Committee on Human Rights of Mathematicians

Summary of Committee Charge
The AMS is committed to speaking whenever mathematicians are deprived of the opportunity to practice their profession due to violations of the freedoms enumerated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Affirmation1 adopted by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. This Committee will assist the Society in such matters by reviewing alleged violations of human rights of mathematicians and by recommending appropriate action to the AMS. For this purpose, a mathematician is a person professionally engaged in a mathematical science (such as pure mathematics, applied mathematics, mathematical statistics, computer science, or operations research) or trained for such activity.

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Reports and information regarding the case of Tuna Altinel:

Reports and information regarding the case of Azat Miftakhov

Other statements:

Letters of support:

News and Information on Human Rights

  • Over thirty years after American mathematician Scott Johnson fell to his death from a cliff in Australia, a man has been charged with a gay hate crime in the incident. In a news story from TIME, the New South Wales police force announced the arrest of a man in connection with the murder.  Johnson, who graduated from the California Institute of Technology in 1983, is memorialized by the Scott Russell Johnson Achievement awards, established by Johnson’s family in 2001 and presented at CalTech.  May 12, 2020
  • Alaa Abd-El-Fattah – blogger, software developer, pro-democracy activist and son of Egyptian mathematician Laila Soueif – has been under arrest in Egypt since September 2019 on unknown charges. Laila Soueif has played a prominent role in the efforts by Egyptian democracy activists to advocate for the release of her son and for his humane treatment. Amnesty International reports of his torture and calls for his release. The situation has deteriorated since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic as Egyptian authorities cut off access to Fattah.  June 4, 2020
  • Mikhail Lobanov, a math professor at Moscow State University (MSU), was arrested on March 21, 2020 in Moscow, Russia. He was one of several people arrested that day for holding a single-person picket -- his in support of Azat Miftakhov, a PhD math student at MSU held under arrest in Moscow since February 2019 on a putative vandalism charge. As reported by the Scholars at Risk network, Lobanov was arrested in front of the main MSU building while holding a sign that called for Miftakhov’s release. Lobanov was charged with violating a Russian federal law governing rallies and was released later in the evening of March 21. In June 2020, a district court in Moscow convicted Lobanov of violating that federal law and fined him 10,000 roubles.  June 23, 2020

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