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TAKE ACTION | Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani Still Faces Execution!

June 28, 2010


DECEMBER 10, 2010 | AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL releases statement after the Iranian regime tricked the world to believe Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani was released.

DECEMBER 10, 2010 | Iran Denies Freeing Condemned Woman

NOVEMBER 2, 2010   | The Iranian Regime Threatens World with Sakineh’s Death


SEPTEMBER 8, 2010 | MEPs condemn stoning sentence on Iranian Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani

SEPTEMBER 6, 2010 | Iran Woman Could Be Stoned to Death Soon

SEPTEMBER 5, 2010 | 99 Lashes for Sakineh?

AUGUST 17, 2010 | Iran tells West to stay out of woman’s stoning case

AUGUST 16, 2010         | Final verdict postponed for Iranian woman facing stoning


AUGUST 12, 2010         | The Guardian: Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani ‘confesses’ to murder on Iran state TV

AUGUST 6, 2010           | Iranian facing stoning speaks: ‘It’s because I’m a woman’

AUGUST 5, 2010           | Iran tells UN panel that stoning case is undecided

AUGUST 4, 2010           | ICAE Press Release No33: Tabriz Prosecution Demands Ms. Ashtiani’s Execution – Tehran High Court Considers

AUGUST 4, 2010           | Mohammad Mostafaei in Turkey

JULY 25, 2010                | Sakineh Ashtiani’s lawyer Mohammad Mostafaei is missing. Mostafaei’s wife and brother-in-law detained last night.

JULY 24, 2010                | Citizens in Tblisis, Georgia stand in solidarity with International Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani Day. The demonstration took place in front of the Iranian embassy: “DON’T KILL SAKINEH”


JULY 21, 2010:
Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani’s case review postponed; final judgment will be made in 20 days. READ FULL TEXT

JULY 16, 2010: TIMES UK: Exiles Urge That Iran be Ejected from UN Women’s Group

JULY 16, 2010: The Western Azerbaijan prosecutor has called for Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani to be executed by hanging. Please find below a revised sample letter and extended list of government and media contacts. We have pushed them back thus far; were it not for our global response, she would have already been stoned to death. KEEP PUSHING. DEMAND IMMEDIATE DIPLOMATIC RESPONSE.

Sakineh’s life is still very much in danger. To keep Sakineh alive, we must continue to pressure the media to write about her. We need to continue to write letters to our local governments. We need to continue to write to the United Nations.

Stoning, Rape and Execution of Women is Bad Gender Policy; It is Time to Remove the Islamic Republic from the UN Commission on the Status of Women (incl. sample letters and addresses)


REVISED SAMPLE LETTER for Sakineh Ashtiani in Light of Calls for Her Execution by Hanging

LA TIMES | IRAN: Judiciary official says woman to be stoned for husband’s murder, not just adultery


THE GUARDIAN | Iran imposes media blackout over stoning sentence woman:

Newspapers, agencies and TV channels in Iran have been banned from reporting Mohammadi Ashtiani’s death sentence, despite an international campaign launched by her children, which has been joined by politicians and celebrities from all over the world.

“It’s not the first time we are banned from reporting a stoning case, but because of the sensitivity over Sakineh’s case the censorship for her story is even stricter,” said an Iranian journalist from Tehran who asked not to be named.


Front cover of the TIMES UK newspaper on July 8, 2010

UPDATE (July 8, 2010): The Iranian government has responded to international pressures by calling off the stoning of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, yet, she remains in prison and still risks execution by hanging. The Iranian embassy has denied the stoning sentence in the first place and claims the news was false. This statement is a blatant lie concocted by the regime to deny any influence from the international community in their decision. It is extremely important that everyone continues to pressure the regime to release Sakineh unconditionally. Her execution, no matter the method, is completely illegal.  Also read the recent letter by Sakineh’s son Sajjad.

CNN REPORT | Iran Denying Woman Will be Executed by Stoning



Rooz OnlineJune 23, 2010


Translation by SIAVOSH J

An Iranian woman at a protest in Brussels highlights the barbarity of death by stoning, in which women are buried up to their necks in front of a crowd of volunteers. Photograph: Thierry Roge/Reuters

Another woman is on the verge of death by “stones” or, in more familiar terms, is awaiting news to confirm or abolish death by stoning. Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani was interrogated in 2006 for the murder of her husband. In the interrogation session, Sakineh confessed to committing adultery with Nasser and Seyyed Ali, the two men responsible for her late husband’s murder. In May 2006, branch 101 of the Criminal Court of Oskoo in the province of Eastern Azerbaijan (in northwestern Iran) sentenced Sakineh to 99 lashes for committing adultery. After serving her sentence, she was released. Four months later, branch 6 of the Criminal Court of Azerbaijan sentenced her to death by stoning for adultery while married. *

In the past few years, Sakineh has requested a pardon twice. Her requests were turned down by the Amnesty and Pardon Commission of Azerbaijan.

