Woman In Stoning Case Spared Death By Hanging

We wrote many posts last summer about Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the Iranian woman who was convicted of adultery and sentenced to stoning.  Over the months, the verdict changed from stoning to hanging, her lawyer was forced to flee to Norway, the Iranian government released Ashtiani’s “confession,” and the Brazilian government offered Ashtiani asylum. Now, she reportedly will serve 10 years in prison in a triumphant conclusion to many attempts to save her life.

According to Amnesty International, Iran executes more people every year than any country except China, and another NGO claims that Iran is on an “execution binge,” with an average of one person hanged every 8 hours since the beginning of the year.

“The Iranian Judiciary is on an execution binge orchestrated by the intelligence and security agencies,” explained Aaron Rhodes, a spokesman for the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.

The Ashtiani case, however, was an example of the positive effect that international attention can have.  Politicians, religious institutions and celebrities alike spoke out on her behalf, including Carla Bruni, the singer and French first lady, who the Iranian media then called a prostitute, and the immense amount of pressure on the Iranian government to rescind the brutal sentence clearly had an impact.

We’ll keep you posted on Ashtiani’s fate, but for now, it’s heartening to know that efforts like these can work, although it certainly won’t save every person who is unjustly sentenced to death in Iran or even in the United States.  
For now, though, Care2 readers can be happy to know that their work, along with the help of many others, seems to have made a difference!

Photo from the International Committee Against Stoning and the Death Penalty website - http://stopstonningnow.com/savesakine.html


Judith Emerson
Judith Emerson4 years ago




Sheila Beers

In response to Valda P's comment, in many societies "adultery" includes premarital sex. In many instances in the Muslim countries, women accused of adultery actually have been raped. The men want to hide their guilt by having the woman silenced by execution. In other words, the men project their own guilt onto the female victim.

Mary Beth M.
Mary Beth M.4 years ago

10 years in prison is "triumphant conclusion"? Shocking!

Lucas Alberto A Salame

true, jan W.

Lucas Alberto A Salame

true, jan W.

Lucas Alberto A Salame

............. sometimes people forget we are all humans

Robert Okot
Robert Okot5 years ago

I am proud to be a member of Care2. Together we can move a mountain!!!!!!!

valda p.
valda p.5 years ago

This little girl was still a child and she wasn't married ,so how did she committ adultery?he was an adult taking advantage of a child,in the west a man having sex with a child is called a pedaphile and is jailed,what has happened to this poor excuse for a man?he even convinced his family she was to blame so they beat her,strange religion -the woman is to blame -for everything.Sharia Law is primitive and barbaric and is infiltrating in all countries by stealth.''Islam is both a religion and a political ideology and it's politics are supremacy,that is ,the doctrines of mainstream Islam commands Muslims to work towards the dominance of their religion over all other religions and the subugation of all people to the Islamic political system [SHARIA LAW].the basic tenets of the faith is loyalty to Islam takes precedence over loyalty to any government or country.'These comments I have taken from various statements by Muslims.and their clerics.

Shelly Smith
Shelly Smith5 years ago

Well, that was nice of them huh?!!! **thick w/sarcasm**

Greta L.
SG R.5 years ago

I think 10 years are too much!!! being in a jail I found it awfull! she is not a criminal.
She deserve to be FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!