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Tuesday, 29 September, 2020

A hearing will be held on the case of Ali and Reza Vaseghi

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Human Rights in Iran, Monday, July 27, 2020, Branch 1 of the Ardabil Revolutionary Court issued a statement summoning Ali Vaseghi and Reza Vaseghi, two national civil activists living in this city to present their defenses on August 10, 2020.

According to Human Rights in Iran, a hearing on the case of Ali and Reza Vaseghi, national civil activists living in Ardabil (northeastern of Azerbaijan region) will be held on August 10, 2020 by branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court of this city. The charges against these two national civil activists who are related to each other as brothers are “complicity in colluding a crime against the security of the country through the publication of night letters containing separatist and ethnocentric material”.

According to a communique issued by branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court of Tabriz, these two national civil activists have been asked to appear at the hearing to present their defenses at 9:00 AM on August 10th of the current year.

Ali and Reza Vaseghi were arrested in the last hours of June 10th 2020, following a raid by security forces on their workplace in Ghiam Square in Ardabil, after being beaten and subjected to violent behavior and were transferred to an unknown location. The next day their workplace was ransacked by the security forces. After completing the interrogation process and being informed of their accusations, these two national civil activists were released on June 16, 2020 on a bail of 110 million Tomans.

Between 16 and 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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