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Saturday, 01 October, 2022

Mas’oud Farhikhteh Convicted To Imprisonment & Flogging

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Human Rights in Iran – Friday, September 16, 2022 – Branch 1004 of Tehran’s Criminal Court 2 issued a statement condemning Mas’oud Farhikhteh to imprisonment and flogging.

According to Human Rights in Iran, August 2, 2022, Mas’oud Farhikhteh, son of Gholi, born in 1966, a teacher and cultural union activist residing in Islamshahr, was sentenced by Branch 1004 of the Criminal Court 2 of Tehran Province, presided over by Mansour Hashemian, to 1 year imprisonment and 74 lashes, with a 2-year suspension.

According to the court letter issued by Branch 1004 of The Tehran Criminal Court on August 2, 2022 and communicated to Mas’oud Farhikhteh, his charge is “disturbing public order and comfort”.

The trial session of this case was held on July 31, 2022, at Branch 1103 of the Criminal Court 2 of Tehran Province on behalf of the mentioned branch, and Mas’oud Farhikhteh’s defense was obtained.

Also, on July 27, 2022, Mas’oud Farhikhteh was tried for his other judicial case by Branch 2 of the Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor’s Office in Sanandaj, the capital of Kurdistan Province, on charges of “assembly and collusion against the security of the country” and is awaiting a date for his hearing.

Mas’oud Farhikhteh was arrested by Sanandaj security agents on May 31, 2022 and after being transferred to the Intelligence Department detention center and undergoing interrogation proceedings, was transferred to the city’s central prison and released on bail, on May 31, 2022.

This cultural unionist residing in Islamshahr, was previously arrested on May 12, 2022, during a nationwide protest by teachers in Tehran and after being transferred to Section 209 of Evin Prison and going through the interrogation process, was released on bail, on May 15, 2022.

The prohibition of trade union activities and the suppression of cultural scholars violates Article 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and provisions 21 and 22 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

The summons, detention and profiling case(s) against trade unionists comes at a time when their demands are trade unions and for their citizenship rights in line with Article 27 of the Iran Constitution.

The crackdown on labor activists and the bringing of security charges against them violate 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.

The lack of access to a lawyer and the denial of access to other requirements in a due process violate Article 9 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, adopted on 16 December 1966.

In addition, the right to due process by impartial judge, interrogator, and investigator is among the rights accentuated in Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Article5of the Criminal Procedure Code emphasizes on informing the accused as soon as possible of the charges against him/her and the right to access a lawyer and other defense rights mentioned in the law.

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