The American Physical Society's Sahkarov Prize was awarded to a jailed physics student

Document created by Juan C Gallardo on Sep 26, 2013
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Human-rights prize Omid Kokabee, a physics PhD student jailed in Iran since January 2011, was on 23 September awarded the American Physical Society’s Andrei Sakharov Prize, for courage in refusing to work on projects that he thought were harmful to humanity. Kokabee has said that he was pressured to cooperate in an Iranian military nuclear programme. This is the first time that the human-rights prize has been awarded to a person in prison. See for more.