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Kheder Azizi, citizen residing in Sardasht arrested by intelligence agents

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Human Rights in Iran – Wednesday, August 12, 2020 / The agents of Sardasht intelligence department arrested Kheder Azizi, a resident of the village of Boyuran-e Sofla in the city and transferred him to an unknown location.

According to a report published by Human Rights in Iran on Wednesday, August 12, 2020, Kheder Azizi, married and father of 2 children, tiler and resident of Boyuran-e Sofla village in Sardasht County (West Azerbaijan), was arrested by the intelligence agents and transferred to an undisclosed location.

“Sixteen days have passed since Kheder Azizi was arrested, but he has not been allowed to make a call or visit to his family, and even his family went to the intelligence department of the city, however, they were not given the right answer and they are more concerned about his situation than ever before,” said a source close to the family of Kheder Azizi in a conversation with the reporter of Human Rights in Iran.

The deprivation of the right to visit and telephone calls for the accused during the detention and interrogation, and the observance of the individual citizenship rights, violates the article of the Criminal Procedure Code adopted in 2013, which the judiciary of the Islamic Republic claims to act.

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.

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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