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Saqqez resident arrested by security forces

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Human Rights in Iran –  Monday, June 29, 2020 / The security agents in Saqqez (Kurdistan province, W Iran) arrested Bahman Rasouli, a citizen of the city at his workplace and transferred him to an unknown location.

According to Human Rights in Iran, on Sunday, June 28, 2020, Bahman Rasouli, a citizen residing in Saqqez (a county in west of Kurdistan), was transferred to an undisclosed location after being arrested by security forces in the city.

As reported, security agents arrested Bahman Rasouli at his workplace without presenting a court warrant and stating the reason for his arrest, and no information about his whereabouts has been available since his arrest.

Arrest of persons without recognizing the charges at the time of arrest and impossibility of access to a lawyer for the accused are among the violations of international human rights instruments, 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.

Also the individuals’ right to a fair trial is one of the inalienable rights accentuated in Article 10 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights

In most cases, the extrajudicial and arbitrary detention of citizens and civil activists with vage and trumped-up accusations is in the line of suppression of Freedom of Expression and opinion, which in International Instrument of Human Rights, in Article 19 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as in Article 19 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, adopted on December 16th 1966, there is emphasis on not suppressing of the individuals because of Freedom of Expression and opinion. Regarding the Principle of Freedom of Expression, every individual has the right to express his/her opinions and viewpoints in any way possible, without considering border restrictions.

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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