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Good morning, this is Kasmira and today we’re reporting on the growing wave of science sanctions against Russia after CERN, the European particle physics laboratory here based in Geneva, announced that it will be suspending Russia “until further notice”, over its invasion of Ukraine. Our friends at GESDA, below, further delve into how the war is impacting science and technology communities worldwide.

Plus, over at the Human Rights Council, Michelle Bachelet confirmed that she will be visiting China, and its Xinjiang region, in May – although what activists and other diplomats in Geneva urgently want to know is: where is her long-awaited report on alleged rights violations against the Uyghurs?

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Kasmira Jefford


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A view of CERN’s Globe on the organisation’s campus in Geneva. (Credit: 2017-2022 CERN/ Ordan, Julien Marius)

🥼CERN suspends Russia as science community joins boycott wave. The particle physics laboratory, one of the world's biggest centres for scientific research, said on Tuesday it has suspended Russia's observer member status “until further notice” as part of a growing academic boycott over Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

🇨🇳UN human rights chief to visit Xinjiang in May. UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet announced on Tuesday that she has reached an agreement with China for a visit in May, including access to Xinjiang, but made no reference to a long-delayed report into alleged rights violations in the region.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

Here's what else is happening

Science and diplomacy reads by GESDA

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The Arctic Council in Salekhard, northern Russia. (Credit: Thomas Nilsen)

The ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine will have collateral damage on the scientific and technology communities. From space collaborations to polar sciences, from crypto economics and other digital technologies to more geopolitical aspects, like food sovereignty, the scientific world that we used to know as being largely border-free and globally inclusive will be changing. Here is a collection of articles that show how.

- Olivier Dessibourg, GESDA

Arctic Council ‘in pause mode’ as seven of its eight member states condemn the war.

The Barents Observer (EN)

War in Ukraine poses stark choices for scientists. Ukrainian researchers hunker down or flee, as backlash against Russian science builds.

Science (EN)

What future is there for Russia’s foreign science collaborations? Mixed, at best. Non-existent at worst.

The Economist (EN)

US vs Russia for the future of the internet. US steps up efforts to defeat Russian candidate for UN telecommunications agency.

Axios (EN)

ICANN won’t revoke Russian Internet domains on claims it would have 'devastating' effects on the global internet system.


What the war in Ukraine means for the world’s food supply. Food disruptions won’t remain an insular crisis.

The New York Times (EN)

The war in Ukraine could change everything: an interview with Yuval Noah Harari.


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