Last week, the news of the possible stoning of Sakineh was published on news sites and, once again, it drew public attention to the punishment of death by stone. Currently, the case of this young woman is in the Executions office in Tabriz (the capital of the province of Eastern Azerbaijan), and her stoning sentence can be carried out any moment-  the same way the sentence of death by stoning for Mr. Jafar Kiani [in the summer of 2007 in a village in the province of Qazvin] was carried out, to the public’s astonishment and disbelief.

SAKINEH’S CHILDREN PLEAD WITH THE WORLD: “Don’t let our nightmare become a reality”


Sakineh’s case, like others pertaining to stoning, has some serious errors and objectionable problems. For example, two of the five judges, Kazemi and Hamdollahi, presiding over the case in branch 6 of the provincial Criminal Court, believed in her acquittal.

In an interview with Rooz, Mohammad Mostafaei, Sakineh’s laywer, stated, “When two, or even one of the magistrates presiding over a case in the Criminal Court, believe in an acquittal and find errors in the presented evidence, then the defendant should not be sentenced to death. When the life of a human being is in question, there must be more hesitation and contemplation. One’s life should not be taken away so easily or be subjected to [excruciating] death.”

Mr. Mostafaei, who was referring to the fact that the request for a pardon and amnesty for Sakineh was turned down twice, stated, “I believe some of the judges in the province have specific dogmas, and these dogmas play a key role in the fate of legal cases. There is the fury caused by the dogma of murder [editor’s  note: which causes the judges to take on a linear approach with murder cases]. There is also the act of adultery committed by Sakineh and the fact that the murderers were deemed incapable of correct judgment. Consequently Sakineh was sentenced to and endured 99 lashes for adultery. Why, just a few months after the case was closed, was she sentenced and convicted again on the charge of adultery while married? Wasn’t the first court presiding over the case aware of the act of adultery?”

Photo of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani


Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani is spending her days awaiting her stoning sentence. She has no access to a complainant or plaintiff outside the prison and her two children have acquitted her. She, like many other women sentenced to stoning, confessed to adultery during her interrogation, but in the court and before the judge, she renounced her confession and declared that she was forced to confess during interrogation.

Asieh Amini, a journalist who is active in research and writing on death by stoning, said to Rooz Online, “The most important question in all the stoning cases, including that of Sakineh, is what evidence and reasoning  was used to prove adultery in the court? Based on the Islamic Penal Code, four fair witnesses are required to have seen the act firsthand, in full, and from close up. An alternative acceptable piece of evidence is the voluntary confession of a defendant stated four times.  How are these four witnesses found? Isn’t the very law that has its root in religious sources a testament to the fact that religion should close the legal case? Nevertheless, if we observe carefully, the stoning sentences handed down all use a permissive religious jurisprudence. A religious defense is not considered in the courts. ”

Asieh Amini points out that it is practically impossible to find four fair witnesses as described in religious jurisprudence. She adds, “The objection is still valid against the courts that only use the knowledge of the judge [as a basis for conviction],* while many of the jurists and legal experts believe that the knowledge of the judge is not a valid method of proving that adultery was committed. Moreover, the confessions of all the defendants who I investigated were obtained under duress in prison, and the legal admissibility of the confessions is greatly compromised.”

INEFFECTIVE CONDUCT OF THE 8TH PARLIAMENT (The current parliament that began its mandate in 2007)

Sakineh Mohammadi is at the top of the list of those sentenced to death by stoning. However, there are other women and men in various cities of Iran who pass their days hoping that their sentences will change and so will the penal law. During the international protests against stoning in Iran, the only action taken by members of the 8th Parliament was omitting the section pertaining to stoning punishments from the draft of the Islamic Penal Code. Now, the question is, will the omission of this section put an end to stoning in Iran?

Asieh Amini’s replies, “It will have no effect whatsoever, because according to article 43 of the Constitution, when the judge has no legal source for jurisprudence, (s)he can use religious jurisprudence sources for sentencing. Removal of this section [pertaining to stoning in the Islamic Penal Law] will not have any particular impact. The parliamentarian, by taking this step, has only evaded responsibility and obligation and passed the buck before international observers, without really contributing to the improvement of conditions surrounding punishments such as stoning. The best reason to support [my claim] is the discussion of the MP’s after eliminating stoning from the Act. They said: Divine limits and punishments*** are not eliminable. That includes stoning – however, this punishment is rarely handed out, but its international burden is very high, so we prefer to omit it.”

