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Iran: Death for "on-line crimes"
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Meanwhile, in that benevolent theocracy (*cough* dictatorship *cough*) known as Iran, bloggers and other on-line denizens now take their lives in their hands should they run afoul of the regime's new rules:
A new law has been passed by the Iranian parliament extending use of the death penalty to online crimes. Previously, only people charged with insulting Islam or drug trafficking had been sentenced to death.

In accordance with the new law, bloggers and website editors can be sentenced to death for crimes such as promoting corruption, prostitution and apostasy, the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) reported.
And what is it that has gotten bloggers in trouble previously?
Blogging about subjects such as minority rights and freedom of speech and religion has already carried a risk. In 2005, blogger Mojtaba Saminejad was tried before a local court in Teheran charged with insulting the prophets, which carries the death penalty. He was eventually acquitted. Last year, two Kurdish bloggers were sentenced to death on charges of subversive activities against national security, spying and separatist propaganda.
No telling what calling Ahmadinejad a stumpy little crack-pot would bring. Of course, I can say that without fear - something apologists for Iran will always forget to mention when they defend the indefensible.

As an aside, I wonder what the Canadian Human Rights council might have to say about all of this? For that matter, I wonder what the UN Human Rights Council will say?
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What will they say?


and Sh1t.
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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And what do we see above; Iranian government spam or the NGO’s and UN’s reply.

Seriously, so apostasy, or abandoning your faith, is punishable by death. I don’t think even the Chinese have gone that far. But the President is supposed to not go to the opening ceremonies for the Olympics but negotiate with a country, Iran, which is effectively at war with us and continues to kill our troops in Iraq; and we did fight an undeclared war with them during the 1988 Tanker War and they lost. But as in 1991 with Iraq, we didn’t finish the job and are now paying for it.
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It seems the House and the Senate want to follow suit.
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