Annotated Bibliography 4

“Sattar Beheshti Murder Case Closed” International Campaign For Human Rights In Iran. December 6, 2014. Web. March. 2014. http://www.iranhumanrights.org/2013/12/sattar-beheshti-3/

After having died from torture related injuries in November of 2013, Sattar Beheshti, a laborer and Iranian blogger who had been arrested by Iran’s Cyber Police, is wronged again as the Iranian government throws out the murder trial against his interrogator and opts for a lesser charge of “quasi murder” After a judgement of this kind, the family of Beheshti must open an entirely new case into their sons murder. Interestingly the court chose to say that their entire system was at fault and so no one person could be punished for the torture. On the surface this sounds like an admittance of a system that needs changing, however, the startling omissions in their final report go on to conclude that while “Sattar did receive blows…the blows were not fatal.” They go on to claim that his is one of those weird cases where the cause of death is unknow. Unknown… even when his fellow inmates spoke of his torture and a medical report that was part of the case concluded that “he suffered from hemorrhaging in his liver, lungs and cerebellum, keeping oxygen from reaching the different parts of his body, and has slowly died.” While Sattar did not run what most would consider a major blog, his posted criticism of the Islamic Republic and statements speaking out about their judicial system were enough to get his family threatened and apparently warrant arrest, torture and death. Mere days before his death, Beheshti published a complaint to the prison via a website and stated “I want to write that if anything happens to me, the police are responsible.”  This is all important, especially in my paper topic because it again highlights the incredible depths the Iranian Govt will go to in order to silence those who might speak out against their oppressions. Continuing further with the subject of Beheshti, I plan to look deeper into his case, read the blog he was writing and find out what, if any, positive effects his story has had on the Iranian blogging community. Hopefully there are some positives out there to help combat this atrocity.

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