Vasal Mumtazi, a Baha’i resident of Rasht, was arrested
Ariyai Community News Agency – Today, Thursday, December 17, 1401, security agents arrested Vasal Mumtazi, a Baha’i citizen, in the city of Rasht, the capital of Gilan province.
According to the news agency of Jamia Aryaei, on Tuesday, December 15, 1401, Vasal Mumtazi, a resident of Rasht, the capital of Gilan province, and a Baha’i citizen, was arrested by the security forces and taken to Lakanrasht prison for questioning and filing a case.
An informed source explained this news:Some time ago, Mr. Mumtazi’s house was searched by the agents of the Rasht Intelligence Agency and some of his and his family’s belongings were seized. Apparently, according to the Rasht Intelligence Agency, they found documents of a crime by this Baha’i citizen, which is related to the Baha’i religious beliefs, and the reason for the arrest of Vasal was also in His religious beliefs have been mentioned, but the examples of the accusations have not been specified..
It should be noted that on November 12, 1401, the private home of Vasal Mumtazi and his wife Anisa Samiyan, following the raid by the agents of the Intelligence Department of Rasht city, they searched and then some personal items such as mobile phones, flash memory, religious books and The laptop of this Bahai family was confiscated and they were told that they do not have the right to leave Rasht.
Wasal Mumtazi was arrested while this Baha’i citizen, in a process that became a law despite the Islamic Republic of Iran’s government in 2009, was denied the right to continue his education and expelled from Qazvin International University due to his belief in the Baha’i religion during the end-of-semester exams. .
On September 1, 1401, Amnesty International reacted by issuing a call for immediate action against the repression and increased security pressure on Baha’i citizens and requested the international community to consider a comprehensive solution to deal with such actions by the Iranian government.
On July 30, 1401, the World Baha’i Community issued a statement and warned against increasing security pressures and a widespread wave of arrests, suppressing the deprivation of Iranian Baha’is from their citizenship rights in Iran.
Suppression of freedom of speech and opinion 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.
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.
The suppression of Baha’is in Iran violates Articles 2, 18 and 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which emphasizes the right of individuals to perform religious rituals, propaganda, and religious education, both collectively and privately. The
The impossibility of access to a lawyer and the denial of access to other requirements in a judicial process violates 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 by an impartial judge, interrogator, and investigator is one of the rights emphasized in Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
In Article 5 of the Criminal Procedure Law, it is emphasized on informing the accused as soon as possible about the alleged charges and providing the right of access to a lawyer and other defense rights mentioned in the law.