August 31, 2016

Omid Kokabee Released on Parole

Physicist Omid Kokabee, whose arrest and imprisonment in Iran galvanized the academic community for more than five years, has been granted parole by the Iranian court. Kokabee was born in Iran in 1982. At age 18 he was recognized for his extraordinary intellectual power in Iran’s nationwide college entrance exams. He graduated with degrees in Applied Physics and Mechanical Engineering from  … 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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

Release Omid Kokabee from Prison

Omid Kokabee, a graduate student at University of Texas, Austin who has been in prison in Iran for over five years, has been diagnosed with kidney cancer. Surgery was performed on Tuesday, April 19th. CCS wrote Mohammad Jafar Montazeri, Attorney General of Iran, requesting Omid’s release so that he may recuperate at his family home upon discharge from the hospital. April 20, 2016 To: Mohammad  … continue reading >>

Omid Kokabee Diagnosed with Kidney Cancer

Medical tests performed on Omid Kokabee have revealed, that after years of seeking medical care that was not responded to, he has been diagnosed with kidney cancer. Kokabee began complaining of pain in 2011 but was ignored. CCS has written Iranian authorities on several occasions requesting that his medical concerns be addressed and that he receive proper care. On April 16, 2016, it was  … continue reading >>