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A response to the Islamic Republic of Iran's Deceptions Regarding Sakineh's Impending Execution

Save Sakineh

An immediate and worldwide public outcry followed an urgent press release by the International Committees against Stoning and Execution giving notice of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani’s imminent execution. Shortly thereafter more than half a million people sent letters of protest, there were two million tweets on Sakineh, and rallies and events were held in a number of cities.

The International Committees against Stoning and Execution issued the press release after receiving credible information attesting to the plan to execute her on 3 November. Reliable sources within Iran confirmed having seen the actual execution order sent from Tehran to Tabriz prison’s office of sentence implementation and also seen Sakineh’s name on a blacklist of those to be imminently executed.

The Islamic Republic of Iran often executes people without any public warning or notice and even without informing lawyers and family members in order to avoid local and international condemnation. According to the International Campaign for Human Rights, at least 23 people have been executed these past few days alone without any official announcement.

Nonetheless the regime persists in concealing the real danger Ms Ashtiani’s life is in. Its Foreign Minister, Manouchehr Mottaki, told his French counterpart Bernard Kouchner that ‘the final verdict in the Sakineh Ashtiani case has not been announced by the Iranian judiciary.’ Malek Ajdar Sharifi, the head of the justice department in East Azarbaijan province, where Ms Ashtiani is imprisoned, also said that her case was under judicial review and she was in ‘perfect health.’

In the Islamic Republic of Iran, a ‘judicial review’ often effectively means that the regime is waiting for the opportunity to carry out its executions. The regime has executed many people whilst their cases were ‘under review.’ One well known case was that of juvenile ‘offender’ Delara Darabi who was executed in 2009 during a two month reprieve.

Whilst Sakineh has been held incommunicado since 11 August and her son, Sajjad Ghaderzadeh, and lawyer, Houtan Kian, been imprisoned and tortured since 10 October, the International Committees against Stoning and Execution will continue to act as their voice and their defence. And we will continue to raise the alarm when necessary until Ms Ashtiani’s stoning and execution orders are rescinded and she, her son and lawyer are unconditionally and immediately released.

International Committee against Execution
International Committee against Stoning


  1. Contact government officials, MPs, MEPs, and the UN asking them to intervene urgently. Governments must immediately summon the Islamic Republic of Iran’s ambassadors and demand that Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani’s execution and stoning orders be rescinded and that she along with her son, Sajjad Ghaderzadeh, and lawyer, Houtan Kian, and the two German journalists be immediately released.
  2. Sign on to a petition at: http://www.avaaz.org/en/24h_to_save_sakineh/?cl=820762599&v=7497 and http://stopstonningnow.com/sakine/sakin284.php?nr=50326944⟨=en.
  3. Send letters of condemnation to the Islamic regime of Iran:

    Head of the Judiciary
    Sadeqh Larijani
    Howzeh Riyasat-e Qoveh Qazaiyeh (Office of the Head of the Judiciary)
    Pasteur St., Vali Asr Ave., south of Serah-e Jomhouri
    Tehran 1316814737, Iran
    Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or via website: http://www.dadiran.ir/tabid/75/Default.aspx
    First starred box: your given name; second starred box: your family name; third: your email address

    Head of the Judiciary in East Azerbaijan Province
    Malek-Ashtar Sharifi
    Office of the Head of the Judiciary in Tabriz
    East Azerbaijan, Iran

    Ali Khamenei
    The Office of the Supreme Leader
    Islamic Republic Street - Shahid Keshvar Doust Street
    Tehran, Iran
    Email: via website: http://www.leader.ir/langs/en/index.php?p=letter (English)
    http://www.leader.ir/langs/fa/index.php?p=letter (Persian)

    Secretary General, High Council for Human Rights
    Mohammad Javad Larijani
    Howzeh Riassat-e Ghoveh Ghazaiyeh
    Pasteur St, Vali Asr Ave., south of Serah-e Jomhuri
    Tehran 1316814737, Iran
    Fax: +98 21 3390 4986
    Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

  4. Please donate to the Save Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani campaign by making your cheque payable to ‘Count Me In – Iran’ and sending it to BM Box 6754, London WC1N 3XX, UK. You can also pay via Paypal (http://countmein-iran.com/donate.html).

