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Dr. Kavous Seyed-Emami found dead in Iran

Dear UO Sociology Friends and Colleagues,

It is with much sadness and outrage that we must share the news that UO 1991 PhD Kavous Seyed-Emami died in an Iranian prison under suspicious circumstances.  He was an accomplished and internationally acclaimed environmental activist.  We are joining his family in demanding an autopsy and information about the circumstances of his death.  We provide here links to some early articles about his death. Our hearts are with his family and close friends right now.  The world has lost an important activist for environmental and human rights.

New York Times: “He Fought for Iran’s Environment and Was Arrested. Now, He’s Dead.”

New York Times: “Death by Hanging in Tehran”

Around the O: “Memorial set for UO-educated professor who died in Tehran”

New York Times: “Forced Confessions in Iran’s House of the Dead”

Register Guard: “Iranian environmentalist who died in prison had strong UO roots”