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Iranian Baha'i Optometrist Released after Serving 10-Year Sentence
March 29, 2018
On March 19, Vahid Tizfahm—an Iranian Baha’i optometrist—was released from Raja’i Shahr prison after serving a 10-year sentence in connection with his Baha’i faith. He was one of the seven-member Friends in Iran (Yaran-i-Iran), an ad hoc national coordinating group responsible for the Iranian Baha’i community’s religious and administrative affairs. Read more...
CHR Represented at "Science in Exile" Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
On February 13, 2018, Saint Mary’s University in Halifax hosted a film screening of The World Academy of Sciences’ (TWAS) new documentary, “Science in Exile”, which highlights the struggles faced by displaced scientists attempting to relocate and continue their work. The screening was followed by a discussion panel. The speakers were S. Karly Kehoe, the Canada Research Chair in Atlantic Canada Communities at Saint Mary’s University; Patricia Evers, Senior Program Officer for the Committee on Human Rights; and Edward Lempinen, producer of the film and public information officer at TWAS. The panel discussed the various efforts that academies and universities can undertake in order to assist refugee scholars. The panel members agreed that encouraging universities to host these scholars is an important way to not only assist colleagues in difficult situations, but also to broaden the field of discussion within academia by encouraging cooperation between researchers from different backgrounds. Dr. Kehoe organized this event in follow-up to the CHR’s symposium—Protecting the Rights of Individuals Fleeing Conflict— held last December, where she participated in a similar panel.
CHR Hosts Public Symposium on Protecting the Rights of Individuals Fleeing Conflict
On December 7-8, 2017, the Committee on Human Rights hosted a public symposium on the role of scientists, engineers, and health professionals in assisting refugees and other individuals who have been forcibly displaced. Scholars, innovators and humanitarian organizations, among others, examined strategies being used to promote rights and dignity in situations of displacement and identified specific ongoing challenges that scientists, engineers, and health professionals can help to address.
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