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Tuesday, 20 October, 2020

Political prisoner Dara Rashidi faced incarceration

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Human Rights in Iran – Tuesday, October 6, 2020 / The sentence of Dara Rashidi, a political prisoner incarcerated in Ward 12 of the Urmia Central Prison, was reduced.

According to the report of Human Rights in Iran, Dara Rashidi, son of Mostafa, a native of Sardasht (West Azerbaijan Province) and a political activist imprisoned in Ward 12 of the Urmia Central Prison, was sentenced by the Urmia Revolutionary Court to 7 years imprisonment on Wednesday, July 22nd (2020), due to acceptance of an initial verdict.

This political prisoner was sentenced to a total of 10 years in prison by Branch 3 of the Revolutionary Court of Urmia, presided over by Judge Reza Najafzadeh, on July 22nd (2020), on charges of “propaganda activities against the state”, and “membership in Kurdish opposition parties.”

The hearing on the case of Dara Rashidi was held on July 11 (2020), by Branch 3 of the Revolutionary Court of Urmia, headed by Judge Reza Najafzadeh.

This citizen residing in Urmia was arrested in December 2019 by the IRGC intelligence agents and transferred to Al-Mahdi Detention Center affiliated with this security institution in Urmia, and after being interrogated and charged, was transferred to Ward 12 of the Urmia Central Prison on January 26, 2020.

This political activist had previously been arrested in 2001 on charges of “collaborating with an anti-regime party”, and after interrogation and being tried, was sentenced by the Revolutionary Court of Urmia to 7 years in prison. Enduring the conviction in central prisons of Urmia and Naqadeh, he was released in 2008.

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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