Maryam Vahidian, Summoned To Evin Prison Prosecutor’s Office
Human Rights in Iran – Thursday, March 2, 2023 – The Investigating Branch of Tehran’s District 33 Prosecutor’s Office summoned Maryam Vahidian to a hearing.
According to the report of Human Rights in Iran, quoting the Free Workers’ Union of Iran, on Monday, February 27, 2023, Maryam Vahidian, a labor journalist working in Shargh Newspaper, residing in Tehran, and one of the detainees of nationwide protests, was summoned to Branch Prosecutor’s Office in Tehran’s District 33, for questioning and arraignment.
Maryam Vahidian was asked to refer to the Prosecutor’s Office in Evin Prison to present the latest defense before the indictment was filed, according to the report.
Maryam Vahidian was arrested by IRGC intelligence agents on November 27, 2022 and after being transferred to Ward 2A, located in Evin Prison and going through interrogation proceedings, she was released on bail of 500 million Tomans on December 28, 2022.
The suppression of freedom of expression and the prohibition of dissemination of different opinions and views in a society, violates Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, adopted on 16 December 1966. These legal provisions emphasize the right of individuals to disseminate political and ideological opinions and views without border restrictions.
The lack of access to a lawyer and the denial of access to other requirements in a due process violate Article 9 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, adopted on 16 December 1966.
In addition, the right to due process by impartial judge, interrogator, and investigator is among the rights accentuated in Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Article5of the Criminal Procedure Code emphasizes on informing the accused as soon as possible of the charges against him/her and the right to access a lawyer and other defense rights mentioned in the law.