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Wednesday, 25 November, 2020

Nader Majidian, a resident of Saqqez sentenced to imprisonment

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Human Rights in Iran – Thursday, August 13, 2020 / The Kurdistan Court of Appeals issued a lawsuit against Nader Majidian, sentencing this citizen of Saqqez to 4 months in prison.

According to Human Rights in Iran, Nader Majidian, son of Ebrahim and resident of Saqqez, was sentenced during the past few days by a branch of the Court of Appeals of Kurdistan Province to 4 months in prison on charges of collaborating with a dissident Kurdish party.

This Saqqez citizen was sentenced to 6 months in prison by a branch of the Revolutionary Court of this city in the initial stage and had objected to the sentence.

Nader Majidian was arrested by the security forces of Saqez on August 15, 2016, and after enduring 50 days of interrogation and solitary confinement, he was released on bail until the end of the trial.

It is worth mentioning that Reza Majidian, Nader Majidian’s brother, who was detained by the security forces at the same time, received a 6-month prison terms in Saqqez Revolutionary Court, which the sentence was commuted to 4 months on appeal, and he was arrested on August 3, 2020 and transferred to Saqqez Central Prison to endure his sentence.

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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