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Suicide attempt by Omid Mousavi, a political prisoner incarcerated in Greater Tehran Penitentiary

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Human Rights in Iran – Thursday, July 9, 2020 / Omid Mousavi, a political prisoner jailed in brigade 5, ward 2, corridor 2 of Greater Tehran Penitentiary, and one of the detainees of the November 2019 uprisings, attempted suicide due to his depression and stress. This political prisoner is deprived of being dispatched to a medical center or on furlough.

According to Human Rights in Iran, on Thursday, July 9, 2020, Omid Mousavi, one of the detainees of the protests in November 2019, incarcerated in brigade 5, ward 2, corridor 2 of Greater Tehran Penitentiary, attempted suicide. Despite suffering from depression and several stab wounds to his body, this political prisoner has been barred from being sent to a hospital and a specialized medical center. After being arrested during the protesting rallies in mid-November 2019 and during the interrogation and trial, Omid Mousavi was sentenced to 5 years in prison.

In an interview with the reporter of Human Rights in Iran, a well-informed source said: “Omid Mousavi hit his head several times two days ago with the aim of committing suicide and was severely injured. The prisoner is suffering from a mental illness, and the prison authorities’ refusal to send him to a specialized medical center for treatment has exacerbated his nervous and psychological stress, and there is now a concern that he may commit suicide again.”

Omid Mousavi was arrested by plainclothes officers in the city of Vavan, in Eslamshahr area of Tehran, during the protesting rallies of November 2019, and was transferred to IRGC solitary confinement 2A in Evin Prison for interrogation. After the interrogation process and being given a charge, he was moved from Evin Prison to brigade 5 of Greater Tehran Penitentiary.

With the beginning of trial, Omid Mousavi’s case was investigated by branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran, presided over by Iman Afshari, on charges of gathering and colluding by attending an unlawful protest rally and was sentenced to 5 years in prison. The verdict was upheld after the case referred to branch 54 of the Tehran Court of Appeals, chaired by judge Babaei and Zanjani, a court advisor.

Arrest of persons without recognizing the charges at the time of arrest and impossibility of access to a lawyer for the accused are among the violations of international human rights instruments, 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.

Also the individuals’ right to a fair trial is one of the inalienable rights accentuated in Article 10 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In most cases, the extrajudicial and arbitrary detention of citizens and civil activists with vage 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.

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