Legal defence of the case of a young Iranian scientist, Omid Kokabee
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Legal defence of the case of a young Iranian scientist, Omid Kokabee

    1. Violeta Pérez Marín
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      Violeta Pérez Marín

      Madrid, Spain

Omid Kokabee, an Iranian graduate student who has been imprisoned in Tehran for the past 21 months, was sentenced to 10 years on 13 May 2012 for allegedly conspiring with foreign countries against Iran.

Kokabee, 29 at the time of his detention, and now 30 years old, is a graduate of Sharif University of Technology in Tehran who later studied at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Spain where he obtained a master's degree in photonics. He was arrested in Tehran in February 2011 on charges of "communicating with a hostile government" and "illegal earnings."

According to a report from Nature, 10 to 15 people were tried at the same time, under the collective charge of collaborating with Israel's intelligence agency, Mossad. Whereas other prisoners in the group declared themselves guilty in a television broadcast on the evening before the trial, the physics student has consistently denied all charges and refused to speak in court.

After 15 months of detention, he was sentenced on 12 May 2012 to 10 years in prison.

We demand Amnesty International and related organizations to consider his case, as Human Rights violation and to procure urgent legal defence for a revision of his sentence, assuring correct legal procedures. We demand a  correct personal treatment, not causing any damage neither any injury or attempt on his health.

 

By 14th August 2012 the appeal to the Tehran's court against the 10-years sentence has been rejected.

From recent news, there is confirmation that Omid is suffering from a serious disease. He is not receiving the proper medical treatment while in prison. We pray the Iranian authorities to take care of the health of this innocent person.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. There is a sign of hope in the Omid's case

      Violeta Pérez Marín
      Petition Organizer
      Retrial Granted for Iranian Nuclear Scientist Omid Kokabee, Raising Hope for His Release

      Source: International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran Nuclear Scientist's Ten-Year Sentence Not Upheld by Supreme Court "The path has been paved for a retrial in his case, and God willing, proving innocence of Omid Kokabi (L)," Saeed Khalili, Kokabi's lawyer (R), says.

    2. 28 Nobel Prize in Physics support Omid Kokabee

      Violeta Pérez Marín
      Petition Organizer
      28 Distinguished Nobel Physics Laureates Support Imprisoned Colleague in Iran

      This week marks the announcement of the 2014 Nobel prizes, recognizing the lifetime accomplishments of some of the world's most extraordinary people. Twenty-eight of these eminent individuals-winners of the Nobel Physics Prize in years between 1972 and 2013-have signed letters to Iran's Supreme Leader calling for the release of a brilliant young physicist and prisoner of conscience, Omid Kokabee, who is serving a ten-year sentence in one of Iran's most miserable prisons.

    3. Denied urgent medical care to Omid Kokabee

      Violeta Pérez Marín
      Petition Organizer

      This is an urgent notice from Amnesty International informing on the serious health conditions of Omid Kokabee to whom medical care has been rejected while in jail.
      Please, send letter to Iranian authorities:
      http://amnesty.org/en/library/asset/MDE13/052/2014/en/8edbedf0-461a-419a-8cbc-08fcae6a5b9b/mde130522014en.html

      Document - Iran: Jailed scientist denied urgent medical care: Omid Kokabee | Amnesty International

      Since he was jailed in January 2011, Omid Kokabee has lost four teeth and has been told dental work must be done on another four teeth. He has had persistent kidney problems since childhood, and they have been exacerbated by prison conditions. He has passed kidney stones on at least five occasions in prison.

    4. Eighteen Nobel Laureates Call for Omid Kokabee immediate release

      Violeta Pérez Marín
      Petition Organizer
      Eighteen Nobel Laureates Call for Immediate Release of Iranian Physicist

      Source: International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran Omid Kokabee's Health in Great Danger, Requires Immediate Medical Treatment Iranian physicist, Omid Kokabee is serving a ten-year sentence for refusing to collaborate on a military project. Free Omid (September 29, 2014) The Iranian Judiciary should immediately release the Iranian physicist and prisoner of conscience, Omid Kokabee, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today.

    5. Eighteen Nobel Laureates Call for Omid Kokabee immediate release

      Violeta Pérez Marín
      Petition Organizer
      Eighteen Nobel Laureates Call for Immediate Release of Iranian Physicist

      Source: International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran Omid Kokabee's Health in Great Danger, Requires Immediate Medical Treatment Iranian physicist, Omid Kokabee is serving a ten-year sentence for refusing to collaborate on a military project. Free Omid (September 29, 2014) The Iranian Judiciary should immediately release the Iranian physicist and prisoner of conscience, Omid Kokabee, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today.

    6. Greetings to Omid Kokabee for the Nowruz, Persian New Year

      Violeta Pérez Marín
      Petition Organizer
      Twitter / GICOUCM: To OMID KOKABEE. Greetings ...

