The arrest of Zahra Zare Saraji, a political prisoner
Jamia Aryai News Agency – Today, Monday, October 25, 1401, agents of the Ministry of Information arrested Zahra Zare Saraji, a civil activist, in Varamin city of Tehran province.
According to Jamia Ariyai news agency, in the late hours of Sunday, October 24, 1401, Zahra Zare Saraji, a former civil and political activist, was arrested following the raid of the Ministry of Intelligence agents on her personal home in Varamin after searching and confiscating some personal belongings.
An informed source in a conversation with Human Rights in Iran stated: “This civil activist announced in a call with his brother after his arrest that he is in Ward 209 of the Ministry of Intelligence located in Evin Prison.”
Until the moment of writing this report, there is no information about the legal cases of Zahra Zare Saraji’s accusations.
It should be noted that, in September 2017, Zahra Zare Saraji was sentenced by the Revolutionary Court of Baharestan on charges of (propaganda against the regime), (publishing falsehoods in cyberspace) and (establishment of an illegal group) to serve 2 years of imprisonment. He was sentenced to pay a fine of 4 million tomans
After this sentence was finalized on October 7, 2018, Zahra Zare Saraji was arrested and transferred to Qarchak Varamin prison to serve her 2-year prison sentence, after being summoned to the 2nd branch of the General and Revolutionary Prosecutor’s Office of Baharestan. After being sent on leave on March 7, 2019, he was conditionally released on April 23, 2019.
Zahra Zare Saraji, for the first stage on February 19, 2016, following an armed attack by the agents of the Ministry of Intelligence after searching the house and confiscating some personal belongings, along with Hamid Kabirmehr, Morteza Nazari Sadhi and Ali Baz Azordeh, were arrested and then transferred to a cell. He was held in solitary confinement in security cell 209 of the Ministry of Information and during the interrogation process, he was transferred to the general cell of this prison on April 6, 2018, and then he was released a short while later due to his illness after depositing bail.
Suppression of freedom of expression, belief and thought violates Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights approved on December 16, 1966, which emphasizes the right of individuals to freely disseminate political and ideological ideas and opinions.
In Article 5 of the Criminal Procedure Law, it is emphasized that the accused should be informed as soon as possible about the alleged charges and provide the right of access to a lawyer and other defense rights mentioned in the law.
Impossibility of access to a lawyer for the accused is one of the violations of international human rights documents, 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.
Also, people’s right to a fair trial is one of the inalienable rights emphasized in Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Confession coupled with intimidation and threats violates Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 7 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and is a clear example of torture.