Human Rights in Iran – Today on Sunday, June 14th 2020, Amol security forces arrested an Instagram activist on charge of publishing photos and images on her personal page and transferred her to an undisclosed location. Some other judicial cases are pending.
According to Human Rights in Iran, today, Sunday, June 14th 2020, Mohammad Karimi, Amol Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor of Mazandaran province, while announcing the arrest of a woman accused of activities on Instagram and publishing photos and images in cyberspace, notified the filing of lawsuits against this Instagram activist and some others in this county.
Explaining the news, Amol Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor claimed: “Following cyber surveillance and observation in order to prevent threats and injuries, the Cyber Police of this county arrested a woman who was publishing immortal videos and photos.”
“Some other similar cases are being pursued and this was in line with the strict immoral conditions that was dealt with legally,” the judiciary official added.
Mohammad Karimi said: “The punishment for publishers of immoral contents is up to 2 years in prison and the Cyber Police experts use capabilities of software and hardware monitoring social networks and deal with criminal cases with vigilance and speed of action”.
The arrest and suppression of social media activists violates the International Human Rights Instruments, Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), and Article 19 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) adopted on December 16 1966 which emphasize the individuals’ rights to release their thoughts and opinions regardless of boundary restrictions.
According to Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship, and observance.”
Also individuals have the right to access a fair trial by an impartial tribunal, as enshrined in international human rights instruments, as well as article 10 of the UDHR and article 14 of ICCPR.