UI condemns Chinese sanctions on Björn Jerdén

UI condemns Chinese sanctions on Björn Jerdén

23 March 2021

It is with great concern that the board of the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) has received information that Chinese authorities have imposed national sanctions on a researcher at the institute. The sanctions were announced as a response to the EU decision on sanctions for human rights violations in China.

‘It is completely unacceptable that China imposes sanctions on academics who conduct free and open research’, says Marie Söderberg, Chairperson of the board of UI.

UI and the Swedish National China Centre are independent institutions that conduct free research and analysis that contribute to better knowledge of the outside world.

Statement by European Research Institute Directors

China has imposed retaliatory sanctions on ten individuals and four institutions in Europe. We represent over 30 directors of European research institutions concerned that this targeting undermines mutual understanding between China and Europe.

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