SUHF is deeply concerned that Dr. Djalali, Karolinska Institutet, has been sentenced to death in Iran.

6 februari 2018

SUHF, the Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions, is deeply concerned by reports that Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali, a scholar of disaster medicine, has been sentenced to death in Iran.

Dr. Djalali is a permanent resident of Sweden, affiliated with Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden and the University of Eastern Piedmont in Novara, Italy. He has worked with researchers from all over the world to improve the capacity of hospitals in countries suffering from extreme poverty or affected by disasters and SUHF armed conflicts.

Dr. Djalali was arrested in April 2016 while visiting Iran to participate in a series of academic workshops and subsequently detained in Evin Prison. On October 21, 2017, Dr. Djalali was sentences to death on espionage-related charges.

SUHF is strongly committed to academic freedom. International collaboration and the lawful, non-violent exchange of ideas are fundamental parts of academic life and the right to exercise this without fear of repression must be guarded.  SUHF is a member of the of the European University Association (EUA) and supports EUA’s call on Iranian authorities to reverse Dr. Djalali’s death sentence, to ensure his unconditional release from prison, and to drop all charges against him.

SUHF is strongly committed to human rights. All citizens are entitled to due process and a fair trial, and no citizen should be subjected to the death penalty. SUHF wants to emphasize that Sweden always condemns the use of the death penalty.