Victory: Release of Iranian HIV/AIDS Specialist!

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Dr. Arash Alaei teaching

Dr. Arash Alaei teaching © Physicians For Human Rights

On Sunday August 28, we celebrated the release from prison of Dr. Arash Alaei, an internationally recognized expert in the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS!

Amnesty International and partner organizations such as Physicians for Human Rights had campaigned tirelessly for his release and that of his brother Kamiar, since the two were arrested in June 2008 (Dr. Kamiar Alaei was released several months ago).  The Iranian government released Dr. Alaei and dozens of other prisoners of conscience to honor the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.


Recent String of Human Rights Successes in Iran Welcomed

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Emadeddin Baghi

Iran human rights success stories have sadly been quite rare lately but in just the past three weeks, human rights activists have had several reasons to celebrate.

Amnesty International welcomes the release on medical furlough of labor leader Mansour Ossanlu and journalist Hengameh Shahidi, the unconditional release of eminent author and human rights defender Emadeddin Baghi, and the news of recently released physician and HIV/AIDS researcher Kamiar Alaei’s receipt of a prestigious award.

All of these four individuals had been prominent cases on which activists from Amnesty International and our partner organizations had been tirelessly campaigning. They had all been featured in our most recent Nowruz (Iranian New Year) action from this spring.