December 1, 2015

Highlights of 2015 Cases

Throughout 2015, CCS advocated for 15 cases in behalf of scientists, academics and doctors in 10 countries. The following are highlights of our cases so far. The situation in China has become dire for Human Rights attorneys. We advocated for two of them who defended CCS clients in past cases. In Iran, the situation has not improved for Omid Kokabee but we have continued to write in his  … continue reading >>

Omid Kokabee Hospitalized

Omid Kokabee has been hospitalized with severe stomach pain and bleeding  after spending almost 5 years of his 10 year sentence in Tehran's Evin prison. Related articles Untreated Kidney Stones Sends Imprisoned Physicist to Hospital (  … continue reading >>

Physicist’s Group Writes in Support of Omid Kokabee

Herbert Berk, chair of the American Physical Society's Committee on International Freedom of Scientists, writes an editorial in the Washington Post in support of Omid Kokabee. Berk writes soliciting wider support from the general public and government officials for his release. Omid Kokabee is a gifted graduate student in Physics who is  languishing in an Iranian prison for refusing to participate  … continue reading >>

Omid Kokabee’s Mother Pleads with Ayatollah for his Release

Omid Kokabee's mother wrote a letter to the Ayatollah pleading for the release of her son after serving almost five years in prison without a furlough, or a pardon. Despite the ruling of the Supreme Court of the land in his favor, he remains in Evin Prison with no indication of a release. He is being denied books and the time to read them, his health is failing and from all reports it appears he  … continue reading >>

Omid Kokabee’s Birthday

CCS would like to wish a happy 33rd birthday to Omid Kokabee. This is the 5th birthday that he has spent in Evin Prison in Iran. For further information please read this article in Iranwire. Related articles Omid Kokabee Marks Birthday in Jail ( Free Omid Facebook page Kokabee Archive ( Guards Punish Jailed Scientist for Media Reports  … continue reading >>

An Appeal to Iranian Scientists on Behalf of Omid Kokabee

The Committee of Concerned Scientists (CCS) is asking Iranian scientists to apply their influence to free Omid Kokabee who is serving a 10-year prison sentence in Tehran for his refusal to participate in research related to Iran’s nuclear program, see Op-Ed on Omid Kokabee and Iran’s Uranium Enrichment Program. Earlier this year CCS wrote to Dr. Mohammad-Javad Larijani, Secretary of the Human  … continue reading >>

Op-Ed on Omid Kokabee and Iran’s Uranium Enrichment Program

Iranian physicist Omid Kokabee has been kept in prison since 2011 for his refusal to work on laser enrichment of uranium. Read the op-ed by Eugene Chudnovsky, Distinguished Professor of Physics, City University of New York (CUNY), and CCS Co-chair in The Washington Examiner: On January 30, 2011, Omid Kokabee, 28, was about to board a flight to the United States at Tehran airport. He was returning  … continue reading >>

Sudden Transfer to Interrogation Ward of Omid Kokabee of Grave Concern

CCS is alerting Dr. Mohammad Javad Ardashir Larijani about this worrisome development in Kokabee's imprisonment, contradicting earlier suggestions that a pardon might be forthcoming.  … continue reading >>

Iran’s Support for Science Might
Open Way for Kokabee Pardon

After a strong statement by Dr. Mohammad Javad Larijani, a highly placed Iranian official, on the importance of science to the Islamic Republic, CCS requests his assistance in obtaining a pardon for Omid Kokabee. As we had before, we emphasize Kokabee's poor health in prison and the Iranian supreme court's assertion of his innocence.  … 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 >>