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Following the attack on Tehran’s bookstores a citizen arrested and another citizen summoned

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Human Rights in Iran – Sunday, June 21st 2020 / Kaveh Mohammadi, an employee of Akhtaran Bookstore was arrested by security forces and taken to an undisclosed location, following a large-scale raid by Ministry of Intelligence agents on bookstores on Enghelab and the Universal of Tehran Street. Also the agents of the Ministry of Intelligence attacked the Farabi Bookstore, confiscating several volumes of the Bible and called the owner of the bookstore to the Ministry of Intelligence’s tracking office in Tehran.

According to Human Rights in Iran, today on Sunday, June 21st 2020, following a raid by the Ministry of Intelligence agents on a bookstore, ransacking and confiscating a large number of Bibles, Kaveh Mohammadi, a citizen of Tehran and the working son of the Akhtaran Bookstore, was arrested and taken to an unknown location. Also the agents of the Ministry of Intelligence attacked the Farabi Bookstore and after confiscating several volumes of the Bible, called the owner of the bookstore to the Ministry of Intelligence’s tracking office in Tehran.

Speaking to the reporter of Human Rights in Iran, an informed source said: “Today before noon, the Ministry of Intelligence agents staged a large-scale attack on the bookstores in the area of Enghelab Street, searched the places and confiscated a large number of books, but Kaveh Mohammadi, the son and the bookseller of the owner of the Akhtaran Bookstore was arrested and taken away by the agents on the charges of keeping and selling Bible, the holy Book of Christians.”

“Security forces also raided the Farabi Bookstore in Enghelab Square and after confiscating several volumes of the Bible, announced the bookstore owner would refer to the Ministry of Intelligence’s news agency in Tehran on Monday, June 22nd (2020)”, the informed source said.

On May 23rd 2020, Ali Zolghadr, the head of the Tehran Security Police announced the inspection of about 66 bookstores on Enghelab Street in Tehran and the confiscation of about 4,000 books and the arrest of 11 bookstore activists by the Law Enforcement officers.

The suppression of authors and activists in the field of books violates the International Human Rights Instruments, Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), as well as Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) adopted on December 16, 1966, which stipulates: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”

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