Statement on threats to Mexico's academic freedom

October 22, 2021

The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) is deeply concerned about the threat to academic freedom, and human rights, resulting from the unsubstantiated accusations made by the General Prosecutor's Office against 31 Mexican scholars, members of Mexico’s Scientific and Technological Consultative Forum (Foro Consultivo Científico y Tecnológico). The alleged accusations place the physical integrity and reputation of these scholars at risk, creating a hostile environment for research, and undermining public confidence in the Mexican academy as a whole.


About LASA

The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) is the largest professional association in the world for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America. With over 13,000 members, over 60% of whom reside outside the United States, LASA is the one association that brings together experts on Latin America from all disciplines and diverse occupational endeavors, across the globe. LASA's mission is to foster intellectual discussion, research, and teaching on Latin America, the Caribbean, and its people throughout the Americas, promote the interests of its diverse membership, and encourage civic engagement through network building and public debate.

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