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Continuation of the arrest and indecision of Kourosh Bagheri in Greater Tehran Penitentiary

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Human Rights in Iran –  Sunday, July 12, 2020 / Despite more than 6 months, Kourosh Bagheri, a political activist arrested on charges of activism in media is still being held in brigade 5, ward 2, corridor 2 of Greater Tehran Penitentiary.

According to Human Rights in Iran, Kourosh Bagheri, a political activist arrested by security forces for his activism in cyberspace is in a state of uncertainty in brigade 5, ward 2, corridor 2 of Greater Tehran Penitentiary. This political prisoner was recently beaten by the warden and some other non-political prisoners.

Talking to the reporter of Human Rights in Iran, a reliable source said: “While 6 months have passed since the arrest of Kourosh Bagheri, a political activist who was arrested by Sarallah Garrison agents for his activities in cyberspace and membership in a political group supporting Prince Reza Pahlavi, outside Iran, and despite the completion of interrogation process and being kept in Greater Tehran Penitentiary, yet, he is in a state of uncertainty. This political prisoner was recently severely beaten by the warden of brigade 5 of the prison and some other people close to the warden at night when everyone was asleep, but his efforts to file a complaint against those people were fruitless.”

On January 20, 2020, Revolutionary Guards intelligence agents raided the home of Kourosh Bagheri’s father, ransacked and confiscated his belongings and transferred him to one of the IRGC’s detention centers on Seoul Street in Tehran, and during this period, he was subjected to the most severe security interrogations and after that he was transferred to brigade 5 of Greater Tehran Penitentiary.

Detaining individuals in custody and denying access to a lawyer without regarding their charges, is a violation of International Instrument of Human Rights, including Article 9 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as Article 9 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, adopted on December 16, 1966.

Enjoying the right to a fair trial by an impartial tribunal in the presence of a jury and by preserving the right of the accused to appoint his or her lawyer in a trial, is one of the issues accentuated in International Instrument of Human Rights, including Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and Article 14 the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), adopted on December 16, 1966.

In most cases, the extrajudicial and arbitrary detention of citizens and civil activists with vage 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.

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