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On Thursday, December 14th, Amnesty International and VUB will mobilize their community for a protest action at the Iranian embassy. After a clearly dishonest trial, the Iranian-Swedish professor Ahmadreza Djalali was sentenced to death in Iran at the end of October. Professor Djalali has been imprisoned there since April 2016.
Amnesty International regards Ahmadreza Djalali as a prisoner of conscience who was convicted and detained for his refusal to use his academic links to spy on Iran.
The Iranian authorities clearly defy the rule of law and stick to the death penalty. The evidence submitted against Djalali shows nothing but an academic who peacefully seeks to practice his profession.
We call on the Iranian authorities to release him without conditions immediately and to drop all charges against him.
Join us in campaigning for the release of Dr. Djalali:
- Thursday, December 14th, from 6 pm to 7 pm.
- Iranian embassy, Franklin Rooseveltlaan 15, 1050 Ixelles.
- Due to the EU summit, traffic in the inner city of Brussels will be severely disrupted. Metro and tram will therefore offer the most reliable solution. It is best to calculate extra time if you’re travelling by car.
Forced confessions and psychological torture
In a recording of his voice published on YouTube on October 22nd, Ahmadreza Djalali says that, when he was held in isolation, he was forced to make “confessions” for a video camera by reading statements that his interrogators had composed. Dr. Djalali goes on to say that he was put under intense pressure by psychological torture and threats, also about his children, and that he had to admit that he was a “spy” for a “hostile government”. In the recording he also claims that he is being persecuted for his scientific convictions. He denies all allegations.