After surviving an assassination attempt in Baghdad, internationally known mathematician Ahmad Zainy al-Yasry is petitioning the Federal Republic of Germany for asylum. CCS supports his application.
Bundesamt fur Migration und Fluchtlinge
Erkrather strasse 349
Federal Republic of Germany
February 14, 2014
Dear Sir or Madam:
We are an independent organization of scientists, physicians, engineers and scholars devoted to the protection and advancement of human rights and scientific freedom for colleagues around the world. We now write to support the emigration application of Dr. Ahmad Zainy al-Yasry and his family.
Dr. al-Yasry is an internationally known mathematician who recently survived an assassination attempt in Baghdad, likely motivated by his activities in organizing exchanges between Iraqi and Western scientists. He consequently applied to emigrate to Germany with his wife Sarah al-Attraqchi and his daughter Zainab Ahmad al-Yasry.
Dr. al-Yasry completed his training in Germany, earning his PhD at the Max-Planck Institute for Mathematics and the University of Bonn in 2008, and a post-doctoral degree at the International Center for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy. Since then, he has visited universities and research institutes in the US, Germany, Italy, Spain, Morocco, Brazil and Iraq. His intention is to continue his teaching and research and to promote collaboration between Iraq and the rest of the scientific world, work he cannot safely do in Iraq. Dr. al-Yasri’s continued efforts would be consonant with the spirit and requirements of article 15 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, to which Germany is a party, to promote international contacts and cooperation in science for the benefit of mankind.
Therefore, we fully support the request of his former advisor Dr. Matilde Marcolli in Bonn and of Dr. David A. Vogan Jr., President of the Mathematical Society of the US, that you grant as soon as possible Dr. al-Yasri’s request for emigration status together with his family.
Sincerely,Joel L. Lebowitz, Paul H. Plotz, Walter Reich,
Eugene M. Chudnovsky, Alexander Greer
Co-Chairs, Committee of Concerned Scientists