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Friday, 09 December, 2022

739 Arrested During Nationwide Protests In Gilan Province

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Human Rights in Iran – Sunday, September 25, 2022 – Police officers in Gilan Province arrested 739 civilians during the ongoing protests in the province.

According to the report of Human Rights in Iran, on Saturday, September 24, the police chief of Gilan Province announced the arrest of 739 citizens during protests against the death of Mahsa Amini and the filing of lawsuits for some of these individuals.

“A large number of detainees are not natives in the province and had entered Gilan with the aim of disturbing and rioting,” the security and police official in Gilan Province claimed.

Also, on September 23, Colonel Hossein Hassanpour, deputy police chief of Gilan Province, announced the arrest of 211 protesting citizens during the gatherings.

It should be noted that in the spoken and written literature of the authorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran, protest gatherings are called “riots” and citizens protesting are given titles such as “agitators” or “rioters”.

On September 22, 2022, Amnesty International issued a statement calling for urgent global action to counter the deadly crackdown on protests over the death of Mahsa Amini.

Since the announcement of the death of Mahsa (Zhina) Amini, a 22-year-old girl who had traveled to Tehran from Saqez to meet with relatives, who was arrested by security police officers on the pretext that the hijab was “inappropriate” and died after being transferred to the Security Police Detention Center in Tehran, there have been widespread protests about the performance of the Morality Police (Gasht-e Ershad : The Guidance Patrol) in various cities of the country.

The repression of citizens and the designation of accusations based on the scenario of security agencies violates Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, adopted on December 16, 1966.

In addition, the right to a fair trial by an impartial judge, interrogator, and investigator is among the rights highlighted in Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The impossibility of the accused to have access to a lawyer, as well as denying the person access to other necessities in a judicial process, violates Article 9 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, adopted on December 16, 1966.

In Article 5 of the Criminal Procedure Law, it is emphasized on informing the accused as soon as possible about the alleged charges and providing the right of access to a lawyer and other defense rights mentioned in the law.

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