He was first arrested in May 2009 accused of ‘rebellion’ and then spent the next two years in a high-security jail awaiting trial. Following a high-profile international campaign, he was finally released in June 2011.
Since then the Colombian authorities have continued to persecute Dr Beltrán for his academic views, culminating in his arrest on 31 July 2015.
Dr Beltrán’s lawyers are currently petitioning the Colombian Supreme Court to make a decision on his appeal and to ensure that there is due process. But they need our help in persuading the Colombian authorities to act.
We are no longer collecting signatures for the letter which was was handed to the Colombian authorities on 19 November.
Thank you very much for your support.
Supreme Court of Justice
Penal Court for Annulment
Doctor Nubia Yolanda Nova Garcia
Annulment Appeal Number – 45619
RE: MIGUEL ANGEL BELTRÁN
Doctor Nubia Yolanda Nova Garcia,
We the undersigned, academics, researchers, teachers and educators from different education institutions across the world, are writing to express our deep concern regarding the situation of the academic Miguel Angel Beltrán.
Many of us, committed as we are to defending the right to freedom of expression of the academic community, have kept ourselves well informed about the case of Miguel Beltrán since he was first arrested in 2009, accused of rebellion and criminal conspiracy for terrorist objectives.
His arrest on 31 July 2015 in Bogota has once again forced us to react in order to ensure that this persecution is brought to an end once and for all.
With utmost respect, we ask that in your function as Secretary of the Penal Court for Annulment you take the necessary steps to issue a decision on the annulment appeal currently lodged with the Supreme Court of Justice.
We ask you also to do all you can to ensure that due process is respected at every moment.
Thank you very much for your time.
Signed: 5,125 Sarah Leigh MKC Freedom of speech 5,124 JanPieter Hoogma Heriot-Watt Unversity Each country that silences its opposition, makes itself more and more stupid. That is dangerous in a world context. 5,123 Alison Wright Darlington College To protect a fellow academic from persecution 5,122 Barbara Marsh City Literary Institute 5,121 Jean Murdock Québec 5,120 Stef Smith 5,119 Tina McKevitt The University of Sheffield Freedom of speech, upholding justice and respecting the rule of law are crucial in order for any society to function fairly and democratically. 5,118 Aidan Lavery Buckinghamshire I believe that Dr Miguel Beltran has done nothing wrong and so his release should be immediate. Please listen to those who have signed this petition and act fairly and justly by releasing Dr Beltran. Please look again at whatever evidence has been presented against Dr Beltran and consider carefully his writing and his work which makes a valuable contribution to Colombian society. 5,117 Thomas Schömann GEW-RLP 5,116 Robin Goodfellow Hull College There is no legitimate reason to hold Dr Beltran and he should be released immediately. 5,115 Anne Mackintosh Oxford Responding to mailing by Sally Hunt, UCU General Secretary. As she says, many of us take for granted the right to criticise our government but Dr Beltran has been deprived of his liberty for doing so. 5,114 Bettina Lemmon McMurray, Pennsylvania Freedom of speech should be a right given to everyone. 5,113 Daniel Tisch The University of Auckland He should be released because free speech is a universal right. 5,112 Vanessa Glenn The University of Queensland 5,111 CLARA MARIA universidad nacional de colombia 5,110 Martin Bove LANCASHIRE THIS IS A HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUE ! 5,109 Jane Champion University of Kent for the right to speak out against political oppression 5,108 Ileana Naish-guzmán London 5,107 Amy Smith Großbritannien (UK) 5,106 Barbara Barnes UC Berkeley / California 5,105 Robert Minchin Arecibo Observatory, PR It is necessary for a free and prosperous society for academics and others to be allowed to speak freely. 5,104 Martha Nubia Bello 5,103 Agnes McMahon Bristol 5,102 Francoise Sullivan Right to Freedom of Expression 5,101 Paul Tognarelli Nottinghamshire 5,100 Sam Sutton UWL Freedom of speech is essential to a fair society. 5,099 S Stewart Ulster University 5,098 Philip Verrill University of Portsmouth I am signing because freedom of expression is the bedrock of knowledge and enquiry. Without it we are all diminished as human beings. If we silence those who disagree with us, who is to stop others silencing us? 5,097 Cara Tivey Royal National College for the Blind To support an academic who is being silenced and unfairly persecuted by the Colombian government. 5,096 Paul Brown University of Warwick 5,095 Anthony Cohn University of Leeds 5,094 Diana Beere The University of Queensland In support of justice and academic freedom 5,093 carole ferrier NTEU academic solidarity 5,092 Gloria Dall'Alba The University of Queensland, Brisbane Speaking out in an informed way is an important role of universities. Individuals do not deserve persecution for doing their job well. 5,091 Nina Doran City of Liverpool College Freedom of speech and critical thinking is essential as an academic and an active citizenship 5,090 M Hickey Tower Hamlets College Dr Beltran deserves his right to speak and write whatever he wishes, including criticism of his and other governments. Let him exercise this freely. 5,089 John Drury University of Sussex I am concerned that freedom of expression is under attack. 5,088 Michail Stamatakis University College London I believe in freedom of expression. 