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Doctors Jailed in Iran

>> Read the full story of the Alaeis' case at IranFreeTheDocs.org.


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.

Iranian-Born Doctors Honored for HIV/AIDS Work (Payvand Iran News, July 30, 2012)

Two Iranian-born physicians - Kamiar Alaei and his brother, Arash Alaei - received the inaugural Elizabeth Taylor Award on the opening day of the 19th annual International AIDS Conference, held July 22-27 in Washington.

Iranian Doctors Honored at AIDS Conference (Times Union, July 23, 2012)

Doctors Arash and Kamiar Alaei were honored at the International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC, on July 22 with the first Elizabeth Taylor award for their efforts to advocate for people with HIV and to prevent its transmission. PHR led a successful three-year international campaign to free the doctors following their arrest and imprisonment in their native Iran.

The Amazing Story and Success of the Iran Free the Docs Campaign (Top Secret Writers, June 5, 2012)

Dennis Dufrene, writing in Top Secret Writers, details the success of PHR's Free the Docs campaign in Iran.

Doctors Alaei Send Message to Their Supporters (iranfreethedocs.org, November 17, 2011)

Doctors Kamiar and Arash Alaei tell their supporters: "We are free and safe thanks to your efforts."

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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 events@phrusa.org

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)

Nature.com 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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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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