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24 hours to save Sakineh - PLEASE TAKE ACTION TO TRY TO STOP THIS EXECUTION!

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bintofbohemia Wed 03-Nov-10 11:35:31

sorry, wasn't too sure where to post this and am in a rush but I just wanted to post this quickly - please take action if you have time!

24 hours to save Sakineh

Have you heard that Iran could kill Sakineh Ashtiani today?

I've just sent an emergency message to Iran's allies and key UN powers urging them to intervene and help safe Sakineh's life. Please read the email below and join me in sending a message now:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/24h_to_save_sakineh/98.php ?CLICKTF

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Dear Friends,

Today, Iran could execute Sakineh Ashtiani.

Our global outcry stopped her unjust stoning sentence in July. Now we have 24 hours to save her life.

Iran's allies and key UN powers are our best hope -- they could persuade Iran of the serious political cost of this high-profile killing. Click here to send them an urgent call to action and send this to everyone -- it only takes three minutes and we are her last chance:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/24h_to_save_sakineh/98.php ?CLICKTF

Sakineh's adultery case is a tragic sham stacked with human rights violations. First, she was to be stoned to death. But the Iranian government had to revoke the sentence after her children generated a tremendous outcry against the farcical trial -- she could not speak the language used in court, and the alleged incidents of adultery took place after her husband's death.

Then her lawyer was forced into exile, and the prosecution conjured up a new trumped-up charge for which she would be executed -- the murder of her husband. Despite this being double jeoprady, as she is already serving time for alleged complicity in this crime, Sakineh was tortured and paraded on national television to 'confess', and was found guilty. The regime has now arrested two German journalists, her lawyer and her son, who has bravely led the international campaign to save his mother. All remain in prison and Sakineh's son and lawyer have been also tortured and have no access to lawyers.

Now Iranian human rights activists state an order has just been issued from Tehran to implement her killing immediately, she is on the list and tomorrow is execution day.

Persistent campaigning led Iran to drop Sakineh's stoning sentence and captured the attention of leaders in countries with influence on Iran, like Turkey and Brazil. Now let's urgently raise our voices to stop her killing and inhumane treatment and free her, her lawyer, her son and the jailed German journalists.

http://www.avaaz.org/en/24h_to_save_sakineh/98.php ?CLICKTF

A massive public outcry has the moral authority to stop heinous crimes. Let's use these 24 hours to send a clear message -- the world is watching and we all stand together today to save Sakineh's life and against injustice everywhere.

With hope and determination,

Alice, Stephanie, Pascal, Giulia, Benjamin and the whole of the Avaaz team

Sources:

The Islamic regime of Iran plans to execute Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani immediately
http://stopstonningnow.com/wpress/4194

Sakineh hanging imminent
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/fears-t hat-alleged-adulterers-execution-by-hanging-is-imm inent/story-e6frg6so-1225946610965

Iranian woman could be stoned Wednesday
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM 5hipKgm5UqJOxciOi1f07BwbfRgFg?docId=CNG.6ef6de7af5 f33847d19e690e61087c73.811

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani: A life in the Balance (Amnesty International)
http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/MDE13/089/ 2010/en/589bd56b-49ac-4028-8dc6-abd903ac9bac/mde13 0892010en.pdf

bintofbohemia Wed 03-Nov-10 11:40:44

Sorry about the huge OP but even if you just click on this link please do - It makes me so sad to think that this poor woman could be executed today.

bintofbohemia Wed 03-Nov-10 12:48:53

bumping!

bintofbohemia Wed 03-Nov-10 14:08:12

bumping again...

giveitago Wed 03-Nov-10 14:18:06

Keep bumping.

GunpowderTreasonAndSNOTSleeves Wed 03-Nov-10 14:20:06

Do we really have a chance of stopping it?

This has been on my mind all night and all day, it's so heartbreaking sad

YourCallIsImportant Wed 03-Nov-10 14:22:56

Done. Hope it helps.

bintofbohemia Wed 03-Nov-10 14:24:29

Thank you.

I really don't know if there's any chance, but if she's still alive it can't hurt to try.

BudaisintheZONE Wed 03-Nov-10 14:25:59

Done.

wannaBe Wed 03-Nov-10 14:27:17

but do we actually know she's innocent?

She was convicted of murder.

BerryLellow Wed 03-Nov-10 14:28:25

Done

bintofbohemia Wed 03-Nov-10 14:34:01

wannaBe even if she was guilty of murder would execution be alright?

Can't imagine a confession from a woman who has been beaten and tortured shoudl be taken as gospel either.

wannaBe Wed 03-Nov-10 14:41:54

honestly? I don't know.

