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Detention of a citizen residing in Kamyaran by security forces

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Human Rights in Iran – Tuesday, August 4, 2020 / Following a raid on the bookstore of Faryad Abdi, intelligence agents arrested this citizen residing in Kamyaran and transferred him to the detention center of this security organisation. 

According to the report of Human Rights in Iran, Faryad Abdi, an environmental activist living in Kamyaran (in Kurdistan Province) was arrested on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, after intelligence agents raided his bookstore in the city.

Security agents reportedly transferred Faryad Abdi to the detention center of Sanandaj intelligence department after his arrest.

This environmental activist had previously been sentenced to 2 years in prison on the charge of collaborating with a Kurdish opposition party.

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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