Arrest of Aida Rasti, a Baha’i citizen
Jamia Aryai News Agency – Intelligence Ministry agents in Tehran arrested Aida Rasti Qalati, a Baha’i citizen, and transferred her to Evin prison.
According to the news agency of the Aryan community, on Wednesday, October 6, 1401, Aida Rasti Qalati, born: 1373, a Baha’i citizen, was arrested by the agents of the Ministry of Intelligence in Tehran province and was transferred to Ward 209 of this security organization located in Evin prison for interrogation and during judicial proceedings.
An informed source explained this news to the Aryan community news agency:Despite the fact that 13 days have passed since the date of his arrest and continuous follow-up by the family and the lawyer of the case, according to the announcement of the investigation branch in the prosecutor’s office, the interrogations of him in paragraph 209 continue. The legal basis of the accusations has not yet been determined..
This informed source further added: “When arresting Mrs. Rasti Qalati, the officers of the Ministry of Information seized her mobile phone, flash memory, and a laptop.”
According to the circular of the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution approved on March 6, 1369, Baha’i citizens are deprived of any citizenship rights and are faced with all kinds of human rights violations and coercive acts by the government of the Islamic Republic.
On the 1st of Shahrivar, 1401, Amnesty International called for an end to the repression of the Baha’is of Iran by publishing a request for immediate action while tightening the repression and applying security and social pressures on the Baha’i community of Iran due to the religious beliefs of these citizens.
Also, on July 30, 1401, the World Baha’i Community issued a statement warning against the increase in security pressures and the widespread wave of arrests, suppression of the deprivation of Iranian Baha’is from their citizenship rights in Iran.
Suppression of Iranian Baha’is violates international human rights documents, including Articles 2, 18 and 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
Citizens’ right to a fair trial by an impartial court is one of the things emphasized in Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Denying the access of the accused to a lawyer during interrogation and investigation is a violation of Article 9 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights approved on December 16, 1966.
In Article 5 of the Criminal Procedure Law, it is emphasized that the accused should be informed of the alleged charges as soon as possible and provide the right of access to a lawyer and other defense rights mentioned in the law.