Join us in calling on the Islamic Republic of Iran to immediately charge or release Dr. Kamiar Alaei and Dr. Arash Alaei.
Read the petition text in Farsi. (pdf)
We, the undersigned health professionals, HIV/AIDS advocates, and concerned individuals, call on the Islamic Republic of Iran to either immediately charge or release Dr. Kamiar Alaei and Dr. Arash Alaei - two brothers internationally known for their work on HIV/AIDS - who were detained without charge by Iranian security forces in late June 2008. Their whereabouts remain unknown.
The Alaei brothers have been leaders in addressing problems relating to drug use, with a focus on the spread of HIV/AIDS. They have played a key role in putting these issues on Iran's national health care agenda. They have worked closely with government and religious leaders to ensure support for education campaigns on HIV transmission, including those targeting youth, and for HIV and harm reduction programs in prisons. They have also worked to share their expertise with neighboring countries by holding training workshops for Afghan and Tajik health professionals.
Dr. Kamiar Alaei is a doctoral candidate at the SUNY Albany School of Public Health in Albany, New York. Dr. Arash Alaei is a former Director of the International Education and Research Cooperation of the Iranian National Research Institute of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. Neither of the men is known to have any involvement in political activities.
Therefore, we urge the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran either to charge these physicians and provide them with access to counsel and family, or release them immediately so that they can continue their important medical and public health work for the betterment of the people of Iran and the world.