The New York-based group urged Iranian authorities to release or charge Kamiar Alaei
is enrolled in UAlbany's doctorate of public health program.
had returned home to Iran during the summer and was expected back for the fall semester.
...Kamiar Alaei co-founded Global Health in the Middle East and Central Asia, which trains health experts on HIV/AIDS.He
played a leading role in establishing Iran's first HIV/STD and drug-use prevention and care center, a facility praised by the World Health Organization
also co-wrote Iran's National Strategic Plan for Control of HIV/AIDS 2002-2007.
The brothers have appeared in prominent international media outlets like the Washington Post and the BBC
, which broadcast a documentary that featured their AIDS work.The Asia Society named Kamiar Alaei a fellow in its Asia 21 Young Leaders Initiative.
...Locally, Kamiar Alaei had applied for funding to do research on AIDS in the Montgomery County City of Amsterdam, said Ladan Alomar, executive director of Centro Civico, a nonprofit social-services organization there.
was excited to see his
family when Alomar last spoke with him in June before he
left for Iran.She
expected him back in August, and planned to pick him up at the train station.
Iranian authorities detained Arash Alaei overnight at an unknown location before accompanying him to his
home the following morning, according to Human Rights Watch
, the largest human rights group based in the U.S.
There, they arrested Kamiar Alaei
and seized documents belonging to the brothers.