Personally I don't think that the death penalty is right but equally I am very hmm about this notion that we should interfeer in the justice processes of other countries purely because we do not agree with them. We would not welcome the same level of intrusion into our own justice systems so what gives us the right to make demands of other countries?

It could be argued that if you murder someone in a country where the penalty for that is execution, then you do so knowing what the consequences will be if you're caught. Unfortunately the same could equally be argued about adultery - it's not right, but the laws exist, and those who break them are aware of the consequences before doing so.

bintofbohemia Wed 03-Nov-10 14:48:48

I see your point, but I can't agree.

And in this case I don't think it's clear that she did commit adultery, let alone murder, but she's been condemned anyway.

Chil1234 Wed 03-Nov-10 14:56:21

I worry that if we mass together and shout at the Iranians all we're doing is playing into their hands. They know the world is watching and they know very well we disapprove of their methods but they will play this little charade out for the Islamic world as another example of the infidel West having it in for the honourable and god-fearing Iran. I feel nothing but pity for the woman in this case but she is a lost cause, I fear. Much more important that we give our support to the people within Iran, striving to restore democracy and decency to a once-great nation.

ArcticRoll Wed 03-Nov-10 15:13:14

bump

bintofbohemia Wed 03-Nov-10 15:49:57

bump again

complimentary Wed 03-Nov-10 16:00:28

What has she done? Has she murdered someone?

People are regularly hanged in Singapore for
drup smuggling, but there is no outcry about that.

If you murder someone you are also hanged, three people were hanged some years ago in Singapre for the murder of a taxi driver.
Only one mnudered the man, the rest did not stop the murder.

Is it an outcry because she is a woman?

twofalls Wed 03-Nov-10 16:08:54

Here is a summary of her case so far:

Sakineh's adultery case is a tragic sham stacked with human rights violations. First, she was to be stoned to death. But the Iranian government had to revoke the sentence after her children generated a tremendous outcry against the farcical trial -- she could not speak the language used in court, and the alleged incidents of adultery took place after her husband's death.

Then her lawyer was forced into exile, and the prosecution conjured up a new trumped-up charge for which she would be executed -- the murder of her husband. Despite this being double jeoprady, as she is already serving time for alleged complicity in this crime, Sakineh was tortured and paraded on national television to 'confess', and was found guilty. The regime has now arrested two German journalists, her lawyer and her son, who has bravely led the international campaign to save his mother. All remain in prison and Sakineh's son and lawyer have been also tortured and have no access to lawyers.

Now Iranian human rights activists state an order has just been issued from Tehran to implement her killing immediately, she is on the list and tomorrow is execution day.

Persistent campaigning led Iran to drop Sakineh's stoning sentence and captured the attention of leaders in countries with influence on Iran, like Turkey and Brazil. Now let's urgently raise our voices to stop her killing and inhumane treatment and free her, her lawyer, her son and the jailed German journalists.

bintofbohemia Wed 03-Nov-10 16:11:55

It's caught the news because originally she was sentenced to being stoned to death.

She's accused of murder and adultery, but whether she actually committed the offences is another matter.

People do raise an outcry when other human beings are treated unfairly.

The fact that she is a woman has made things worse for her.

bintofbohemia Wed 03-Nov-10 16:13:26

x-posted with twofalls who was far more succint. smile

twofalls Wed 03-Nov-10 16:15:12

Why thank you (I cut and paste it actually smile)

complimentary Wed 03-Nov-10 16:30:51

If this women and her family are being treated unfairly. They should of course be freed. Must say I can't see it, as my Iranian freinds (and I agree) say Iran does not like to be told how to behave by the West or anyone else.

twofalls Wed 03-Nov-10 18:17:32

I don't know a lot about this case but it is my understanding that international pressure did stop her being stoned to death but I do wonder how much notice Iran generally takes of western pressure. Doesn't mean we shouldn't try to challenge unjust and inhumane actions though does it?

loler Wed 03-Nov-10 18:30:05

Interesting bit at the bottom of this bbc report -
"An Iranian foreign ministry spokesman accused the West of trying to exert undue pressure on his country.

"They have become so shameless that they have turned the case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, who has committed crime and treason into a human rights case against our nation," said Ramin Mehmanparast.

"It has become a symbol of women's freedom in Western nations and with impudence they want to free her. Thus, they are trying to use this ordinary case as a pressure lever against our nation," he was quoted as saying by Iran's ISNA news agency, according to AFP."

As for getting mixed up in the politics of other countries, don't amnesty international campaign in all countries where punishments are unjust - They aren't just picking on this one.

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