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Zarand citizen arrested for blasphemy

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Human Rights in Iran – Monday, August 29, 2022 – Security forces in Zarand, Kerman Province, arrested a citizen on charges of blasphemy.

According to the report of Human Rights in Iran, citing from YJC (The Young Journalists Club), today, Monday, August 29, 2022, Abolfazl Farah Bakhsh, the head of justice of Zarand city in Kerman Province, announced the arrest of a laborer working in the steel factory of this city on the charge of “insulting Islamic sanctities”.

“After a verbal conflict with the self-service agents of the Zarand steel factory, the person mentioned insulted Islamic sanctities. After reporting to the law enforcement authority and investigating the situation, he was monitored by the judicial officers with the issuance of a judicial warrant, and after being identified and summoned, he was arrested.”, the head of justice of Zarand city stated in this regard.

He added: “A judicial case was filed against this person and with the issuance of an indictment, he was introduced to the criminal branches of Zarand city for trial, and such crimes will definitely be dealt with by the judicial system.”

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.

Suppression of freedom of speech and opinion violates Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights approved on December 16, 1966, which emphasizes the right of individuals to freely disseminate political and ideological ideas and opinions.

Arbitrary arrest, failure to explain the allegation(s) against the person at the moment of arrest and keeping the accused in custody indeterminately violates Article 9 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and also Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights approved on December 16, 1966.

Also, people’s right to a fair trial is one of the inalienable rights that is emphasized in Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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