The Rights of the People

Article 19  No Discrimination, No Privileges
All people of Iran, whatever the ethnic group or tribe to which they belong, enjoy equal rights; color, race, language, and the like, do not bestow any privilege.
Article 20  Equality Before Law
All citizens of the country, both men and women, equally enjoy the protection of the law and enjoy all human, political, economic, social, and cultural rights, in conformity with Islamic criteria.
Article 21  Woman's Rights
The government must ensure the rights of women in all respects, in conformity with Islamic criteria, and accomplish the following goals:
1) create a favorable environment for the growth of woman's personality and the restoration of her rights, both the material and intellectual;

2) the protection of mothers, particularly during pregnancy and child-rearing, and the protection of children without guardians;

3) establishing competent courts to protect and preserve the family;

4) the provision of special insurance for widows, aged women, and women without support;

5) the awarding of guardianship of children to worthy mothers, in order to protect the interests of the children, in the absence of a legal guardian.
Article 22  Human Dignity and Rights
The dignity6111, life, property622, rights, residence, and occupation of the individual are inviolate, except in cases sanctioned by law.
Article 23  Freedom of Belief
The investigation of individuals' beliefs is forbidden, and no one may be molested or taken to task simply for holding a certain belief.623
Article 24  Freedom of the Press
Publications and the press have freedom of expression6242 except when it is detrimental to the fundamental principles of Islam or the rights of the public.  The details of this exception will be specified by law.
Article 25  Secrecy of Communication
The inspection of letters and the failure to deliver them, the recording and disclosure of telephone conversations, the disclosure of telegraphic and telex communications, censorship, or the wilful failure to transmit them, eavesdropping, and all forms of covert investigation are forbidden, except as provided by law.
Article 26  Freedom of Association
The formation of parties, societies, political or professional associations, as well as religious societies, whether Islamic or pertaining to one of the recognized religious minorities, is permitted provided they do not violate the principles of independence, freedom, national unity, the criteria of Islam, or the basis of the Islamic Republic.  No one may be prevented from participating in the aforementioned groups, or be compelled to participate in them.
Article 27  Freedom of Assembly
Public gatherings and marches may be freely held, provided arms are not carried and that they are not detrimental to the fundamental principles of Islam.
Article 28  Work
(1) Everyone has the right to choose any occupation he wishes, if it is not contrary to Islam and the public interests, and does not infringe the rights of others.

(2) The government has the duty, with due consideration of the need of society for different kinds of work, to provide every citizen with the opportunity to work, and to create equal conditions for obtaining it.
Article 29  Welfare Rights
(1) To benefit from social security with respect to retirement, unemployment, old age, disability, absence of a guardian, and benefits relating to being stranded, accidents, health services, and medical care and treatment, provided through insurance or other means, is accepted as a universal right.

(2) The government must provide the foregoing services and financial support for every individual citizen by drawing, in accordance with the law, on the national revenues and funds obtained through public contributions.
Article 30  Education
The government must provide all citizen with free education up to secondary school, and must expand free higher education to the extent required by the country for attaining self-sufficiency.
Article 31  Housing
It is the right of every Iranian individual and family to possess housing commensurate with his needs.  The government must make land available for the implementation of this article, according priority to those whose need is greatest, in particular the rural population and the workers.
Article 32  Arrest
No one may be arrested except by the order and in accordance with the procedure laid down by law.  In case of arrest, charges with the reasons for accusation must, without delay, be communicated and explained to the accused in writing, and a provisional dossier must be forwarded to the competent judicial authorities within a maximum of twenty-four hours so that the preliminaries to the trial can be completed as swiftly as possible.  The violation of this article will be liable to punishment in accordance with the law.
Article 33  Residence
No one can be banished from his place of residence, prevented from residing in the place of his choice, or compelled to reside in a given locality, except in cases provided by law.
Article 34  Recourse to the Courts
It is the indisputable right of every citizen to seek justice by recourse to competent courts.  All citizens have right of access to such courts, and no one can be barred from courts to which he has a legal right of recourse.
Article 35  Right to Counsel
Both parties to a lawsuit have the right in all courts of law to select an attorney, and if they are unable to do so, arrangements must be made to provide them with legal counsel.
Article 36  Sentencing
The passing and execution of a sentence must be only by a competent court and in accordance with law.
Article 37  Presumption of Innocence
Innocence is to be presumed, and no one is to be held guilty of a charge unless his or her guilt has been established by a competent court.
Article 38  Torture
All forms of torture for the purpose of extracting confession or acquiring information are forbidden.  Compulsion of individuals to testify, confess, or take an oath is not permissible; and any testimony, confession, or oath obtained under duress is devoid of value and credence.  Violation of this article is liable to punishment in accordance with the law.
Article 39  Dignity of Arrested
All affronts to the dignity and repute of persons arrested, detained, imprisoned, or banished in accordance with the law, whatever form they may take, are forbidden and liable to punishment.
Article 40  Public Interest
No one is entitled to exercise his rights in a way injurious to others or detrimental to public interests.
Article 41  Citizenship
Iranian citizenship is the indisputable right of every Iranian, and the government cannot withdraw citizenship from any Iranian unless he himself requests it or acquires the citizenship of another country.
Article 42  Nationalization
Foreign nationals may acquire Iranian citizenship within the framework of the laws.  Citizenship may be withdrawn from such persons if another State accepts them as its citizens or if they request it.