Please sign the petitions provided by Scholars at Risk for World Day Against the Death Penalty in support of Dr. Djalali and Dr. Tiyip who are currently imprisoned in Iran and China, respectively, sentenced to be executed for false charges. CCS has written to support both of these gentlemen previously (can be found on this website). Dr. Djalali is a professor of disaster medicine and was arrested on October 21, 2017. Dr. Tiyip, a professor of Geography is at risk of execution as he nears the end of a two year reprieve of a death sentence. Sign the petition, send letters and as we are recognizing World Day Against the Death Penalty it would be a wonderful time to advocate for the lives of these men and to have them set free.
On World Day Against the Death Penalty, join SAR in calling for the release of two scholars wrongfully sentenced to death!
In Iran, Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali, a scholar of disaster medicine, was sentenced to death on October 21, 2017. In China, Dr. Tashpolat Tiyip, a scholar of geography, is at risk of execution as he nears the end of the two-year reprieve of his death sentence.
Dr. Djalali was visiting Iran in April 2016 to participate in a series of university workshops when authorities arrested him for “collaboration with hostile governments” and “acting against national security.” On October 21, 2017, authorities convicted Dr. Djalali of “corruption on earth” and sentenced him to death. Dr. Djalali was denied the right to appeal the decision against him. Through his time in Evin Prison, where he has been held intermittently in solitary confinement, Dr. Djalali’s health has drastically suffered, and he has been denied appropriate medical care multiple times.
Dr. Tiyip, a member of the Uyghur ethnic community, was the president of Xinjiang University when, on March 31, 2017, the university announced on its website that Dr. Tiyip had been removed from his position, without explanation. Shortly after the announcement, Dr. Tiyip disappeared. In 2018, it was reported that, in a police film shown to students and teachers in China, Dr. Tiyip had been convicted and issued a suspended death sentence on a charge of “separatism,” in a trial held in secret.