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6 October 2022

Statement by the rector of Charles University on the situation of women in Iran

As rector, together with the entire management of Charles University, I strongly condemn any form of aggression and violence against women in Iran. We are clearly on the side of tolerance. Likewise, we do not agree with an aggressive approach to peaceful student protests.

We stand with all Iranian women and girls and also students, not only at Sharif University in Tehran, whose personal life and studies are disrupted by the repression of authoritarian and unfree regimes.

Just as we support democratic approaches and equality on our university grounds, we must also insist on them in our interaction with the wider global environment. Disagreement with the aggressiveness of the regime towards population groups is one of the principles of a free academic community.

Prof. Milena Králíčková, rector of Charles University

October 6, 2022, Prague

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