5,087 Ismael Rafols Ingenio (CSIV-UPV), València 5,086 Mirjam Heinen University College Dublin Freedom of speech 5,085 Suzanne Savage 5,084 Miranda Midgley Chichester University 5,083 Estela Welldon London 5,082 Stephanie Webber South Thames College 5,081 Richard Cervantes Eastleigh College Freedom of expression has to exist in any open and democratic society 5,080 Martha Pinzon University of Nottingham I would like to ask the Goverment of Colombia and specially the President Dr Manuel Santos to ensure the realease of Dr Beltran. He is innocent and Colombia should think of Human Rights for individuals. We are in the XXI Century and people should be allowed freedom of expression. Colombia needs people like Dr Beltran and intellectual who has done nothing wrong. 5,079 Geoff Parker University of Liverpool 5,078 Rebecca Allen University College London 5,077 Liz Njuguna-Wyatt 5,076 James Delaney Lambeth College 5,075 Tristram Wyatt Oxford University, Oxford The freedom of academics to comment is vital for healthy civic society. 5,074 Maria Parro Croydon 5,073 Martin Pover University for the Creative Arts I had the pleasure of meeting relatives of Dr Beltran in Bogota in 2010 when I delivered small gifts from UCU that would help him during his imprisonment. I was dismayed to hear that he had once again been imprisoned on trumped-up charges of 'rebellion'. 5,072 Tony Lai Cardiff University 5,071 Maureen Edwards Eastleigh Intelligent criticism should be listened to not incarcerated. 5,070 Paul Sandy University of Exeter (retired) The freedom to question all sides of an argument, and to express alternative views, increases understanding. Suppressing such activities inhibits understanding. Please accept the annulment appeal currently lodged with the Supreme Court of Justice and release Dr Beltran forthwith. 5,069 Peter Douglas Swansea University 5,068 Mario Novelli 5,067 Chris Perry Felpham Community College Freedom to study and publish findings must not be on an approved basis. Free the man and learn from his work. 5,066 Clive Eley Retired 5,065 Gawain Little Oxfordshire Association, National Union of Teachers 5,064 Ellen Malos University of Bristol 5,063 Roma Barnes Open University (retired associate lecturer) He is innocent and deserves your support. Thank you 5,062 Ian Ellis Dundee University Persecution of a trusted Academic for views that are not what his government think is not right. Most normal people would find this sort of behavior wrong! 5,061 Greg Leversuch University of Southampton 5,060 Fiona Kelly 5,059 Elisabeth Blagrove University of Warwick Intellectual Freedom of Expression is a cornerstone of both our rights and duties as academics and can be held as a marker of human rights within any culture. Threatening this threatens us all; criticism of those in power is not Rebellion. It is Democracy. 5,058 David Robinson KCL 5,057 DAVID WARD 5,056 Amanda Sackur 5,055 Franco Viles Universidad Politécnica de barcelona 5,054 Robert Albery stafford college In support of the right to free speech 5,053 Nickey Brown Sheffield Hallam University 5,052 Wolfgang Mix Berlin 5,051 Ciarán Benson University College Dublin Diminishing academic freedom is a route to cultural atrophy, and imprisoning those who question and dissent peacefully is ultimately a sign of weakness and not of strength. 5,050 Penelope Wilson Cambridge Academic freedom is a fundamental value for all societies, and a key element of the reputation of any nation 5,049 Robert Feeney Home Justice, justice, justice! 5,048 Geoffrey Turner Sheffield Ever heard of the right to free speech? 5,047 Alexandria Innes University of East Anglia 5,046 Charlie Dean York College 5,045 Diethard Kuhne Hochschule Bochum 5,044 Michael Yianneskis UCL Because freedom of expression is a fundamental right for everyone, especially for journalists and academics. 5,043 Elizabeth hacker Kent 5,042 Andrew Bonnell University of Queensland I support academic freedom. 5,041 Peter Griggs James Cook University Academics should not be imprisoned for criticising governments and powerful elites. Freedom of speech is a characteristic of a democratic and civilised society. 5,040 Pam McCallum Univ. of Calgary Academic freedom is a fundamental value for all university communities. 5,039 David Fallon University of Sunderland I support academic freedom. 5,038 Jon Roberts Reading Hay que libertad de ideas y expresion, aunque no le gusta el contenido. Es un senal de desarollo. atentemente 5,037 Maria Lipartiti Bari Perchè la giustizia deve essere un diritto di tutti 5,036 Douglas McCulloch University of Ulster Justice and free speech go hand in hand 5,035 Sonja Staack Education and Science' Workers Union - GEW 5,034 Richard Hearne 5,033 Melanie Reichert 5,032 Catherine Dahlström Sverige For freedom of expression in general and academic freedom in particular 5,031 Paul Sinfield 5,030 Edmund Toal 5,029 Gwyneth Roberts Retired academic (Bangor University) Importance of academic freedom 5,028 Angela Bourke UCD Because freedom of expression is a human right, and because academic work can have no integrity without the freedom to publish its findings in full. 5,027 Dervila Cooke Dublin City University No-one should be imprisoned for criticizing a government. 5,026 Ruth Lister Loughborough University 5,025 Catherine Belsey Swansea University All over the world the authorities are closing in on academic freedom. The best way for them to counter what they disagree with is to make the case against it, not silence their critics by force. 5,024 filannino michele bari Freedom 5,023 Fergal O'Meara University College Dublin 5,022 Aimee Ward University of South Wales 5,021 David Downes London School of Economics It is vital to uphold the right to freedom of speech. 