Amini describes the conduct of the MP’s as an attempt to wipe out any questions, instead of answering. She said, “No positive step has been taken. Sakineh and other women are spending their days in fear that their sentences may get confirmed and executed. Omission of this law from the Islamic Penal Code, even after approval by the MP’s, is not practical and enforceable. In other words, the omission is worth nothing and the government is able to say: we do not have such a law. Stoning exists because there are private plaintiffs.”



* In Islamic Sharia law practiced and enforced in Iran, there are two types of adultery. The first one applies to unmarried women (and men) and the sentence is 99 lashes (for someone convicted two times on this charge, the third conviction results in death by stoning). The second type applies to married individuals (and mostly women). It carries a sentence called Rajam (I.e. death by stoning).

**In the Islamic Penal Code, knowledge of the judge is cited as an alternative in a case where there is lack of evidence and/or four fair witnesses.

*** In Sharia law, there are two types of punishments. One is called Hodud-e Elahi (I.e. Divine limits) and its extent and degree (limits) are set by the divinity (or God).  It includes the following punishments and crimes: severing the hand, theft;  flogging, drinking alcohol; and stoning, adultery committed by a married person. Most religious scholars and jursiprudents consider these laws absolute and unchangeable.

سكينه محمدي در آستانه مرگ با سنگ

نیلوفر رستمی

زني ديگر در آستانه مرگ با سنگ است يا به عبارتي آشنا تر در انتظار تاييد يا لغو حكم مجازات رجم يا همان سنگسار. سكينه محمدي آشتياني در سال 85 به جرم قتل همسرش مورد بازجويي قرار گرفت كه حاصل اين بازجويي ها اعتراف سكينه به داشتن ارتباط نامشروع با دو قاتل همسرش شد. او در اردبيهشت ماه 1385 در شعبه 101 دادگاه جزايي اسكو در استان آذربايجان شرقي به اتهام ارتباط نامشروع با آقايان ناصر و سيد علي به 99 ضربه شلاق محكوم شد و بعد از انجام مجازات آزاد گرديد اما درست پس ازگذشت 4 ماه شعبه 6 دادگاه كيفري آذربايجان شرقي او را به اتهام زناي محصنه محكوم به سنگسار كرد.

در اين چند سال دو بار سكينه درخواست عفو و بخشش داده اما هر دو بار كمیسيون عفو و بخشش استان آذربايجان شرقي آن را مردود اعلام كرده است.

هفته گذشته خبر احتمال سنگسار سكينه محمدي درسايت ها پخش شد و يكبار ديگر افكار عمومي را نسبت به مرگ با سنگ حساس كرد. در حال حاضر پرونده این زن جوان در اجراي احكام دادگستري تبريز است و هر لحظه امكان دارد حكم سنگسار او اجرا شود؛ همان طور كه حكم سنگسار خيلي های ديگر از جمله جعفركياني در ميان بهت عمومی اجرا شد.

حکم قضات متعصب

اين پرونده نيز مانند ديگر پرونده هاي سنگسار داراي ايرادت فاحشي است. ازجمله آنكه دو نفر از پنج نفر مستشار شعبه ششم دادگاه کیفری استان به نام های کاظمی و حمدالهی عقیده بر برائت سکینه داشته اند.

محمد مصطفايي، وكيل اين پرونده در گفتگو با روز مي گويد: “وقتي دو يا حتي يك نفر از مستشاران دادگاه كيفري استان نظر برعدم تاييد جرم ندارند و در مدارك موجود شك و شبهي مي بيينند نبايد متهم به مرگ محكوم شود. بايد براي ارزش جان آدم بيشتر از اينها تامل كرد و نبايد به راحتي جان آدم را با چنين مرگي گرفت.”

مصطفايي با اشاره به آنكه دو بار سكينه درخواست عفو وبخشش داده و هر دوبار مورد قبول واقع نشده افزود: “به نظرم برخي قضات شهرهاي كشور داراي تعصبات خاصي هستند، تعصباتي كه نقشی جدي در سرنوشت پرونده ها بازي مي كند. تعصبات قضات از قتلي كه اتفاق افتاده از يك طرف و داشتن ارتباط نامشروع سكينه با قاتلان همسرش از سوي ديگر آن ها را متعصب كرده و نمي گذار د كه داوري درستي داشته باشند. سكينه به دليل رابطه نامشروع به 99 ضربه شلاق محكوم مي شود و مجازاتش را هم مي كشد اما چرا وقتي چند ماه از مختومه شدن پرونده مي گذرد دوباره به اتهام زناي محصنه محكوم مي شود؟ مگر اولين شعبه دادگاه از مجازات رابطه نامشروع خبر نداشته است؟”

به دنبال چهار شاهد عادل !

