We condemn the arrest of Ahmed Samir Santawy , a second year student in the Masters in Sociology / Social Anthropology program at Central European University in Vienna. His research focuses on women's rights and in particular on the history of reproductive rights in Egypt. The detention of Ahmed, which began on 1 February 2021 , severely violates his human rights and is a blatant attack on academic freedom and freedom of expression . We therefore call for Ahmed's immediate and unconditional release . Together with our petition, we also support the petition launched by Amnesty International which calls for his immediate and unconditional release.