5,020 Sarah Widany 5,019 Heidemarie Degethoff GEW Berlin Freedom of speech ist one of the important rights in democratic states! 5,018 judith harel haifa university 5,017 Marion Vergues McGill University We all need to support freedom of speech of the academic community worldwide. 5,016 Alison Campbell Sheffield Hallam University Because we should support our academic colleagues and their right to freedom of expression without persecution 5,015 Adam Price University of Aberdeen Freedom of speech is a fundamental right and is central to the proper functioning of academic research. It is under attach across the globe, and it should be defended. 5,014 Katherine Watson Oxford A modern democratic country undermines both of those values if it fails to accord its citizens due process and fairness under the law. 5,013 Vittorio Pesce Delfino DIGAMMA SCRL all in the document 5,012 sara romero Cornwall College I passionately believe in freedom of speech - it is the hallmark of a just, civilized society. 5,011 Tony Fitzmaurice UCD, Dublin. This is a Human Rights issue. 5,010 Anne-Marie Martindale University of Liverpool it is important to be able to speak out and to use your education to challenge powerful elites, for the good of others 5,009 Folker Schmidt Mitglied der GEW Berlin Ich bin prinzipiell gegen das Eingreifen des Staates in die Ergebnisse von Wissenschaft 5,008 Daniel Wight University of Glasgow Freedom to analyse, write and publish is fundamental to participatory citizenship and good governance within a country. I very much hope that Columbia can benefit from citizens' active involvement in civic society and good governance, which means that academics like Dr Beltran should be free to express their views. 5,007 Richard Stevens University of Oxford Because the freedom of academics to research and publish is fundamental to modern civilised life. 5,006 Mary Davis Royal Holloway, University of London This is a human rights violation and as such affects us all. 5,005 Douglas Woodall Nottingham University (retired) It is outrageous to persecute someone for criticizing the government. 5,004 Marc Bosward University of Derby 5,003 Phil Topham University of the West of England Everyone should have a fair and transparent trial with a right to a proper legal defense team; and a right of appeal to a properly constituted appeal court. 5,002 Laura Norci 5,001 John Brooke University of Manchester It is very important that academics have the freedom to investigate and research, particularly in areas of controversy and conflict. Most human social progress has been driven by individuals who do investigate such areas and who produce challenging analysis that leads to a better, more equal and fairer society. 5,000 Felix Balado Colombia, do the right thing and move on. 4,999 Michael Heale Lancaster University 4,998 Phyllis Murphy University College Dublin To express my deep concern at Miguel's situation and add my voice to the call for defence of freedom of academic expression in relation to human rights. 4,997 Stephen Brigdale Southampton SOlent University To support academic freedom and to aid mutual cooperation between governments and its knowledge base. 4,996 Rubens F. Benevides UFG/FCS/Goiânia/Go 4,995 James Rufus Imperial Collge 4,994 nicholas willsmer University of Bath 4,993 Garry Burns University of Manchester 4,992 M Attree Manchester 4,991 Jayne Woodward University of Sheffield right to freedom of expression of the academic community benefits all 4,990 Jim Donaghey Queen's University Free speech! 4,989 Stuart Priest University of York I wish to support free speech and the end of persecution 4,988 Susan Weaver 4,987 Alessandra Asteriti Leuphana University 4,986 Murray Goulden University of Nottingham 4,985 Tom Gormley University College Dublin It is very important for the functioning of a healthy society that academics have the freedom to report their research and express their opinions, even if what they find and/or think is not favourable to the current government. 4,984 David Murray Civil and Public Service Unioin 4,983 Ulrike A. C. Müller University of Kassel 4,982 Cathy Leeney University College Dublin This man is unjustly imprisoned. 4,981 Jeremy Page University of Sussex 4,980 June Campbell London 4,979 rhiannon Williams bangor university solidarity and compassion 4,978 jose varchevker British Institute of P[sychoanalysis I am against dictatorship and corruption 4,977 Ana Schor University of Dundee 4,976 Simon OKeefe University of York 4,975 raymond atkin university of Hull 4,974 Mara Kalnins Corpus Christi College, Cambridge I am in complete agreement with the points raised in the petition for the immediate release of Dr Miguel Beltran. 4,973 Sylvia Swierkowski GEW Brandenburg, State committee of students To rest somebody for journalistic work and his commitment for peace is cruel an stupid and a sign, that we urgently need people like him! 4,972 Enda Murphy 4,971 Fiona Hughes 4,970 Beverley Norris University of Bradford To support the campaign to release Dr Beltran and to stop him being persecuted for his beliefs. 4,969 Suzanne Edwards Swansea University No honest Government has anything to fear from free speech 4,968 Ain El Hayat Zaher Independent researcher Freedom of expression belongs to a vivid society and imprison people that critize the actual policies should never be an instrument! 