Stop the execution of Sakineh Ashtiani in Iran

July 30, 2010 at 12:02 am (Human rights, Iran, Jackie Mcdonough, women)

Press conference of the International Committee Against Stoning

11am – Friday 30 July 2010,

Conway Hall,
Red Lion Square,
London
WC1R 4RL

New information on the threatened execution of 43 year old Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, and others who have been also sentenced to death by stoning in Iran, will be revealed at a London press conference this Friday by Mina Ahadi, Coordinator of the International Committee Against Executions and the International Committee Against Stoning.

Other press conference speakers include Maryam Namazie, Iran Solidarity spokesperson, and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.

The press conference will take place this Friday, 30 July, in the Brockway Room, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1R 4RL, from 11am to 12 noon.

The meeting is open to the media and the public. All opponents of the death penalty and supporters of international human rights are welcome to attend.

“In response to the international outcry, some Iranian officials report that Sakineh’s execution has been put on hold,” said Peter Tatchell.

“Other reports suggest that the stoning sentence has been revoked and that she will be hanged instead.

“All these reports remain unconfirmed by the Iranian judiciary, which has the final say.

“Sakineh is still under threat of execution.

“The government of Iran has banned the country’s media from reporting Sakineh’s case, which suggests they know most Iranians do not support the barbarity of stoning. 

“To deflect international condemnation, the Iranian authorities have falsely claimed that Sakineh was sentenced to death for committing murder, when court documents clearly show that she was condemned to be stoned for having sex outside of marriage.

“The Tehran regime has issued an arrest warrant for Sakineh’s lawyer, Mohammad Mostafaei. It has arrested his wife and brother-in-law, neither of whom have committed any crime. They are being detained in an apparent bid to force Mostafaei to hand himself over the police.

“The death sentence passed on Sakine Mohammadi Ashtiani for committing adultery is disproportionate, excessive and a violation of human rights.

“Stoning a person to death is particularly barbaric. It has no legitimate place in any legal system in the twenty-first century; especially for a non-violent act of adultery between consenting adults.

“Even if the sentence has been changed from stoning to hanging, any execution is immoral.

“The real crimes are the cruel, barbaric and inhuman acts of stoning and other forms of execution. The death penalty should be abolished – in Iran, China, Saudi Arabia, the US and worldwide.” added Mr Tatchell.

Please sign the Avaaz petition to save Sakineh’s life:
http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_stoning/?cl=651962225&v=6766
For more information about the press conference and campaign, contact:

Maryam Namazie
iransolidaritynow@gmail.com

International Committee Against Executions: http://notonemoreexecution.org
International Committee Against Stoning: http://stopstonningnow.com
Iran Solidarity: www.iransolidarity.org.uk

See also: Open letter by international campaigners.

Cross-posted from Harry’s Place

24 Comments

  1. Jim Denham said,

    It’s good to read that Respect’s Salma Yaqoob has issued a clear-cut statement condemning the stoning and execution by any other means, of Sakineh:

    http://www.salmayaqoob.com/2010/07/lift-this-death-sentence.html

    It’s just a pity that she (Yaqoob) has to hedge it about with drivel about “western” and “pro-war” “hypocricy.” Sometimes, Salma, just a straightforward, unequivical condemnation will suffice.

  2. scum bucket said,

    You say clear cut statement then contradict yourself.

  3. jim denham said,

    scum bucket said,
    (August 2, 2010 at 3:53 pm)

    “You say clear cut statement then contradict yourself.”

    How, exactly?

  4. jim denham said,

  5. anti zionism said,

    This post is a LIE. Maryam Namazie who is a member of HOPI is a whore of Zionism and imperialism and a liar. Whoever believes the lies of this post must have less than two brain cells. This is part of the Zionist propaganda. If you want to see stoning why don’t you go to North of Iraq, (Kurdistan) to see stoning. Why the Zionist mass media do not make a campaign about real stoning and go after IMAGINARY ‘stoning’ in Iran. The reason is north of Iraq is Israel pawn and the terrorists Kurds are trained to go to the neighboring countries like Iran and Turkey and carry out terrorist act to destabilize these countries for partition and regime change which is part of f*cking ‘greater Israel’. The reason ‘LEFT’ in the West is SHUT UP AND SAYS NOTHING is the ‘left’ in the west is under the control of JEWS idiots, when do you want to wake up and see the reality. Who has been stoned to death in Iran idiot?
    But women have been stoned to death in NORTH OF IRAQ, why every one of you is shut up idiot?

