Two years ago today, Xiyue Wang, a graduate student in Princeton University’s Department of History, 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.
As ACE and 32 other higher education associations stated last year: “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.”
Even one more day is too long for Mr. Wang to remain separated from his wife and young son. 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.