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Sajad Shokri, a citizen living in Tehran arrested by Security forces

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Human Rights in Iran – Monday, August 10, 2020 / Tehran security forces arrested Sajad Shokri, a citizen residing in the metropolis, in the vicinity of Enghelab Square and transferred him to an unknown location.

According to Human Rights in Iran, Sajad Shokri, a citizen living in Tehran, was arrested on Thursday, August 6, 2020, by security forces in the vicinity of Enghelab Square and transferred to an undisclosed location.

Despite the fact that 4 days have passed since his arrest, no information is available on the reasons and accusations attributed to Sajjad Shokri until the moment of filing this report.

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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