February 20, 2017

Al-Halwachi Hearing on December 29th After Being Rescheduled for the 20th Time

Khalil al-Halwachi, a Bahrainian professor arrested in 2014, is scheduled to have a hearing today, after having it postponed for the 20th time.  CCS has requested that a representative of the U.S. Embassy be present to observe the trial and assure that he is granted due process and a proper trial.  … continue reading >>

Bahraini Instructor and Electrical Engineer Jailed for Two Years Has New Trial Date

Khalil al-Halwachi, was arrested in September 2014. He confessed, allegedly under duress, to owning a rifle for terrorist purposes. He and his family deny his ownership of any rifle or involvement in terrorist activities. His hearing has been rescheduled 19 times over the past two years. It was last scheduled for October 20th at which time it was again rescheduled, this time for October  … continue reading >>

59 Year Old Bahraini Engineer Imprisoned for Two Years With No Trial

Khalil al-Halwachi, a Bahrainian engineer arrested for alleged possession of a rifle and charged as a terrorist has sat in jail for the past two years and his trial has been postponed 18 times. Defendant alleges a forced confession after being tortured. CCS has written the US Ambassador to Bahrain requesting that a representative be present in the courtroom to assure due process for al-Halwachi.  … continue reading >>

Bahrainian Engineer Due in Court on September 19 Following Arrest 2 Years Ago

Khalil al-Halwachi, a Bahrainian engineer and human rights activist, was detained in September 2014 and has been confined since that time to date. It is alleged that the authorities came to his home and searched, finding a rifle (that was allegedly planted by those doing the search) which led to allegations of his being a terrorist. Al-Halwachi has been in prison since, in conditions that led to  … continue reading >>

Bahraini Neurosurgeon Arrested and Charged with “Illegal Gathering” for Participating in a Sit‑In

Dr. Taha al-Derazi, a prominent Neurosurgeon in Bahrain, was arrested and charged with "illegal gathering" due to his participation in a sit-in in Bahrain. Dr. al-Derazi is a member of the Bahrani Human Rights Obervatory, a group dedicated to monitoring human rights practices in Bahrain. He has been subjected in the past to repeated questioning by Bahrainian authorities, has been suspended from  … 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 >>

Masaud Jahromi Deported from Bahrain

In 2011, Dr. Jahromi, who was previously Chairman of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Ahlia University’s College of Mathematical Sciences and Information Technology and holds a PhD in Telecommunication Networking from the University of Kent at Canterbury, United Kingdom, was sentenced in 2011 to four months of prison and a fine of 500 dinars for participating in “unauthorized  … continue reading >>

2015 Annual Report

During 2015, the Committee of Concerned Scientists continued to advocate on behalf of scientists, academics, engineers and physicians. We wrote in concern for more than 21 individuals or groups of individuals, located in 11 countries. We generally addressed our letters to the heads of state, as well as to the country’s ambassadors, the United States ambassador for the particular jurisdiction,  … continue reading >>

Bahraini Engineer’s Appeal for Deportation to be Held March 6th

​Dr. Masaud Mirza Jahromi, who was wrongfully stripped of his Bahrainian citizenship on January 31, 2015, has been notified that he would be deported shortly. An Appeal of that decision is to be held on March 6th. Should the decision be upheld, Dr. Jahromi will be deported shortly — without his family. CCS has written requesting the Ministry of Justice and Islamic Affairs to correct this error and  … continue reading >>

Lengthy Hunger Strike by Bahraini Activist Protesting Prison Conditions Concerns Family

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 >>