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Arresting and filing a case against an Instagram activist in Markazi Province

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Human Rights in – Tuesday, August 23, 2022 – Security police officers in Markazi Province arrested the manager of an Instagram page.

According to the report of Human Rights in Iran, citing from IRIB News Agency, Colonel Mehdi Taghavinia, head of the Public Places Department of Markazi Province police force, announced the arrest of the manager of an Instagram page on charges of “publishing vulgar images”, “offensive content against Islamic standards” and filing a legal case against this cyberspace activist.

The head of the Public Places Department of Markazi Province police force claimed in this regard: “During the daily monitoring and control of the police experts, it was found that someone has “insulted Islamic standards” by creating an Instagram page and “publishing vulgar pictures” and “false news aligned with the enemies” and has tried to distort public opinion.”

“Experts started their actions to identify the operator of the said Instagram page who had trade union activities, and after technical investigations, they identified her and with judicial coordination in one of the neighboring provinces, she was identified and arrested.”, he added.

Colonel Taghavinia stated: “The accused, who was a young lady, confessed during the interrogations, when she was confronted with the evidence and documents attributed to her, and after filing the case, she was presented to the prosecutor’s office.”

Declaring a crime against social network activists is an example of suppressing freedom of expression and violation of 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.

Impossibility of access to a lawyer for the accused 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.

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.

In Article 5 of the Criminal Procedure Law, it is emphasized that the accused should be informed as soon as possible about the accusations against him/her and that the right of access to a lawyer and other defense rights mentioned in the law should be provided.

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