Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani Will Not Be Stoned, Hanging Is More Likely

07.8.10

Folks, we’ve had a small victory. Small. You may or may not be aware that Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani was to be stoned to death in Iran, because she had been convicted of adultery. Groups all over the world have put pressure on Iran to end the barbaric (and often misogynistic) practice of stoning.

According to the Guardian:

A 43-year-old Iranian woman will not be stoned to death after an international campaign launched by her children.

It is unclear whether the authorities have lifted the death sentence for alleged adultery against Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani or if she faces execution by another means.

I see this as a good start, but only a start. With added pressure we just might be able to save a life. I won’t let myself believe that a less excruciating death is somehow a victory.

I do not believe that any religion would condemn a woman to death for sexual activity. I don’t care if she had a gang bang with a football team in front of a mosque.

Please continue contacting your elected officials, and The United Nations. Our message should change just slightly.You can copy and paste these into a twitter message:

@UN Please require that member nations not execute adulterers#Ashtiani http://bit.ly/Ashtiani

@UN_womenwatch Please require that member nations not execute adulterers #Ashtiani http://bit.ly/Ashtiani

I understand that these may seem basic, if you’re in a non-Muslim country it’s inconceivable to us that anyone would be put to death for sexual activity. The harsh reality is that women are abused and murdered regularly, and religion is used as an excuse.

I absolutely will not condemn Muslims here, I know wonderful Muslims and privately they condemn these murders as do I.

Please use the same messages as we did on my prior post, and rather than asking your public officials to save Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani from Stoning, please ask them to save her from death.

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani is not the only woman sentenced to die for touching a man, she’s simply in the news this week.

This is also interesting timing as the United Nations is hosting an Online Discussion now through July 20th on the linkages between women’s and girls’ access to and participation in formal and non-formal education and training, and their equal access to full employment and decent work. This discussion is in preparation for the fifty-fifth session of the Commission on the Status of Women. Join them.

They Are Going To Throw Small Stones At Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani

07.5.10

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? http://bit.ly/bCeWGe

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
Director
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.

Update:

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.