Statement as at 1 July 2016

Federico Varese - Statement as at 1 July 2016. In my interventions, I raised the question of whether Universities and supervisors such as myself should feel a degree of responsibility for what happens to their students carrying out dangerous field work. I went on to suggest that the current system of risk assessment might need to be reconsidered. Let me now clarify that in no way did I intend to place personal blame on Giulio's supervisors at Cambridge for his tragic death, or hold them culpable. Clearly, responsibility for his death stays with those who killed him. Undertaking risk assessments is a difficult task. I would like to state that I was not privy to communications between Regeni and his supervisors regarding the risk that he was facing in the field. Only Giulio Regeni and his supervisors were privy to the detailed information about his research approval and fieldwork in Egypt. In an interview, I claimed that Cambridge University did not collaborate with the Italian investigation. I accept that this claim was incorrect as I did not have direct knowledge of Cambridge University’s actions during this investigation. Everyone’s focus should now be on finding the people who carried out this horrific crime. I fully support calls on the part of the academic community to this effect. If my interventions caused offence, I apologize unreservedly. It was not my intention. I saw them as a contribution to a debate on risks and challenges of doing ethnographic fieldwork in challenging contexts, a topic that is close to my personal and intellectual agenda. My thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues who are all grieving his untimely death.

"Un'analisi profonda"

Roberto Saviano, Repubblica

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