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Wednesday, 02 December, 2020

Security forces arrested Abdollah Sadoughi, national civil activist residing in Tabriz

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Human Rights in Iran – Thursday, September 24, 2020 /Tabriz security forces raided the private residence of Abdollah (Gountai) Sadoughi and ransacked his home, arresting this national civil activist living in this city.

According to Human Rights in Iran, following the raid of 15 agents of the Tabriz security forces on the private residence of Abdollah (Gountai) Sadoughi on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, and the ransack of his home and confiscating his personal belongings, this national civil activist residing in this city, the capital of East Azerbaijan, northwestern Iran, was arrested and transferred to the detention center of Tabriz Intelligence Department for interrogation and being briefed on his allegation.

“We live in the neighborhood of Mr. Abdollah Sadoughi. Yesterday, Wednesday, September 23rd (2020), 15 plainclothes agents raided the home of this Azerbaijani writer and activist, searched the home, confiscated several books, manuscripts, a computer case and two mobile phones, arrested and relocated him to the detection center of Tabriz Intelligence Department,” said a credible source speaking to the reporter of Human Rights in Iran.

Between 16 to 25 percent of Iran’s population are Turkic-speaking, most of whom live in the provinces of East and West Azerbaijan, Ardabil and Zanjan. Some of these citizens consider the government’s treatment of Turkish-speaking citizens to be discriminatory and consider the ban on teaching non-Persian languages in schools to be one of the most prominent forms of discrimination, which has always been protested by some civil society activists in these areas.

The suppression of civil activists violates the international human rights instruments, Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), and Article 19 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) adopted on December 16, 1966, which emphasize the individuals’ rights to release their thoughts and opinions regardless of boundary restrictions.

Also enjoying the right to a fair trial by an impartial tribunal in the presence of a jury and by preserving the right of the accused to appoint his or her lawyer in a trial, is one of the issues accentuated in international instrument of human rights, including Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and Article 14 the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), adopted on December 16, 1966.

Article 5 of the Criminal Procedure Code stipulates that the accused shall be informed of the charges and provided access to a lawyer as soon as possible. Other defensive rights are mentioned in law, but extrajudicial actions taken by the security services violate the laws that they themselves drafted and claim to be enforced.

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