Saturday, 24 October, 2020

Detention of 4 citizens living in Oshnaviyeh and Javanrud by security forces


Human Rights in Iran – Wednesday, July 8, 2020 / Security forces in Oshnaviyeh County arrested Abubakr Abdi, Behrooz Bayazidi and Keyvan Shovani, three citizens residing in the county and transferred them to an unknown location. Also, Revolutionary Guards intelligence agents in the city of Javanrud, in Kermanshah Province, after the arrest of Fateh Mohammadkhani, transferred him to an undisclosed location.

According to Human Rights in Iran, on Saturday, June 24, 2020, Fateh Mohammadkani, a civil activist living in Javanrud, was arrested by Revolutionary Guards intelligence agents and taken to an unknown location. Also on Monday, July 6, 2020, Abubakr Abdi, born in 1997, son of Aziz, Behrooz Bayazidi, born in 1995, son of Mostafa and Keyvan Shovani, born in 1994, son of Gharani, all from Salim Abad around Oshnaviyeh were arrested by security forces and moved to an unknown location.

As reported, after the arrest of Abubakr Abdi, Behrooz Bayazidi and Keyvan Shovani, security forces transferred them to an undisclosed location and no information is available on their whereabouts and accusations.

Also, regarding Fateh Mohammadkhani, it should be noted that this civil activist was arrested after a raid by security forces on his private residence in Javanrud, without presenting a court warrant.

Fateh Mohammadkhani had previously been summoned and interrogated by the city’s security services for his peaceful activities.

Arrest of persons without recognizing the 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 individuals’ right to a fair trial is one of the inalienable rights accentuated in Article 10 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In most cases, the extrajudicial and arbitrary detention of citizens and civil activists with vage 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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