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Akbar Sadeghi, national civil activist living in Urmia summoned and arrested

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Human Rights in Iran – Sunday, August 9, 2020 / After summoning Akbar Sadeghi, a national civil activist residing in Urmia, police officers arrested him.

According to the report of Human Rights in Iran, after receiving a summons and attending the intelligence and security police department, Akbar Sadeghi, a national civil activist living in the city of Urmia (West Azerbaijan), was arrested this morning, August 9, 2020 and transferred to an undisclosed location.

Speaking to the reporter of Human Rights in Iran, a reliable source said: “With a court order, the Urmia intelligence and security police department had sent a communique to Akbar Sadeghi on August 6, 2020, asking him to appear at the department at 8:00 AM, today, (Sunday) August 9, 2020, thT after attending there, this national civil activist was arrested. Akbar Sadeghi’s family went to the security police today at 6:00 PM to follow-up on their son’s whereabouts, but they were not given a clear answer about their son’s condition.”

Up to the time of writing the report, no information is available on the reasons and charges ascribed to Akbar Sadeghi.

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.

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