4,967 tine scheffelmeier 4,966 Terry O'Donnell Leeds Beckett University 4,965 Gordon Drummond Gordon Drummond As a believer in academic truth and freedom 4,964 Michael Frey GEW 4,963 Sandra Vogt University of Applied Sciences 4,962 Jonathan Harlow University of the West of England People should not be punished or imprisoned for holding or expressing views the government does not like 4,961 ANTONIO NAPPI BA 4,960 PATRIZIA MARZO bari 4,959 Pasqua Paparella Bari He is innocent and a good citizen. 4,958 Cal Muckley .UCD concern of injustice towards a colleague 4,957 Luzia Vorspel Ruhr-Universität Bochum 4,956 linda Guzzetti Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) 4,955 Stefanie Mallon University of Oldenburg I am concerned about the right to freedom of expression and the implementation of a due process for Dr Miguel Beltrán. 4,954 Gillian Wishart Robert Gordon University I believe in an individual's right to expression, and the right for academics to have freedom of expression. 4,953 David Burke University of Cambridge If there is to be justice, progress and human rights in Colombia then there must be an end to arbitrary arrest. This is fundamental to the well-being of all classes in Colombia. 4,952 claude leboeuf mcgill university 4,951 Joanna Morrison University College London It appears that Dr Beltran has been wrongly imprisoned and harassed by the Colombian authorities. 4,950 Christine Doolittle NY 4,949 Paul Birrell 4,948 Alan Macfarlane Cambridge University I believe that he is likely to be innocent of any crimes and should be released. 4,947 Jane Partner 4,946 Freddy A.D. Ponce elsecar For Solidarity and for right to disagree. 4,945 Susanna Phillippo 4,944 Bettina Migge UCD In support of freedom of expression 4,943 Mary Breatnach University of Edinburgh Anything that helps counter the injustice suffered by such courageous people must be done. 4,942 Eric Haywood University College Dublin Punishing someone for being courageous and having ideas? Whoever thought of anything more barbaric? 4,941 Mary Fleming Dundee No person should have the right to suppress the views of another. The Columbian Government should have the courage and conviction of there own views to persuade a following. 4,940 Lyda Stella Rodríguez Paz 4,939 Dominique Paul 4,938 June Abbott New York 4,937 Jenny Laws 4,936 Catherine Gilliew Glasgow 4,935 S Penna LANCS The arrest of Dr Beltran confuses normal academic critique with subvercive intention. This ignorance needs to be remedied. 4,934 Roy Batt Retired from RVC/Uni.London Dr.Beltran should have freedom to speak diplomatically and not be demeaned by imprionment. 4,933 Brendan Walsh McGill University Please release Dr. Miguel Beltrán and all him the basic democratic right to speak his mind politically. Only fearful , weak regimes would do otherwise. 4,932 Helen Kay Free people must protest when others are imprisoned for speaking out. 4,931 Sean Munro Cambridge No honest Government has anything to fear from free speech 4,930 BACHA Mustapha USTHB 4,929 Tim Greaves Imperial College London In support of the freedom of expression within the academic community in all countries. 4,928 Tracey Clarke 4,927 Viqui Rosenberg British Psychoanalytic Association 4,926 James Brennan 4,925 David Marwick Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh (Retired) 4,924 Darren Garside Solidarity 4,923 Richard Sessions University of Bristol Freedom of Speech should be a fundamental human right. Academics in particular have a duty to speak the truth as they see it. 4,922 Eamonn Jordan University College Dublin This is an injustice. 4,921 Kevin O'Grady Norwich City Council To be arrested once was an injustice. To be arrested a second time is nothing more than harassment because of his academic background. 4,920 Berni Bell Retired (UWE) lecturer 4,919 Theresa Urbainczyk University College Dublin 4,918 Chantal Beaudry Université du Québec à Montréal Pour la liberté d'opinion et d'expression. Pour la libre circulation de l'information. Pour le débat et les lieux de parole. Pour le respect d,autrui. Pour l'importance des intellectuels critiques et engagés. 4,917 Simon Bradford Brunel University London The importance of human rights and academic freedom 4,916 Roland Erne University College Dublin 4,915 Peter Smith 4,914 Marisa Salas Freelance Lecturer 4,913 david garnett UAL 4,912 Ioannis Kourakis Queen's University Belfast 4,911 Eugene Avrutin University of York, UK 4,910 Richard Brazier University of Exeter Freedom of speech is a right for all. 4,909 Rita Mascia UK 4,908 Ivan Jordanov University of Portsmouth 4,907 Giovanna Colombetti University of Exeter Because freedom of speech and information are fundamental rights 4,906 Capozzi Rosa Maria BA 4,905 Naomi Eilan Warwick University 4,904 Ebbi Shaghouei West Yorkshire 4,903 Poirson Philippe Geneva Freedom speech for all 4,902 Annie Shaw UWE Bristol I believe in the democratic right to express one's opinion and allow a variety of views. I believe Colombia professes to be a kind of democracy. 4,901 Brian Doherty Keele University 4,900 Peter Gill University of Liverpool The freedom to peacefully criticise governments is a core value of democratic countries such as Colombia 4,899 Christine Gledhill Media Centre, University of Sunderland Freedom of thinking and exchange of critical ideas and debate are essential for democracy, justice and the future of this conflicted world, fast heading to self-destruction. 4,898 Carlos Sapochnbik 4,897 Christopher Rowley University of Cumbria (retired) 4,896 William Outhwaite Newcastle 4,895 Thomas Isensee GEW Berlin As a member of the German Teachers Union GEW and retired teacher I volunteered in the area of international union relations, especially with Colombia. So I am acquainted with the Colombian political situation in general and the situation of Dr. Beltrán especially. 