Tuesday, July 06, 2010


Can you believe it is 2010 and we are talking about the scheduled stoning death of a woman.  Unbelievable!  

Iranian Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani is sentenced to death because she allegedly had sex outside of marriage.  She is the victim of a theocratic regime that executes women who stray from the scriptural, patriarchal dogma they are otherwise compelled to observe.

It's disgusting and don't tell me I should mind my own business and stay out of other people's cultures or relgions, because that isn't going to happen.

But I digress. Under the Islamic Penal Code of Iran states that the stones used should “not be large enough to kill the person by one or two strikes” – clearly aiming to inflict a slow and painful death.  Wouldn't want a "gentle" stoning, for god's sake...literally for god's sake, I guess.


I know that the actions suggested below pale before what really needs to be done, but what can I say.  I can say support the progressive and left forces who have struggled for years to topple the reactionaries from power in Iran.  Support a real People's Revolution and a real Revolutionary Iran - an Iran that will both oppose imperialism and stand for the human rights of it's people.  You know, like a socialist Iran or something...

The following is from Maryam Namazie.

We must not let them stone her!

The Islamic regime of Iran will decide on Sakine Mohamadi Ashtiani’s stoning case on Saturday 10 July. Even though the sentence was final and her stoning imminent, they will be meeting to discuss it given the public outrage and condemnation.

You can help by keeping the pressure on. Here are a few things you can do:

Sign the petition.

Send messages of protest to the Islamic regime of Iran: 

Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani
Head of the Judiciary of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Howzeh Riyasat-e Qoveh Qazaiyeh (Office of the Head of the Judiciary)
Pasteur St., Vali Asr Ave., south of Serah-e Jomhouri, Tehran 1316814737, Islamic Republic of Iran
(Put given name in first starred box, family name in second starred box, and email address in third. Paste appeal in large box)

Put pressure on other governments to condemn the stoning and urge Sakine’s release.

Take stones to public places and leave them there with messages of solidarity for Sakine and against stoning.

Here is some background information on her case:
Guardian article, which quotes Mina Ahadi of the International Committee against Stoning.

Letter from Sakine’s two children calling for public support.

We must not - will not - let them stone her.

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