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Friday, 29 May, 2020

Security forces detained a citizen living around Urmia

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Human Rights in Iran – On Friday, May 22nd 2020, after the arrest of Eslam Anbakhoun, a resident of Kouraneh village in Urmia, the security forces transferred him to an unknown location.

According to Human Rights in Iran, on Thursday, May 21st 2020 Eslam Anbakhoun, a resident of Kouraneh village in the Targavar region of Dilvaneh city in Urmia, was detained by plainclothes security agents and transferred to an unknown place.

Based on the report, security forces raided the personal car of Eslam Anbakhoun without delivering a court order and took him without mentioning any reason, treating in a brutal way, accompanied with air firing.

Up to this moment, this citizen’s family’s efforts to perceive his whereabouts and the charges have been unsuccessful and no information is available on the reason for his arrest.

The detention of citizens and the imposition of restrictions on their civil rights are among the most flagrant human rights violations of freedom of expression illustrated in Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) Article 19.

Also the individuals have the right to access a fair trial by an impartial tribunal, as enshrined in international human rights instruments, as well as article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and article 14 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (CCPR).

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