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Save Nazanin Petition

January 9, 2007

Ali of writes:

In Iran, Nazanin Fatehi was sentenced to death a year ago, on 3 January 2006. She admitted admitting having stabbed to death one of three men who tried to rape her and a 16-year-old relative. She was 17 at the time. Not only is it unjust to kill a woman for defending herself, but Iran is a signatory to the international legal rules that forbids it from executing minors (interestingly the US is not and it took the American Supreme Court to have to put a stop to the practice).

Her retrial is set for January 10, 2007:

In this new trial the Islamic Republic Court will either:

    a) spare the life of Nazanin and release her from prison or
    b) announce a prison sentence of x number of years or
    c) re-condemn Nazanin for execution or
    d) ask Nazanin to negotiate “Dieh” (Blood Money) with the family of the alleged rapist and have her released subject to her paying that amount.

There is a huge international campaign (with link to petition) to assure that proposition c does not occur.

While Iran has signed the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of a Child, Iran still officially supports juvenile capital punishment with 18 executions being recorded after 1990 since the signing of the convention and 18 being recorded in 2005 alone.

Please take the time to follow the link to sign the Save Nazanin Petition

Additional Information on women facing stoning to death can be found here and here.  It was brought to my attention that there are problems with the wording of Amnesty International’s call for action (although the problem was not explained to me), however, the letter can be cut and pasted and changed to your own liking, or make your own letter, please use the post for contact information.

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