September 30, 2016

Good News

Turkish Academics Temporarily Released

The hearing for the four Turkish Academics arrested for having signed the Peace Petition was held on Friday, April 22nd. There was considerable support from government observers from other countries and supporters who attended a rally outside of the courthouse. The scholars were temporarily released pending trial/charges altered to lesser charge. The Court is attempting to scale back the charges  … continue reading >>

Lori Berenson Released from Peru

CCS received the good news that Lori Berenson, who has been confined in a Peruvian prison for the past 20 years, has been released. Ms. Berenson has notified Human Rights groups who were supportive of her efforts to be released from a Peruvian prison, that she has finally been released. CCS wrote a letter to President Clinton in 2000 requesting his intervention in freeing Lori. She was released in  … continue reading >>

Nephew of Chinese Lawyer and Activist Chen Released from Prison

The nephew of the blind lawyer and activist Chen Guangcheng, who was arrested following his uncle's escape from illegal detention, was released from prison on Wednesday, September 16, 2015. Chen Kegui was released after serving a three-year, three-month sentence that was widely seen as retribution for his uncle's daring escape from house arrest. Chen said in an email from the United States that  … continue reading >>

Good News: Beijing Releases Chinese Scholar Who Helped Lawyer-Activist Chen Flee

Guo Yushan, the Chinese scholar who assisted the lawyer and activist Chen Guangcheng flee from illegal detention was released from prison on September 14, 2015, according to his lawyer, Li Jin. Jin said that she did not know why Guo was released or if there was any link to Xi Jinping's United States visit. Related articles Beijing releases activist on eve of Chinese president's visit to US  … continue reading >>

CCS Requests Chile President’s Support For Permanent Human Rights Commission

For over 30 years, the Committee has supported the family of Dr. Boris Weisfeiler, Professor of Mathematics at Penn State University, in their search for the truth concerning the disappearance of Weisfeiler while hiking in Chile during the Pinochet regime. Finally, classified documents concerning Weisfeiler in the US Embassy in Chile and in the US State Department were declassified, resulting in  … continue reading >>

Good News: Palestinian Astronomer Released

Imad Barghouthi was released on Jan. 22, 2015, according to his lawyer, Jawad Boulos. Boulos said that at the hearing appealing the detention he presented the CCS letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu protesting Barghouthi's detention and that this had impressed the court. Barghouthi asked his lawyer to convey his gratitude to CCS. Related articles Israel's Detention of Palestinian Astronomer  … continue reading >>

Good News: Iran’s Supreme Court to
Reconsider Kokabee Case

Omid Kokabee’s attorney, Saeed Khalili, posted the news on his Facebook page that the Supreme Court of Iran has accepted his request for reconsideration of Omid’s case. The lawyer is confident about proving Kokabee’s innocence. It would appear that the court has vacated the sentence in effect at present. CCS is awaiting further confirmation of these hopeful developments before considering any  … continue reading >>

In Response to CCS Letter, DOE’s IG Will Investigate James Doyle’s Firing

The Department of Energy's Inspector General will investigate whether James E. Doyle, a political scientist employed at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, had been fired in retaliation for publishing an article in which he differed with US Government policy concerning nuclear weapons. The Administrator of the National Nuclear Safety Administration of the Department, Frank G. Klotz, in his letter  … continue reading >>

Turkish Court Releases Professor on
Medical Grounds

Prof. Fatih Hilmioğlu, former rector of Inonu University,  was released from jail on February 20 for six months after an order from the Constitutional Court that said his imprisonment interfered with his treatment for cancer and other illnesses acquired in prison, and this constituted an infringement of his right to life. Immediately after leaving the prison, Hilmioğlu said "If I've been released  … continue reading >>

Omid Kokabee, Boris Altshuler
Win APS Andrei Sakharov Prize

Omid Kokabee, a University of Texas graduate student currently imprisoned in Iran, has been awarded the American Physical Society's 2014 Andrei Sakharov Prize, which recognizes outstanding leadership and achievements of scientists in upholding human rights. Kokabee will share the honor with Dr. Boris Altshuler of the Russian Federation. The prize carries $10,000 for each winner. The APS press  … continue reading >>