRST! Seminar series and support for an Academic Exchange program in development by the Comparative Politics Student Group.  The GASPS extended executive is currently evaluating proposals submitted for the second funding round. Please feel welcome to contact GASPS Co-Chairs Abe Singer (abe.singer@utoronto.ca) or Heather Millar (h.millar@utoronto.ca) for more information.