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Tuesday, 27 September, 2022

Labor activist Parvin Mohammadi tried

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Human Rights in Iran – Thursday, September 15, 2022 – The trial session of Parvin Mohammadi’s case held at Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran.

According to the report of Human Rights in Iran, Parvin Mohammadi, a labor activist, was tried on Wednesday, September 14 (2022) at Branch 26 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court, headed by Iman Afshari and represented by Hossein Taj. Parvin Mohammadi was previously arrested for her civil and labor activities and has endured imprisonment.

“Parvin Mohammadi, along with her defense attorney Hossein Taj, appeared at Branch 28 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court at 8:30 a.m. However, the case of this labor activist was returned to Branch 26 due to the absence of the judge in this branch and was tried again. She was released on a bail of 200 million Tomans until the verdict is issued,” according to the Free Workers’ Union of Iran.

It should be noted that Parvin Mohammadi was arrested on September 12 (2022), after being summoned to the Evin Prison Prosecutor’s Office to serve a prison sentence issued against her in absentia and after being transferred to Branch 28 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court, another date was announced due to the absence of the judge of the branch.

This case has resulted in a prison sentence against Parvin Mohammadi, while the labor activist has not received a notice or subpoena at any stage of the interrogation, investigation and trial of her case, and after being informed of the verdict and follow-ups, she has learned that has been charged with “propaganda against the state through a speech to a gathering of retired workers and a speech about the collapse of the Plasco Building in 2017), which she has been tried in absentia without her knowledge and a verdict has been issued for her.

On April 26, 2019, the labor activist was arrested by security forces during a protest rally on the occasion of International Workers’ Day and after being transferred to the detention center and being questioned and informed of her charge, she was released on bail on May 11, 2019.

With the beginning of the proceedings, Parvin Mohammadi was faced with her accusation by Branch 2 of Karaj District 1 Prosecutor’s Office on June 19, 2019.

On October 18, 2019, this civil activist was sentenced to 1 year in prison by Branch 1 of the Karaj Revolutionary Court on the charge of “propaganda against the regime”. After objecting to this ruling and referring the case to Branch 6 of the Alborz Province Appeals Court, the sentence was upheld and Parvin Mohammadi’s case was referred to the Sentence Enforcement Unit of the Karaj Prosecutor’s Office.

After the sentence was finalized, Parvin Mohammadi was arrested on December 7, 2019, to serve her sentence and transferred to Kachooei Prison in Karaj and sent on leave on February 26, 2020. Due to the coronavirus outbreak and the penal reduction directive, she was released on May 2, 2020.

Preventing labor activities violates Article 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Articles 21 and 22 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Summoning, arresting and filing cases against labor activists happens while their demands are trade union and in order to achieve their citizenship rights in line with Article 27 of the Iran Constitution.

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