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Detention of a citizen living in Ahvaz by security forces

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Human Rights in Iran – Sunday, August 16, 2020 / Ahvaz security forces arrested Fouad Albo Fetilehnejad, a journalist living in Kooy-e Ramezan district of the city and transferred him to an unknown location.

According to Human Rights in Iran, Fouad Albo Fetilehnejad, born in 1982, a journalist and media activist residing in Kooy-e Ramezan district of Ahvaz (Khuzestan Province), was arrested on Friday, August 14, 2020, by the security forces of the city and transferred to an unknown location.

“After the arrest of Fouad Albo Fetilehnejad, Ahvaz intelligence and security agents transferred the journalist to an undisclosed location. The reasons for his arrest are yet ambiguous, and it is not clear why he was detained,” said Karim Dahimi, a human rights advocate speaking to the report of Human Rights in Iran.

This journalist and media activist in the field of journalism in several newspapers and magazines in Ahvaz, was fired from his job in 2008.

In 2014, after being detained by security forces and undergoing interrogation and trial, Fouad Albo Fetilehnejad was sentenced to imprisonment on charges of disturbing the order and security of the country, and was released from Evin Prison after remaining 4 months behind the bars.

The journalist was subjected to severe psychological and physical torture during interrogation in one of the security wards of Evin Prison, which resulted in neurological problems and seizures and the constant use of drugs related to these two diseases.
Detention of persons before they are charged and the inability of defendants to access a lawyer are among the violations of international instruments of human rights, 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.

Individuals also enjoy the right to a fair trial, which is an inalienable right, as enshrined in Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

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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