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Academics Worldwide Condemn Assassination of Iranian Professor and State Violence

Open letter to Human Rights Organizations

January 24, 2010


On 12 January 2010 Tehran University physicist, Professor Masoud Ali-Mohammadi, was killed by a remote control bomb in front of his house in northern Tehran. This was a clear case of targeted assassination and another example of atrocities taking place in the Islamic Republic of Iran.


Massoud Ali-Mohammadi


Since June presidential election, the Islamic Republic has intensified its arrest, imprisonment, and torture of many students and professors.  Government's forces have murdered some students on the streets and some in the prisons. They have entered universities to attack students, destroy their living accommodations, and disturb their academic life.  Students have also been denied continuing their education.  Faculty and students have been subjected to these atrocities just because they demand their democratic and human rights.



We the undersigned, academics and administrators of universities around the world, condemn this assassination and call upon all human rights organizations around the world to condemn these acts of state violence and violations of human rights by the Islamic Republic of Iran. Given that the Islamic Republic has been involved in state terrorism and has controlled the circumstances and evidence surrounding the death of Professor Ali-Mohammadi, we demand an immediate and independent inquiry into the assassination of Professor Ali-Mohammadi.


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Afary, Janet: University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Afshari, Reza, Pace University, USA

Aguilar, Delia, University of Connecticut, USA
Akbari, Hamid,  Northeastern Illinois University, USA


Al-Ali, Nadje, SOAS, University of London, UK
Alamdari, Kazem: California State University, USA

Albo, Greg, York University, Canada

Alijani, Shahram, Reims School of Management, France

Ashouri, Daryoush: Independent Scholar, Paris France.


Assadi, Jamshid, Burgundy School of Business, France.

Babbitt, Susan, Queen's University, Canada

Barati, Mehran, Free University Berlin, Germany

Beardsworth, Richard, American University of Paris, France

Behdad, Sohrab, Denison University, USA


Behrooz, Maziar: San Francisco State University, USA

Bina, Cyrus, University of Minnesota, USA

Bosgiraud, Jacques, University of Paris, France

Broadbent, Jeffrey, University of Minnesota, USA

Brungardt, Maurice P, Loyola University New Orleans, USA


Cameron, Barbara, York University, Canada

Chehabi, Houchang, Boston University, USA

Chomsky, Noam Chomsky, MIT, USA

Clandfiled, David, University of Toronto, Canada

Clark, John, Loyola University New Orleans, USA


Crewe, Jonathan, Dartmouth College, USA

Crosby, Alison, York University, Canada

Dahi, Omar, Hampshire College, USA

Darvishpour, Mehrdad,  Mälardalen Unviersity, Sweden

Daryaee, Touraj: University of California, Irvine, USA


Davis, Chandler, University of Toronto, Canada

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Demetriou, Chares.  Masaryk University, Czech Republic

Dorsch, Michael, American University of Paris, France

Entessar, Nader, University of South Alabama, USA


Erlat, A.Haluk, Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Erlat, Guzin,  Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Farahani, Fataneh, Stockholm University, Sweden

Farhang, Mansour, Bennington College, USA

Fatemi, Shaheen, American Graduate School of Business and Economics, Paris, France


Georgis, Dina, University of Toronto, Canada

Gnuse, Robert, Loyola University New Orleans, USA

Goodman, Mark, York University, Canada

Hagighatjoo, Fatemeh, University of Massachusetts, USA

Hale, Sondra, University of California-Los Angeles, USA


Hanagan, Michael,Vassar College, USA

Hanssen, Jens, University Toronto, Canada

Hashemi, Nader, University of Denver, USA

Hassanpour, Amir, University of Toronto, Canada

Haynes, Douglas, Dartmouth College, USA


Henne, Nathan C, Loyola University New Orleans, USA

Hodgson, Geoffrey, Hertfordshire, UK

Hope, Laura, Loyola University New Orleans, USA

Hunt, Judith, Loyola University New Orleans, USA

Jahanbegloo, Ramin, University of Toronto, Canada


Jeffers, Esther, University of Paris, France

Kamaly, Hossein, Barnard College, USA

Kar, Menrangiz: The Brookings Institution, USA

Karimi-Hakkak, Ahmad: University of Maryland, USA

Khalili, Laleh, SOAS, University of London, UK


Khorrami,  Mehdi, New York University, USA

Kobtzeff, Oleg, American University of Paris, France

Lee, Frederic, University of Missouri-Kansas City, USA

Levy, Arturo Lopez , University of Denver, USA

Mahdavi, Mojtaba, University of Alberta, Canada


Mahdi, Akbar: Ohio Wesleyan University, USA

Martz, Linda, American University of Paris, France

Mashayekhi, Mehrdad: Georgetown University, USA

Mayer, Ann Elizabeth Mayer, The Wharton School, USA

Mercuro, Nicholas, Michigan State University College of Law, USA


Milani, Farzaneh: Uiversity of Virginia, USA

Mir-Hosseini, Ziba: SOAS, University of London, UK

Mirzaie, Ida, Ohio State University, U.S.A.

Moaddel, Mansour: Eastern Michigan University, USA

Moazami, Behrooz, Loyola University New Orleans, USA


Moghissi, Haideh, York University, Canada

Mojab, Shahrzad, University of Toronto, Canada

Naghibi, Nima, Ryerson University, Canada

Navabi, Alireza, University of Guelph, Canada

Naylor, Celia, Dartmouth College, USA


Newton, Melanie, University of Toronto, Canada
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Nomani, Farhad, American University of Paris, France

Nusair, Isis, Denison University, USA

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Parsa, Misagh, Dartmouth College, USA

Pashang, Soheila, Seneca College, Canada

Payrow Shabani, Omid, University of Guelph, Canada

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Soltani, Bahram, University of Paris Sorbonne, France


Soltani, Ebrahim, Syracuse University, USA

Stewart, Roberta, Dartmouth College, USA

Swedenburg, Ted, University of Arkansas, USA

Talattof, Kamran: University of Arizona, USA

Tavakolian, Bahram, Denison University, USA


Tohidi, Nayereh: California State University, USA

Trotz, Alissa, University of Toronto, Canada/Guyana

Vahabi, Mehrdad, University of Paris, France 

Vahabzadeh, Peyman, University of Victoria, Canada

Vahdat, Farzin: Vassar College, USA


Wessinger, Catherine, Loyola University New Orleans, USA

Wilson-Chevalier, American University of Paris, France

Yakitch, Mark, Loyola University New Orleans, USA

Zangeneh, Hamid, Widener University, USA

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