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Detention of Reza Ramezani, a resident of Eslamabad-e-Gharb by security forces

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Human Rights in Iran – Thursday, July 2, 2020 / Following a raid on the residence of Reza Ramezani, a citizen of Eslamabad-e-Gharb, he was arrested by the agents of Intelligence Revolutionary Guards and taken to an unknown location.

According to Human Rights in Iran, in the last hours of Tuesday, June 30, 2020, Reza Ramezani, a citizen living in Eslamabad-e-Gharb (in Kermanshah province) was arrested by intelligence agents in the city and transferred to an undisclosed location.

In an interview with the reporter of Human Rights in Iran, an informed source said: “On Tuesday night, intelligence agents of Eslamabad-e-Gharb attacked the private residence of Reza Ramezani, a citizen of the city, and arrested him on charges of insulting the sacred.”

On July 1, 2020, Sajjad Malayeri, the Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor of Eslamabad-e-Gharb, announced the arrest of an individual by Revolutionary Guards intelligence agents on charges of insulting the sacred and propaganda activities against the regime. He also reported the arrest of several other members of a religious group by IRGC’s intelligence agents in the city.

The suppression of religious dissidents in Iran violates the International Human Rights Instruments, including Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, adopted on December 16, 1966, which stipulates: “Everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This right shall include freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his choice, and freedom, either individually or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in worship, observance, practice and teaching.”

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.

Also “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”

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