Yesterday was World AIDS Day, a veritable mixed-bag of acknowledgments and modest accolades contrasted with sobering memorials and hard facts.
Kamiar and Arash have no more legal appeals left. Based on current understanding of political prisoners in Iran, inmates are eligible for release on special pardon occasions (such as religious or state holidays), provided they serve one-third of their respective sentences.
Two years ago, Kamiar Alaei, MD, and Arash Alaei, MD, were arrested in Iran, just as they were preparing to leave for Mexico to present on their innovative harm reduction work at the XVII International AIDS Conference.On July 18, the world convenes again for the XVIII International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria---but will be short two shining stars. Arash and Kamiar remain in jail today.
Physicians for Human Rights joins numerous international NGOs, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and Reporters Without Borders, in supporting United4Iran's Global Day of Action on June 12, 2010. June 12 events will be occurring in over 70 cities around the world.
This week marks Nowruz, or the Persian New Year, in Iran. On this Nowruz, Amnesty International wants to remember several courageous prisoners of conscience in Iran--- including Drs. Kamiar and Arash Alaei---with Nowruz greetings. PHR is pleased to support Amnesty's call to action, which will send a message of hope and solidarity to Kamiar and Arash and other human rights activists in Iran.