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Wednesday, 02 December, 2020

Detention of a citizen living in Piranshahr by intelligence agents

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Human Rights in Iran – Sunday, July 19, 2020 / Intelligence agents of Piranshahr (West Azerbaijan Province) arrested Fattah Forouhar, a resident of the city and transferred him to the Urmia intelligence detention center.

According to Human Rights in Iran, following an attack by Piranshahr intelligence agents, Fattah Forouhar, a citizen living in this city was arrested on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, and transferred to the detention center of this security organisation in Urmia (W Azerbaijan).

As reported, at the time of Fattah Forouhar’s arrest, intelligence agents refused to provide any arrest warrant and severely beat him at his residence in Piranshahr.

At the time of arrest he was charged with “collaborating with a Kurdish anti-regime party” and no information is available on his fate and whereabouts since his arrest.

Arrest of persons without arraigning their 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.

Enjoying the right to a fair trial by an impartial tribunal in the presence of a jury and by preserving the right of the accused to appoint his or her lawyer in a trial, is one of the issues accentuated in International Instrument of Human Rights, including Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and Article 14 the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), adopted on December 16, 1966.

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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