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Tuesday, 29 September, 2020

Marjan Eshaghi to be tried by Branch 15 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court

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Human Rights in Iran – Wednesday, August 19, 2020 / The trial of Marjan Eshaghi, a student activist and one of the detainees of the students’ protest rallies in November 2019, will be tried by Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran, presided over by Abolghasem Salavati.

According to the report of Human Rights in Iran, Marjan Eshaghi, a student activist and one of the detainees of November 2019 protest gatherings, will be tried by Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran on Wednesday, September 9, 2020.

According to Marjan Eshaghi, during the investigation and interrogation process, she was charged with assembly and collusion against national security.

After leaving the university, the student activist was arrested by the Revolutionary Guards intelligence agents in Tehran on November 17, 2019, during protest rallies held by students at the University of Tehran, and after enduring 18 days in solitary confinement and undergoing interrogations in IRGC’s ward 2A in Evin Prison, she was charged with assembly and collusion against national security, and was temporarily released on bail on December 4, 2019.

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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