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Summoning and explaining the accusations of Banafsheh Jamali, a women’s rights activist in the Culture and Media Court

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Human Rights in Iran – Wednesday, July 1, 2020 / Due to the previous summons of Banafsheh Jamali, branch of the Culture and Media Court in Tehran, accused this women’s rights activist of propaganda against the regime and dissemination of falsehoods and eventually she was temporarily released on bail.

According to Human Rights in Iran, today on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, Banafsheh Jamali, a women’s rights activist, after receiving a previous summons appeared at the investigation branch of the Culture and Media Court and was charged with propaganda against the regime and dissemination of falsehoods. She was temporarily released on a bail of 150 million Tomans pending trial.

As reported, the charges against Banafsheh Jamali were propaganda against the regime and dissemination of falsehoods and this women’s rights activist must wait for the court branch to be appointed, as well for the trial to be conducted.

She was arrested brutally and with beatings in March 2018 by security forces, along with Zohreh Asadpour, Mehrdad Fallahi, Parastoo Allahyari, Azadeh Behkish, Azar Gilani, Peyman Chehrazi, Ali Salem, Bahar Aslani, Shahla Entesari, Soudabeh Rakhsh, Safar Karimoddin, Moloud Hajizadeh and Aina Ghotbi Ya’ghoubi during a protesting rally in front of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs building in Tehran, coinciding with March 8, International Women’s Day. Shortly afterwards, she was temporarily released on bail.

The suppression of media activists and the imposition of security charges against them are among the cases violating Human Rights, and is in the line of the repression of Freedom of Speech in Iran, which there is an emphasis on it in International Instrument of Human Rights, in Article 19 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as Article 19 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, adopted on 16 December 1966.

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.

Also the individuals’ right to a fair trial is one of the inalienable rights accentuated in Article 10 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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