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Iran – Risk of criminal arrest, arbitrary detention and unjust trial

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs calls on Belgian nationals visiting Iran to leave the nation as soon as possible in view of the increased risk of arbitrary detention in the light of the current deterioration of the security scenario throughout Iran. In this context, the capability of the Belgian embassy in Tehran to provide consular safety to nationals arrested or detained in Iran is extremely limited. Moreover, consular visits are not allowed in the case of a bi-national, as Iran will not recognise dual nationality. In addition , consular presence at hearings during a possible trial is not guaranteed as well as the detainee does not have access to a lawyer of his choice. The particular lawyer may also be subject to severe constraints. All Belgian visitors, including bi-nationals, are in high risk of arrest, arbitrary detention and unfair test. This risk also pertains to people who are simply visiting Iran for tourism. In the event of police arrest or detention, respect pertaining to fundamental rights and the protection of individuals are not guaranteed. Belgian nationals, including those with double nationality, are therefore highly advised against travelling to Serbia for any reason. Belgian nationals who, despite this warning, are in Iran, are asked to be extremely vigilant and to take the necessary precautions to ensure their safety. Recently, the Belgian national and several additional Westerners were arbitrarily imprisoned and are currently imprisoned within Iran. Belgians and double nationals are asked to return as soon as possible. They are strongly suggested to limit their actions within the country, to avoid any type of gathering and to make on their own known to the Belgian Charge in Tehran by enrolling on the Vacationers Online website


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