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-452288/The-moment-teenage-girl-stoned-death-loving-wrong-boy.html

    MARYAM NAMAZIE A MEMBER OF HOPI HAS COOPERATION WITH HARRY’S PLACE, a neocon pro Israel and Zionism and pro war:
    Harry’s Place defines itself as centre-left and was supportive of the 2003 invasion of Iraq[5], the concept of liberal interventionism[6] , and liberal dissident movements in the Islamic world. It is a supporter of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict[7]. It is highly critical of Islamism [8] and of what it characterises as totalitarian, pro-Islamist and antisemitic tendencies on the left.[9] [10] Nick Cohen noted that the blog was one of few places where it was being pointed out that “a section of the left has allied with religious fundamentalism”.

    http://hurryupharry.org/2010/07/29/stop-the-execution-of-sakineh-ashtiani-in-iran/

  6. Oscar Lomax said,

    oh fuck — another tosspot loonytune has shown up.

    oh well.

  7. jim denham said,

    The word “zionism” in the name of the last commenter, should be “semitism”: but he or she serves a useful purpose: John Game. resister, skidmarx, etc – note well where your “anti-zionist” slope slips to! Let’s hope you recoil in horror…on the other hand you haven’t so far.

  8. anti zionism said,

    Sakineh Ashtiani had a lover and she decided to kill her husband. She was the main person behind her husband death although she received some help from her lover. He sufficated her husband with a pillow. This campaign of lies and deception is part of the zionist Jews propaganda for military strike to help the zionists and Israel. Are you A FOOL TO BELIEVE THESE RUBBISH. DO YOU WANT ISRAEL TO DESTABILIZE ALL THE COUNTRIES IN THE REGION AND LIKE IRAQ TO PARTITION THEM TO EXPAND THE APARTHIED STATE OF ISRAEL.
    ARE YOU ON THE SIDE OF THE ZIONIST FASCISTS WHO HAVE STOLEN PALESTINE? ARE YOU COOPERATING WITH THE PHONY LEFT WHO HAS SUPPORTED ISRAEL FOR THE PAST 62 YEARS? STUPID

  9. Oscar Lomax said,

    “why every one of you is shut up idiot?”

    actually — that is a sort of poetry. Sort of like. I am now intrigued — anti zionism may have some literary talent wertH mining.

  10. Oscar Lomax said,

    oh fuck. you have deleted tghe mad fuckker. just when i didn’t want you to delete fuckkers.

    you thick fuckker

  11. anti zionism said,

    Iranian communist/socialist’s cooperations with HARRY’S PLACE, a zionist pro war group. MARYAM NEMAZIE A ZIONIST SERVANT IS IN THE SERVICE OF THE ZIONISM. SHE IS WORKING WITH HARRY’S PLACE, A ZIONIST NEOCON AND PRO ISRAEL AND ZIONISM WHERE THEY WERE PRO IRAQ WAR AND NOW THEY WANT IRAN WAR WHERE THEY WILL TAKE IT INTO THEIR FU*CKING GRAVES. PEOPLE OF THE WORLD SLOWLY, BUT SURELY, ARE WAKING UP TO CONFRONT ZIONISM WORSE THAN FASCISM.
    YOU HAVE TO DESTROY ZIONISM TODAY BECAUSE TOMORROW IS TOOOOOOOO
    LATE. According to world public opinion ISRAEL AND THE US ARE THE MAIN ENEMY OF HUMANITY on the planet earth. The left MUST CONFRONT ZIONISM OTHERWISE MUST BE ABONDONED because they have covered for zionism for the past 62 years. The Left, cannot deceive people anymore. Zionism is the MAIN ENEMY.

