February 20, 2017

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 >>

Revocation of Degree Four Years Later Leads to Protest by Vietnamese Academics

Hanoi National University of Education awarded Do Thi Thoan a Masters Degree in 2010, after it received the highest possible evaluation. In 2014, another committee revoked the degree without explanation to Ms. Thoan. Her research adviser was fired. Suspecting politics, almost 300 Vietnamese academics, in Vietnam and abroad, protested the lack of due process in revoking the degree. CCS joined in  … continue reading >>

CCS Welcomes the Release of Vietnamese Professor, Pham Minh Hoang

We welcome the release from prison of Vietnamese professor of mathematics, Pham Minh Hoang on January 13, 2012. CCS was among the many human rights groups and academic associations advocating for Professor Hoang’s release. Pham Minh Hoang, a professor of mathematics and blogger in Vietnam, was arrested on August 13, 2010 and was later convicted of holding membership in Viet Tan, a banned political  … continue reading >>

AFP: Vietnam cuts jail term of French-Vietnamese blogger

(AFP) HANOI — A Vietnamese court on Tuesday halved the jail sentence of a French-Vietnamese blogger whose release has been sought by Paris and the European Union, his lawyer said. Pham Minh Hoang, who has dual nationality, will be freed on January 13 after serving a 17-month sentence for attempted subversion but will still have to serve three years' house arrest, lawyer Tran Vu Hai told  … continue reading >>

Follow-up on the Arrest and Trial of Math Professor Pham Minh Hoang

CCS wrote a follow-up letter to Prime Minister Nguen Tan Dung of Viet Nam joining other human rights organizations in urging the government to release Professor Pham Minh Hoang. Read the letter:  … continue reading >>

Vietnamese Mathematician Pham Minh Hoang Arrested

Vietnamese mathematician Pham Minh Hoang was arrested and accused of sedition after publishing blogs criticizing the environmental impact of bauxite extraction. The Committee of Concerned Scientists wrote a letter to the government of Vietnam, protesting his arrest on charges of sedition.  … continue reading >>

Vietnamese mathematician arrested

Professor Pham Minh Hoang, lecturer in mathematics at Ho Chi Minh City Polytechnic Institute, was arrested on August 13, 2010 on charges of participating in a banned opposition political group, the Viet Tan. According to media reports, the arrest followed the interrogation two days earlier of Professor Hoang and his wife at a police station in Ho Chi Minh City, where they were questioned on their  … continue reading >>