Iran: Academic Ahmadreza Djalali facing death penalty - HRK President renews protest
Iran's highest court has declined to review the death sentence issued against the academic Dr Ahmadreza Djalali, who has now been imprisoned for almost two years. The President of the HRK responded with a renewed call for the immediate reversal of the death sentence and the unconditional release of the academic. In an open letter to the Iranian head of state, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the HRK President also appealed for Dr Djalali to receive immediate access to proper medical treatment. The academic’s health has evidently deteriorated significantly during his imprisonment. Hippler urged Iran to respect human rights, protect academic freedom and recognise the principles of the rule of law.