Medical Ethics Under Threat: Physician Leaders Urge International Response for Dr. Djalali’s Release 

The World Medical Association urgently appeals for global support to prevent the imminent execution of Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali in Iran in a letter sent today to the authorities.  

The Iranian authorities have recently escalated their threats to execute Dr. Djalali in retaliation for the Swedish Court of Appeal’s decision to uphold Hamid Nouri’s conviction and life sentence for his involvement in the 1988 prison massacres in Iran. This alarming development underscores a distressing trend of using human lives as bargaining chips. The WMA condemns this reprehensible act of blackmail in the strongest terms. 

“The impending execution of Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali is a grave violation of medical ethics and a stark injustice. The global medical community must unite in condemning this act and calling for his release. Our shared commitment to humanity demands that we stand together against such blatant disregard for fundamental rights”, urged Dr. Lujain Al-Qodmani, President of the World Medical Association.  

The World Medical Association will continue to closely monitor the situation and actively engage with relevant stakeholders to advocate for Dr. Djalali’s immediate release. Our collective voice can make a profound impact in the fight against the misuse of power and the preservation of human dignity.