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Sunday, 29 November, 2020

Bakhtiar Rahimi, a labor activist sentenced to prison

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Human Rights in Iran – Sunday, August 2, 2020, The Revolutionary Court of Mariwan issued a lawsuit against Bakhtiar Rahimi, a labor activist residing in this city and sentenced him to 2 years in prison.

According to Human Rights in Iran, during the past few days, Bakhtiar Rahimi, a labor activist living in the city of Mariwan (in Kurdistan Province), was sentenced by the Revolutionary Court of this city to 2 years in prison on charges of “assembly and collision and acting against national security”.

This labor activist was arrested on November 27, 2019 at his workplace located in the Mariwan Electrical Department. After being transferred to the detention center of the security forces and passing the interrogation process and being charged, he was temporarily released on bail on December 21, 2019, pending trial.

Also, Bakhtiar Rahimi had previously been detained by security forces in July 2007, and after being interrogated and serving 11 months in detention, had been released from custody on bail in June 2008 until the end of the trial.

Arresting people without informing them of their 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 enjoying the right to a fair trial by an impartial tribunal in the presence of a jury and by preserving the right of the accused to appoint his or her lawyer in a trial, is one of the issues accentuated in International Instrument of Human Rights, including Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and Article 14 the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), adopted on December 16, 1966.

In most cases, the extrajudicial and arbitrary detention of citizens and civil activists with vague 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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