May 25, 2015

News

Op-Ed on Omid Kokabee and Iran’s Uranium Enrichment Program

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Iranian physicist Omid Kokabee has been kept in prison since 2011 for his refusal to work on laser enrichment of uranium. Read the op-ed by Eugene Chudnovsky, Distinguished Professor of Physics, City University of New York (CUNY), and CCS Co-chair in The Washington Examiner: On January 30, 2011, Omid Kokabee, 28, was about to board a flight to the United States at Tehran airport. He was returning  … continue reading >>

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

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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 >>

Board Member Zafra Lerman to Discuss Malta Conferences and Science Diplomacy

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On May 19, Zafra Lerman, winner of the 2015 AAAS Prize for Science Diplomacy and a long time active board member of CCS, will discuss the work of the Malta Conferences (see below for details on how to participate). CCS has supported this unusual biennial event that brings together scientists from countries of the Middle East, including Iran, Iraq, Israel, Palestine and many others, who are able to  … continue reading >>

UAE Visa Denial to NYU Professor Ross Prompts Letter of Inquiry to Pres. Sexton

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Andrew Ross, a professor at NYU, had been studying and critiquing labor practices in the Gulf. Ross' research focused on alleged exploitation of migrant construction workers at NYU's proposed campus in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). In March, his visa to continue his research was denied by UAE authorities. In view of NYU's agreement with UAE to respect to academic freedom at the proposed  … continue reading >>

Lengthy Hunger Strike by Bahraini Activist Protesting Prison Conditions Concerns Family

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Dr. Abdul Jalil Al-Singace, a former professor of mechanical engineering and human rights activist, has been in jail under conditions he considers to be inhumane. His hunger strike has been ongoing since March 2nd, according to reports, and his family is gravely concerned about his health. CCS asked Bahraini authorities to investigate Dr. Al Singace's situation and prison conditions for  … continue reading >>

Sudden Transfer to Interrogation Ward of Omid Kokabee of Grave Concern

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CCS is alerting Dr. Mohammad Javad Ardashir Larijani about this worrisome development in Kokabee's imprisonment, contradicting earlier suggestions that a pardon might be forthcoming.  … continue reading >>

Iran’s Support for Science Might
Open Way for Kokabee Pardon

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After a strong statement by Dr. Mohammad Javad Larijani, a highly placed Iranian official, on the importance of science to the Islamic Republic, CCS requests his assistance in obtaining a pardon for Omid Kokabee. As we had before, we emphasize Kokabee's poor health in prison and the Iranian supreme court's assertion of his innocence.  … continue reading >>

Activist Jailed in China and Denied Access to Counsel

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Guo Yushan, a scholar and public intellectual who founded a public policy think tank in China, was arrested on January 3, 2014 for "operating an illegal business," although the government has not formally charged him with this crime. He was denied access to counsel for three months after his arrest, and his defense lawyer has also been detained. CCS urges President Xi Jinping to investigate  … continue reading >>

2014 Annual Report

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During 2014, the Committee of Concerned Scientists continued to advocate on behalf of scientists, academics, engineers and physicians. We wrote in concern for more than 30 individuals or groups of individuals, located in 11 countries. We generally addressed our letters to the heads of state, as well as to the ministries or local authorities with jurisdiction over the case when we were able to  … continue reading >>

Omid Kokabee Accepts AAAS Award with Letter from Iranian Prison

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Omid Kokabee was this year's winner of the prestigious 2014 Scientific Freedom & Responsibility Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The award was presented on February 13 at the AAAS Annual Meeting in San Jose, California. "Given that Omid Kokabee could not be present because he’s in prison, the audience was very moved. I exaggerate only a little when I say  … continue reading >>