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PM Al Abadi Must Intervene to Prevent Arbitrary Measures against Al Qadisia University Students

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Ali Shaghati, member of the General Students Union Secretariat at the University stated in an interview with IOHR: "The University made this strange and outrageous decision to suspend four law students, under the pretext of harming the reputation of the university, without clarifying what that entailed, and without conducting any investigation with them the suspended students. This constitutes a breach of the Student Discipline Code, and a violation of human rights and the freedom of expression as granted in the Iraqi Constitution."

26 - 4 - 2017
 
 
The Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights (IOHR) has stated that Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi, and the Minister of Higher Education Abdelrazzaq Al Issa, must intervene in the cases of four students from Al Qadisia University who have been suspended arbitrarily for a one-year duration for unknown reasons. 
 
Ali Shaghati, member of the General Students Union Secretariat at the University stated in an interview with IOHR: "The University made this strange and outrageous decision to suspend four law students, under the pretext of harming the reputation of the university, without clarifying what that entailed, and without conducting any investigation with them the suspended students. This constitutes a breach of the Student Discipline Code, and a violation of human rights and the freedom of expression as granted in the Iraqi Constitution."
 
He added: "The students were suspended as they were making legitimate claims on issues that affect the student body. They have been protesting from the beginning of the school year the declining academic and service levels within the university, with no response. The university also used the visit of Asa'eb Ahl Al Haq leader, Qais Al Khaz'aly, to the University before making these arbitrary deductions against the students. We will fight against the suspension of students in court to remove the decision.
 
He added: "The decision issued by the University on 24 April 2017, no. 969, did not clarify the reasons for suspending the students, and only mentioned 'defamation of the University', without mention what their actions were and what disciplinary measure will be taken.
 
On 10 April, sudden protests spread across campus in response to Qais Al Khaza'ly's visit. According to eye witness accounts, several fights took place between students and Al Khaza'ly's guards, where two students were injured. 
 
The IOHR states that Al Qadisia University must clarify the exact reasons why the four students were suspended, and define the type of misconduct referred to in the University's decision. 
 
In the case that the suspension came in response to the disputes on 10 April following Al Khazaly's visit, the IOHR reaffirms that the deduction to suspend the students is in violation of the Iraqi Constitution and international covenants on the freedom of expression. 
 
IOHR calls on Al Qadisia University to renounce its decision to suspend the students, and calls on PM Al Abadi and Minister of Higher Education to intervene in the case and investigate the procedures that were taken by the University in that regard. 
 
IOHR stated that suspending the students for one full academic year without sufficient reason to do so is considered a violation of their rights as students and their right to education.
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