February 20, 2017

Dr. Hasan Arif, 70-year-old Retired Philosophy Professor, Detained in Pakistan

Dr. Hasan Zafar Arif has been detained in Pakistan for allegedly "inciting public disorder". He has not had legal representation or medical care since his arrest at the Karachi Press Club in October 2016. Dr. Arif has a heart condition, and his health is at risk.  … continue reading >>

Lecturer and Fulbright Scholar in Pakistan Charged with Blasphemy, Lawyer Murdered

Junaid Hafeez, a lecturer of English Literature at Bahauddin Zakariya University, respected writer and scholar, has been jailed for the past three years and charged with blasphemy. The charge carries the possibility of a death sentence. During the trial his attorney was threatened by the prosecutor in open court; and was actually murdered. Hafeez’ new lawyer has requested the trial be moved to a  … continue reading >>

2014 Annual Report

During 2014, the Committee of Concerned Scientists continued to advocate on behalf of scientists, academics, engineers and physicians. We wrote in concern for more than 30 individuals or groups of individuals, located in 11 countries. We generally addressed our letters to the heads of state, as well as to the ministries or local authorities with jurisdiction over the case when we were able to  … continue reading >>

CCS Calls for Immediate Investigation of Assassination of Counsel in Blasphemy Case

After repeated threats called to the attention of Pakistani authorities, attorney and human rights advocate Rashid Rehman was assassinated on May 7, 2014. Rehman was defense counsel for Junaid Hafeez, an adjunct lecturer at the Bahuddin Zakariya University, who had been detained on blasphemy charges for over a year. CCS called for immediate investigation of the unknown assailants and further  … continue reading >>

Pakistani academic murdered

Nazima Talib, assistant professor of media and journalism in the Department of Mass Communications at the University of Balochistan in Questta, Pakistan, was killed in a drive-by shooting on Tuesday, April 27, 2010, and died before she could receive medical attention. The Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), a nationalist organization seeking secession from Pakistan, has reportedly claimed responsibility  … continue reading >>