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Scholars at Risk – Italy petition for Patrick George Zaki

Posted on 20 March 2020

EUI President Renaud Dehousse co-signs a petition in support of detained master student Patrick George Zaki.

Patrick Zaki

On the 19th of March 2020, twelve universities and research institutes that are members of the Italian section of Scholars at Risk have signed a petition in support of Patrick George Zaki, the Egyptian student enrolled in a master degree at the University of Bologna who is currently detained in Egypt. With the letter, the subscribing universities and institutes express their solidarity to Patrick George Zaki and his family, and urge Egyptian authorities to release him unconditionally.

The petition has been signed by: the European University Institute (EUI), the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa (SNS), the Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA), the University of Cagliari, the University of Firenze, the University of Genova, the University of Padova, the University Pavia, the University of Siena, the University of Trento, the University of Trieste and the University of Udine.

The Italian section of Scholars at Risk was launched on the 19th of February 2019, and it gathers today 23 universities and research institutes.

The EUI community showed its solidarity with Zaki through a motion in February 2020.