4,894 Sebastian Oltean 4,893 David Ian Stott University of Glasgow, Scotland, U.K. Freedom of expression without fear of persecution is essential to civilisation and resolution of conflicts. 4,892 Andrew Robinson freelance Stop arresting academics for their research! 4,891 Jurg Bahler University College London 4,890 Jean La Fontaine retired Two reasons: 1. it is necessary for the health of any country to have academics who are free to explore their own beliefs without incurring government reprisal 2. there appear to be no significant reasons for this academic's arrest. 4,889 Pat Devine University of Manchester 4,888 Paul Michael Garrett NUI Galway 4,887 Paula Young 4,886 John Harding University of Sheffield 4,885 Karen Adler University of Nottingham 4,884 Terry Ng-Knight UCL 4,883 R Winstone Teesside University 4,882 Mark Hobart Oxon 4,881 John Broome University of Oxford In defence of academic freedom 4,880 Joanna Redden University of Calgary 4,879 Elizabeth Hill East Sussex 4,878 Louise Gaynor UCL interaction Centre 4,877 Kate March Cornwall Freedom of expression is a very necessary right in a civilised country 4,876 Andy Sunters London I am concerned about free speech! 4,875 Greta-Mary Hair Edinburgh University 4,874 David Archibald University of Glasgow 4,873 Stan Zachary WEST YORKSHIRE 4,872 Jonathan Nassim Birkbeck College 4,871 Douglas Hicks n/a People must have freedom of speech! 4,870 Bryony Randall University of Glasgow 4,869 John ffitch University of Bath (retired) Basic freedom of speech 4,868 Joanna Rosenthall 4,867 John Lazarus Newcastle University To defend freedom of speech. 4,866 Carolyn Lyle Reading He is a good man who has tried to help others. 4,865 Rob Copeland UCU 4,864 barry venning OU 4,863 Seán L'Estrange University College Dublin 4,862 Dan Arthur Kent 4,861 Stephen Hunt University of the West of England 4,860 Joanna de Groot University of York I support human rights including the right to freedom of expresion 4,859 Lynda Tait University of Birmingham I care about freedom of expression and concerned about injustice. 4,858 Steve Oakes University of Liverpool Human rights! 4,857 Andrew Hone University of Kent I believe that a citizen should be allowed to criticize their government in public without being imprisoned. 4,856 Ilian Iliev Sussex 4,855 Roisin McEvoy Ulster University In support of academic freedom everywhere. 4,854 Edward Lazell GSM London (Greenwich School of Management) 4,853 Frederick Toates I feel sympathy. 4,852 Rob Keeley King's College, London I believe in freedom of speech as the most basic of human rights. 4,851 Paul Chilton Lancaster University Because all counties should respect the right to freedom of thought and expression. The freedom to think, including to criticise, is a fundamental humanright. 4,850 Malcolm Cowburn Sheffield Hallam University 4,849 Matthew Screech Manchester Metropolitan University I believe in human rights for Colombians 4,848 Tamar Katriel 4,847 Robert Moore University of Liverpool No person should be punished for his or her beliefs. No one should be detained without due process. Dr Beltran is being held in breach of international law and should be released immediately. 4,846 michele lazenby Sheffield Hallam university The freedom to debate and express ideas is essential to education and any progressive culture 4,845 Pamela Freeman University of Exeter It is a basic human rights to have freedom of expression and freedom from fear . 4,844 John Izod University of Stirling However inconvenient for the state, the right of freedom of speech is, I believe, an essential element in the development and maturing of any society. 4,843 Paul Hyder N/A 4,842 Jayne Richards Rose Bruford College I support this cause. 4,841 James McKeown CO.ANTRIM Free speech and the right to challenge oppressive regimes are fundamental human rights. 4,840 Lesley Orr University of Edinburgh To protest the persecution of Dr Beltran by the Colombian authorities and the threat, not only to his academic and personal freedom as a citizen of Colombia, but more generally to the human right and responsibility of critique, holding those who exercise power and authority to account. The petition is also an important demonstration of of solidarity and support. 4,839 Bernard Harris University of Strathclyde 4,838 derek o'brien Oxfordshire Because I believe in academic freedom and human rights. 4,837 Christopher Norris Cardiff University 4,836 Nigel van Zwanenberg Durham Any attack on academic freedom is an attack on knowledge 4,835 Aaron Bundock Imperial College London / CERN Basic human right to freedom of expression 4,834 David Moss Manchester 4,833 James Purslow Bath College Because I believe that this is an injustice and that his freedom of speech has been revoked. 4,832 Andrew Walls University of Southampton to help him be released 4,831 Liam Rodger The Open University 4,830 Louise Male University of Birmingham 4,829 Guido Rings Anglia Ruskin University If the Colombian government would like to be perceived as a democratic government, then it wants to defend the freedom of expression. 4,828 Keith Reader N/A 4,827 Irene D'Amico 4,826 Gregorio Kohon The British Psychoanalytical Society 4,825 Laurence Kenney University of Salford 4,824 Anthony Manning University of Warwick 4,823 Alastair Hunter UJniversity of Glasgow I deplore the way that Dr Beltran has been singled out for repressive treatment for no other reason than his willingness to speak out in the context of government censorship. 