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From 26 February to 2 March, VUB and UZ Brussel will again organise a campaign for the Iranian guest lecturer Ahmadreza Djalali. Students and staff will write hundreds of cards to Prof. Djalali and his wife Vida. With this campaign, VUB and UZ Brussel want to reaffirm their support for the Djalali family and encourage them to continue to believe in a successful outcome.
Sweden naturalised Ahmadreza Djalali, the Iranian professor and VUB guest lecturer detained in Tehran on charges of espionage, in order to prevent the execution of his death sentence. Iran then reported that it does not recognise his dual nationality and that Dr Djalali will continue to be treated as an Iranian citizen. Meanwhile, a new procedure was initiated before the Iranian Supreme Court to reconsider the death penalty against Professor Djalali. There is therefore still hope for our Swedish-Iranian colleague’s case.
VUB and UZ Brussel continue to put friendly but sustained pressure on the Iranian authorities. In that framework, we want to organise this mass card-writing campaign.
Our ambition is to send hundreds of cards to Vida, dr. Djalali’s wife, in Sweden. With statements of support for her and her husband, with messages of hope, and to show that we continue our fight for Ahmadreza.
Through Amnesty International, our campaign will be communicated to the Iranian media. And we will of course also inform the Iranian embassy about our card-writing campaign.
- On Tuesday 27 February on the Esplanade in Etterbeek: from 12 am to 2 pm.
- On Wednesday 28 February in the resto in Jette: from 12 am to 2 pm.
- On Thursday March 1 in the resto in Etterbeek: from 12 am to 2 pm.
- A whole week at the UZ Brussel
VUB and UZ Brussel will provide postcards and sample messages, so be sure to drop by!
Ask your family members and friends to write a card too. All the cards can be sent to MARCOM at the address below or through the VUB’s internal post.
Vrije Universiteit Brussel/Marcom
T.a.v. Ahmadreza Djalali
Dear dr. Djalali, Dear Ahmadreza,
We do not give up the fight.
You deserve a fair trial and a presumption of innocence.
[OF: I keep standing for justice and against the death penalty.]
[OF: I condemn Iran’s violation of fair trial rights.]
Never give up hope!
Dear Mrs. Djalali, Dear Vida,
In Belgium and elsewhere in Europe, we keep believing in your husband.
We stand with you and will never give up the fight for justice.
Never give up hope!