May 27, 2016

News

Iranian Government Grants Temporary Release to Jailed Physics Student

Omid Kokabee has been granted bail to recuperate at home following cancer surgery involving the removal of a cancerous kidney and other medical problems. Kokabee has been in prison in Iran for more than 5 years. Related articles Jailed Iranian Physics Student Released on Bail (nature.com)  … continue reading >>

Amnesty International Call to Action for Omid Kokabee

The Committee of Concerned Scientists joins with Amnesty International in calling for a letter-writing campaign in support of Omid Kokabee. Kokabee, a Ph.D. student in Physics at the University of Texas, Austin, was arrested when he went home to visit his family for refusing to work on Iranian military projects. He has been in prison in Iran for the past five years and was recently diagnosed  … continue reading >>

A Petition in Support of Turkish Academics Facing Job Loss and Arrest

Please support Turkish academics who have been terminated from their positions and arrested for signing a petition to encourage a peaceful handling of the Kurdish population. Our Previous Activities CCS Turkish Archive Hundreds of Turkish academics face prison terms and expulsion from their universities for exercising their freedom of speech. We appeal to academics of all countries to stand  … continue reading >>

Palestinian Astro-Physicist Detained at Israeli Checkpoint for a Second Time

Imad al-Barghouthi, astro-physicist and Professor at al-Quds University has been detained for a second time at a checkpoint in Israel. No charges were filed. Professor Barghouthi is an astro-physicist and founder of the Arab Union of astronomy and science. He obtained his doctorate at the University of Utah and worked at the US space agency before returning to Jerusalem. In December 2014 he was  … continue reading >>

Wife of Jailed Uyghur Scholar Faces Severe Hardship

Embed from Getty Images The wife of Ilham Tohti, an Economics Professor and an advocate for the Uyghur community in China, is facing a life sentence for speaking out for Uyghur rights in a peaceful way. She is also facing severe financial hardship. Related Articles Family of Jailed Uyghur Scholar Faces Severe Hardship, Social Isolation  … continue reading >>

Scholars at Risk Letter Campaign for Omid Kokabee

Scholars at Risk calls for letters on behalf of imprisoned Iranian doctoral student Omid Kokabee April 19, 2016 -- Scholars at Risk (SAR) is gravely concerned about recent reports of imprisoned doctoral student of physics Omid Kokabee's deteriorating health, specifically his distressing diagnosis of kidney cancer, and his reported lack of access to needed, regular medical care. SAR understands  … continue reading >>

Public Support Solicited for Masaud Jahromi, Former Department Chair at Ahlia University

Dr. Jack Minker, CCS Vice Chair for Computer Science, has authored a letter to the editor in the May 2016 Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery (CACM) explaining Dr. Masaud Jahromi’s legal situation. Minker also requested assistance for job and residential placement. CCS has been advocating for Dr. Jahromi, former chair of the Telecommunications Engineering Department of  … continue reading >>

Scientist Dying in Prison for Refusing to Help Iran Develop Nuclear Weapons | Washington Examiner

Omid Kokabee’s fate is at the mercy of the Revolutionary Courts, who execute the will of the Supreme Leader, now that he has suffered kidney cancer and had his right kidney removed. Omid Kokabee was recently diagnosed with kidney cancer that required surgery to completely remove his right kidney. Kokabee has been in Evin Prison in Iran since 2011 for failing to cooperate with the Atomic Energy  … continue reading >>

EU Response to CCS Request to Help Obtain Release of Rafiee-Fanood

CCS wrote a letter to Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s High Representative, requesting assistance with obtaining the release of Dr. Mohammed Hosein Rafiee-Fanood, by bringing the matter to the attention of  the  President of Iran. A representative of her office responded to the letter.  … continue reading >>

Walter Kohn, Nobel Prize Winner and National Sponsor of the Committee of Concerned Scientists Passes at 93

The Committee of Concerned Scientists sadly announces the passing of one of our National Sponsors and a Nobel Prize Laureate, Dr. Walter Kohn. Walter Kohn was not only a leading scientist, but also an advocate for the rights of scientists and the co-author of a documentary film on solar energy, The Power of the Sun. Dr. Pierre Hohenberg, a current National Sponsor of CCS and a colleague of Dr.  … continue reading >>