Monday, February 06, 2017

Dear Kristina,
Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali urgently needs your help. This week, Dr. Djalali, a scholar of disaster medicine, was reportedly sentenced to death by the Iranian authorities in apparent connection to international academic collaboration. He is scheduled to be executed within two weeks.
SAR understands that Dr. Djalali, an Iranian-born resident of Sweden, who teaches at universities in Italy and Belgium, was arrested in April 2016, while visiting Iran to participate in a series of academic workshops. He has since been detained in Evin Prison, and was reportedly held in solitary confinement without access to a lawyer until December 2016, when he was transferred to a public ward. On February 1, 2017, Dr. Djalali informed his sister that he had been forced to sign a confession, which reportedly relates to crimes against the national security of Iran. Shortly thereafter, he was reportedly sentenced to death. Dr. Djalali’s wife and academic colleagues have all strongly denied any possible national security charges against him, citing his dedication to international scientific collaboration.
SAR asks for emails, letters, and faxes respectfully urging the appropriate authorities to reverse Dr. Djalali’s capital sentence, reconsider the charges against him, and, pending such action, asking the authorities to take all available steps to ensure Dr. Djalali’s well-being while in custody, including ensuring access to medical care, to legal counsel and to family; and likewise to ensure that his case is addressed in a manner consistent with internationally recognized standards of due process, fair trial, and detention, in accordance with Iran’s obligations under international law.
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