Call for Action
According to Amnesty International, nine women and two men are under the threat of being executed by stoning. An action alert had taken place for two of the stonings, in which there has been a stay of execution and this month an urgent action alert has been issued for the other 7 women.
“AI previously took action on behalf of Ashraf Kalhori (see monthly update for August), and Hajieh Esmailvand (see UA 336/04, MDE 13/053/2004 and updates). This month, an Urgent Action was issued on behalf of the seven other women: Parisa was sentenced to execution by stoning for adultery, after being forced into prostitution by her husband due to family poverty. Iran was sentenced to stoning for adultery, which she denies, and five years imprisonment for being an accomplice to the murder of her husband. Khayrieh was sentenced to stoning for having an affair with a relative of her abusive husband. Shamameh Ghorbani (known as Malek), was sentenced to stoning for adultery. Kobra Najjar completed an eight year prison sentence for being an accomplice to the murder of her husband two years ago, and is now awaiting her stoning sentence for adultery to be implemented. She was allegedly forced into prostitution by her husband, who was violent towards her. Soghra Mola’i was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for being an accomplice in the murder of her husband, and execution by stoning for adultery. Fatemeh faces execution by stoning for having an ‘illicit relationship’. The team is seeking information on the two men who have received a sentence of stoning. (UA 257/06, MDE 13/113/2006, 28 September 2006)”
There is a group of human rights defenders in Iran that Amnesty International is working with, but the situation within Iran for human rights activists is deplorable:
“The climate in Iran for human rights defenders is dire. Iranian legislation severely restricts freedom of expression and association and human rights defenders often face reprisals for their work in the form of harassment, intimidation, attacks, detention, imprisonment and torture. Many are subject to travel bans that prevent them from leaving the country. Amnesty International is aware that those campaigning against the death penalty, including to abolish stoning, have been subjected to pressure and harassment. On 24 September 2006 at least 10 people were detained while demonstrating peacefully outside the United Nations office in Tehran. They were protesting against the expected imminent execution of several women, including Kobra Rahmanpour, Fatemeh Haghighat-pajouh, Nazanin Fathehi (a child offender) and Shahla Jahed. They were released later in the day after signing undertakings about their future actions. Amnesty International has received information that the group of human rights defenders campaigning to abolish stoning have been subjected to threats and harassment.
Iranian lawyer, journalist and human rights defender Shadi Sadr has been the leader in initiating a campaign against execution by stoning. She has been especially active in the case of Ashraf Kalhori, a mother of four who is at risk of execution by stoning for adultery. She submitted a petition to Head of the Judiciary, Ayatollah Shahroudi calling upon him to halt the execution. The petition was signed by more than four thousand people, including more than one hundred Iranian women’s rights activists. A temporary stay of execution was granted but she still is under sentence of death. Shadi Sadr had been nominated by AI as a participant to the Global International Consultation on Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs), which took place in Sri Lanka in 2005, but was unable to attend due to the travel ban imposed against her. She was awarded the Ida B. Wells Award for Bravery in Journalism at the Women’s eNews 21 Leaders for the 21st Century Gala in May 2004. “
You can read about Shadi Sadr here.
Most importantly, there is something that we can do and each and every one of us can do it, but needs to do it. It is of the utmost urgence that we flood email boxes with our letters and mailboxes with the same.
Please visit here to automatically email the Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei – Leader of the Islamic Republic and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – President. Their is a letter within the body allready. Everything is done for you.
Further, here is a sample letter that you can cut and paste:
I am writing to you to express my deep concern about the use of execution by stoning in Iran. Stoning is a particularly brutal form of execution, specifically designed to increase and prolong the suffering endured by the individual being executed. I am particularly worried because of reports that two people were executed by stoning in May 2006, and that nine women and two men in Iran are currently under sentence of execution by stoning.
The nine women who are under sentence of execution by stoning, all of whom incurred the sentence of stoning for adultery, include: Ashraf Kalhori, a mother of four whose execution was postponed in late July 2006 by the Head of the Judiciary, Ayatollah Shahroudi. She had been convicted of the crime of adultery and for alleged involvement in the death of her husband in April 2002. She remains under sentence of death; Parisa, who was convicted of adultery and who claimed she had been forced into prostitution by her husband due to the family’s poverty; Iran, who was convicted of adultery and of being accomplice to the murder of her husband after her alleged lover killed him; Khayrieh, who was also convicted of adultery and of being accomplice to the murder of her husband after her alleged lover killed him; Kobra Najjar, a victim of domestic violence who was forced into prostitution by her husband who was murdered by one of her clients; Shamameh Ghorbani (who is also known as Malek), who was convicted of adultery after a man found in her house was killed by her husband and other relatives; Soghra Mola’i, convicted of adultery and being an accomplice to the murder of her husband; Fatehmeh, who was convicted of committing adultery with a man who was killed allegedly by her with involvement of her husband; and Hajieh Esmailvand, who was accused of adultery with a seventeen-year-old who was also sentenced to death, but not by stoning.
I am opposed to the death penalty in all cases. The U.N. Human Rights Committee has made clear that treating adultery and fornication as criminal offenses does not comply with international human rights standards. The sentence of execution by stoning for adultery breaches Iran’s commitment under article 6(2) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights that says that death sentences should only be imposed for the ‘most serious crimes.’ In December 2002 Ayatollah Shahroudi, the Head of the Iranian Judiciary, sent a ruling to judges ordering a moratorium on execution by stoning. I therefore urge you to commute the sentences of death by stoning for the women named above. I also strongly urge you to abolish the use of execution by stoning in Iran. I urge that a law that would ban stoning be introduced to the Iranian parliament. Thank you very much for your attention to this matter. Sincerely,
Send your appeals to:
Leader of the Islamic Republic
His Excellency Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei, The Office of the Supreme Leader
Shoahada Street, Qom, Islamic Republic of Iran
Head of the Judiciary
His Excellency Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi ShahroudiMinistry of Justice,
Park-e Shahr, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Email: Please send emails via the feedback form on the Persian site of the website: http://www.iranjudiciary.org/contactus-feedback-fa.html
Salutation: Your Excellency
PresidentHis Excellency Mahmoud AhmadinejadThe Presidency,
Palestine Avenue, Azerbaijan Intersection, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Fax: + 98 21 6 649 5880
Email: email@example.com(Or via website) http://www.president.ir/email
And, you can spread the word!
Update: For those of you that would like more information about stoning:
“Stoning is a violent form of punishment prescribed by various religions. Due to the separation of church and state, however, it is no longer practiced in non-Muslim societies. This is because principles of secularism forbid lawmakers to turn rules that belong to previous millennia into modern law. The supporters of legalizing traditional forms of punishment argue that stoning and similar acts are necessary to deter sinners and prevent crime. And while the measure is not necessarily Islamic, but more fanatic and insensitive to human values, its contenders claim the act does not constitute violence. In their view, stoning is a punishment similar to capital punishment that is practiced in many Western societies where it is not characterized as violence.”
also, please refer to Ali Eteraz’s site: here