February 20, 2017

US Executive Order Could Have Serious Consequences on US Science and Academia

The Executive Order banning Muslims from accessing the United States can seriously affect foreign students attending American universities. CCS urges President Trump to take this into consideration.  … continue reading >>

Over 5,500 Academics Dismissed from Positions in Turkey since Rule of Law Suspended

Scholars At Risk report that the pressure on Turkish academics has persisted into the 2017 as a new decree was issued dismissing over 600 scholars and more than 100 administrative personnel from higher level educational institutions. Pressures on Turkey's Scholars Renewed in the New Year On January 6, state authorities issued a decree ordering the dismissal of 631 academic personnel and  … continue reading >>

Professor of Law and Former Head of Sociology Department at Gediz University Arrested

Dr. İştar Gözaydın, a professor of law and politics and former head of the Department of Sociology at Gediz University, was relieved of her position at Gediz University in Turkey. She was then arrested in December when Gediz University was closed in July under the current “State of Emergency”. Dr. Gözaydın was arrested on December 28, and charged with being a member of an armed terror  … continue reading >>

Political Science Professor and Former Member of Parliament Arrested

Dr. Merera Gudina, a political science professor who is also a former Member of Parliament and a leader in asserting the political interests of the Oromo people of Ethiopia, was arrested on November 30 upon his return to Ethiopia after a meeting at the European Parliament. We believe he was detained because of his association at that meeting with Olympic marathon silver-medalist Feyisa Lilesa  … continue reading >>

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 >>

Al-Halwachi Hearing on December 29th After Being Rescheduled for the 20th Time

Khalil al-Halwachi, a Bahrainian professor arrested in 2014, is scheduled to have a hearing today, after having it postponed for the 20th time.  CCS has requested that a representative of the U.S. Embassy be present to observe the trial and assure that he is granted due process and a proper trial.  … continue reading >>

A List of Over 1200 Academics Recently Dismissed from Universities in Turkey

A new batch of 1267 people, from teaching assistants to professors, have been dismissed from the universities in Turkey in connection with two decrees issued under the State of Emergency instituted after the failed coup in July.   … continue reading >>

Economist Held Incommunicado for Criticizing Egypt and the United Arab Emirates

Nasser bin Ghaith, an Economist in the United Arab Emirates, was arrested for committing hostile acts against a foreign state (Egypt) and for instigating against the UAE. These acts were criticizing these governments online. He was also charged with associating with a banned political party in the UAE (as an academic he gave a speech as requested by a member of that political party). CCS has  … continue reading >>

Communications Scholar from Istanbul University Jailed As Participant in Turkish Coup

Vedat Demir, a professor from Istanbul University, was arrested along with 30 other academics and charged with membershipo in FETO/PDY, a charge he has strongly denied. Despite the fact that Demir publicly denounced the coup, he remains accused of such involvement. CCS has written the Minister of National Education of Turkey requesting an investigation of this case. October 30, 2016 Mr. Nabi  … continue reading >>

New Court Date for Turkish Writers and Head of the Department of Forensic Medicine at Istanbul University

Dr. Sebnem Korur Fincanci, Professor and head of the Department of Forensic Medicine at Istanbul University, along with two prominent journalists, Erol Onderoglu and Ahmet Nesin, will go to trial on November 8. They have been charged with “terror propaganda.” These charges preceded the attempted coup in Turkey and these individuals had nothing to do with that event. CCS has advocated for these  … continue reading >>