For more information, contact:

Mina Ahadi, International Committee against Execution and International Committee against Stoning: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Tel: +49 (0) 1775692413, http://stopstonningnow.com, http://notonemoreexecution.org

Maryam Namazie, Iran Solidarity, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , +44 7719166731, www.iransolidarity.org.uk, iransolidarity.blogspot.com

Mohammadi Ashtiani has been accused of having “an illicit relationship outside marriage”. She has been imprisoned since 2006, has already received 99 lashes and now the Iranian government wants to sentence her to death by stoning. Due to international pressure, her execution has been delayed. Here is an opportunity to make your voice heard.

July 9, 2010
Tehran, Iran

Targeting: Ayatollah Sadeqh Larijani and Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei

Started by: Amnesty International USA

Mohammadi Ashtiani, an Iranian mother of two, could be executed at any moment.

The Iranian government was until recently set to carry out the barbaric use of stoning against Mohammadi Ashtiani for allegedly conducting an "illicit relationship outside marriage," despite the lack of any corroborating evidence against her.

Iranian officials were prepared to bury Mohammadi Ashtiani up to her chest and then throw stones at her head until she died. But after a major international uproar, Iranian officials changed their minds.

Mohammadi Ashtiani is now in danger of being executed by other means.

Iran's government just doesn't get it - execution is wrong no matter which means are used.

What's worse - Mohammadi Ashtiani has already been punished for her alleged crime. In May 2006, she received 99 lashes as her sentence and has been imprisoned ever since.

But the fact that Iranian officials have already changed their minds once about Mohammadi Ashtiani's fate proves that they are listening. Iran's draconian policies are not immune to international pressure.

Let them hear how outraged you are. Tell Iran to stop the executions by signing the petition below.

To sign the petition, click here.

May 25, 2010

Rifqa Bary has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of uterine cancer. The stress of the past year may have taken its toll. "If I had stayed in Ohio, I wouldn't be alive," Bary said last August. "In 150 generations in family, no one has known Jesus. I am the first -- imagine the honor in killing me."

You can send Rifqa support at her website http://rifqabary.com/ or the Rifqa Bary Support Group facebook page.

Manifesto of the Women for the Liberation of Iran

Please sign the petition that calls for the liberation of women in Iran. This Manifesto calls for the following...

We issue the following Manifesto of the Liberation of Women in Iran, and call on all women’s rights’ activists and secular and progressive forces to support this Manifesto and join up in solidarity with the people of Iran in the struggle to overthrow the Islamic regime of gender apartheid:

  1. Prosecution of the leaders and officials of the Islamic Republic for crimes against humanity, including for thirty years of the vilest abuse, discrimination and violence against women in Iran
  2. Abolition of all misogynist Islamic laws and all laws that discriminate against women; complete equality of women and men in all economic, political, cultural, social and family spheres
  3. Complete separation of religion from the state, the educational system and all laws
  4. Abolition of segregation of the sexes and gender apartheid
  5. Prohibition of sighe [Islamic ‘rent-a-wife’] and polygamy; unconditional right of separation [divorce] for women and men; abolition of all laws which make women’s civil rights [such as the right to travel, social intercourse, participation in social activities, etc.] conditional on obtaining the permission of the husband, father or other male members of the family; complete equality of women’s and men’s rights and duties in the custody and care of children following separation
  6. Abolition of compulsory veil [hejab] for women; prohibition of hejab for children; full freedom of dress
  7. Abolition of all the barbaric laws of stoning, execution, retribution [qesas] and other Islamic punishments
  8. Unconditional freedom of expression, protest, strike, assembly, organisation and forming parties
  9. Immediate release of all political prisoners and prisoners of conscience
  10. Freedom of religion and atheism and freedom to criticise religion.

Join Iran Solidarity

Please sign this petition that calls for the following:


We, the undersigned, join Iran Solidarity to declare our unequivocal solidarity with the people of Iran. We hear their call for freedom and stand with them in opposition to the Islamic regime of Iran.

We demand:

  1. The immediate release of all those imprisoned during the recent protests and all political prisoners
  2. The arrest and public prosecution of those responsible for the current killings and atrocities and for those committed during the last 30 years
  3. Proper medical attention to those wounded during the protests and ill-treated and tortured in prison. Information on the status of the dead, wounded and arrested to their families. The wounded and arrested must have access to their family members. Family members must be allowed to bury their loved ones where they choose.
  4. A ban on torture
  5. The abolition of the death penalty and stoning
  6. Unconditional freedom of expression, thought, organisation, demonstration, and strike
  7. Unconditional freedom of the press and media and an end to restrictions on communications, including the internet, telephone, mobiles and satellite television programmes
  8. An end to compulsory veiling and gender apartheid
  9. The abolition of discriminatory laws against women and the establishment of complete equality between men and women
  10. The complete separation of religion from the state, judiciary, education and religious freedom and atheism as a private matter.