      To OMID KOKABEE. Greetings for the Persian New Year, from Madrid to Evin Prison, Teheran, Iran. pic.twitter.com/0z4csjwOd9

    7. Persian New Year: send your personal greetings to Omid Kokabee through AI

      Violeta Pérez Marín
      Petition Organizer

      You can send Nowruz greetings for Omid Kokabee to Amnesty International which will forward them to his address in Evin Prison, Teheran.
      http://www.amnestyusa.org/pdfs/NowruzAction2014.pdf

      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."

    8. Omid Kokabee's poems in prison

      Violeta Pérez Marín
      Petition Organizer

      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.
      Omid says in his poem: "It is not a prison where I’m being kept in, it is a school".
      http://concernedscientists.org/2014/03/his-jail-in-teheran-is-a-school-says-kokabees-poem-for-family/

      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."

    9. Protest Installation to Document Prisoners in Iran

      Violeta Pérez Marín
      Petition Organizer
      Protest Installation to Document Prisoners in Iran

      The "Inside Out" project, created by the Parisian street artist J R, joined forces with the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center in a pop-up protest against the incarceration of journalists, artists, feminists and other activists in Iran on Tuesday morning outside the United Nations.

    10. Omid Kokabee, featured in an installation by artist JR, New York

      Violeta Pérez Marín
      Petition Organizer

      A panel with photographs of emprisoned Iranians in Iran has been installed in the walls of the United Nations building in New York by JR artist. Among them is the photograph of Omid Kokabee.We need more actions to move consciences.
      http://ow.ly/i/4Dpv4

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    11. We have reached 600 signatures!!

      Violeta Pérez Marín
      Petition Organizer

      Dear friends,

      this is a great new, we have reached 600 signatures. We are now contacting Amnesty International to deliver all the signatures and to request them a legal support for the defence of Omid Kokabee.
      Unfortunately, Omid is still in prison and we need to continue with our actions untill a victory can be declared when he will be released.

      Your support has been very important. Let us continue with this support because we have to pursue with strength for the justice and defending an innocent in prison.

      Thank you to all!!

    12. OMID KOKABEE declared prisoner of conscience by Amnisty International

      Violeta Pérez Marín
      Petition Organizer

      As a very important new, Amnesty International has launched a campaign calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Omid Kokabee, a 31-year-old Iranian physicist pursuing a PhD in the USA, serving a 10-year prison sentence in Tehran’s Evin Prison. The organization considers Omid Kokabee a prisoner of conscience, held solely for his refusal to work on military projects in Iran and as a result of spurious charges related to his legitimate scholarly ties with academic institutions outside of Iran.

      It is time to pursue our efforst for an immediate release of an innocent person now in prision for more than two years.

      http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/MDE13/047/2013/en

    13. Scientists, Rights Activists Protest Treatment of Jailed Iranian Physicist

      Violeta Pérez Marín
      Petition Organizer

      Scientists, Rights Activists Protest Treatment of Jailed Iranian Physicist Omid Kokabee.He is to be featured in an upcoming Amnesty International panel discussion in Washington D.C. on academic repression in Iran.
      http://www.voanews.com/content/scientists-rights-activists-protest-treatment-of-jailed-iranian-physicist/1782995.html

    14. Metting in the Ateneu of Barcelona in defence of scientists in prison.

      Violeta Pérez Marín
      Petition Organizer
      A la presó Per voler defensar la seva recerca

      V a anar a casa a passar les vacances de Nadal i ja no va tornar. El jove científic iranià Omid Kokabee, que havia estat investigant a l'ICFO, a Castelldefels, fins al 2010, viatjava des dels Estats Units per veure els seus pares a l'Iran.

    15. New Appeal for Omid Kokabee Details Specific Human Rights Law Violations

      Violeta Pérez Marín
      Petition Organizer

      The Committee of Concerned Scientists has sent a letter to the new Iranian President, Mr. Hassan Rouhani, and also to the European High Representatyive Hon. Katherine Ashton. It is requested the immediate liberation of an innocent in prison for more that two years and without the right of a legal defence.

      http://concernedscientists.org/2013/08/new-appeal-for-omid-kokabee-details-specific-human-rights-law-violations/

      HELP IN DISSEMINATING THIS INFORMATION!! SUPPORT THIS DEMAND!!

      New Appeal for Omid Kokabee Details Specific Human Rights Law Violations

      The Committee of Concerned Scientists endorses a new appeal on behalf of Texas University physics student Omid Kokabee, who is imprisoned in Teheran. CCS and many other human rights organizations have been advocating for his release since his arrest in 2011.