4,822 Tina Cartwright University of Westminster 4,821 Andrea Dolfini Newcastle University 4,820 Christopher Brooke University of Cambridge 4,819 Anna Comas-Quinn The Open University 4,818 Dominique Bulliard Collège de Maisonneuve 4,817 Evan Sutton American Federation of Teachers 4,816 Manfred Brinkmann German Education Union (GEW) The German Education Union (GEW) represents 280.000 teachers, academics and education workers and we support human and trade union rights worldwide. Freedome of expression and academic freedom are fundamental rights, and Miguel Beltran must be released. 4,815 Anneli Cooper University of Glasgow 4,814 Martin Poulin Collège St.Lawrence Liberté d'expression! 4,813 Liz MacDougall Abertay University 4,812 Andrew Faulkner South Yorkshire 4,811 Martin Paisley Staffordshire University Freedome to express views without fear of persecution is a fundamental right, and Dr Beltran deserves our support. 4,810 Anne Junor UNSW 4,809 Fran Disbury 4,808 Carolyn Morris Carms. Right to free speech must exist in a democracy. 4,807 Jeannie Rea National Tertiary Education Union To support Dr Beltran's rights to freedom of expression and academic freedom. 4,806 Lorraine Couture College de Valleyfield Freedom of academic speech is a universal right which ensures the development on any country; please preserve this tool for economic and social development. 4,805 Ken McAlpine Melbourne Solidarity. Academic Freedom 4,804 Alexander Brown University of Wollongong Academic freedom must be protected. 4,803 Irmgard Bauer James Cook University 4,802 Linda Gale Melbourne 4,801 alison carrol UK 4,800 Iain Moffatt University of London 4,799 Xavier Lambert Université de Toulouse Jean Jaurès 4,798 Steve Fyfle QUÉBEC Freedom is not negociable... 4,797 Maria Teresa Schettino Université de Haute-Alsace 4,796 Ullmo sylvia Université de Tours 4,795 Sue Iamamoto QMUL 4,794 Sherry Hughes Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts I do not believe, this academic has committed any crime. Free speech is an inalienable human right. 4,793 Yanina Hinrichsen LSE 4,792 Robert POITTEVIN Univ. P. et M. CURIE, PARIS 4,791 Patrice, Puma, Freytag Université Laval Pour la libération immédiate et sans condition du Dr Miguel Beltrán. Pour la liberté d'expression et académique sans laquelle il ne peut y avoir de démocratie. Patrice, Puma, Freytag P.h.D. 4,790 Robin Vose Canadian Association of University Teachers 4,789 Rosa O'Neill University of SHeffield 4,788 Roland PFEFFERKORN France in defense of the right to freedom of expression of the academic community, including the case of Miguel Beltrán 4,787 Marc Delepouve Université Lille1 4,786 Maria Gomez-Bedoya University of East Anglia 4,785 Mark Schier Swinburne University of Technology I believe very strongly in academic freedom of speech and pursuit of knowledge. 4,784 Sinead Ring University of Kent Freedom of speech and freedom of expression are core human rights. 4,783 Angus Whyte University of Edinburgh 4,782 John O'Brien University of Sydney I support the right of academics to speak out on matters of public importance without persecution 4,781 Kerrie Saville Academic freedom and freedom of speech are critical to democracy. 4,780 Rosita Henry James Cook University I hold dearly the principle of academic freedom to speak out about injustices in the world, wherever they might be. 4,779 Lee Berger Queensland We need freedom of speech to enable the world to be a fairer and safer place. 4,778 Jan Wegner James Cook University Academic freedom is vital to the strength and capacity for innovation in academic culture, and important for self-criticism in national culture. 4,777 Christian Reepmeyer James Cook University 4,776 Narayan Gopalkrishnan James Cook University I believe in the right of academics to have the freedom of expression that is central to democracy. 4,775 Catherine Rytmeister Macquarie University Academics must be free to research, teach and contribute to public debate. 4,774 John Sinclair Australian Catholic University I support academic freedom and believe Dr Miguel Beltrán is entitled to due process 4,773 Anne Price Murdoch University Defence of academic freedom 4,772 Tom G. Griffiths University of Newcastle Intellectual freedom within universities, and the wider communities, is an essential human right. 4,771 Michael McNally National Tertiary Education Union Freedom of speech is a cornerstone of democracy and academic freedom. 4,770 Jonathan Strauss James Cook University 4,769 Carolyn Cope Queensland University of Technology 4,768 Grahame McCulloch National Tertiary Education Union 4,767 Amanda Hopkinson City University, London In support of Dr Miguel Beltran, and in favour of a fair and transparent judicial process in his regard. 4,766 Mark Gabbert University of Manitoba 4,765 Carolin Rekar Munro Royal Roads University 4,764 Mike Jennings Irish Federation of University Teachers A society which oppresses academics is not only persecuting individuals, it is depriving its children of wisdom, knowledge and guidance. For Colombia's sake release Miguel Angel Beltran! 4,763 Annie Theriault College Maisonneuve 4,762 JANE FREELAND retired I have worked in Latin American Studies all my life, and I think I learned about solidarity first from Latin America. So this is the least I can do to protect fellow academics against dictatorial regimes 4,761 Maurizio Catuli University of Hertfordshire Solidarity 4,760 José Luiz Couto College de l'Outaouais Every one in the academic world have the right to express their opinion without pressions or contraints of any kink, excepting the the principle of the cooperative research of the true. 4,759 Alistair Bulloch Tyne and Wear 4,758 Nina Admo Collège de Maisonneuve 4,757 Daniel Connolly 4,756 Tony Staunton Plymouth University Human and civil rights are universal and must be upheld in every country. The membership and organisation of a trade union is a fundamental human right - we own our labour, our intellect and our values, and must not be forced into silence. 