Moreover, we call on all governments and international institutions to isolate the Islamic Republic of Iran and break all diplomatic ties with it. We are opposed to military intervention and economic sanctions because of their adverse affects on people’s lives.

The people of Iran have spoken; we stand with them.


One Law for All
October 12, 2009
By Maryam Namazie

The One Law for All campaign is organising a rally against Sharia and all religious-based laws in Britain and across the world and in defence of human rights and secularism on November 21 in London. Rally organisers are calling upon those who cannot get to London to organise rallies or acts of solidarity in various cities across the globe.


A public show of opposition is crucial at a time when Sharia law is on the rise in many places and is being touted as a ‘right’ and a ‘choice’ when it is anything but these things.

Contrary to the misinformation peddled by their proponents and the far Right, Sharia courts are the demand of the political Islamic movement. They are not the demand of ordinary Muslims or those labelled as Muslims (since there are just as many differences of opinion and belief in all so-called Muslim communities as among others). Do not forget that these very “Muslims” are the first victims of and dissenters against Sharia law.

If it were really the desire of “Muslims” to be stoned to death for sex outside of marriage, hanged for being gay, executed for being apostates, flogged for eating during Ramadan, forcibly veiled and segregated from childhood, Islamic states and the regressive Islamic movement would not need to resort to such indiscriminate violence and brutality.

Only recently, this ‘cuddly’ Sharia law convicted Lubna Hussein of ‘indecency’ for wearing trousers in the Sudan, sentenced a man to be flogged for drinking alcohol in Malaysia, and sentenced a 75 year-old woman, Khamisa Sawadi to four months in prison, 40 lashes and deportation in Saudi Arabia for meeting with two young men who were not relatives who brought her bread. Just today, on October 11, 2009 – a day after the International Day against the Death Penalty – the Islamic regime of Iran executed juvenile offender Behnoud Shojaee; there are at least 160 juveniles on death row in Iran, including for homosexuality, apostasy, sex outside of marriage and involvement in school or street fights that have resulted in murder.

In this year alone, MPs in the Indonesian province of Aceh unanimously passed a law which stones adulterers to death and Sharia was introduced across the country in Somalia and in Pakistan’s Swat region. And as if Sharia law were not enough for ‘liberated’ Afghanistan, its parliament recently passed a new “rape law” for ‘Shias’ which requires, among other things, that women submit to sex with their husbands at least every four days, with few exemptions.

And it is not just men, women and children who are targeted by Sharia; even mannequins (wax models) are. This week, again in Iran, the police warned shopkeepers that they should not display female mannequins without a hijab or showing bodily curves. The list goes on and on.

Of course, when it comes to Britain, Sharia councils and tribunals do not issue stoning sentences but that is not because they think it is wrong to do so – it is because this is the ‘duty’ of Islamic states. (Even here, though, Sharia judges have been known to advocate stoning.) And whilst there is a significant difference between letting Islamic courts and councils decide on civil matters and giving them jurisdiction in criminal cases, this difference is a matter of degree only; the fundamentals are the same. In fact, discriminatory family and personal status codes are important pillars in the oppression of women in Islamic states. Losing custody of your child at a pre-set age irrespective of the child’s welfare, being told to remain in an abusive relationship or having your forced marriage rubberstamped with the approval of these sham courts can be just as destructive.

Whether in Pakistan, Somalia, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan or Britain, Sharia law concerns us because we are concerned about human rights and peoples’ freedoms. Sharia and religious laws in general do not belong to the 21st century. We will not let the political Islamic movement drag us back to the Middle Ages.

So November 21 is an important day for all of us to oppose Sharia and all religious laws and defend human rights and secularism. Join us in London’s Hyde Park from 1200 until 1400 hours. If you can’t come to London, why not organise a rally or act of solidarity in the city centre where you live on the same day? If you coordinate it with us beforehand, we could upload photos and film footage of your acts on our website.

We will also respond every day beginning Monday 12 October to one question or comment emailed to us or posted on our website here: [link] until November 20 so that we can help to draw attention to this important campaign.

And please don’t forget to donate to One Law for All. We urgently need money to do all that still needs to be done to get rid of Sharia. Every bit helps so please do take the time to send us a cheque made payable to One Law for All or by donating via Paypal by visiting http://www.onelawforall.org.uk/donate.html