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Iran – Risk of arrest, arbitrary detention and unfair trial

All Belgian visitors, including bi-nationals, are in high risk of arrest, irrelavent detention and unfair demo. This risk also pertains to people who are simply visiting Iran for tourism. In the event of arrest or detention, respect for fundamental rights and the basic safety of individuals are not guaranteed. Belgian nationals, including those with double nationality, are therefore highly advised against travelling to Iran for any reason. Belgian nationals who, despite this warning, are currently in Iran, are asked to be extremely vigilant and to take the necessary precautions to make sure their safety. Recently, the Belgian national and several some other Westerners were arbitrarily imprisoned and are currently imprisoned within Iran. Belgians and dual nationals are asked to come back as soon as possible. They are strongly advised to limit their movements within the country, to avoid any type of gathering and to make themselves known to the Belgian Embassy in Tehran by registering on the Travellers Online website In addition , consular existence at hearings during a feasible trial is not guaranteed as well as the detainee does not have access to a lawyer of his choice. The lawyer may also be subject to serious constraints. In this context, the capacity of the Belgian embassy within Tehran to provide consular security to nationals arrested or even detained in Iran is very limited. Moreover, consular appointments are not allowed in the case of the bi-national, as Iran will not recognise dual nationality. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs calls on Belgian nationals going to Iran to leave the nation as soon as possible in view of the improved risk of arbitrary detention in the light of the current deterioration of the security scenario throughout Iran.


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