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News code: 29344
Published Date: Wednesday 20 May 2020 - 18:20:15
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Judiciary determined to protect the rights of Iranians; Bagheri

Judiciary determined to protect the rights of Iranians; Bagheri
IRAN  - The recent circular issued by the Head of the Judiciary is a fundamental manifestation of protecting the rights of Iranians abroad, the secretary of Iran's High Council for Human rights said.

The circular which calls for "an end to the denial of consular services to Iranians prosecuted abroad", is a basic manifestation of protecting the rights of the people, said Ali Bagheri. "The duty of the Judiciary is to make justice felt and administered," he added.

"The duty of the Judiciary is to implement justice, and if someone violates the law, the Judiciary has to administer justice about him as well," stated Bagheri, the Deputy for International Affairs of Iran's Judiciary, in a press conference held on Wednesday.

"It is also the duty of the Judiciary to establish justice. So, administering justice and merely arresting and punishing criminals are not the only duties of the system," he added.

Ali Bagheri

The secretary of HCHR noted: "one of the aspects of administering justice is to protect the rights of Iranians inside and outside the country. And it is the duty of all the systems in the country to protect the rights of our people. According to the constitution and in line with the guidelines provided by the Supreme Leader, the judiciary also has to protect the rights of Iranians living in the country and abroad."

Bagheri pointed out that Iranians who were prosecuted abroad were previously denied consular assistance and services, although such cases were rare.

"One of the main goals of the Judiciary system is to make justice felt among the people. Even a rare case could blemish the feeling of justice. Therefore, the judiciary must be seriously determined and sensitive to protect people's rights", he stated.

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"In protecting people's rights, the Judiciary will not tolerate any neglect and negligence, even if it comes from its own institutions or it concerns those who are accused or criminals. The recent directive which has been notified to all parts of the judicial system is a source of support for all groups of people as it shows the system is not indifferent towards protecting their rights," said the HCHR Secretary, adding that the system particularly protects the rights of those who are accused.

In response to a reporter asking whether the circular had been issued over a specific case or issued in general, Mr. Bagheri said that the directive must be implemented generally and that no judicial reference has the authority to deny the accused and prosecuted people, who live abroad, of consular services of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or other similar institutions.

In another question, the Secretary was asked whether the directive required any specific criteria or would it include terrorists as well. "Terrorism is a different story and it differs from other crimes. But for crimes other than terrorism, no one will be denied of consular services even if the crime is big."

Bagheri concluded: "justice will be achieved once the rules are observed and implemented. In this case, we do not have any law which authorizes the judiciary references to deny people's rights to enjoy consular services.

 

 

News Code: 29344
Published Date: Wednesday 20 May 2020 - 18:20:15
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