سكينه محمدي در حالی در انتظارسنگسار زندگيش را در زندان تبريز مي گذراند، كه بيرون از زندان هيچ شاكي خصوصي ندارد و دو فرزندش نيز حكم به برائت مادر داد ه اند. او نيز مانند خيلي از زنهاي ديگر محكوم به سنگسار در بازجويي ها به زنا اقرار كرده، اما جلوي قاضي اقرارش را پس گرفته و اعلام كرده در شرايط خاص بازجويي مجبور به اقرار شده است.

آسيه اميني، روزنامه نگار ي كه در زمينه تحقيق و نوشتن گزارش سنگسار در سال هاي اخير فعال بوده است در گفتگو با روز مي گويد:‌ “مهمترين سئوال درباره تمام پرونده ها ي سنگسار از جمله پرونده سكينه اين است كه با چه ادله اي مي توان اتهام زنا در دادگاه را ثابت كرد؟ براساس قانون مجازات اسلامی، نياز به چهار شاهد عادل است که خود صحنه وقوع عمل را از نزدیک و به صورت کامل مشاهده کرده باشند. یا اینکه شخص خودش چهاربار و به صورت خودخواسته به این عمل اعتراف کند. حالا چطور اين چهار شاهد پيدا مي شوند؟ خود اين قانون، که ریشه در منابع شرعی دارد، آيا گواه اين نيست كه شرع مي خواسته به نوعي راه اثبات اين جرم بسته شود؟ در حالی که اگر دقت كنيم حكم هايی كه داده مي شود، همگي براساس منابع فقهي مجاز كننده است و نه منع كننده.”

آسيه اميني با اشاره به اينكه هيچگاه نمي توان چهار شاهد عادل را همان طور كه فقه توضيح داده پيدا كرد می افزاید: “اين ايراد همچنان بر دادگاه ها وارد است و دادگاه ها نيز فقط با علم قاضي پيش مي روند در حاليكه خيلي از حقوقدانان معتقدند علم قاضي دليلي براي اثبات عمل زنا نيست. همچنين اقرار متهماني كه من درباره شان تحقيق كردم همگي تحت فشار در زندان ها انجام گرفته است كه به اين شكل از وجاهت قانونيش كاسته مي شود.”

عملكرد بي تاثير نمايندگان مجلس هشتم

سكينه محمدي در راس ليست محکومان به سنگسار است، اما زنان ومردان ديگري محكوم به سنگسار در شهرهاي مختلف ايران به اميد تغيير در حكم وقانون مجازات روزگار مي گذرانند. در ميان بحبوحه اعتراض هاي بين المللي به سنگساردر ايران، تنها اقدام انجام گرفته حركت نمايندگان مجلس هشتم است كه از پيش نويس لايحه مجازات اسلامي ماده سنگسار را حذف كرده اند. حالا سئوال اين است كه آیا حذف اين ماده مي تواند در خاموش كردن سنگسارها موثر باشد؟

آسيه اميني اما نظر مخالفي دارد ومي گويد:‌ “هيچ تاثيري نخواهد داشت چون طبق ماده 43 قانون اساسي در مواردي كه قاضي هيچ منابع قانوني براي داوري ندارد مي تواند به استناد منابع فقهي حكم بدهد. بنابراين حذف اين قانون هيچ اتفاق خاصي را به دنبال نخواهد داشت. نمايندگان مجلس در واقع باحذف اين قانون از خودشان دربرابر نگاه بين المللي رفع تكليف كرده اند بدون آنكه كمكي براي تغيير شرايط چنين مجازات هاي كرده باشند. دليلش هم گفتگو هاي خود نمايندگان بعد از حذف سنگسار در لايحه است. آنها گفتند: حدود الهي قابل حذف نيستند ازجمله حد رجم اما چون چنين حكمي بسيار نادر است و بار بين اللمللي سياسي آن بسيار بالا است ما ترجيح مي دهيم اين ماده حذف شود.”

اين فعال حقوق زنان با اشاره به اينكه عملكرد نمايندگان مجلس، مسئله را حل نكرده بلكه فقط صورت مسئله راپاك كرده مي گويد:‌ “هيچ گام مثبتي هنوز برداشته نشده.سكينه و زنان ديگر در ترس قطعي شدن حكم خود روزگار مي گذرانند و همواره خطر اجراي آن وجود دارد. حذف اين قانون از لايحه مجازات اسلامي حتي بعد از تاييد در صحن علني مجلس هم قابل اكتفا و اجرا نيست. يعني اصلا هيچ است. فقط بعد از آن مي تواند دولت بگويد كه ما چنين قانوني نداريم اما سنگسارمثلا با شاكي خصوصي انجام مي گيرد.”


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