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Wednesday, 28 September, 2022

Raha Askarizadeh arrested to endure imprisonment

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Human Rights in Iran – Sunday, September 4, 2022 – Raha (Raheleh) Askarizadeh, a women’s rights activist, was arrested to serve her imprisonment.

According to the report of Human Rights in Iran, on Saturday, September 3, 2022, Raha (Raheleh) Askarizadeh, a women’s rights activist, was arrested and transferred to the prison to serve her 2-year prison term, after being summoned to Branch 1 of the Evin Prison Prosecutor’s Office.

“On September 1, 2022, the Evin Prison Prosecutor’s Office sent a written notification to Raha Askarizadeh, and announced that she must introduce herself to Evin Prison to serve her sentence and she was transferred to Evin Prison on Saturday morning (September 3) to serve her sentence.”, according to an informed source, in an interview with the reporter of Human Rights in Iran.

It should be mentioned that Raha Askarizadeh was arrested on December 28, 2019 at Khomeini Airport while leaving the country, and after being transferred to her home, searching there and confiscating some of her personal belongings, she was transferred to Ward 209 of the Ministry of Intelligence located in Evin Prison for interrogation, and on December 31, 2019, after completing the interrogation process and being transferred to the women’s ward of Evin Prison, she was released from Evin Prison on bail.

With the beginning of the proceedings, on January 7, 2021, Raha (Raheleh) Askarizadeh was sentenced to 2 years in prison by Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran headed by Iman Afshari, on the charge of “acting against national security”. Also, as an additional punishment, she was sentenced to 2 years of ban on leaving the country, 2 years of membership in political, social and cultural parties and groups.

With the conduction of protest by this women’s rights activist and the referral of her case to the Court of Appeal of Tehran Province, the initial verdict was confirmed and her case was referred to the 1st Branch of the Evin Prison Court of Justice.

The crackdown on civil society activists is related to the suppression of freedom of expression and belief and violates Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, adopted on 16 December 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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