April 16, 2014

News

Egyptian’s Criticism of NGOs Guilty Verdict
Leads to Charging Him of Insulting Judiciary

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Dr. Amr Hamzawy, a professor of political science at Cairo University and of public policy at the American University in Cairo, faces criminal charges in Egypt for expressing his opinions on Twitter. He wrote that he found shocking and obviously political a verdict against 43 employees of Western-based civil society groups. The employees were found guilty of "receiving illegal funds" and  … continue reading >>

His Jail in Teheran is a School,
Says Kokabee’s Poem for Family

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On the occasion of Nowruz, the Persian New Year,  Omid Kokabee sent his family a poem he wrote in jail. We are posting it here with the family's permission. Kokabee, a graduate student at Texas University/Austin, is in Evin prison since 2011  for allegedly "communicating with an enemy government" and "illegal earnings." CCS and many others protested his conviction as lacking due process. In his  … continue reading >>

Respond to UN Amouee Report,
CCS Request to Iran’s Authorities

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Bahman Ahmadi Amouee, an Iranian economist and journalist, was arrested and imprisoned in June 2009 for alleged anti-state activities and was sentenced to seven years and four months imprisonment and 34 lashes. On January 27, 2014, the United Nations (UN) Working Group on Arbitrary Detention issued an opinion, based in part on information provided by CCS, requesting the Iranian government release  … continue reading >>

Turkish Court Releases Professor on Medical Grounds

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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 >>

Responding to CCS, UN Working Group Finds Iranian Detention of Amouee Arbitrary

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Bahman Ahmadi Amouee, an economist and journalist, was arrested and imprisoned in June 2009 for alleged anti-state activities and was sentenced to seven years and four months imprisonment and 34 lashes. On January 27, 2014, the United Nations (UN) Working Group on Arbitrary Detention issued an opinion, based in part on information provided by CCS, requesting the Iranian government release Amouee  … continue reading >>

2013 Annual Report

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Summaries of 2013 Cases The Committee of Concerned Scientists advocated for sixteen individuals or groups during 2013 in ten countries. This reduced caseload enabled us to focus on several individual cases in which CCS had taken the lead and fostered cooperation with other human rights organizations. We were also able to cover events concerning human rights issues that were germane to our cases  … continue reading >>

CCS Calls for Full Investigation of Ukrainian Geophysicist’s Kidnapping, Beating and Murder

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A Ukrainian scientist participating in protests in Kiev was kidnapped from a hospital, severely beaten, and abandoned to die of hypothermia. CCS joins Human Rights Watch in calling for investigation of this crime, including possible governmental connection by perpetrators. President Viktor Yanukovych No. 11 Bankova Street Kiev, Ukraine February 18, 2014 Your Excellency: We are an  … continue reading >>

Advocate for Uighur Minority in China Arrested, Taken to Undisclosed Location

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Dr. Ilham Tohti, a Professor of economics at the Central Minorities University in Beijing was arrested after a raid of his apartment and materials in it. He had been previously harassed and threatened, allegedly to stop him from talking to foreign journalists. CCS wrote to Chinese authorities asking for Tohti to be treated with fairness and due process, including access to family and  … continue reading >>

Russian Winner of Sakharov Prize Writes Urging President Putin to Help Kokabee

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Boris Altshuler, physicist and chairman of the NGO "Right of the Child", who won the 2013 Sakharov human rights prize together with Omid Kokabee, addressed a letter to President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation, suggesting that he appeal to Dr. Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran, requesting Omid Kokabee's release from prison so that the latter can pursue his studies at the University of  … continue reading >>

Reject Boycott of Israel

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By Walter Reich, CCS Co-Chair An American academic organization is poised to begin sweeping a respected segment of academia into the dustbin of intellectual and moral irrelevancy. At its annual meeting this week, the 30,000-member Modern Language Association will hold a session aimed at strategizing how to mount academic boycotts against Israel, and will consider a resolution critical of  … continue reading >>