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Detention of a citizen living in Mahabad by security forces

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Human Rights in Iran – Friday, July 3, 2020 / Security forces of Mahabad, a city in West Azerbaijan arrested Rebwar Padast, a citizen of Mahabad and transferred him to an undisclosed location.

According to Human Rights in Iran, Rebwar Padast, son of Raoul, a citizen of Gug Tappeh in Mahabad, West Azerbaijan, was arrested by security forces and taken to an unknown location.

As reported, during the arrest of Rebwar Padast, security forces ransacked his private residence, confiscated some of his personal belongings such as his mobile phone and refused to provide any judicial warrant. Since the arrest, no information is available of his whereabouts and about the situation of his judicial case.

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.

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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