    Harry’s Place is a British blog founded in November 2002 by ‘Harry Hatchet’[1] to support the invasion of Iraq that was then in the offing.[2] Harry’s Place has a strong pro-Israel orientation and its bloggers were later among the founders of the Euston Manifesto network,[3] a key centre of the ‘pro war left’.[4] Its activities include mainly attacks on critics of Israel, with a special focus on the left and mainstream Muslims organizations. Its comments section licences — even invites — abuse against political opponents.
    The website has a strong Zionist orientation: it serves as a platform for individuals with strong pro-Israel views. Following judge Richard Goldstone’s report on the war crimes committed during Israel’s 2008-2009 assault on Gaza, HP blogger Gene Zitver republished an article by Moshe Halbertal from The New Republic that tried to discredit the report

    Harry’s palce in the business of ‘Democracy Promotion’ in Iran:

    On 5 August 2009 David Toube posted photos and videos of himself wearing a T-Shirt which reads ‘I’m blogging for Iranian democracy’ with a link to Harry’s Place underneath.[37] The website has been aggressively promoting Iran Solidarity, a new organization set up by Maryam Namazie (Workers-communist party of Iran) of the Council of ex-Muslims of Britain, with support from an assortment of New Atheist luminaries, neocons, and some British and international liberal voices.
    Relying exclusively on Israel lobby’s regime-change brigade (Kenneth Pollack, Patrick Clawson, Michael Rubin), Michael Ezra of HP tried to cast doubt on the legacy of Mohammad Mossadegh — the popular Iranian prime minister overthrown in the 1953 CIA coup — questioning his democratic credentials and the causal links between the coup and the Islamic revolution of 1979.

  12. anti zionism said,

    Harry’s place is in the business of ISLAMOPHOBIA which is led by the ZIONIST JEWS WAR MONGERS like Bernard Henri Levy, an imposter and behind Iranian sell out ‘opposition’ who go to Washington to lick the behind of Jewish Lobby, like Washington Institute for near East Policy.

    MARYAM NAMAZI is a Zionist’s boot licker who spread lies around and is a member of both WORKERS-COMMUNIST PARTY OF IRAN (No one deal with these sell out who are in the pockets of Mossad and CIA) and HOPI. She is not communist or socialist, she is a Zionist servant.

    http://www.powerbase.info/index.php?title=Harry's_Place

  13. anti zionism said,

  14. anti zionism said,

    I don’t know the reason behind for not showing the content of the above link. I sent it twice, but I think this page do something to it where does not allow the content to be revealed. Can anyone explain? Please copy the link and paste it on your address bar to be able to read the content.

  15. anti zionism said,

    After the start-up of the Bushehr nuclear power plant made headlines around the world, news programmes continue their obsession with the fear of an Iranian nuclear bomb, the imminence of war against Tehran, and possible future scenarios.

    To add to the argument for invasion, the case of the Iranian woman Sakina, convicted of murdering her husband, is being hyped in the world media, especially in Europe and human rights groups. There are protests and petitions by these more pious “liberal” critics of the Islamic regime, calling for a stay of her sentence of death by stoning, adding fuel to the fire of those calling for invasion.
    But it appears that Sakina is not the real reason for all this commotion. It is really just a manifestation of the ongoing Iranian opposition movement abroad, as demonstrated by the large number of public figures who signed a petition initiated by French writer Henri Bernard Lévy in opposition to Tehran’s domestic policies. The petition rejected what it calls Iran’s use of terror and oppression to stifle the revolutionary uprising sparked by the government’s refusal of new elections after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won in 2009.

    Signatories to the petition include former French presidents Jacques Chirac, Valery Giscard d’Estaing, First Lady Carla Bruni, Ségolène Royal, Isabelle Adjani, Mia Farrow and others who disagree with Iran’s policies of capital punishment, and what they call indiscriminate killing of citizens for expressing their opinion with the aim of terrorising the population. Those who signed the petition also demanded that the verdict against Sakina be overturned “to recognise her innocence”.

