Letter-writing campaign Amnesty to free Dr Ahmadreza Djalali

arrestIranian-born Swedish resident Dr Ahmadreza Djalali, a medical doctor and lecturer in disaster medicine, has been detained in Tehran’s Evin prison since his arrest on 25 April 2016. While in solitary confinement, he was subjected to intense interrogations, and forced under great emotional and psychological pressure to sign statements. He has been accused of being a spy for a "hostile government" (i.e. Israel) and threatened with the death penalty.

Dr Djalali and his wife Vida MehranniaDr Djalali went on hunger strike in December 2016 when his interrogators told him that he would face the death penalty if he refused to sign a statement "confessing" to being a spy. His hunger strike lasted three months and resulted in the severe deterioration of his health. Acoording to his wife Vida, he has lost 29 kilos and developed problems in his heart and kidneys, and has experienced gastro-intestinal bleeding. In April 2017, she wrote on the Amnesty International website: "Ahmadreza has always been devoted to helping others; now he is wasting away in prison for nothing. I ask Amnesty International activists around the world to help bring my husband back to his wife and children, and to the academic world."

Letter-writing campaign

Earlier this month, Dr Djalali was sentenced to death and fined 200,000 euros after being convicted of "corruption on earth" by the Revolutionary Court in Tehran. The court verdict alleged that Djalali had worked as a spy for Israel in the 2000s. According to one of his lawyers, the court produced no evidence to substantiate these claims. Following this verdict, Amnesty International has issued an urgent call upon everyone to write to the Iranian authorities and ask them to repeal Dr Djalali's conviction and release him immediately and unconditionally.

IFHHRO strongly supports the campaign of Amnesty International to free Dr Djalali. We are deeply concerned about this attack on medical practice and international cooperation. We believe international support could make a difference.


More information on the letter-writing campaign

Latest News

  • Unfulfilled healthcare needs of migrant women care workers

    careOn November 21, a high-level panel at a meeting convened in Geneva will discuss a new WHO report entitled "Women on the Move: Migration, care work and health". Available data shows that a substantial and growing proportion of care work is being undertaken by migrants, the majority of whom are women. In Italy for instance, nearly 90% of home-based caregivers are foreign born. In this report, the World Health Organization (WHO) calls attention "to a global situation in which migrant women care workers buttress health systems in countries where there are shortfalls in healthcare provision, while their own right to health is eroded and their health care needs go unfulfilled." 

     
  • Why is adolescents’ health a human rights issue?

    ifhhroAdolescents face a myriad of threats to their right to health including violence, sexual assault, exploitation, trafficking, and harmful traditional practices. At the same time, they face multiple barriers to health services, including restrictive laws, unavailability of contraception or safe abortions; failure to ensure privacy and confidentiality; judgemental service provision, and discrimination. Our volunteer Tara Ornstein wrote an article about adolescents’ right to health for our website, explaining what the issues are and what health professionals can do to safeguard adolescents’ health and rights.