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Detention of several citizens in Eslamabad-e-Gharb on charges of religious dissent

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Human Rights in Iran  – Wednesday, July 1, 2020 / The agents of Revolutionary Guards intelligence in Eslamabad-e-Gharb (in Kermanshah province, west of Iran) arrested a person in the city on charges of insulting the sacred and propaganda against the regime. Also members of a religious group were arrested by Revolutionary Guards intelligence agents in the city.

According to Human Rights in Iran quoting from Asr-e Bakhtar newspaper, today on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, Sajjad Malayeri, the Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor of Eslamabad-e-Gharb (a city in Kermanshah, west of Iran) proclaimed the arrest of a person in the city by Revolutionary Guards intelligence agents on charges of insulting the sacred and propaganda activities against the regime. He also announced the arrest of several other members of a religious group by IRGC intelligence agents in the city.

Explaining the news, the Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor of Eslamabad-e-Gharb said: “With the uninterrupted efforts of the anonymous Revolutionary Guards intelligence agents, one of the main anti-Islamic networks that insulted the sacred and Shiite Muslims’ Imams and propagated contents against the regime, was identified and arrested during intelligence operations.”

Malayeri added: “In another operation, the religious, moral and cultural deviations network which was trying to promote sectarian and deviant issues, was hit by anonymous guards.”

“Dealing seriously with any promotion of superstitious beliefs and insults to the religious sanctities is especially and determinedly on the agenda of security and intelligence services and the Judiciary, which in this regard the violators will be dealt with determination, without compromise”, claimed the Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor of Eslamabad-e-Gharb, in conclusion.

The suppression of religious dissidents in Iran violates the International Human Rights Instruments, including Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, adopted on December 16, 1966, which stipulates: “Everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This right shall include freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his choice, and freedom, either individually or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in worship, observance, practice and teaching.”

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 “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”

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