April 30, 2016

News

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 >>

Polish Government Threatens to Strip Honor from Historian

Prominent Princeton-based Historian, Jan Gross is threatened with having his state honor, the Order of Merit he received in 1996, stripped from him by the Polish President. ​The Polish government, taking a turn to the right, is trying to deny the historical facts of the Holocaust and Poland's involvement in it. Gross has written many historical books indicating Poland's involvement in the death  … continue reading >>

After Five Years in Prison, An Appeal for Omid Kokabee’s Release

On the fifth anniversary of Omid Kokabee's imprisonment in Iran, CCS appeals to President Rouhani for his unconditional release. Kokabee, a Iranian doctoral student in physics at the University of Texas — Austin, was arrested in 2011 while visiting his family in Iran. On August 20, 2015, Omid Kokabee turned 33, it was his fifth birthday in prison. Two months later he developed anemia, abdominal  … continue reading >>

CCS Signs Scholars at Risk Letter in Support of Turkish Scholars

New York, January 21, 2016 – This afternoon, a coalition of 20 higher education networks and associations from around the world have issued a joint public letter expressing grave concern over recent reports of widespread pressures on members of Turkey’s higher education and research community. Read the Letter The Committee of Concerned Scientists is one of the 20 organizations that co-signed  … continue reading >>

Appeal for Professor Mohammad Hossein Rafiee Fanood

Professor Rafiee's appeal may be heard next week. His family is hopeful that there will be a positive verdict from the courts. It appears that the support he has received is having a positive response. Related Letter Scholars’ Open Letter to the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran More than 350 scholars have signed a letter urging President Ruhani to release Dr. Rafiee. January 27,  … continue reading >>

Scholars Who Signed Petition Detained in Turkey, Many Dismissed from Jobs

Turkish authorities rounded up scholars who signed a petition requesting the military to stop their behavior towards the Kurdish community in the south eastern part of the country.  Universities also began dismissing the professors who had signed the petition.  Those detained have now been released but they do face investigation and possible arrest.  Many have already been dismissed from their  … continue reading >>

Two Human Rights Lawyers Formally Charged in China

Wang Yu, lawyer for Ilham Tohti, and Li Heping, lawyer for Chen Guangcheng, were detained by Chinese authorities in July 2015. CCS, at that time, wrote a letter requesting their release. They have now been formally arrested with charges that could result in life sentences. January 22, 2016 President Xi Jinping The State Council General’s Office 2 Fuyoujie, Xichengqu Beijingshi  … continue reading >>

Moroccan Historian Denied Travel for Conference Faces Criminal Charges

Professor Maati Monjib, a Moroccan historian, was banned from traveling out of the country to attend a professional conference in Spain. He began a hunger strike, became ill and was hospitalized. The ban was lifted and hunger strike ended but Professor Monjib and several of his colleagues were charged with “harming internal state security,” a charge for which he can receive five years in prison.  … continue reading >>