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Thursday, 01 December, 2022

Three Kerman Cultural Activists Summoned To Security Police

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Human Rights in Iran – Thursday, October 20, 2022 – Three cultural unionists in Kerman Province were summoned to the provincial Security Police.

According to the report of Human Rights in Iran, quoting the Coordinating Council of Iranian Cultural Associations, on Tuesday, October 18 (2022), Hossein Rashidi, Zahra Azizi, and Mohammad-Reza Behzadpour, three cultural unionists in Kerman Province, were summoned to the provincial Intelligence and Security Police.

Hossein Rashidi and Mohammad Reza Behzadpour were previously arrested by IRGC intelligence agents in Kerman on April 30, 2022, and released on bail on May 12 (2022), after interrogation and arraignment proceedings, according to the report.

It should be noted that on May 1, 2022, on the occasion of International Workers’ Day and on the eve of Teacher’s Week in Iran, the country’s employed and retired cultural community held a protest in front of the Education Departments of cities and provinces in protest against the failure to fulfill their guild demands, but in some of these protests, security forces raided these citizens and arrested some of them.

The prohibition of trade union activities violates Article 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and provisions 21 and 22 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

The summoning, detention and profiling cases against cultural trade unionists comes at a time when their demands are guilds and are in line with Article 27 of the Iranian Constitution to achieve their citizenship rights.

The crackdown on labor activists and the bringing of security charges against them violate Article 19 of the Universal Declaration  of Human Rights and Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, adopted on 16 December 1966.

The lack of access to a lawyer and the denial of access to other requirements in a due process violate Article 9 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, adopted on 16 December 1966.

In addition, the right to due process by impartial judge, interrogator, and investigator is among the rights accentuated in Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Article 5 of the Criminal Procedure Code emphasizes on informing the accused as soon as possible of the charges against him/her and the right to access a lawyer and other defense rights mentioned in the law.

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