Ahmadreza Djalali is a Swedish resident, father of two children and Professor in disaster medicine at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Universita Degli Studi Del Piemonte Orientale. He was arrested on the 25th of April 2016 while he was travelling in Iran after having been invited by the University of Tehran and Shiraz to attend workshops on disaster medicine. Since then, he has been detained in inhumane conditions in Tehran’s Evin Prison. His arrest and detention are based on false suspicions of collaboration with “enemy States”.
Pr. Djalali has spent months in solitary confinement while being subjected to intense interrogations aimed at forcing him to sign confessions. He has been denied access to a lawyer for over seven months and has then systematically been denied his right to communicate with a counsel of his own choosing. To protest against his arbitrary detention, he has conducted several hunger strikes that have severely affected his health.