August 5, 2015

An Appeal to Iranian Scientists on Behalf of Omid Kokabee

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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 >>

CCS Protests Arbitrary Arrest of Retired Tehran University Professor

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For the third time since 2001, Dr. Mohammad Hossein Rafiee has been wrongfully detained in Iran. His arrest on unspecified charges is in breach of the guarantees outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The Committee of Concerned Scientists has expressed its deep concern for Dr. Rafiee's well-being and has  … continue reading >>

Scientists Protest Against Kremlin Threat to Research

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Nick Holdsworth, University World News, 06/11 — Russian scientists and intellectuals mounted a rare public protest on 6 June to voice their fears that research and freedom of enquiry are under threat from the Kremlin. Several thousand protesters gathered in Moscow on Saturday 6 June to highlight growing red tape and President Vladimir Putin's fear-driven agenda that has seen a leading private  … continue reading >>

CCS Calls for Due Process and Investigation Of Criminal Charges of Russian Nuclear Scientist

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  Update 5/28/2015 We understand that Dr. Golubev was arrested on April 22, 2015. Dr. Vladimir Golubev, a nuclear scientist formerly employed by the Russian Federal Nuclear Center, denies criminal charges of revealing classified materials at an international conference in 2013. Dr. Golubev states that the materials were published in scientific outlets before his presentation. CCS calls  … continue reading >>

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

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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 >>

CCS Requests Chile President’s Support For Permanent Human Rights Commission

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For over 30 years, the Committee has supported the family of Dr. Boris Weisfeiler, Professor of Mathematics at Penn State University, in their search for the truth concerning the disappearance of Weisfeiler while hiking in Chile during the Pinochet regime. Finally, classified documents concerning Weisfeiler in the US Embassy in Chile and in the US State Department were declassified, resulting in  … continue reading >>

Lengthy Hunger Strike by Bahraini Activist Protesting Prison Conditions Concerns Family

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Dr. Abdul Jalil Al-Singace, a former professor of mechanical engineering and human rights activist, has been in jail under conditions he considers to be inhumane. His hunger strike has been ongoing since March 2nd, according to reports, and his family is gravely concerned about his health. CCS asked Bahraini authorities to investigate Dr. Al Singace's situation and prison conditions for  … continue reading >>

Sudden Transfer to Interrogation Ward of Omid Kokabee of Grave Concern

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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

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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 >>

Omid Kokabee Accepts AAAS Award with Letter from Iranian Prison

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Omid Kokabee was this year's winner of the prestigious 2014 Scientific Freedom & Responsibility Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The award was presented on February 13 at the AAAS Annual Meeting in San Jose, California. "Given that Omid Kokabee could not be present because he’s in prison, the audience was very moved. I exaggerate only a little when I say  … continue reading >>