Saturday, July 10, 2010

Save Sakineh

Wow!  For once, I agree with Avaaz!!  Phenomenal!

I'll have to subdue my enthusiasm a little bit, though, because they don't explain that this is what Islamic Sharia law calls for.  In other words, this is what Mohammed commanded.  They act as if this is an unusual event, but sadly in Islamic countries under Shariah, it's not!  Go the whole way, Avaaz, and denounce the system that systematically brutalizes women!  How is it that only one man was caught, but twelve women were?  Were the women that much slower, or were you just that less interested in stoning men?  (Or is lesbianism on the increase in Iran?  Somehow, I doubt it.)

By the way, Britain's declaring this "medieval" shows they don't understand their own history.  This wasn't something that happened even in the medieval days in Bonny England.  But it is happening now under Shariah.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Alice Jay - <>
Date: Sat, Jul 10, 2010 at 9:07 AM
Subject: Save Sakineh

Dear Friends,

Yesterday an Iranian woman, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, was saved by global protests from being stoned to death.

But she may still be hanged -- and, meanwhile, execution by stoning continues. Right now fifteen more people are on death row awaiting stoning in which victims are buried up to their necks in the ground and then large rocks are thrown at their heads.

The partial reprieve of Sakineh, triggered by the call from her children for international pressure to save her life, has shown that if enough of us come together and voice our horror, we may be able to save her life, and stop stoning once and for all. Sign the urgent petition now and send it onto everyone you know -- let's end this cruel slaughter NOW!

Sakineh was convicted of adultery, like all the other 12 women and one of the men awaiting stoning. But her children and lawyer say she is innocent and that she did not get a fair trial -- they state her confession was forced from her and, speaking only Azerbaijani, she did not understand what was being asked of her in court.

Despite Iran's signing of a UN convention that requires the death penalty only be used for the "most serious crimes" and despite the Iranian Parliament passing a law banning stoning last year, stoning for adultery continues.

Sakineh's lawyer says the Iranian government "is afraid of Iranian public reaction and international attention" to the stoning cases. And after Turkey and Britain's Foreign Ministers spoke out against Sakineh's sentence, it was suspended.

Sakineh's brave children are leading the international campaign to save their mother and stop stoning. Massive international condemnation now could finally stop this sickening punishment. Let's join together today across the world to end this brutality. Sign the petition to save Sakineh and end stoning here:

In hope and determination,

Alice, David, Milena, Ben and the whole Avaaz team


Iranians still facing death by stoning despite 'reprieve', The Guardian:

Britain condemns planned Iran stoning as 'medieval', AFP:

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