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The American Physical Society has joined the international scientific community in deploring the Iranian government’s use of violence to repress peaceful protests in response to the death of 22-year-old Mahsa (Jina) Amini. The APS Board Executive Committee unanimously endorsed an October 10 statement, by the Executive Committee of the International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies, expressing deep concern for the safety of university students and faculty following use of force by Iranian authorities to suppress protests on campuses throughout the country. The government’s actions have created a “climate of fear and anxiety at Iran's universities.”
APS is committed to the protection of the human and professional rights of all people in all countries and promotes peaceful relations among nations. The Society recognizes the outstanding leadership and achievements of scientists in upholding human rights through its biennial Andrei Sakharov Prize.