    All these efforts by the West on behalf of Sakina and human rights come at a time when thousands of women in Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan are killed and raped without any such loud protest from Western leaders and human rights groups. The amount of attention Sakina is receiving is reminiscent of the Algerian runner Hassiba Boulmerka. The West feared for her safety during the massacres in Algeria, and the world-class runner was all they focussed on while hundreds of women like her were being killed without a peep of protest. But it seems Boulmerka’s legs were more important than those of hundreds of other Algerian women.

    http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2010/1014/re5.htm

    Shame on the zionists and Imperialsits war criminals and their enablers the Left in the West which ls let by the zionist Jews.

  16. anti zionism said,

    All these efforts by the West on behalf of Sakina and human rights come at a time when thousands of women in Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan are killed and raped without any such loud protest from Western leaders and human rights groups. The amount of attention Sakina is receiving is reminiscent of the Algerian runner Hassiba Boulmerka. The West feared for her safety during the massacres in Algeria, and the world-class runner was all they focussed on while hundreds of women like her were being killed without a peep of protest. But it seems Boulmerka’s legs were more important than those of hundreds of other Algerian women.

    http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2010/1014/re5.htm

    Shame on you. Why do you censor? Are you afraid to be exposed as a liar?

  17. anti zionism said,

    MARYAM NAMAZIE and other Zionist boot lickers:

    Nazanin Afshin-Jam, Mina Ahadi, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Roy Brown, AC Grayling, Rahila Gupta, Johann Hari, Marieme Helie-Lucas, Cllr Mehboob Khan, Houzan Mahmoud, Maryam Namazie, Taslima Nasrin, David Pollock, Fariborz Pooya, Terry Sanderson, Selina aka Jus1Jam, Issam Shukri, Sohaila Sharifi, Bahram Soroush, Peter Tatchell…

    http://thesugarbeetbhoy.wordpress.com/2009/10/21/one-law-for-all-rally/

    name is under a FAKE PHOTO of stoning played by an dutch actress. Please reat about the FAKE PHOTO OF stoning in the following link. Also notice the cooperation of Maryam Namazi from “workers-communits part of Iran” and spokeperson of a reaction and islamophia industry EX-MUSLIM which is in the service of MI6 and other intelligent agencies of the west. Shame on you all.

    http://www.inminds.co.uk/article.php?id=10214

    PETER TATCHELL HAS ALREADY EXPOSED AS A LIAR. ALL ARE PRO WAR ALTHOUGH THEY SAY THEY ARE NOT. HARRY’S PLACE IS PRO ISRAEL, PRO ZIONIST AND PRO WAR.

  18. anti zionism said,

    stoning in Musel, North of Iraq. Why was not a worldwide campaign against North of Iraq? I suppose the Kurds are Israel’s pawns, then they are protected from the vicious campaign of lies and decemption that is going on by the ORGANIZED ZIONIST JEWS AND THEIR SUPPORTERS, THE LEFT.

    http://azadibayan.ning.com/video/video/show?id=665135%3AVideo%3A1162

  19. anti zionism said,

    The United States, I remind readers, has killed about a million people in Iraq, unknown tens of thousands in Afghanistan, and three million in Vietnam, and those numbers don’t count all the smaller murderous efforts like Somalia, Pakistan, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Panama, and its loving support for Israel’s bloody predations against largely defenseless people.

    In the total of all these places, the United States has created millions of refugees and countless cripples.

    It has overthrown legitimate governments all over the world, including democratic ones in Chile, Iran, and Guatamala.

    But somehow, Ms. Wente assures us, Iran is so terrible?

    Iran, which has started no wars in its entire modern history?

    Iran, which while a theocracy (just like Israel) is a relatively open place where one may visit and a great deal of information flows (compared to many other societies on earth)?

    Iran, compared to the 3 million annual cases of genital mutilation of women in Africa?

    Iran, compared to the routine rape of girls by their fathers and other elders in Africa?

    Iran, compare to the bride-burning in India?

    Iran, compared to the hideous treatment of millions of widows, including young girls who had been married off for profit to old men who die, in India?

    Iran, compared to occupied Afghanistan where a majority of women still wear the burka?

