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Abbas Dehghan, Gonabadi Dervish, was trialed by the Criminal Court of Tehran

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Human Rights in Iran – Monday, April 27th 2020 After 797 days of uncertainty, the trial of Abbas Dehghan, the Gonabadi Dervish man, arrested in Golestane-e Haftom incident, was held in the Criminal Court of Tehran. After being arrested during Golestane-e Haftom incident in March 2019, this Gonabadi Dervish spent more than 2 years of uncertainty in brigade 2, ward 1 of Greater Tehran Penitentiary.

According to Human Rights in Iran, at 11 a.m on Monday, April 27th, Abbas Dehghan, the Gonabadi Dervish who was imprisoned in brigade 2, ward 1 of Greater Tehran Penitentiary, after a period of 797 days of uncertainty was trialed by the Criminal Court of Tehran. This Gonabadi Dervish is charged with collision and conspiracy to disrupt the country’s security, disobeying the orders of agents on duty and taking action against the local security. This Gonabadi Dervish was subjected to the most severe interrogation in Shapoor detention center and then in IRGC’S 1A detention center located in Tehran’s Afsariyeh.

According to a reliable source close to this Gonabadi Dervish: ” The trial court for Abbas Dehghan, the Gonabadi Dervish who is kept in brigade 2, ward 1 of Greater Tehran Penitentiary was held while 4 officers were accompanying him. Simultaneously with the arrival of this Gonabadi Dervish, a team of motorcyclists from Special Unit were stationed in front of the Criminal Court building and the hearing was held in a security condition “. It should be noted that following the presence of a large number of Security and Law Enforcement Forces at the midnight on February 3rd 2018, around Dr. Noor-Ali Tabandeh’s house, a group of Gonabadi Dervishes conducted some gatherings there in support of their spiritual leader (Qutb), however these gatherings were responded violently by law enforcement and civilian clothing agents and hundreds were injured and detained. Similar to this, previously at the night of Wednesday, January 24th 2018, the Security Forces had attended this place which it was met with a wave of concerns from dervishes.

Human Rights in Iran released a reportage on April 24th 2020, for the first time describing the uncertain 795 days of this Gonabadi Dervish, detained in Golestane-e Haftom incident. After being detained, this Gonabadi Dervish spent for a month in detention center of Shapoor Police Department in Tehran and then was transferred to brigade 4 of Greater Tehran Penitentiary. After spending 1 month there, he was taken to IRGC’S ward 1A of Sarallah detention center, where he was interrogated and beaten for 30 days and after interrogation process he was moved back to brigade 4 of Greater Tehran Penitentiary.

The suppression of Gonabadi Dervishes in Iran is a violation of International Instrument of Human Rights, including Article 2 in Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Articles 18 and 19 of this internationally recognized document and also Article 18 in International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which in these 2 Articles there is a clear emphasis on the individuals’ rights to perform their religious rituals and promoting or training their rites, whether in personal or in mass way.

The prisoners of conscience in Iran are facing a wide range of human rights violations. The individuals’ accessibility to the right of a fair judgement by an impartial court is one of the emphasized cases in International Instrument of Human Rights, Article 10 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as in Article 14 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights adopted on December 16th 1966.


Likewise the issue of arbitrary detainment of persons without the justification of their charges, and the culprits’ inaccessibility to a lawyer are some cases of violations of Principles noted in International Instrument of Human Rights, Article 9 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and Article 9 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights adopted on December 16th 1966.

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