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Urgent: Djalali’s Execution in Iran "Could Happen any Time"

February 6, 2018

Iran’s Supreme Court has rejected a request to review the death sentence given to Ahmadreza Djalali, a university professor accused of passing information to Israel.

 

On February 6, 2018, Djalali's lawyer, Zeinab Taheri, said, “The judge rejected our request on Sunday in less than an hour. We will file a new request with the Supreme Court to demand that the dossier be read, given the sensitivity of the case.”

 

The 45-year-old professor, who taught at the European Master in Disaster Medicine (EMDM) in Italy—a joint master’s program at the Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel—was arrested on charges of “collaboration with a hostile government” while visiting family in Tehran in April 2016.  Djalali was then accused of providing information to Israel to aid in the assassination of several senior nuclear scientists. Amnesty International reported that Djalali’s lawyers were told on December 9, 2017 that the Supreme Court had considered his case and upheld the October 24 sentence in a secret process. The lawyers had not been allowed to file defense submissions.

 

Endangered Scholars Worldwide and the undersigned consider this arbitrary sentence a flagrant and unjust violation of the freedom, security, and safety of an academic who is clearly a victim of a political witch hunt—arrested without cause, held for months in solitary confinement, and subjected to physical mistreatment and psychological abuse.   

 

Endangered Scholars Worldwide and the undersigned deplore this verdict and ask all international organizations, academic and professional associations, and other groups and individuals devoted to the promotion and defense of human rights to protest and condemn this arbitrary sentence; to call for Professor Djalali’s immediate and unconditional release; and to urge the officials of the Iranian government to respect, guarantee, and implement the provisions and principles of human rights as specified in international conventions and treaties. 

 

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CC:

 

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

The Office of the Supreme Leader

Jomhouri Street

Tehran

Islamic Republic of Iran

Fax: +98 21 644 11

Website: http://www.leader.ir/langs/en/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/www.Khamenei.ir

 

Ayatollah Sadeqh Larijani

Howzeh Riyasat-e Qoveh Qazaiyeh (Office of the Head of the Judiciary)

Pasteur Street., Vali Asr Avenue., south of Serah-e Jomhouri

Tehran

Islamic Republic of Iran

 

President Hassan Rouhani

The Office of the President

Palestine Avenue, Azerbaijan Intersection

Tehran

Islamic Republic of Iran

 

Javad Zarif

Minister of Foreign Affairs

The Minister’s Office

Imam Khomeini Square

Tehran

Islamic Republic of Iran

Fax: +98 21 66743149

Website: http://www.mfa.gov.ir

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jzarif

 

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Palais des Nations

CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland

Email: InfoDesk@ohchr.org

 

Kishore Singh

United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education

Palais des Nations

CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland

Email: sreducation@ohchr.org

 

David Kaye

United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression

Palais des Nations

CH-1211 Geneva 10

Switzerland

Fax: +41 22 917 9006

Email: freedex@ohchr.org

 

Federica Mogherini

High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

European Commission

Rue de la Loi / Wetstraat 200

1049 Brussels

Belgium

 

Thorbjørn Jagland

Secretary General of the Council of Europe Council of Europe

Avenue de l'Europe

F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex

France

Fax: + 33 3 88 41 27 99

 

Philippe Boillat

Directorate General Human Rights and Rule of Law Council of Europe

Avenue de l'Europe

F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex

France

Fax: + 33 3 88 41 27 99

 

 

 

 

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