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Loyola professors demand inquiry into assassination of Iranian prof

Loyola press release - February 1, 2010

Several professors from Loyola University New Orleans joined faculty from other universities around the world in signing a proclamation condemning the assassination of Iranian physicist and Tehran University professor Masoud Ali-Mohammadi. On Jan. 12, Ali-Mohammadi was killed by a remote control bomb in front of his house in northern Tehran, Iran.

According to the letter, the Islamic Republic has intensified its arrest, imprisonment and torture of many students and professors since the June presidential election in Iran because they demand their democratic and human rights. The government’s forces have murdered students and have entered universities to attack students, destroy their living accommodations and disturb their academic life. Students have also been denied continuing their education.

Those who signed the document call upon all human rights organizations around the world to condemn the acts of state violence and violations of human rights by the Islamic Republic of Iran and demand an immediate and independent inquiry into the assassination of Ali-Mohammadi.

Professors from Loyola who signed the document include Maurice Brungardt, professor of history; John Clark, professor of philosophy; Robert Gnuse, professor of religious studies; Nathan Henne, assistant professor of Spanish; Laura Hope, assistant professor of theatre arts; Judith Hunt, associate dean of the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences; Behrooz Moazami, assistant professor of history; Marcus Smith, professor emeritus of English; Catherine Wessinger, professor of religious studies; and Mark Yakich, associate professor of English.

For more information, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.