On April 4th, the Hungarian National Assembly passed a law amendment that could effectively force the Central European University (CEU) out of Hungary. Many raised their voices in support of the university, including 14 Nobel Laureates and tens of thousands of protesters on the streets of Budapest. As a coordinated international response to this breach on academic freedom, we invite you to stand with CEU by having your picture taken this Sunday, between 2pm and 5pm, on King’s Parade.
A white board for you to convey personal thoughts on what academic freedom means to you will be available. As a symbol of solidarity, you are encouraged to wear blue ribbons or the color blue (clothing, posters, etc). We’ll also be handing out #IStandWithCEU badges. The #IstandwithCEU campaign will post these photos as part of an international show of support on Monday, April 17th.
It will only take a few minutes! Please share this event with your friends around Cambridge, and show up on Sunday in support of academic freedom!
Use the hashtags #IStandWithCEU,#WeStandforAcademicFreedom/#AcademicFreedom.
Before the legislation was ratified, 15 Cambridge student societies signed a joint statement in defence of academic freedom in Hungary and beyond (http://cuhs.co.uk/in-defence-of-academic-freedom/). A number of Hungarian Societies across the UK, including the CU Hungarian Society, also sent an open letter to Hungary’s Minister of Human Resources, Zoltán Balog, and to the Hungarian ambassador to the UK, Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky, expressing their concerns in relation to the legislation (http://budapestbeacon.com/news-in-brief/hungarian-students-uk-sign-open-letter-support-ceu/45518). For more information regarding (government and academic) organisations who have expressed their support of CEU so far, see https://www.ceu.edu/istandwithCEU/support-statements.