    16. Human rights is also a responsibility of the scientific organizations

      Violeta Pérez Marín
      Petition Organizer

      Human rights is also a responsibility of the scientific organizations and the scientific community. This is an urgent call to all of them: Your help is needed to let Omid out of prison in which he is languishing. He is an innocent person and, adding to this condition, his health is deteriorating day by day.
      http://euroscientist.com/2013/05/human-rights-a-responsibility-of-scientific-organisations-too/

      Human rights: a responsibility of scientific organisations too | Euroscientist Blog

      A 30 years old Iranian physicist, called Omid Kokabee, languishes in jail in Teheran since January 2010. He has been condemned to 10 years for spying for the US government. He started his PhD at the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) in Barcelona, Spain, in 2007 and subsequently continued it at the University of Texas at Austin, US, for a few months at the end of 2010.

    17. In 2013 we have to win this campaign!!

      Violeta Pérez Marín
      Petition Organizer

      UT student Omid Kokabee gains more international support amid prison sentence. Read the article at The Daily Texan:
      http://www.dailytexanonline.com/news/2013/01/08/ut-student-omid-kokabee-gains-more-international-support-amid-prison-sentence

      UT student Omid Kokabee gains more international support amid prison sentence - The Daily Texan

      As a UT student remains jailed in Iran, efforts by academic entities to secure his release continue to grow. The Middle East Studies Association, an organization of roughly 3,000 academics from around the world, joined the more than a dozen academic organizations asking for justice for Omid Kokabee, a UT physics doctoral student.

    18. In 2013 we have to win this campaign!!

      Violeta Pérez Marín
      Petition Organizer

      UT student Omid Kokabee gains more international support amid prison sentence. Read new in The Daily Texan:
      http://www.dailytexanonline.com/news/2013/01/08/ut-student-omid-kokabee-gains-more-international-support-amid-prison-sentence

      UT student Omid Kokabee gains more international support amid prison sentence - The Daily Texan

      As a UT student remains jailed in Iran, efforts by academic entities to secure his release continue to grow. The Middle East Studies Association, an organization of roughly 3,000 academics from around the world, joined the more than a dozen academic organizations asking for justice for Omid Kokabee, a UT physics doctoral student.

    19. Former Iranian prisoner Kamiar Alaei talk with The Daily Texan

      Violeta Pérez Marín
      Petition Organizer

      Former Iranian prisoner Dr. Kamiar Alaei sits down with The Daily Texan to recount stories of Evin Prison, this is the prison in which Omid Kokabee is a prisoner by now for almost two years. He explains the lack of safety, space and basic human rights. Poor health care is a major problem at Evin Prison in Iran. Let us disseminate this information.

      http://www.dailytexanonline.com/news/2012/11/26/iranian-prisoner-dr-kamiar-alaei-sits-down-with-the-daily-texan-to-recount-stories

      Iranian prisoner Dr. Kamiar Alaei sits down with The Daily Texan to recount stories of Evin Prison - The Daily Texan

      A past inmate of the Iranian prison where former doctorate student Omid Kokabee is serving a 10-year sentence sat down with The Daily Texan to explain what life in the prison is like.

    20. Read the headline article on Omid Kokabee at The Daily Texan

      Violeta Pérez Marín
      Petition Organizer
      Former UT doctorate student Omid Kokabee still in Iranian prison on conspiracy charges - The Daily Texan

      As the health of a former UT doctorate student jailed in Iran since February 2011 deteriorates, an international day of protest is being planned in his honor. Dr. Arash Alaei and Dr. Kamiar Alaei, two Iranian HIV/AIDS researchers who were recently released from the same prison where Omid Kokabee has been in jail for almost two years on a 10-year sentence, spoke on campus Wednesday night.

    21. We have reached 500 signatures!!

      Violeta Pérez Marín
      Petition Organizer

      We have reached 500 signatures!!
      We are now sending the petition to Amnesty International.
      Many thanks to all of you supporting the defence of Omid Kokabee.
      If some of you have ideas for other initiatives, then go ahead.
      Many people are needed for the liberation of Omid to become a true reality.
      For Omid to live in freedom and without any trouble or health problem, to continue his work as a young scientist.

      THANKS TO ALL!

    22. Reached 500 signatures
    23. Omid Kokabee loses his appeal against 10-years sentence

      Violeta Pérez Marín
      Petition Organizer

      As a sad and unfortunate new we report that Tehran’s court of appeal confirmed by 14th August 2012 the 10-year sentence imposed on Omid Kokabee. Omid is inprison since February 2011.
      Omid Kokabee has denied all charges. His lawyer, Saeed Khalili, says that he has not been allowed to discuss the case with his client, and the appeal court’s response to his 10-page submission consisted of just a few sentences.
      We have to strength our actions to pursue with all appeals up to obtain the release of Omid from prison.

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    • Pury Hesa GERMANY
      • 7 days ago

      Weil das ein Unding ist

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      • about 1 month ago

      we are all omid

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    • Mani Mostofi NEW YORK, NY
      • 7 months ago

      Because I too was a student at UT Austin

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    • John Tanner IDAHO FALLS, ID
      • 9 months ago

      I also avoided military research while in the Army as a conscientious objector 50 years ago. I feel differently now, but I'm glad I had the right to refuse.

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 12 months ago

      "All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence."

      -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

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