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11-04-2010, 11:28 AM
Iranian Woman 'To Be Hanged' Today, Says Rights Group

The human rights group International Committee Against Stoning says it has information that Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani — the Iranian woman convicted of adultery and sentenced to death by stoning — could be hanged today in Tabriz prison.


200 Women Waiting Death in the Tabriz Prison

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the Iranian mother who was convicted of adultery and sentenced to death by stoning, is still alive, for now – saved by an international outcry of revulsion against state barbarism. But the story isn’t over. She’s still on death row. Once the heat dies down, the regime may simply choose to hang her, instead.

“This regime has taken so many lives,” says Maryam Namazie, an Iranian human-rights campaigner who now lives in London. “There’s got to be a time when it stops.”

The Tabriz prison where Sakineh is locked up contains 200 other death-row cases, according to Ms. Namazie. Thirty-five are women who face death by stoning. One is Maryam Baagherzaade, 25, who has been in jail for the past four years. Her execution has been postponed because she got pregnant while on a short leave from prison. The regime usually waits to kill pregnant women until after they’ve had their babies.

Then there’s Azar Bagheri, 19. She was 14 when she was forced into an unwanted marriage. Her husband later pressed charges against her, claiming that she didn’t love him and that she had had a relationship with another man. She was arrested, convicted of having sex out of wedlock, and sentenced to death by stoning when she was only 15.

She has been subjected to mock stoning on two occasions – buried up to her chest and threatened with death unless she co-operated. The death-row inmates include children, adolescents and 18 people who’ve been sentenced to hang for homosexuality.

Last week, a 16-year-old girl killed herself in her cell to escape hanging.

Even a suntan constitutes a crime against Islam. “The public expects us to act firmly and swiftly if we see any social misbehaviour by women, and men, who defy our Islamic values,” Tehran’s police chief, Hossein Sajedinia, announced in April.

“In some areas of north Tehran, we can see many suntanned women and young girls who look like walking mannequins. We are not going to tolerate this situation and will first warn those found in this manner and then arrest and imprison them.”

As Ms. Namazie puts it: “It’s a crime to be a woman in Iran.”


11-04-2010, 12:33 PM
Can you believe it's the 21st century and there is a necessity for an International Committee Against Stoning?

11-04-2010, 01:58 PM
This is one place I'd support us instigating or supporting a revolution.
People, especially women and young girls, should not live like this.

11-04-2010, 03:52 PM
This is one place I'd support us instigating or supporting a revolution.
People, especially women and young girls, should not live like this.

They need weapons. I'm pretty sure women are not allowed to own firearms in Iran, unless they have the permission of a husband/father/uncle/brother.