Using science and medicine to stop human rights violations
National Call-in Day TODAY: Tell Iran to Free the Alaeis!
One year ago, Dr. Kamiar Alaei and his brother Dr. Arash Alaei were sentenced to prison in Iran. Iranian officials accused the brothers of using trips to AIDS conferences in the US and around the world to “foment a velvet revolution.” They were convicted on charges of communicating with an enemy government — the US — all because they reached out to scientists from around the world to help prevent HIV.We say: Treating AIDS is not a crime.Now, the UN is reviewing Iran’s human rights record — and we need the US and other governments to stand up for the rights of these two Iranian physicians. Join us TODAY for a National Call-In Day to free Arash and Kamiar Alaei.The UN Universal Period Review is a new mechanism that reviews the human rights record of every country, once every four years. Iran is up for review during the 7th Session on the UPR, which runs Feb 8- 19, 2010.Member states can pose questions to the Iranian delegation on February 15. Ask UN Ambassador Susan Rice to ask about the Alaei brothers, and to urge Iran to grant their appeal and release them. If you are not from the US, please convey similar requests to your UN representatives.Call Ambassador Rice today at 212-415-4062 and use the following script. You have just 16 seconds: make them count!
Ambassador Rice, my name is ______ and I am from city/state or country. During the Universal Periodic review, please urge Iran to free Drs. Kamiar and Arash Alaei, who have been imprisoned in Iran since 2008. Treating AIDS in not a crime: please urge their release during the UPR this month.PHR is sending formal letters to Ambassador Rice and other key UN representatives about the UPR and the Alaeis, which will give these leaders more details about Kamiar and Arash and their case, but we need you to add your voice to the call for their release.Take part in the National Call-in Day today--16 seconds can make a big difference for Kamiar and Arash. Call Ambassador Rice today at 212-415-4062 — and tell six friends to do the same. We must tell Iran: Free the Alaeis. Treating AIDS is NOT a Crime!(For more on the Alaeis' story, see IranFreeTheDocs.org)