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Mansfield University Students are advocating for his release.


by John Vogt - April 18, 2019

Xiyue Wang is in the hands of a brutal regime in Iran, and his imprisonment is sounding the alarm on an increased number of attacks on American citizens as well as others from around the world especially those in the academic world. The charges are fake while the incarceration is very real and frightening.

Now, as Xiyue Wang’s nightmare continues Honors Students at Mansfield University are taking up his cause while participating in a Human Rights Advocacy course. These MU students are working in collaboration with Scholars at Risk, an organization based at New York University. The students are calling for the immediate release of Xiyue Wang and working hard to inform others about his plight.

Xiyue Wang is a student and a US Citizen. He was in Iran on a legal Visa studying Farsi and doing research on the Persian Dynasty for his dissertation. Then on August 7, 2016, he was arrested and charged with espionage and plotting to overthrow the Islamic Republic. Mr. Wang is one of several US Citizens who has been falsely accused of spying in an effort by Iran to put pressure on the United States for political reasons. Mr. Wang’s wife and son are under great distress as they wait for Xiyue to come home.

Xiyue Wang remains in Evin Prison in Tehran, notorious for its human rights abuses. Friends, family and US Officials confirm Xiyue Wang’s innocence. He is not a spy, and the research he was doing for his dissertation presented no threat to Iran or its government.

Please take a few moments to watch today’s broadcast and consider joining with the Honors Students at Mansfield University to secure Xiyue Wang’s release.

We have listed several links below to provide you with more information along with ways that you can become involved.

Here is a link that Princeton University updates regarding Xiyue Wang’s case:

Here is a link the MU Twitter feed:

Here are a couple of media links to give you more background info:
Princeton Article
New York Times
Fox News

Here is a link to the organization that MU students are collaborating with to help secure his release: Scholars at Risk

And here is a link to “Take Action” – contacting leaders of Iran and the US calling for his immediate release:


Videography: John Vogt

Video Editing: Andrew Moore

Writing: John Vogt

Anchor: Rhonda Pearson

Correspondent: Johanna Vogt


Produced by Vogt Media

Funded by UPMC Susquehanna, First Citizens Community Bank

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