Since I last wrote to you Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani has again been flogged 99 times for an unveiled photo mistakenly attributed to her (http://stopstonningnow.com/wpress/3628). She has also been threatened with execution, and denied visitation rights. Even, her lawyer’s home (Hatoun Kian) has been ransacked and his computer and documents seized. Court documents pertaining to Ms Ashtiani’s husband’s closed murder case have also gone missing (http://stopstonningnow.com/wpress/3543).
Her 22-year-old son Sajjad is extremely concerned that the Iranian authorities are trying to frame Ms Ashtiani for his father’s murder by constructing a ‘new’ murder case to refute the stoning sentence. Unfortunately a number of media outlets have bought into the lie (see for example BBC Sunday Morning Live’s bias here: http://iransolidarity.blogspot.com/2010/09/open-letter-to-bbc-sunday-live-on-its.html). In fact, the press have been given a copy of the actual court judgment of stoning for adultery at a 30 July press conference in London (http://www.iransolidarity.org.uk/act_now.html). Also, even the man who has been found guilty of murdering her husband has not been executed. In Iran, under Diyeh laws, the family of the victim can ask for the death penalty to be revoked. Ms Ashtiani’s son explains why he and his 17 year old sister spared the man’s life in an interview with French writer and philosopher, Bernard-Henri Levy: http://stopstonningnow.com/wpress/3618.
Despite all the regime’s outrages against Ms Ashtiani, her lawyers and family, on 8 September, a government official had the audacity to deceivingly claim that Ms Ashtiani had not been denied visitation rights, that her televised confession was not made under duress, and that she had not been flogged again. He also went on to say that her execution had been halted when no official documents halting her stoning or execution have been given to her lawyer or family (http://stopstonningnow.com/wpress/3673).
Clearly this is yet another one of the regime’s ploys to push back the international campaign in her defence by giving the false impression that Ms Ashtiani is safe.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
On 18 September, we call on citizens everywhere to come out in defence of Ms Ashtiani and against the regime of flogging, stoning and execution. We are also calling for protests during 23-24 September when Ahmadinejad will be addressing the UN General Assembly.
Nothing can and will stop us from defending Sakineh’s precious life and bringing an end to the medieval and barbaric punishments of stoning and execution.
Let’s keep the pressure on.
We look forward to receiving news of your actions and events at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLEASE ACT NOW!
1- Find out about 18 September 2010 and 23-24 September 2010 actions here: http://stopstonningnow.com/wpress/3692. The events will be updated on a daily basis.
2- Send actions you are organising in your city of residence to email@example.com so we can post it on the events page.
If you need help organising an event, see our toolkit on how to organise an action in your city: http://iransolidarity.blogspot.com/2010/09/how-to-plan-action-day-to-save-sakinehs.html
3- See reports from the brilliant 100 Cities against Stoning that took place on 28 August: http://stopstonningnow.com/wpress/3550. Thanks to all of you who participated. It was an historic day and hopefully one of many more to come!
4- See an updated list of those stoned or awaiting death by stoning compiled by the International Committee against Executions here: http://stopstonningnow.com/wpress/SList%20_1980-2010__FHdoc.pdf.
5- Send Sakineh a postcard telling her you are thinking of her and other prisoners on death row in Tabriz prison. You can address it to:
Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani
6- Write letters of protest to the Islamic regime of Iran demanding Ashtiani’s release and an end to stonings, floggings and executions. Protest letters can be addressed to the below:
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, Iran
First starred box: your given name; second starred box: your family name; third: your email address
Head of the Judiciary in East Azerbaijan Province
Office of the Head of the Judiciary in Tabriz
East Azerbaijan, Iran
The Office of the Supreme Leader
Islamic Republic Street - Shahid Keshvar Doust Street
Email: via website: http://www.leader.ir/langs/en/index.php?p=letter (English)
Secretary General, High Council for Human Rights
Mohammad Javad Larijani
Howzeh Riassat-e Ghoveh Ghazaiyeh
Pasteur St, Vali Asr Ave., south of Serah-e Jomhuri
Tehran 1316814737, Iran
Fax: +98 21 3390 4986
7- Sign petitions in support of her case if you haven’t already done so. Here are two of them: http://stopstonningnow.com/sakine/sakin284.php?nr=50326944&lang=en, http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_stoning/?cl=651962225&v=6766.
8- Write to government officials, heads of state, MEPs and MPs in your country of residence and the UN calling on them to intervene to save her life and to cease recognition of a regime that stones people to death in the 21st century.
9- Donate to the important work of the International Committee Against Stoning, International Committee Against Executions and Iran Solidarity by making your cheque payable to ‘Count Me In – Iran’ and sending it to BM Box 6754, London WC1N 3XX, UK. You can also pay via Paypal (http://countmein-iran.com/donate.html). Please earmark your donation.
10- For more information, contact:
Mina Ahadi, International Committee Against Stoning and International Committee Against Executions, firstname.lastname@example.org, 0049 1775692413; http://notonemoreexecution.org/; http://stopstonningnow.com.
Maryam Namazie, Iran Solidarity, email@example.com, 0044 7719166731, Iran Solidarity: www.iransolidarity.org.uk; http://iransolidarity.blogspot.com/.