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Civil activist, Hajar Saeedi sentenced to prison

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Human Rights in Iran – Thursday, August 12, 2020 / Following the issuance of a lawsuit by branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court of Sanandaj, presided over by judge Saeedi, Hajar Saeedi, a women’s rights activist living in the city, was sentenced to 5 years in prison with a 4-year suspension.

According to the report of Human Rights in Iran, Hajar Saeedi, a women’s rights activist living in Sanandaj (Kurdistan Province), was sentenced on Wednesday, August 12, 2020, by branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court of the city, presided over by judge Saeedi, to 5 years in prison with a four-year suspension on charges of membership in a Kurdish opposition party and in the Worker-Communist Party of Iran.

According to the indicment issued by branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court of Sanandaj: “Hajar Saeedi was sentenced to five years in prison on charges of membership in a Kurdish opposition party and in the Worker-Communist Party of Iran, which has been suspended for four years. Also, as a supplementary punishment, this women’s rights activist must report herself to the Sanandaj intelligence department once every four months.”

Likewise, in another part of the lawsuit, Hajar Ahmadi’s relationship with Mahmoud Salehi, Ribvar Abdollahi and Yadi Samadi is mentioned, which was considered as a crime by the Sanandaj intelligence department and the Sanandaj Revolutionary Court due to Hajar Ahmadi’s participation along with these labor activists in the International Workers’ Day ceremony.

Following a raid by security agents on Hajar Saeedi’e private residence, this women’s rights activist was arrested on June 7, 2020 in Sanandaj, and after completing the interrogation process and being informed of her accusations, was released from custody on bail on June 24 until the end of the trial.

Detention of persons before they are charged and the inability of defendants to access a lawyer are among the violations of international instruments of human rights, 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.

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

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.

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