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Detention of a citizen living in Naqadeh by security forces

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Human Rights in Iran – Saturday, July 4, 2020 / After arresting Omid Mostafapour, a resident of Naqadeh, a town in West Azerbaijan Province, security forces transferred him to an unknown location.

According to Human Rights in Iran, Omid Mostafapour, a citizen residing in Naqadeh was arrested by security forces of the town on Friday, July 3, 2020, and taken to an undisclosed location.

“Omid Mostafapour was detained at his private residence in Naqadeh without a court order, and officers confiscated his mobile phone and computer and took him away”, a well-informed source stated.

No information is available on the reasons for the arrest and the charges against this citizen.

The issue of arbitrary detainment of persons without explaining their charges, and the defendants’ inaccessibility to a lawyer is a case of violations of principles noted in International Human Rights Instruments, including Article 9 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and Article 9 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, adopted on December 16, 1966. But judicial and security officials in prisons use these deprivations and inaccessibilities as a mean to repress the individuals because of their forced accusations, that this kind of behavior is a violation of Article 5 in Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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.

Also the individuals’ right to a fair trial is one of the inalienable rights accentuated in Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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