Target: Ayatollah Larijani, head of Iran’s judiciary
Goal: Demand criminal investigation and prosecution of the people responsible for the death of blogger Sattar Beheshti.
Sattar Beheshti, an Iranian blogger who criticized the Islamic Republic on Facebook, died in the custody of the Iranian Cyber Police. Beheshti had blogged critical commentary of the Iranian judicial system, terming it “nothing but a slaughterhouse,” and writing that sentences and executions were conducted for the purposes of terrorizing the people. Now, Beheshti’s own tragic death testifies to the very ideas he put forth in his writing.
Beheshti’s relatives are seeking justice for his death, but rather than finding that justice, they are facing harassment by Iranian officials. Although Beheshti died in November of 2012, there has been no sign of any criminal investigations into the events surrounding his death, and no sign that Beheshti will receive any kind of justice for his apparent murder within official custody.
In January, a committee reported that the Cyber Police had arrested Beheshti lawfully but that his detention had not been lawful and that the standard of care he had received while imprisoned had been lacking. High ranking officials at the United Nations are now claiming that Beheshti was tortured while in custody. According to these sources, Beheshti was “beaten in the face and torso with a baton.” We must spread awareness of Beheshti’s unlawful death and demand justice and transparency from the government of Iran. Sign the petition to make your voice heard.
Dear Ayatollah Larijani,
In November of 2012, the blogger Sattar Beheshti died while in the custody of the Iranian Cyber Police. Your judiciary has been claiming that it will pursue an investigation into the events surrounding this blogger’s death. However, there is no evidence that any such investigation or any prosecution will be forthcoming.
The media can see what is occurring within Iran. Eyes throughout the world will know if Beheshti’s death is not properly investigated and if no one responsible for this tragedy is prosecuted. By performing an investigation and prosecution, you will be seeing to it that Iran does not incur any more shame or scandal than it may already face as a consequence of this wrongful death of a civilian. Perform the investigation and make the necessary arrests. Restore justice for this man and his family. Be true to your words, and set an example for the world.
[Your Name Here]