ACE today released a statement calling for the safe release of Xiyue Wang by the government of Iran.
Wang, a graduate student in Princeton University’s Department of History, two years ago today was detained and unjustly imprisoned in Tehran while in Iran solely for the purpose of studying Farsi and doing scholarly research in connection with his dissertation on 19th and early 20th century Eurasian history.
“Even one more day is too long for Mr. Wang to remain separated from his wife and young son,” the ACE statement reads. “We reiterate our plea for the prompt and safe release of Xiyue Wang and call for him to be allowed to return home to reunite with his family and to complete his degree.”
Today’s statement noted that in July 2017, ACE and 32 other higher education organizations declared: “Mr. Wang’s imprisonment can only have a chilling effect on historical research and scholarly exchange in Iran and throughout the world, and this, in turn, can only lead to diminished understanding and greater mistrust, to the detriment of all."
Last December, ACE President Ted Mitchell sent a letter to President Trump urging the president to consider an appeal to Iran to free the Princeton graduate student.
Xiyue Wang’s story recently was chronicled by The New York Times Magazine, which noted that his wife, Hua Qu, “is fighting to save her husband—one of at least seven U.S. captives in the Islamic Republic being used as pawns in a nearly 40-year secret history of hostage taking.”