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Detention of a citizen living in Ardakan on charges of massaging women

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Human Rights in Iran – Thursday, July 2, 2020 / Law Enforcement forces in Ardakan (a city in Yazd province) arrested a citizen on charges of massaging women.

According to Human Rights in Iran quoting from Rokna (news agency), today on Thursday, July 2, 2020, a citizen residing in Ardakan was arrested by Law Enforcement forces on charges of massaging women.

Explaining the news, Mehdi Hasanpour, the Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor of Ardakan said: “A man who publicly advertised as women’s massager and seller of women’s medicine powders in cyberspace was arrested with the vigilance and timely announcement of a citizen in Ardakan and with the cooperation of hard-working Intelligence and Public Security Police (PAVA) and Enjoying to Good and Forbidding from Evil Headquarters in the city.”

Detention of individuals on such charges violates International Human Rights Instruments, including Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as Article 19 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, adopted on December 16, 1966, which emphasize: “Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice.”

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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