Academic Freedom and Human Rights

Policy and Procedures


As an association of researchers and educators, we affirm, as a central principle of our identity, the academic freedom of our members, as well as the human rights that support their exercise of professional activities, free of threats, intimidation, constraints on mobility, or other arbitrary sanctions. It is incumbent upon us to respond to the specific demands of members in those instances in which these basic rights and freedoms are demonstrably in jeopardy.

The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) established a Commission on Academic Freedom and Human Rights (AFHRC) with the following characteristics and operating procedures.