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.
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.
Attacks on health workers and facilities have become a feature of modern war; they are not simply committed by rogue countries or forces.
I just returned from an inspiring ANAC conference. It is always fun, fabulous and totally energizing to be around ANAC members, who are deeply committed to stopping AIDS, supporting people living with AIDS and building an amazing community of caregivers, educators and advocates.
For PHR members in Canada, we'd like to extend an invitation to an important meeting in Toronto on the case of three Sri Lankan doctors detained earlier this year.