“Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani is an Iranian Azeri woman convicted of adultery, and in 2007 was sentenced to death based on the crime (under Islamic Shari’a law) of adultery. An international campaign to overturn her sentence was started by her son and daughter, and it brought widespread attention to her case in 2010, when prominent media sources reported that she was sentenced to be executed by stoning. Iranian authorities initially denied that this method of execution would be used, but publicly and temporarily suspended a sentence of death by stoning in September 2010. The international publicity generated by Sakineh Ashtiani‘s case has led to multiple diplomatic incidents between the Iranian government and other nations.”(extract from Wikipedia).
There is an International Committee against Stoning organising protests against the treatment of this women. They have released an urgent appeal because of the arrest of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani’s son and lawyer along with two journalists.
They are calling for a day of action on 16th October to demand “the release of Sajjad Ghaderzadeh, Houtan Kian, and two journalists arrested on 10 October and for the release of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani and an end to stoning and executions.” Their appeal reads: Continue reading