The case of Zahra Kazemi 16 replies

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Nordicvs VIP Member

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#1 13 years ago

[color=black]Well, Iran's officials think Canada's government is being "immature" after it stated that "it would limit relations with the country until details surrounding Kazemi's death are clarified."[/color]

[color=black]Her son, Stephan Hashemi, says "Canada isn't doing enough to seek justice for his mother."[/color]

[color=black]Thoughts, comments?[/color]

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Iranian-Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi died in Iranian custody on July 11, 2003, almost three weeks after she was arrested for taking pictures outside a prison during a student protest in Tehran. [/color]

[color=black]Two days later, Iran's official news agency reported that Kazemi had died in hospital, after suffering a stroke while she was being interrogated. On July 16, 2003, the story changed. Mohammad Ali Abtahi, Iran's vice-president, conceded that Kazemi died as a result of being beaten. [/color]

[color=black]Later, the Iranian government would charge an Iranian security agent in Kazemi's death. He was acquitted of a charge of "quasi-intentional murder." In July 2004, Iran's judiciary said the head injuries that killed Kazemi were the result of an "accident." [/color]

[color=black]The case stayed under the radar screens of most Canadians until March 31, 2005, and the stunning revelations of Shahram Azam, a former staff physician in Iran's Defence Ministry. He said he examined Kazemi in hospital, four days after her arrest. [/color]

[color=black]Azam said Kazemi showed obvious signs of torture, including: [/color]

[color=black]--Evidence of a very brutal rape. [/color]

[color=black]--A skull fracture, two broken fingers, missing fingernails, a crushed big toe and a broken nose. [/color]

[color=black]--Severe abdominal bruising, swelling behind the head and a bruised shoulder. [/color]

[color=black]--Deep scratches on the neck and evidence of flogging on the legs. [/color]

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[color=black]Full story:[/color]

[color=black]http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/kazemi/[/color]




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#2 13 years ago
--Evidence of a very brutal rape. --A skull fracture, two broken fingers, missing fingernails, a crushed big toe and a broken nose. --Severe abdominal bruising, swelling behind the head and a bruised shoulder. --Deep scratches on the neck and evidence of flogging on the legs.

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#3 13 years ago

Yeah, they really did a number on her. I wonder how people would feel if this was done a citizen of their own nation. I hope Canada does more to pressure the Iranian government. Also, I haven't seen Amnesty International saying much about it; but I may have missed it.




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#4 13 years ago

The Canadian government should bring this up at the UN until those bastards in Iran realize that we don't all agree with their medieval methods.




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#5 13 years ago
MrFancypantsThe Canadian government should bring this up at the UN until those bastards in Iran realize that we don't all agree with their medieval methods.

I think canada can send their own angry letter pleased.gif




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#6 13 years ago

Mr. Raptor's right, Iran doesn't really care about international disdain. Iran won't care if Canada protests. The key is for the outside world to cause reform. We can either invade, inform, or incite. The first is too expensive, monetarily and politically, and people-heavy. The second option will probably take too long and be very hard to accomplish. The third option, civil unrest, can work, but it requires all-out economic warfare. A full embargo, including food and medical supplies. No "Oil-for-Food"-style programs like Iraq or food aid as with North Korea. These systems retain stability, which works against us. If we hit them, and hard, they will fall. It is the only way to end Iran's tyranny wihtout massive sacrifice of soldiers and civilians, another crappy occuption, an insanely strong insurgency, and a generally hostile population, worse than Iraq. They have to decide for themselves that "Islamic" totalitarian theocracy is not working for Iran. We can help.

I know this policy sounds harsh. It is. But it will work.




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#7 13 years ago

Hasn't Canada already been having problems with Iran?




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#8 13 years ago

I can't think of many people who are having a wonderful time with Iran lately.




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#9 13 years ago

Perhaps the mighty canadian army should bring holy justice and freedom to the un-civilized and infidel Iranian terrorists and barbarians? Or perhaps i'm just joking :lol:. But yes I think that Iran must reform, like many other countries. It is just an example of what a theocracy can do (what religion it follows is not important). I hope they will apologize for mrs. Kazemi and put the responsibles on trial, this history is completely disgusting :mad:.




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#10 13 years ago
Komrad_BBut yes I think that Iran must reform, like many other countries. It is just an example of what a theocracy can do (what religion it follows is not important). I hope they will apologize for mrs. Kazemi and put the responsibles on trial, this history is completely disgusting

Indeed. I've been trying to find what Amnesty International has to say about this, but so far no go. I wouldn't be surprized if they offered some bland, formulaic response ("Torture's bad...mmm-kay"), like they do for other crimes or acts against non-combatants or people being oppressed, especially regarding Palestinians.




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