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The first session of Sepideh Rashno’s trial was held

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Human Rights in Iran – Wednesday, August 31, 2022 – The first session of Sepideh Rashno’s trial was held at Branch 26 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court, headed by Iman Afshari.

According to the report of Human Rights in Iran, on Monday, August 29, 2022, Sepideh Rashno, born in 1993, from Khorramabad city, the capital of Lorestan Province, one of the girls protesting the compulsory hijab (veil), appeared in the first hearing of her charges in Branch 26 of the Tehran Revolution Court, presided over by Iman Afshari.

Saman Rashno, the brother of Sepideh Rashno, published a note on his personal page and wrote: “The first hearing of the charges against my sister, Sepideh Rashno, was held in public, the temporary arrest warrant was canceled and posting a bail was ordered.”

It should be noted that on August 20, 2022, after Sepideh Rashno was transferred to the 26th branch of the Tehran Revolutionary Court, this anti-hijab protester was charged by Iman Afshari with three offences of “propaganda against the state”, “assembly and collusion with the intent to commit a crime against the security of the country by communicating with people living abroad” and “encouraging people to commit corruption and prostitution”.

On August 3، 2022, following the deterioration of her physical condition due to mental and physical pressure and possible beating, Sepideh Rashno was examined in a completely security and protected atmosphere, after being dispatched to Taleghani Hospital in Tehran and after a few hours, she was returned to Evin Prison.

On July 21, 2022, Human Rights in Iran published a report on Sepideh Rashno, informing about her denial of access to a lawyer, non-compliance with her fair trial rights, violent behavior and beating her.

On July 16, 2022, after a video was circulated on virtual networks showing a verbal and physical conflict between Sepideh Rashno and Rayeheh Rabiei, this anti-hijab citizen was arrested by security forces and transferred to the detention center 2-A of the IRGC (The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) for questioning.

Suppressing citizens and filing accusations against them based on the scenario of security agencies violates Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, adopted on December 16, 1966.

In addition, the right to a fair trial by an impartial judge, interrogator, and investigator is among the rights highlighted in Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The impossibility of the accused to have access to a lawyer, as well as denying the person access to other necessities in a judicial process, violates 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.

In Article 5 of the Criminal Procedure Law, it is emphasized on informing the accused as soon as possible about the alleged charges and providing the right of access to a lawyer and other defense rights mentioned in the law.

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