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Voria Delangiz, civil activist arrested to serve his prison sentence

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Human Rights in Iran – Sunday, August 9, 2020 / Voria Delangiz, a civil activist from the city of Mariwan was arrested and transferred to Mariwan Prison to serve his prison sentence.

According to Human Rights in Iran, Voria Delangiz, a civil activist living in Mariwan (Kurdistan Province), was arrested today, Sunday, August 9, 2020 and transferred to the prison of this city to serve a 4-month prison sentence.

This civil activist was sentenced by the 2nd Criminal Court of this city on April 11, 2020 to 4 months in prison and 24 lashes on the charge of disrupting public order.

Voria Delangiz was arrested by security forces in the city of Mariwan on September 26, 2020, during a celebration in the city on the occasion of Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum, and was transferred to Sanandaj Central Prison.

After being interrogated and charged with disrupting public order, this citizen residing in Mariwan was temporarily released on a bail of 40 million Tomans on November 6, 2017 until the end of trial.

Arresting people without informing them of their 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 enjoying the right to a fair trial by an impartial tribunal in the presence of a jury and by preserving the right of the accused to appoint his or her lawyer in a trial, is one of the issues accentuated in International Instrument of Human Rights, including Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and Article 14 the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), adopted on December 16, 1966.

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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