April 20, 2014

CCS Urges Chinese Law School To Reinstate
Scholar, Advocates for Freedoms Under Constitution


Professor Zhang Xuezhong, a Professor of Law at East China University of Political Science and Law in Shanghai, was fired for "seriously violating teachers' professional ethics." Zhang, who has been an advocate for freedom of speech and association under the Chinese constitution, denied ever using his position as a teacher to promote his views. CCS wrote to the University President to protest what  … continue reading >>

Iran’s Human Rights Violations
Detailed in Two Public Presentations

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Iran: Silencing Scientists and Squelching Scholarship A November 16, 2013 open meeting in Washington DC Iran: Silencing Scientists and Squelching Scholarship, organized by: Amnesty International, Georgetown University Amnesty International, and the Georgetown University Science and Human Rights Group, was moderated by Jessica Wyndham of the AAS Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law  … continue reading >>

Amnesty Calls Kokabee Prisoner of Conscience. CCS Tells Iran, Calling for His Immediate Release


Persuaded that Omid Kokabee has been jailed and convicted because of his refusal to work on military projects, Amnesty International has called for his release as a "Prisoner of Conscience." CCS renews its call for release of the Iranian graduate student at Texas University/Austin, whose espionage trial lacked due process and whose violation of human rights has been of concern to students and  … continue reading >>

Saving Syrian Scholarship in Crisis is Goal
Of New IIE Consortium for Higher Education

IIE-SRF Syrian Scholar, Amal Alachkar

In the past two years, over 100 Syrian scholars have applied to the International Institute of Education (IIE)’s Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF), which provides fellowships abroad to faculty who are threatened in their home countries, --about ten times more than applied between 2002 and 2011 --. according to an October 14, 2013 article in the publication Nature, "We Must Preserve Syria's Scientific  … continue reading >>

CCS Co-sponsors Program on the Human Rights of Scientists in Iran


CCS is co-sponsoring a program on human rights in Iran with Amnesty International: Iran: Silencing Scientists and Squelching Scholarship Saturday November 16, 2013 3:00 to 5:00 pm Georgetown University ICC Auditorium 37th and O Street NW Washington, DC 20007 Panelists include: Dr. Eugene Chudnovsky, Co-Chair of the Committee of Concerned Scientists and Distinguished Professor of Physics  … continue reading >>

Highlights of 2013 Cases

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During the past year, we have achieved some successes, and persevered in our struggle when we haven't.  We welcomed some notable releases from jail  –  of Dr. Cyril Karabus in the United Arab Emirates, and of Drs. Kemal Guruz and Mehmet Haberal in Turkey. These were achieved after several years of advocacy by CCS and other science human rights organizations. The following summary of our  … continue reading >>

Omid Kokabee, Boris Altshuler
Win APS Andrei Sakharov Prize


Omid Kokabee, a University of Texas graduate student currently imprisoned in Iran, has been awarded the American Physical Society's 2014 Andrei Sakharov Prize, which recognizes outstanding leadership and achievements of scientists in upholding human rights. Kokabee will share the honor with Dr. Boris Altshuler of the Russian Federation. The prize carries $10,000 for each winner. The APS press  … continue reading >>

Kemal Gürüz Released from Prison


We welcome the news that Dr. Halil Kemal Gürüz, a chemical engineer, education administrator and former professor and university rector, was allowed to go home pending his appeal from the thirteen years and eleven month sentence imposed on him by a criminal court in Turkey on August 5, 2013. In a new trial on September 5 on another charge, Dr. Gürüz was placed on probation by an Ankara court  … continue reading >>

New Appeal for Omid Kokabee Details Specific Human Rights Law Violations


The Committee of Concerned Scientists endorses a new appeal on behalf of Texas University physics student Omid Kokabee, who is imprisoned in Teheran. CCS and many other human rights organizations have been advocating for his release since his arrest in 2011. The letters to Iranian and international officials (see below) were drafted by Ellen Hutchison, a student at Texas University/Austin, with  … continue reading >>

Court Hands Down Harsh Verdicts in Ergenekon Case: Drs. Haberal, Hilmioğlu, Gürüz get 13 to 23 Years

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On August 5, 2013, the trial court in the five-year old Ergenekon trial, alleging that military officers  and secularist allies planned an unsuccessful coup to overthrow the elected Islamic-leaning government, the High Criminal Court handed down severe sentences based on thousands of pages of indictments, based on trials described by international observers as lacking due process. Of the  … continue reading >>