They Are Going To Throw Small Stones At Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani

This morning I read about Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani. The Iranian mother of two will be stoned to death any day now, because she is a convicted adulterer.

Without delving into the collective cruelty of a country that would punish people for the “crime” of intimacy. I wont’ even talk about the fact that she has been in prison for five years. I do need you, my readers to stop what you are doing and carry a very important message to your communities. Please ask everyone know face to face and online, to call their representatives and ask their government officials to intercede on behalf of Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani.

It’s not enough that Ashtiani will die, but how she will die is horiffic. According to CNN:

Ashtiani, 42, will be buried up to her chest, according to an Amnesty International report citing the Iranian penal code. The stones that will be hurled at her will be large enough to cause pain but not so large as to kill her immediately.

That a woman is to be stoned to death in Iran is not, in and of itself, newsworthy. What is newsworthy is that this is a state sanctioned stoning.

If you are in the US, you can easily look up your Elected Officials here, and a message that includes: I am urging you to take immediate action regarding the imminent stoning of Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani in Iran, and to take a stand regarding the ongoing human rights abuses.

If you are on twitter, copying and pasting this into your timeline is highly recommended. @UN when will you intercede on behalf of #Ashtiani?

The United Nations does have a presence in Iran:

UNIC Tehran
Islamic Republic of Iran
(98-21) 2286 0694
(98-21) 2286 0926
(98-21) 2287 3837
(98-21) 2286 0691
(98-21) 2286 0925
(98-21) 2286 0692
(98-21) 2286 0693
(98-21) 2286 0927
(98-21) 2286 0928
Mr. Sunil Narula
Mr. Mohammad Rajai-Moghadam
National Information Officer

The most pragmatic part of me has only a little hope that Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani will survive this, but I’ve come to learn that miracles do happen. I believe that the internet empowers everyone, not just those of us with a few Twitter followers and some coding skills.

So I am asking you, I am begging you to contact your elected officials here in the states, contact everyone possible in Europe, Africa and Asia. I’m hopeful that Australia, South America and Canada will be absolutely livid, and that we can save the life of one mother, and perhaps many more. Because I think we all know that this is only one of many.

If you have data about who to contact, particularly outside the US (as I don’t have much information about that) please leave it here in the comments. Hopefully we can reach more people.


This is how a stoning begins. Naturally Jack found it at this site.

Update: Ashtiani’s flogging five years ago was done in front of her children her son speaks to CNN again.

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  • Orsi

    Found these off Amnesty International’s website, hopefully it’ll be of some help

    Ali Larijani –
    Speaker of Majles
    Speaker of Parliament
    Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majles-e Shoura-ye Eslami)
    Baharestan Square
    Islamic Republic of Iran
    Fax: +98 21 3355 6408

    Ayatollah Sadeqh Larijani – Head of the Judiciary
    Head of the Judiciary
    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

  • Barbie Davalos

    This is horrific! I emailed our CA senators and my local representative as well as the UN in Tehran you listed.

  • Jack

    It is a horrific and terrible crime that has been committed before and sadly will most likely be committed again. Look at the picture in this URL (( and you see what happens just before they start.

    If that doesn’t send chills down your spine I don’t know what will.

  • Melissa Watts

    Have tweeted in Australia. Thanks for bringing this to my knowledge. It’s times like this when mainstream media lets us down that I realise how much I love the internet.

  • Googie Baba

    Hey Jessica, I called my senators and wrote an email to the UN office in Tehran. Here are a couple of other numbers:

    The Iranian Special Interest Section in Washington, DC @ 202 965 4990 or the Iranian UN office at 212 687 2020.

    These offices are not open at the moment, but I will call in the morning.

  • Rita

    For you @JessicaGottlieb: UNESCO AND Governor Michelle Jean(of Canada) May help, who knows they might not either – worth a try >

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  • Desi Valentine

    Done. I emailed my MP, my Prime Minister, the folks at the UN, and my Facebook community. It’s not much, but I agree – miracles do happen.

  • CL Smith

    I wrote to the Prime Minister of Canada, my own MP and the leader of the Opposition. Canadians can find their MPs’ and PM’s email addresses at

  • Rita

    CBC may know someone that may be able to help some how and here is their contact form: — I do Hope Ashtiani will be OK! I don’t think she deserves death for something like but IF anyone deserved death it shouldn’t be in that that way! Theres almost always Solutions. How barbaric can that be.

    I would contact them myself but I have far too much to do. I have my mother to look after, plus this that and everthing to do. At least I was able to give you this info and now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go do something for myself for a change!

  • LizzB (@hereslizz)

    It would have been so easy to click the link to the next blog in my reader. But if it were me, or my mom to be buried in that pit, I’d be pleading to every woman and mother out there. Emails sent to my senators.

  • Linda Miles

    Horrific is not a strong enough word for this practice. What kind of people throw the stones? I’m going to contact everyone.

  • Kammie Holder

    Animals got more common sense than these people. All of these people want soaking in honey and then tied to a stake on a pasture. How could they stone another human, these people are still living in the stone age. Its hoped that when ever the perpetrators step outside Iran,they are arrested and placed in a white cell for 23 hours a day without any human contact.

  • Shaun

    Horrific. Savage. Barbaric. I watched a few seconds of a stoning on YouTube a few years ago and was devastated.

    A very sad thing about the CNN interview is that the son pleads the mother’s innocence. Would he endorse the conviction, the lashing and the stoning if she was clearly guilty.

    Whether guilty of adultery or not, can any reasonable person sanction this kind of brutality against anyone, man or woman. This is a time for Muslims to stand against this savagery, to advance the good of their faith and shed these barbaric practices.

    This is on a par with the savagery of Spanish bull-fighting … different but both evil and a very sick side of humanity.

  • Jesica Davis

    Thank you for bringing this to my attention, Jessica. I have contacted both my senators and my state representative.
    I am new to your blog and appreciate your intelligence, sound mind, and thoughtfulness – Jesica Davis

  • Ken Sears

    If Iran does this, I call upon the people of every city on earth where there is an Iranian embassy or consulate to stone it. Destroy it.

  • Michelle

    I hope and pray that they’ve had enough pressure to halt it permanently. Jessica, thank you for posting about things that matter.

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  • Lisa

    This is just the most disgusting, disgraceful behavior on the part of any country on the face of this earth to stone another human being. Such savagery cannot be tolerated and I will do everything in my power to call anyone and everyone to make Iran answer to the world for this horrible practice of stoning people. It must be stopped. President Obama, senators, congressmen, people of Iran, and President of Iran have some dignity towards another human being and save any person from such unfathomable violence. Free Sakineh NOW. Release her to her family or give her asylum to Brazil.

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