September 21, 2014

Iranian Graduate Student’s Condition
Seriously Worsening in Prison


Omid Kokabee, an internationally recognized physicist serving a 10-year sentence in Iran, has not been allowed medical treatment outside Evin Prison despite his worsening kidney stone condition and stomach ailment, a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Kokabee, 33, who has not been allowed furlough once in the four years since his incarceration (a customary practice  … continue reading >>

CCS Protests Lack of Due Process In
Long Detention of Former Morsi Official

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Khaled al-Quzzaz, an engineer and educator, was foreign relations secretary to former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. After Morsi was deposed by the Egyptian military, al-Quazzaz was arrested. He has been imprisoned in maximum security for over a year, over half of that in solitary confinement. We asked for the Egyptian government to provide him with due process, a fair trial and access to  … continue reading >>

Turkey Prosecutes Leaders of Organizations Involved in Gezi Protests, Scientists Included

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Criminal trials have started against many of the organizations included in peaceful protests in 2011. Included are the leaders of associations of medical, engineering and architects. According to Amnesty International, the indictment charging these defendants does not contain any evidence of participation in or incitement to violence or any other criminal activity. CCS wrote to urge dismissal of  … continue reading >>

CCS Urges Reinstatement of Russian Scientist Punished for Attending Stony Brook Workshop


Four scientists at Russia's Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics (ITEP) resigned in protest after their colleague Alexander Gorsky was fired for attending a workshop at Stony Brook University. As a condition for his attendance, where Gorsky was to deliver a paper published a year earlier, ITEP's administration allegedly demanded a cooperative agreement with Stony Brooks and a  … continue reading >>

Iranian Graduate Student in Belgium Sentenced for Scholarship Funding


In a repeat of the arrest, prosecution, and sentencing of Omid Kokabee, Hamid Babaei, an industrial engineering student in Belgium, was arrested as he attempted to return to his studies at the University of Liege. He was sentenced to six years in prison for communicating with a hostile government, apparently on the basis of his scholarship funding. CCS wrote to protest this charge, that Babaei  … continue reading >>

His Jail in Teheran is a School,
Says Kokabee’s Poem for Family


On the occasion of Nowruz, the Persian New Year,  Omid Kokabee sent his family a poem he wrote in jail. We are posting it here with the family's permission. Kokabee, a graduate student at Texas University/Austin, is in Evin prison since 2011  for allegedly "communicating with an enemy government" and "illegal earnings." CCS and many others protested his conviction as lacking due process. In his  … continue reading >>

CCS Calls for Full Investigation of Ukrainian Geophysicist’s Kidnapping, Beating and Murder

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A Ukrainian scientist participating in protests in Kiev was kidnapped from a hospital, severely beaten, and abandoned to die of hypothermia. CCS joins Human Rights Watch in calling for investigation of this crime, including possible governmental connection by perpetrators. President Viktor Yanukovych No. 11 Bankova Street Kiev, Ukraine February 18, 2014 Your Excellency: We are an  … continue reading >>

Russian Winner of Sakharov Prize Writes Urging President Putin to Help Kokabee


Boris Altshuler, physicist and chairman of the NGO "Right of the Child", who won the 2013 Sakharov human rights prize together with Omid Kokabee, addressed a letter to President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation, suggesting that he appeal to Dr. Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran, requesting Omid Kokabee's release from prison so that the latter can pursue his studies at the University of  … continue reading >>

A New Joint Petition for Omid Kokabee


CCS urges those who support the human rights of scientists to sign this petition created by Free Omid, with the support of Amnesty International, and the Committee of Concerned Scientists. It was set up with the aim of combining the efforts of institutions, organizations and every single supporter of Omid Kokabee's into a unique petition. It advocates his unconditional release from prison and will  … continue reading >>

Iran’s Human Rights Violations
Detailed in Two Public Presentations

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Iran: Silencing Scientists and Squelching Scholarship A November 16, 2013 open meeting in Washington DC Iran: Silencing Scientists and Squelching Scholarship, organized by: Amnesty International, Georgetown University Amnesty International, and the Georgetown University Science and Human Rights Group, was moderated by Jessica Wyndham of the AAS Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law  … continue reading >>