July 24, 2016


Angolan Professor Arrested for Peaceful Activism

Dr. Domingos Da Cruz, an Angolan Professor of Law and Human Rights at the Universidade Independente de Angola was arrested on June 21, 2015 and charged with preparatory acts of rebellion and association with criminals (the other 13 activists who were also arrested the previous day). After being held for six months, and then released on house arrest for another four months, the case came to trial  … continue reading >>

URGENT ACTION: Tweet Storm in Support of Physicist and Human Rights Activist Narges Mohammadi

CCS requests that you participate in this campaign. On 11 July, Narges Mohammadi enters her third week of hunger strike, which she began on Monday 27 June to protest the judicial authorities’ persistent refusal to allow her telephone contact with her nine-year-old twins. Her children had to move abroad one year ago to live with their father, as there was nobody to look after them in Iran  … continue reading >>

Sebnem Korur Fincanci and Colleagues Released, but Charges Not Dropped

Dr. Sebnem Korur Fincanci, President of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey and professor at Istanbul University, has been released from prison, along with her two colleagues. However, the charges against them have not been dropped. These charges could result in 14 years in prison. CCS has requested that the Turkish authorities drop all charges against Dr. Fincanci and her  … continue reading >>

Turkey Continues to Question, Detain, Arrest, and Terminate Employment of Academics That Signed Peace Petition

To date, the Turkish authorities have terminated the employment, requested resignations, failed to renew contracts or sent files to the Higher Educational Council of 91 Turkish academics. 513 face disciplinary action resulting in temporary suspensions, and legal process have been initiated against 418. The numbers are continually growing. CCS has written to the Turkish authorities requesting  … continue reading >>

Homa Hoodfar, Canadian and Iranian Citizen, Jailed in Evin Prison

Dr. Homa Hoodfar, a Canadian and Iranian citizen, was arrested on June 6 and has been held in Evin Prison. She has not been able to contact her family or an attorney. Dr. Hoodfar, a Professor of Social Anthropology, was arrested in June after three months of questioning. She was in Iran visiting family and doing research on the political role of women in Iran historically. Being in isolation opens  … continue reading >>

Professor and President of Human Rights Foundation of Turkey Arrested

Dr. Sebnem Korur Fincanci, professor and head of the Department of Forensic Medicine at Istanbul University was arrested on June 20 and charged with “terror propaganda” along with two other prominent writers, Erol Onderoglu and Ahmet Nesin. The arrests seem to have been triggered in response to their participating as “on-duty editor-in-chief” of the newspaper Ozgur Gundem, a pro-Kurdish  … continue reading >>

Weather Bureau Employee Cleared of Spy Investigation but Fired From Her Position at NOAA

Sherry Chen, an employee of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, was notified that she was being investigated by the Justice Department for spying for China in October 2014. The investigation cleared her but she was never reinstated, and was eventually fired from her position with the Weather Service for NOAA. CCS has written on behalf of Ms. Chen in the past and is now sending  … continue reading >>

Human Rights Attorneys Charged with “Subversion of State Power”

Wang Yu and Li Heping are human rights attorneys in China who have defended scholars and academics whom CCS has also advocated for. Both attorneys were detained in 2015 and have been held incommunicado for almost a year. They have both, now, been charged with "subversion of state power". The charge could carry as much as a life sentence in a Chinese prison. CCS has written on behalf of these  … continue reading >>

Iranian Physicist and Human Rights Activist Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison

Narges Mohammadi, a prominent activist, has spoken out against the use of the death penalty in Iran. She has also advocated for the rights of women. For these, she has now been sentenced to 16 years in Evin Prison in Iran. CCS has written requesting her immediate release and that she be given adequate medical care for seriously deteriorating medical issues. Embed from Getty  … continue reading >>

Dr. Nasser bin Ghaith Held by the United Arab Emirates for Criticizing UAE and Egypt

Dr. Nasser bin Ghaith, a U.S.-educated economist, was detained in the UAE and has been held for criticizing Egypt and the UAE online. He has been held since August 2015 in an unknown location. CCS has written several times on bin Ghaith’s behalf.  His trial will start on June 28th. June 6, 2016 HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid al-Maktoum Vice-President and Prime Minister Prime Minister’s  … continue reading >>