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Tuesday, 27 September, 2022

Ilam University Professor Ali-Mohammad Yousefi Arrested By Security Forces

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Human Rights in Iran – Sunday, September 4, 2022 – Security forces in Ilam Province arrested Ali-Mohammad Yousefi, a university professor living in this city.

According to the report of Human Rights in Iran, on the morning of Friday, September 2 (2022), following a raid by security forces on the home of Ali-Mohammad Yousefi, a professor and faculty member of Ilam University, and beatings, insults, searches of his home and confiscation of some of his personal belongings, he was arrested and taken to an unknown location.

In a meeting held on Thursday evening in the presence of the faculty members of Ilam University, Dr. Yousefi had strongly protested against compulsory hijab and the imposition of security pressures on women and girls, describing the government’s behavior as a result of cultural failure and social deadlock after 43 years of the 1979 Revolution. He had also said that the category of Guidance Patrol (Gasht-e Ershad) was an insult to Iranian culture, civilization, and female character. After the ceremony was over, on Friday morning, security agents referred to his house and arrested him, an informed source told the reporter of Human Rights in Iran.

“When Dr. Yousefi was arrested, security agents beat this university professor just because he asked them for a warrant to enter the house”, the source added.

The arrest of Ali-Mohammad Yousefi on charges of expressing his opinion by security agencies for making a case came as Ali Khamenei, the leader of the country and other government, security and judicial officials in Iran claim that all citizens have the right to freedom of expression in Iran.

Suppressing 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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