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Rights official slams mistreatment of Iranian citizen in Denmark

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Kazem Gharibabadi, Iranian Judiciary chief’s deputy for international affairs and secretary of the country’s High Council for Human Rights (File photo by IRNA)

A senior Iranian judiciary official has condemned Danish law enforcement officers’ violent mistreatment of a female citizen. 

Kazem Gharibabadi, the Judiciary chief’s deputy for international affairs and secretary of the country’s High Council for Human Rights, objected to the deportation of the woman with two of her children, while a third child who was only one-year-old, was separated from her and remained with the children’s father in Denmark.

”Posted videos and photos show four people violently nailing this Iranian citizen to the ground and holding her head against the pavement. A plain clothes officer also exits a vehicle with handcuffs and leg cuffs to restrain the woman’s movement. Some reports said the violent mistreatment of the mother took place right in front of her child’s eyes," Gharibabadi wrote in a letter to the Danish Minister of Immigration, Mattias Tesfaye.

He described the Danish officers’ behavior as a violation of the European country’s obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the prohibition of violence against women, and the violation of Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 7 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Gharibabadi urged Tesfaye and other relevant Danish officials to stop such inhumane practices and stop treating nationals of other countries with double standards.

He also called for measures to compensate for the material and moral damage sustained by the victim of violence, asking Tesfaye to prevent the woman's compulsory deportation from the Scandinavian country.

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