|Dr Kamiar Alaei|
For years, Dr. Kamiar Alaei and his brother, Dr. Arash Alaei, fought the spread of AIDS in their native Iran. The clinics and anonymous needle exchanges they set up became a model for prevention around the world.
But in 2008, the Iranian government arrested the Alaei brothers and subjected them to months of solitary confinement. In a one-day trial, they were convicted of “communicating with an enemy government’’ — an apparent reference to their participation in international public health conferences supported by the United States.
“No prison walls can break the spirit of a human being with a cause,’’ Kamiar Alaei said.
“We thought we were forgotten,’’ Alaei said.
Freed Iranian Doctor Kamiar Alaei thanks Physicians for Human Rights among others for pushing for his release from Iranian prison.
|Dr. Arash Alaei|