McGill and Concordia Universities, Canada.

We, the undersigned, students, faculty, staff, and other members of McGill and Concordia Universities are in solidarity with students, faculty and staff at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), India, against
ongoing anti-democratic actions by the Indian state. We are appalled by the continuing intimidation, harassment and violence against students at the JNU campus and in courtrooms, and the use of archaic and colonial laws of sedition to inhibit freedom of speech and expression. We denounce the ongoing demonization and vilification of JNU students by the media, and criticise the collusion of political parties with the media in fabricating news stories and misleading the public. We also condemn the suppression of dissent in the name of nationalism, as we consider the right to debate as an essential principle of a healthy
democracy.

The increasing threat to academic freedom, and the restriction of critical debates within universities, is on the rise globally.  Whether motivated by fundamentalism disguised as nationalism, or fear of dissent
disguised as the provision of security, it stands in opposition to all principles of democracy. We are in solidarity with all who oppose these incursions on intellectual inquiry. We applaud the students of JNU for
their continued resistance to government-led oppression, their creativity in responding to egregious repression and are grateful to the faculty of JNU for their unwavering support for students at this
critical time.

We pledge our support for their cause.

Signatures
1. Ayesha Vemuri, Graduate Student, Department of Art History and
Communication Studies, McGill University.
2. Sophie Toupin, Media@McGill, Department of Art History and
Communication Studies, McGill University.
3. Darin Barney, Grierson Chair in Communication Studies, McGill
University.
4. Jonathan Sterne, James McGill Chair in Culture and Technology, McGill
University.
5. Carrie Rentschler, William Dawson Scholar of Feminist Media Studies,
McGill University.
6. Stéphane Couture, Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Art History
and Communication Studies, McGill University.
7. Zoe De Luca, Graduate Student, Department of Art History and
Communication Studies, McGill University.
8. Sonja Solomun, Graduate Student, Department of Art History and
Communication Studies, McGill University.
9. Isadora Hellegren, Graduate Student, Department of Art History and
Communication Studies, McGill University.
10. Tomasz Grusiecki, PhD Candidate, Department of Art History and
Communication Studies, McGill University.
11. Mary Bunch, Faculty Lecturer, Institute for Gender, Sexuality and
Feminist Studies, McGill University
12. Katherine Zien, English Department, McGill University
13. Katherine Hales, Graduate Student, Department of Art History and
Communication Studies, McGill University.
14. Claire Michela, Staff Member, Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and
Feminist Studies, McGill University.
15. Kedar Mate, Graduate students, SPOT, McGill University
16. Heather Holdsworth, Undergraduate student, McGill University
17. Prashant Keshavmurthy, Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University
18. Ayanna Dozier, Graduate Student, Department of Art History and
Communication Studies & IGSF, McGill University
19. Gabriella Coleman, Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological
Literacy, McGill University
20. Ali Karimi, PhD Candidate, Department of Art History and
Communication Studies, McGill University.
21. Michelle Hartman, Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University.
22. Melis Cagan, Undergraduate Student, McGill University
23. Aziz Choudry, Associate Professor, Integrated Studies in Education,
McGill University
24. Thomas Waugh, Professor, Cinema, Concordia University.
25. M. Fariduddin Attar, Graduate Student, Institute of Islamic Studies,
McGill
26. Narendran Subramanian, Political Science, McGill University
27. Cayley Sorochan, PhD Candidate, Department of Art History and
Communication Studies, McGill University
28. Naznin Patel, Graduate Student, Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill
University
29. Meghant Sudan, Department of Philosophy, Concordia University
30. Pooja Sen, Graduate Student, Department of Art History and
Communication Studies, McGill University.
31. Geneviève Mercier-Dalphond, Graduate Student, Faculty of Religious
Studies, McGill University

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