University of Queensland must reverse its decision to suspend Drew Pavlou

2 June 2020

A petition, led by Australia Tibet Council, calls on the University of Queensland to reverse its decision to suspend student leader and human rights activist Drew Pavlou for two years.

Kyinzom Dhongdue, Executive Officer of Australia Tibet Council, said: “Drew Pavlou is made to pay a heavy price for speaking up for the human rights of Tibetans, Uyghurs and Hong Kongers. In doing so, UQ has put preserving business interests in China above a university’s cherished value of freedom of speech. This decision is a chilling reminder of China’s export of censorship and oppression to the free world.”

While the Chinese government under Xi Jinping’s leadership has implemented a brutal crackdown on the people of Tibet, East Turkestan and Hong Kong as well as Chinese human rights defenders at home, it has elevated its global push for control and influence. Universities in Australia and around the world are a key battleground for China’s influence.

The community groups are encouraged by the University Chancellor Peter Varghese, who expressed his concern about the outcome of his university’s disciplinary action against Drew Pavlou and is holding a meeting with the University Senate this week.

Media contact:

Kyinzom Dhongdue
Executive Officer
Australia Tibet Council

0416 695 590