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    Save Sakine Mohammadi Ashtiani

    by Rumbold on 9th July, 2010 at 6:47 am    

    The campaign to save Sakine Mohammadi Ashtiani, who is facing the death penalty for alleged adultery in Iran, has continued to attract worldwide attention after the story was featured on the front page of the time. Numerous foreign politicians and other notables have called for her not to be stoned:

    Sakine Mohammadi Ashtiani is a forty-three year old mother of two children, 16 & 20 year old respectively. Both Sakine’s children and her lawyer tried everything they could to stop the stoning sentence, as a result of committing adultery. However, her stoning is finalized by the Iran’s court. Sakine is in Tabriz prison awaiting her imminent stoning sentence.

    Iran sits on the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women.

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    1. sunny hundal

      Blog post:: Save Sakine Mohammadi Ashtiani http://bit.ly/bb4kuL

    1. Boyo — on 9th July, 2010 at 7:59 am  

      We’re busy trying to book a holiday in Jordan. Some years back we visited Israel, where a friend was engaged with an NGO working on the West Bank etc (and indeed I subsequently returned to help out). I love both Israel and Palestine (although to be precise Arab Jerusalem, the Biblical sites and Israeli Tel Aviv) and would recommend them to anyone - and I was saying this a left of centre friend when asking her advice about Jordan, which she loves. But oh, she said, i could never visit Israel - she was boycotting it. The same has been repeated by others, as if it is Apartheid South Africa.

      Well, while I agree Israel does wrong, and have worked with Palestinians in the OT, this is a reminder that while Israel is uniquely vilified, other nations are pretty rotten too. Not just Iran - Turkey, which makes much of the injustice of the Jews, does exactly the same thing to the Kurds, yet it would not even occur to my same friends who heroically boycott Israel to have forgone their “wonderful” trip to Istanbul.

      It’s not just whataboutery - this matters because it reveals the truth about ourselves and the world we live in.

    2. earwicga — on 9th July, 2010 at 9:36 am  

      It’s already been said by the Iranian Embassy that Sakine Mohammadi Ashtiani won’t be stoned, but will probably be hung instead. There are 40-50 other women and men sentenced to murder by stoning in Iran. Additionally, Iran is busily executing political prisoners - over a hundred already this year.

    3. boyo — on 9th July, 2010 at 9:54 am  

      The mode of execution is really quite irrelevant, surely?

      It is extraordinary though that given what you say, Iran is feted by sections of the Left - Press TV etc.

    4. sofia — on 9th July, 2010 at 9:58 am  

      I think earwicga was just trying to point out that although they said they won’t stone her to death they are still going to execute her..so not really a reprieve for Sakine.

      As for mode of execution, it is irrelevant as the death penalty exists in many other countries which are feted by most western democracies.

      It is more to do with the reason as to why she was sentenced to death.

    5. fatima.ahtesham — on 9th July, 2010 at 10:46 am  

      Nice Article Thanks For Sharing This

    6. Sunny — on 9th July, 2010 at 3:29 pm  

      Good you posted this - I wanted to, and had a ton of links to put out too, but didn’t get time last night.

      I think the HRW intervention was significant though. Makes them look a lot more foolish than some idiot right-wingers raving on about nasty Muslims again.

    7. June — on 11th July, 2010 at 3:23 pm  

      Makes them look a lot more foolish than some idiot right-wingers raving on about nasty Muslims again.

      Well the death penalty for adultry is directly inspired by islam’s core texts. Pointing that out isn’t ‘right-wing’, it’s just accurate.

      Iran isn’t the only Muslim country with death-row inmates awaiting lapidation, by the way.

    8. KJB — on 14th July, 2010 at 5:31 pm  

      It is extraordinary though that given what you say, Iran is feted by sections of the Left – Press TV etc.

      And there was I, having read in various places that Press TV is well-known for being a mouthpiece of the Iranian government! Guess I, and most of the people I know, aren’t ‘Left’ since we don’t fit this ridiculous stereotype. Ho hum.

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