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BRISMES advocates on behalf of its members on issues that are relevant to its work to encourage and promote interest in Middle East Studies by supporting research and education, disseminating knowledge, deepening public understanding of the region within the UK and throughout the world, and where necessary defending academic freedom and speaking out.

  • Open Letter from academics for the University of Huddersfield to cut ties with Bahraini “torture hub”
    The Bahrain Institute for Rights & Democracy (BIRD) has been conducting research into links between the University of Huddersfield (UoH) and Bahrain's Royal Academy of Policing (RAP). Since 2018, the UoH has been providing an exclusive MSc in Security Science to officers at the RAP.  However, The Times and the Yorkshire Post revealed in February that at least 10 political prisoners in Bahrain have testified to being tortured at the RAP site, which is adjacent to Bahrain's largest prison. Since the revelations were published, many more individuals have come forward testifying to abuses at the RAP, including individuals on death row and UK-based asylum seekers. BIRD is consequently circulating this open letter among potentially sympathetic academics calling on the UoH to drop the MSc and end their toxic relationship with Bahrain's Ministry of Interior. BRISMES Council joins BIRD in calling on the UoH to suspend the MSc, pending an independent investigation. 10 September 2020.
  • Academics Against the Detention of Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert
    BRISMES Council joins academics in Australia and internationally in expressing our concern about the safety and well-being of Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert, imprisoned in Iran since 2018, and calls on the Australian government and University of Melbourne to do everything they can to alleviate her living conditions and secure her release. 4 August 2020
  • Black Lives Matter Statement of Solidarity
    The British Society for Middle Eastern Studies expresses solidarity with those facing the daily realities of anti-Black racism and the global movements they have catalysed. Read the Statement of Solidarity from BRISMES. 29 July 2020