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Iranian Women Jailed for Saying "NO" to Stoning

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Is the stoning of women acceptable? Two women in Iran say stoning to death is NEVER acceptable and they are now in solitary confinement. Please take this action and note it!

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Pam F. (227)
Friday March 16, 2007, 1:05 am
Definitely signed!
It's way past time this country dragged itself into the 21st century - it must really take guts to stand up as these women are.

Heather L. (16)
Friday March 16, 2007, 9:06 am
Really pathetic..........seems people can't stand others who stand up for something that is right.

Past Member (0)
Friday March 16, 2007, 10:34 am
please go to this site . They are the founders of the stop stoning campaign

Past Member (0)
Friday March 16, 2007, 1:17 pm
Action taken!

Past Member (0)
Friday March 16, 2007, 5:00 pm

Women's Rights Defenders Now in Solitary Confinement

Deemed A Threat To Iran's National Security


March 12, 2007

Shadi Sadr and Mahboubeh Abasgholizadeh have been arraigned, charged with being a "threat to national security," and remanded on March 11 by Evin Ward 209 interrogators authorized by the Ministry of Intelligence of Islamic Republic of Iran. Sadr and Abasgholizadeh are the only two women who still remain in custody after their arrest last week. Thirty-one other women were also arrested but have been gradually released on bail (cash or bond). Sadr is a lawyer and women's rights defender and was arrested while performing her duty defending the women activists on March 4th.

Based on the Criminal Procedure Laws of the Islamic Republic of Iran, at any point in the investigation, the interrogator is authorized to issue a remand and extend the temporary detention until the date of the trial. If not in agreement, the prosecutor has the power to appeal the interrogator's remand to the court system. If the prosecutor does agree with the order of detention – which is often the case – it is very difficult and almost impossible for the prisoners to appeal the collective decision of the prosecutor and the interrogator. As such both Sadr and Abasgholizadeh continue to be in detention since their arrest on March 4th, 2007 without any likely prospect of being released.

Throughout their detention, Sadr and Abasgholizadeh have been interrogated in the absence of their lawyers (Mohammad Mostafaei, Farideh Gheirat, and Elham Fahimi) and were denied the right to speak with them. Furthermore, the detainees are unaware that the interrogator and the prosecutor have refused to speak with their lawyers. In the face of such confusion and the absence of any legal representation, the detainees themselves have been unable to ask for a court hearing.

Abasgholizadeh has been held incommunicado since her arrest. Sadr has had two short telephone conversations with her husband, the last of which was on Saturday, March 10. Sadr's husband, Hossein Nilchian, who contacted the Revolutionary Court authorities on March 11, has confirmed this.

The families of the two have been denied all visitation rights and are extremely alarmed, especially considering the women's medical conditions. According to other women who have recently been released from Evin Ward 209, Sadr and Abasgholizadeh have no access to medical care. Sadr is suffering from chronic stomach ulcer. Abasgholizadeh suffers from arthritis and migraine headaches.

Those recently released described the cells as being damp and very cold. To make matters worse there are no toilets in the cell. As a routine measure, the prisoners are deprived of warmth, since they are given only one blanket and forced to sleep on the cold floor. Mahnaz Mohammadi, who was arrested on March 4 th and recently released, is still suffering from pneumonia. Moreover, those in custody have reportedly been interrogated while blindfolded during the night, and thus, have had little if any sleep.

Article 27 of Iran's Constitution guarantees the citizens' right to assemble peacefully, which is precisely what the women defenders were doing. However, the interrogator/prosecutor claim that their peaceful gathering was instead a threat to Iran's national security. As such Sadr and Abasgholizadeh were charged according to Chapter 16, Article 113 of the Islamic Penal Code: "Whenever two or more people gather and plan to commit a crime against the internal or external security of the country or facilitate the implementation of a crime, … then they will be sentenced to two to five years of imprisonment."

The women's rights advocates have become one of the main targets of the recently increased violation of human rights and the rising repression on the civil rights in the name of "national security". Another concern is that certain intelligence authorities seem to be after plotting a "corruption and moral scandal" against some prominent women detainees in order to defame and de-legitimize women's rights cause in the eyes of the larger public.

Sadr and Abasgholizadeh are prominent activists and women rights defenders who have organized the Stop Stoning Forever Campaign, which aims to abolish stoning as a legal form of punishment for adultery. After exposing two incidents of stoning and identifying 10 more individuals condemned to be stoned, the campaign has successfully saved the lives of three women and one man.

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Lorraine Ewart (162)
Friday March 16, 2007, 7:18 pm
These countries will be gone from Global Warming before they stop this hidious traditional form of punishment for the woman of their society.

Doreen Forbes (41)
Friday March 16, 2007, 7:55 pm
You're probably right, Lorraine but through Amnesty International's Urgent Action Network and thousands of letters written on their behalf there have been at least 10 -12 women (perhaps more) saved in the past 3 or so years. That may not sound like much but if I was one of those 10-12 women it would mean a lot to me. Every signed letter or email adds up to thousands. Check out Amnesty's website! It really makes you feel like you're doing something and you will be!

