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Friday, 02 December, 2022

Atefeh Chaharmahalian Arrested By Security Forces

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Human Rights in Iran – Tuesday, October 4, 2022 – Security forces arrested literary activist Atefeh Chahar-Mahalian and transferred her to an unknown location for interrogation.

According to  the report of Human Rights in Iran, quoting the Writers’ Association of Iran, on Monday, October 3 (2022), Atefeh Chaharmahalian, a former member of the Board of Secretaries of the Writers’ Association of Iran, was arrested by security forces and transferred to an unknown location.

Atefeh Chahar-Mahalian has not been able to contact her relatives and family since her arrest, according to the report.

As of this report, no information is available on the whereabouts, charges, and the arresting organ of Atefeh Chahar-Mahalian.

Suppression of citizens and filing accusations against them 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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