4,755 Mwenza Blell University of Bristol 4,754 Héloïse Masse Collège de Maisonneuve Solidarité et incapacité de tolérer les injustices 4,753 Richard Hall De Montfort University 4,752 William Platt University of Bristol 4,751 Anik Boudreau Collège de Maisonneuve 4,750 Trine-Lise Offergaard Oslo & Akershus University College Free speech and free academic discussion are essentials in a democratic society 4,749 Gordon Aindow University of Cumbria A citizen and certainly an academic should have the right to question the decisions and direction of their own country, without fear of intimidation or imprisonment. 4,748 Sandie Cusack University of Bristol In this country we take for granted the right the criticise our government and it scandalises me that there are still countries in the world where individuals do not have a democratic right to this freedom. 4,747 Tony Whelan London School of Economics 4,746 Gwyneth Pitt Kingston University 4,745 Elizabeth Stellas Coleg Menai Free speech is a fundamental human right. Those who seek to silence their critics are afraid of this powerful tool; however, trying to silence these voices only makes them stronger. 4,744 Kirsten Harris University of Bristol 4,743 gabriele zagel-millmore university of leeds 4,742 Mary Dearden UWE, Bristol Denying freedom of expression does not send a positive message about the Colombian government. Please overturn this violation of human rights. 4,741 Gregory Dow Queen Mary University of London Governments should not be afraid of free speech and academic discussion- academics should be free to learn, teach and research in any field. A government that is afraid of knowledge is a weak government 4,740 Roseanne McNamee University of Manchester 4,739 Nuria Ortiz Vera University of East Anglia 4,738 Elizabeth Woodcock Bangor University without open debate of our governments' policies the most vulnerable in our society cannot be protected from adverse impacts. Regardless of the political tone academics should be able to contribute to the debate based on evidence. 4,737 Peter Welch University of Kent We are free, in the UK, to say that our government does bad things and needs to change or be changed (through electoral defeat). This should be true everywhere. This does not seem to be true in Columbia - please show that this is an incorrect statement ... 4,736 Margaret Watson University of Oxford 4,735 Maeve Kelly Scottish Association for Marine Science 4,734 ISOBEL FORD UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN THE RIGHT TO FREE EXPRESSION IS A HUMAN RIGHT 4,733 Michelle Collins Lancaster University 4,732 Susan Hollis Southampton 4,731 Jennifer Norris City of Bristol College 4,730 Roxy Harris King's College London Argument, debate, disagreeement and contestation are at the heart of democracy 4,729 Dragana Mladenovic University of Southampton 4,728 Christos Salis Not Applicable 4,727 Anne Purdy University of St Mark and St John Plymouth I value being able to share perspectives on current issues enabling young people to develop their views and to have an open debate 4,726 Victoria Hudson Birmingham 4,725 Eve Sheppard 4,724 Kerry Harman Birkbeck 4,723 MICHAEL SOMERTON EAST RIDING OF YORKSHIRE Freedom of expression is vital in society. Only authoritarian regimes deny it. 4,722 Catherine Jones Manchester Metropolitan University 4,721 Therese Butler University College London 4,720 Neil Carey Manchester I support the freedom of expression by all, and especially by academics, so as to create a balanced operation of democracy. 4,719 Rosalind Jago Cornwall College Everyone should have the right to their own beliefs. 4,718 Michael Mathieson Essex Adult Community College Because Dr Beltran is a prisoner of conscience. Columbia will never be a successful nation until it allows freedom of speech. 4,717 Roger Bradley Open University The best friend of any democracy is not the one who remains silent, but the one who speaks the truth to those in power. 4,716 Inma Alvarez The Open University Freedom of speech. 4,715 Martin Levy Newcastle upon Tyne 4,714 Fenella Porter Ruskin College 4,713 Carlos de Pablos-Ortega University of East Anglia It's outrageous that in the 21st Century this type of injustice is committed and that someone is not able to express his views about issues freely. 4,712 Judith Sha'ath Retired from Isle of Wight College To ask that Dr Beltrán should suffer no further as a result of expressing his opinions. He is embracing the aim of freedom of speech under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a charter that all countries could aspire to. 4,711 David Bell LONDON I was alerted to Dr Beltran's plight through my union the UCU and as the right to criticise governments here in the West is slowly eroded it is important to maintain solidarity with those around the world who are suffering for justice. 4,710 Charlene Halle Auckland University 4,709 Sarah Keller Téluq/Quebec City I am a teacher and believe in free speech. 4,708 Perry Shearwood Concordia University Please respect the rights of freedom of expression by academics. 4,707 Barry Williams Hackney Community College, London In support of human rights and freedom of speech. 4,706 Rachel Thomson Brighton Solidarity and freedom of speech/ thought 4,705 Linda Denis UQAM 4,704 Carol Frenette Cégep de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue Parce que la justice et la liberté d'expression sont des droits fondamentaux essentiels au développement d'un pays 4,703 bob dinn 4,702 Eric Athlan Outside USA The right to political dissent is fundamental. 