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Why Iran imprisoned its leading HIV specialists

By Tina Rosenberg   October 2012

Police burn drugs, confiscated in Tehran: AIDS prevalence among drug injectors shocked Iran, which now offers addicts clean needles

Of Kamiar Alaei’s 63 days in solitary detention in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison, one of the worst was the day his cell was painted. Cell 74 of Unit 209 was tiny, six feet by four, and Kamiar, who is not tall, could flatten his palms on each wall when standing. But the ugly green walls provided companionship. They were covered with words, short poems, brief prayers—written with pens, scratched with…

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