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VUB professor sentenced to death celebrates 49th birthday in segregation in Tehran

Mr. Djalali has been locked in a small solitary confinement cell at Evin prison for 52 days. His wife, Vida Mehrannia, made a video with Amnesty International on the occasion of her husband’s birthday. In this video, available on Amnesty International Flanders’ YouTube page, Vida Mehrannia repeats that her husband, accused of espionage, was sentenced to death after a trial deemed unfair. The couple last spoke on the phone on November 24, 2020, during which the professor, informed by the judicial authorities that he would soon be executed, bade farewell to his companion. Since then, Ahmadreza Djalali has been placed in solitary confinement in Evin prison, without any contact with the outside world.

“Share my post as much as you can. We need to get my husband home,” Ms. Mehrannia says in the video.

Amnesty International stresses that prolonged solitary confinement, that is, exceeding 15 days, is a violation of the international ban on torture and ill-treatment. The risk of these occurring also increases in detention without access to the outside world.

“We again call on politicians and diplomats around the world to convince the Iranian authorities to repeal the death penalty and release Professor Djalali”, said Wies De Graeve, director of Amnesty International Flanders.

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