4,701 Charles Elford Whitstable, Kent Arresting and imprisoning opponents to the government is clearly wrong on all levels. 4,700 Alan Barker New College Nottingham 4,699 Tina Richards Huntingdonshire Regional College Dr Beltran should be able to publish his research without fear of persecution - freedom of speech is a basic human right. 4,698 Andrew Masters University of Manchester Imprisonment is just the wrong response to criticism. 4,697 Marina Carr Pearson Expressing an opinion is not an incitement: any government that tries to prevent people having opinions - even those they don't like - fails its people by showing that they are afraid of argument. 4,696 Mcinnis Valerie Epaq 4,695 john mason middlesex it is a just cause 4,694 Martin Hooper Burton on Trent Freedom of speech is an important requirement for holding governments to account. 4,693 Vikki Boliver Durham University 4,692 Sara Tai University of Manchester To defend the right to freedom of expression 4,691 Ssarah Teacher London 4,690 Francisco Ariza Manchester I write in support of Dr Beltrán and academic freedom. 4,689 Les Cross --- Any action by the authorities needs to be proportional and appropriate. Persecution and arrest for holding a dissenting critical opinion is not proportional or appropriate. If the authorities are so secure in their intellectual and moral stance they should be able to argue their case rather than trying to intimidate their critics into silence. 4,688 Ben Knighton Oxfordshire 4,687 Francisco Martinez Mora University of Leicester To support democratic values, human rights and freedom of speech. To contribute making Colombia a better place. 4,686 Cristina Alonso Punter Norfolk 4,685 Jill Renwick Tower Hamlets College 4,684 margaret burke 4,683 Pete Duncan UCL SSEES, London Freedom of academic research must be protected. 4,682 Marion Reeves Winspur No one should lose their liberty for speaking the truth. 4,681 Jane Hindley Essex I have followed the Colombian conflict for many years and am deeply concerned about the safety and rights of trade unionists, journalists and intellectuals. 4,680 Julien Villeneuve Collège de Maisonneuve 4,679 Natasha Stark 4,678 rivest linda collège champaagneur 4,677 Başak Ertür Birkbeck, University of London 4,676 Jan Georgeson Plymouth university It is important that in every country people have the right to raise criticisms of those in authority. 4,675 Robert Moreland Grantham College 4,674 Rachel Condry University of Oxford 4,673 Jo Corke Bristol Because I am a believer in freedom of speech. Like Dr Beltram I am an academic; unlike him, in Britain I can speak freely. 4,672 Daniel Martin Dudley 4,671 Catherine Danks Manchester Metropolitan University Freedom of expression is vital to us all. 4,670 Jonathan Forster University of Southampton 4,669 Carol Cody State 4,668 Véronique Gaboury-Bonhomme Cégep de l'Outaouais Pour la liberté d'expression! 4,667 Marie-Pier Savoie Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles 4,666 David Thornton Retired Solidarity 4,665 Marie-Claude Brisson Cégep du Vieux-Montréal 4,664 Bronislava Lee 4,663 Billy Brick West Mids In solidarity with a persecuted fellow trade unionist. 4,662 David Paine Kirklees College 4,661 Peter Hedges Aston University Solidarity with Dr Beltran and strong belief in freedom of speech 4,660 Amy Chamier UCL Dr Miguel Beltrán is a brave man and an innocent one. 4,659 Helen Ghodbane South Thames College The charges against Doctor Beltran seem to be excessive and unfair and continuing such action against him gives a very poor reflection of the Colombian government. This is not good for Colombia or academic freedom. 4,658 Sarah McCleave Queen's University Belfast 4,657 Hazel Marsh University of East Anglia 4,656 Ghyslaine Lévesque Québec 4,655 Natasha Roy McGill University 4,654 Rachel Proudfoot University of Leeds 4,653 John Hemp Oxford In the interest of justice 4,652 Emma Keogh Glasgow School of Art In solidarity and in support of freedom of speech 4,651 Robert Kirkwood UCU East Midlands Retired Members 4,650 Jon Cobb Bournemouth University 4,649 Marie-Ève Gaboury-Bonhomme ENAP Pour protéger la liberté d'expression des universitaires 4,648 Lorna Lloyd Keele University 4,647 David Collett 4,646 Kieran Sharkey University of Liverpool Freedom of thought and expression must be supported. 4,645 Margaret O'Hara University of Birmingham I believe in freedom of thought. 4,644 Linda Kellman Retired from Barking & Dagenham College Romford I believe that injustices should be spoken against and especially persecution of any kind. 4,643 Yvonne Galea University of Nottingham Want to demonstrate solidarity with Dr Beltran! 4,642 Angela Bramman-Lewis Coleg Gwent 4,641 Mathew Guest Durham University 4,640 Marie Bouvier Uqam 4,639 Joanne Massey Manchester Metropolitan University Because liberty and freedom of speech matters 4,638 Charis Flavell Norfolk Freedom of expression is a basic human right and an essential element of education. 4,637 Athina Meli 4,636 Dermot Lynott Lancashire 4,635 Eugene Nulman 4,634 Nicola Stylianou Open University 4,633 Cathy Schofield 4,632 John Duthie Retired 4,631 Ian Crookston Leeds Beckett University 4,630 Michael Conterio 4,629 andy moss University Campus Suffolk Academics (not to mention citizens) the world over need to have the freedom to express their opinions without fear of persecution of victimisation. 4,628 Morten Ronning Bergen University College 4,627 Stephen Jordan Essex In support of Dr Beltran 4,626 Susan Hogan Manchester University < >