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Wednesday, 30 September, 2020

The second hearing court on the case of Farangis Mazloum will be lodged

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Human Rights in Iran – Tuesday, September 1, 2020 / The second hearing of the case of Farangis Mazloum, a civil activist and mother of political prisoner Soheil Arabi, will be held by Branch 29 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran, presided over by Judge Mazloum, at the end of this month (September).

According to Human Rights in Iran, Farangis Mazloum, a civil activist and mother of political prisoner Soheil Arabi, will be held in Branch 29 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran, chaired by Judge Mazloum, at 9:00 AM on Monday, September 28, 2020. The first hearing on the case of this civil activist was held on August 25, 2020. She was previously sentenced by the same Branch to 5 years’ imprisonment.

According to the communiqué issued by Branch 29 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran, which was sent to Ali Sharifzadeh Ardakani, this civil activist’s defense lawyer, Farangis Mazloum and her lawyer have been summoned to this hearing.

This civil activist was sentenced on July 8, 2020, by Branch 29 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran, headed by Judge Mazloum, without holding a hearing and in absentia to 5 years in prison on charges of assembly and collusion to commit a crime against national security through contacting the PMOI/MEK (People’s Mujahedin Organization of Iran/ Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization), and to 1 year in prison on charges of propaganda activities against the regime.

Farangis Mazloum was arrested by the Ministry of Intelligence agents at her home in Parand Town (southwest of Tehran Province) on July 22, 2019, and transferred to the solitary confinement of this security organ in Ward 209 of Evin Prison. After completing the interrogation process and being informed of her charges, this civil activist was temporarily released from the custody on October 8, 2019 on a bail of 250 million Tomans, pending trial.

The prohibition of repression of civil and political activists and the use of force against such citizens, and prohibition of imposing accusations for repression of freedom of expression and opinion, are highlighted in international human rights instruments, including Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, adopted on December 16, 1966. However, since the government of the Islamic Republic does not tolerate the criticism of citizens, it only pretends to respect the principle of freedom of speech and writing, but in fact systematically represses citizens in the field of freedom of speech and writing.

Individuals enjoy the right to a fair trial, which is an inalienable right, as enshrined in Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The denial of access to a lawyer at the time of detention and during interrogation violates 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.

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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