Sunday, 27 November, 2022

Mahmoud Shahriari, radio and TV broadcaster arrested


Human Rights in Iran – Wednesday, September 28, 2022 – Security agents arrested Mahmoud Shahriari, a veteran broadcaster.

According to the report Human Rights in Iran, quoted by Jame-e Jam newspaper, on the evening of Wednesday, September 28, 2022, Mahmoud Shahriari, a former veteran broadcaster, was arrested by security forces on charges of supporting nationwide protests over the death of Mahsa Amini and transferred to Evin Prison.

The arrest of this radio and television presenter was ordered by the prosecutor’s judiciary and for Shahriari’s declaring a crime against some celebrities and artistic, cultural and sports activists on charges of (encouraging disturbances) and (collusion with the enemy), according to the report.

It is also claimed in a part of this report: “One of Mahmoud Shahriari’s Instagram posts was teaching how to make a Molotov cocktail.”

Until the moment of writing this report, there is no information available about the place of detention and the detaining institution of Mahmoud Shahriari.

It should be noted that after the announcement of Mahsa Amini’s death, the formation of street protests followed by the support of various groups inside and outside the country and famous people in all fields of sports, culture, cinema, television and politics, judicial officials and security forces in Iran are trying to remove themselves from the pressure of protests by resorting to repression through mass arrests of citizens and filing cases against them.

Earlier, Ali Alghasimehr, the Chief Justice of Tehran Province, had announced the formation of special branches to deal with the cases of those arrested in the protests of September of this year and the stubborn judicial dealings with cyberspace activists and well-known people who supported these protests.

In the spoken and written literature of Iran’s judicial, security and governmental officials, protesting citizens are named as “rioters” and protest gatherings are referred to as “disturbance”.

On September 22, 2022, Amnesty International issued a statement calling for urgent global action to counter the deadly crackdown on protests against Mahsa Amini’s death.

Since the announcement of the death of Mahsa (Zhina) Amini, a 22-year-old girl who had traveled to Tehran from Saqez to meet with relatives, who was arrested by security police officers on the pretext that the hijab was “inappropriate” and died after being transferred to the Security Police Detention Center in Tehran, there have been widespread protests about the performance of the Morality Police (Gasht-e Ershad : The Guidance Patrol) in various cities of the country.

The repression of citizens and the designation of accusations based on the scenario of security agencies violates Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, adopted on December 16, 1966.

In addition, the right to a fair trial by an impartial judge, interrogator, and investigator is among the rights highlighted in Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The impossibility of the accused to have access to a lawyer, as well as denying the person access to other necessities in a judicial process, violates 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.

In Article 5 of the Criminal Procedure Law, it is emphasized on informing the accused as soon as possible about the alleged charges and providing the right of access to a lawyer and other defense rights mentioned in the law.

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