SUHF is deeply concerned that Dr. Djalali is still imprisoned in Iran and denied medical care

11 april 2019

SUHF, the Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions, is deeply troubled to learn that Iranian-Swedish academic Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali is still imprisoned in Iran and denied medical care.

In February 2018 SUHF published a statement expressing deep concern by reports that Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali, a scholar of disaster medicine, has been sentenced to death in Iran. Dr. Djalali has been detained in Iranian prison since April 2016. According to a recent news report, Dr. Djalali is suffering from major health conditions and is in desperate need of medical treatment. SUHF is distressed by the fact that Dr. Djalali is still imprisoned in Iran and denied medical care.

Dr. Djalali is 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 armed conflicts. In February 2018 Sweden granted Dr. Djalali citizenship.

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.