Sunshine R. (375)
Friday March 16, 2007, 8:04 pm
oops, thought I noted this, autofilled it and put on my group

Sunshine R. (375)
Friday March 16, 2007, 8:05 pm

Lorraine Ewart (162)
Friday March 16, 2007, 8:14 pm
I really appreciate the information Doreen, it's that we don't seem to be getting any where even slowly. It is so very unincouraging when it seems to be endless. Even if one were saved would be such an encouragment, and so that is why I thank you Doreen because as you have said that not one but at least 10-12, also if it were for me, I would want to be aware that maybe not in my time but that some time there would be women saved from this horrorable way to die. I will check out Amnesty's website, thank you.

Mark S. (22)
Friday March 16, 2007, 9:58 pm
Pam, This country... in fact, this area of the world, is not anywhere's NEAR the '21st century'.
Compared to European cultures, they are stuck back in the Middle Ages, a part of which can be explained by the continued popularity of the fundmentalist Muslim religion. You can't "drag" a culture ahead a few hundred years overnight. It just doesn't work. (Hence a lot of the problems we're having in Iraq.) Anlthough I agree the practice is barbaric & seemingly incredulous by our standards, we have no RIGHT to force our social values on these people. We are alien visitors in their land. (They are likely just as astonished & disgusted w/ many practices & habits of ours.) I know I'm going to take a lot of "flack" (& stones) for this, but I often feel these Care2 threads need to have a member taking the position of the "devil's advocate."
[ & Let's not forget that other physical abuse, torture... even executions- occur within these societies, involving BOTH sexes. :( ]

Pam F. (227)
Friday March 16, 2007, 11:55 pm
Mark - as far as the first part of your comment - agreed!
However - this is nothing to do with US trying to impose our values on them - these are IRANIAN women,trying to drag their own society into a world where barbaric practices (by any standards) are not acceptable,and they have every right to do so!

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 17, 2007, 6:14 am
iT APPEARS YOU are living in the dark ages. on care2 If you had kept up to date with amnesty group or my group s or human rights network you would know that iran signed the treaty to honour the rights of children a nd women and according to amnesty is in human rights violations of both boys and girls/women i have also posted petitions official campaigns to release a boy on death row in iran. If you do not wish to be an activist and help humanity be it boys or girls men.women/animals thats your business but please lay off the rhetoric of forcing our values on people. get a life. ! these women/girls/boys are fighting for their lives ias activists we help where and we we can..i am appalled at your statement.please get up to date

Jenny Dooley (830)
Saturday March 17, 2007, 7:21 am
I noted this news story, and have posted it in my groups.

Shannon Behric (33)
Saturday March 17, 2007, 8:51 am
I have to say that I agree with Mark on some of his points. I think that for Sophia to trash his opinion like that is not very productive and not very fair. He was simply stating his opinion and what he believes.

Doreen Forbes (41)
Saturday March 17, 2007, 7:41 pm
i'm sorry but i mostly agree with Sophia~~just because a country is not "in the 21st century" doesn't mean that all is ok ~~it wasn't all that long ago that the US had slavery and fights had to be fought to get that obsolved~~this is not a social value we're against~~it is a basic human rights violation~~Iran DID sign the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the most fundamental human right being the right to life!~~as well, under the Universal Declaration of Human rights is the Declaration against Torture, United Nations:

"1. For the purpose of this declaration, torture means any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted by or at the instigation of a public official on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him/her or third person information or confession, punishing her/him for an act she/he has committed, or intimidating her/him or other persons. It does not include pain or suffering arising only from, inherent in or incidental to lawful sanctions to the extent consistent with the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners.

"2. Torture constitutes an aggravated and deliberate form of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment." ~~

athis was included in what Iran signed~~in response to some of your other comments Mark, I AM an activist against other physical abuse and torture for men, women and children, not to mention animals and our environment~~this headline just happened to involve women~~actually, i just got another urgent action concerning the imminent stoning of 2 more women, this time in Sudan~~i'm just curious, Mark~~what "other torture and abuses" do you advocate against?~~i'm not "trashing" what you've said Mark, i'm simply responding to it~~i think when it comes to topics of heinous torture and execution we have to go a bit beyond "fairness"

tracy a. (23)
Saturday March 17, 2007, 8:24 pm
Stupid laws! In their country they have no rights ...I agree with yall its the 21 century for god sake! Its ok for a woman to run the house and work but have no rights.!

Plato O. (4)
Sunday March 18, 2007, 10:47 am
This is old fashion, we are in new era and must do like reasonable people. I'm against this entirely!!!

Past Member (0)
Sunday March 18, 2007, 12:59 pm
friend s let me make myself clear. I am not trashing someones opinion. But i am stating in no uncertain terms. I will support anyones right to freedom from violence and harm man or woman care2 is an activist site . I HAVE ACTIVIST GROUPS . THAT IS WHAT I DO. iI ALIGN WITH AMNESTY AND HUMAN/WOMENS/CHILDRENS RIGHTS GROUPS INTERNATIONALLY. iF SOMEONE DOESNT WANT TO SIGN DONT SIGN. bUT THE RHETORIC THAT IIT IS ANOTHER CULTURE? COME ON TELL THAT TO THE UNITED NATIONS AMNESTY UINTERNATIONAL AND EVERY OTHER HUMAN BEING AND ORG THAT FIGHTS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
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