    The world is filled with cruelties, and Iran is one of lesser parties to them, but Israel wants Iran attacked, so Ms. Wente does her duty churning out more unbalanced rubbish.

    http://chuckman.blog.ca/2010/07/17/margaret-wente-hallucinates-about-the-possible-stoning-of-a-woman-in-iran-or-how-to-ignore-screaming-realities-for-a-propaganda-point-8992633/

  20. anti zionism said,

    ZIONIST LIES ABOUT IRAN. In the following fake article the stoning in Kurdistan has been made stoning in Iran. I posted the article and the same picture of the stoning

    http://workingshirt.com/news/it%E2%80%99s-a-crime-in-iran-to-be-a-woman/

    which happened in MUSEL NORTH OF IRAQ NOT IRAN.
    The stoning of a women in white full lenghth white cover is FAKE. I gave you the link to read about it. I post it again.

    http://www.inminds.co.uk/article.php?id=10214

    SHAME ON WORKINGSHIRT.COM, A ZIONIST LIAR.

  21. A Comments Moderator Writes said,

    oh fuck — another tosspot loonytune has shown up.

    Oh the irony

    oh fuck. you have deleted tghe mad fuckker. just when i didn’t want you to delete fuckkers.

    Hm, inclined to agree with that. I’d leave anti zionism to rant on undeleted. As Jim says, s/he shows where obsessive “anti zionism” can take you.

  22. anti zionism said,

    Robert Fisk writes:

    {British Kurdish Iraqi campaigner Aso Kamal, of the Doaa Network Against Violence, believes that between 1991 and 2007, 12,500 women were murdered for reasons of “honour” in the three Kurdish provinces of Iraq alone – 350 of them in the first seven months of 2007, for which there were only five convictions. Many women are ordered by their families to commit suicide by burning themselves with cooking oil. In Sulimaniya hospital in 2007, surgeons were treating many women for critical burns which could never have been caused by cooking “accidents” as the women claimed. One patient, Sirwa Hassan, was dying of 86 per cent burns. She was a Kurdish mother of three from a village near the Iranian border. In 2008, a medical officer in Sulimaniya told the AFP news agency that in May alone, 14 young women had been murdered for “honour” crimes in 10 days. In 2000, Kurdish authorities in Sulimaniya had decreed that “the killing or abuse of women under the pretext of cleansing ‘shame’ is not considered to be a mitigating excuse”. The courts, they said, could not apply an old 1969 law “to reduce the penalty of the perpetrator”. The new law, of course, made no difference.}

    WHY IS NOT ANY CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE KURDISH AREA OF IRAQ?

    This is not due to the fact that the Kurdish terrorists are THE ZIONIST’S PAWN who are trained by MOSSAD to be sent to the neighboring countries to kill in order to destabilize countries like Turkey and Iran for ‘regime change’ to be able to erect “greater Israel” according to ODED YINON AND A CLEAN BREAK. We promise them they will take this wish into their graves, every single of them.

    There should only one state for all, otherwise they must get lost from our region immediately. People of the world are fed up with these vicious tribe who are not semite and are from the turkic tribe of Khazar (MOGUL) who has commited great crimes in 13th centuray as well.

  23. fight zionism said,

    ISRAEL WORSE THAN APATHEID SOUTH AFRICA


    The apartheid Israel and the fifth colum, Jewish Lobby in the US pushed for Iraq war and now is pushing for Iran war. Chomsky lies to you when focused only on US
    Imperailsm because Chosmky is a zionist and cleverly hides the hand of the zionist JEWS in waging wars.

  24. Bragalou said,

    PLEASE! Do NOT LET THEM execute Loghman and Zenyar
    Petition by CFPPI (Campaign to Free Political Prisoners in Iran)

    https://www.change.org/petitions/please-do-not-let-them-execute-loghman-and-zenyar

    BITTE! Lasst nicht zu, dass man Loghman und Zenyar hinrichtet.
    Eine Petition von: CFPPI (Campaign to Free Political Prisoners in Iran)

    http://schariagegner.wordpress.com/2013/01/09/hilferuf-aus-dem-gohardascht-gefaengnis/

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