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UPDATE: In the fall of 2010, Kamiar Alaei was quietly released from Evin Prison after serving two years of his three-year sentence. He lives in the US currently and works for the release of his brother, Arash Alaei.

UPDATE2: We are happy to report that in August 2011, Arash Alaei was also released from Evin Prison after more than three years in detention. He rejoined his mother and other family members in Tehran and anticipates the resumption of his life-saving work, as well as reuniting with his brother, Kamiar, and sister in the US.

Iranian Doctors Arash and Kamiar Alaei were jailed by their government in 2008 for ostensibly "working with an enemy government" toward the overthrow of the Iranian government. Their only crime? Working with colleagues internationally to eradicate HIV/AIDS.

>> Learn more about Doctor Arash and Doctor Kamiar Alaei.

World-Renowned HIV/AIDS Doctors Arrive in US (October 22, 2011)

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today announced the arrival of prominent Iranian AIDS doctors Arash Alaei and Kamiar Alaei in the US following 3 years in prison in Tehran. During their imprisonment, PHR spearheaded a 3-year international campaign which called for their release and engaged hundreds of leading AIDS experts, virologists and health organizations. In late 2010, Dr. Kamiar Alaei was released and Dr. Arash Alaei was released last month.

PHR Announces Global Day of Action for Dr. Arash Alaei (July 19, 2011)

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today announced a Global Day of Action for Dr. Arash Alaei during which health professionals, scientists and concerned citizens will appeal to the Iranian authorities for the immediate release of the internationally renowned HIV/AIDS doctor. During today’s Global Day of Action, PHR and its supporters will engage in a social media and viral campaign to call for the release of Dr. Arash Alaei from Iranian prison.

Freed Iranian Doctor Speaks Out On Behalf Of Imprisoned Brother (July 15, 2011)

On Tuesday, July 19th, 2011, PHR and International AIDS Society will convene a press conference in Rome, Italy, with recently released physician and AIDS program innovator, Dr. Kamiar Alaei. He will describe his pioneering AIDS work with his brother in Iran; discuss his experiences in prison between 2008 and 2011; and make a public appeal for the release of his imprisoned brother, Dr. Arash Alaei.

Hans Hogrefe to be Honored for Contributions to Human Rights (July 11, 2011)

Hans Hogrefe, PHR’s Chief Policy Officer and Washington Director, will be honored by the Stewart Mott Foundation and the Open Society Foundation for his contributions to human rights.

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Join PHR as Released Iranian AIDS Doctors Share their Story (November 2, 2011)

Doctors Kamiar and Arash Alaei will speak together on November 9 at the National Press Club in Washington DC to talk about their imprisonment, their AIDS work, and their joy at being reunited. Join us! To RSVP: email

Dr. Arash is Freed! (August 29, 2011)

We are so happy to report that Dr. Arash Alaei has been released from Evin Prison in Tehran, Iran.

"Iranian AIDS doctors continued work behind bars" (July 25, 2011) today posts an interview by Priya Shetty with Dr. Kamiar Alaei, given during the recent International AIDS Society meetings in Rome.

Kamiar Alaei Appeals for Release of Jailed Brother (July 20, 2011)

PHR and its supporters are appealing for the immediate release of the internationally renowned HIV/AIDS doctor from Evin prison in Tehran, Iran. Drs. Arash and Kamiar Alaei were wrongfully convicted in January 2009 on charges of communicating with the enemy government.

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PHR Appeals for Release of Imprisoned Iranian Doctor (March 2017)

PHR sent this letter to the Supreme Leader of Iran expressing our deep concern over the imprisonment of Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali on false charges.

Letter to Iranian Authorities Concerning the Suspicious Death of Dr. Ramin Pourandarjani (November 2009)

Amnesty International, Physicians for Human Rights, and the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran called on the Iranian authorities to allow for an independent investigation into the suspicious death of Dr. Ramin Pourandarjani, who may have been witness to the possible ill treatment, torture, and deaths of prisoners at Kahrizak detention center...

Medical Leaders Call for Justice for Iranian Doctors (July 2008)

In partership/conjunction with PHR and the HIV Medical Association, sixteen top US medical experts have written a letter to the Minister of Health in Iran urging the government to respect the basic human rights of Doctor Arash Alaei and his brother, Doctor Kamair Alaei, who were taken into custody by Iranian authorities in late June and are being held incommunicado.

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