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Demand An End to Stoning- Amnesty International Online Action Center


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Lauren
- 4380 days ago - takeaction.amnestyusa.org
Please urge the Iranian government to commute all the sentences of death by stoning and ask them to abolish the practice of stoning. We have provided a sample letter, but be encouraged to add your own thoughts.



   

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Pam F (221)
Thursday June 21, 2007, 3:06 am
Letter sent - this vile practice can not be tolerated.
 

Blacktiger P (247)
Thursday June 21, 2007, 4:13 am
Noted and still working on this.
 

Scarlett P (126)
Thursday June 21, 2007, 8:22 am
Noted and letter sent..
 

Laura Hovland (129)
Thursday June 21, 2007, 9:15 am
Noted, and sent the letter. I would like to remind everyone that this opportunity to encourage change in Iran is available to us only because we are not at war with them. Stoning is a terrible, barbaric practice, and many would support a war against any country that practices it. Please consider that we can succesfully encourage a country to change peacefully, an opportunity that is lost in war.
 

Mara G (411)
Thursday June 21, 2007, 10:41 am
Thank you Lauren. I wish for once this extremely important issue would hit the front page main stream and gain the attention needed by the public. These crimes to humanity must get attention or will continue another 5000 years. I think that being thrown into the hungry lions den would be favorable to being stoned to death. I can't think of anything more cruel and inhuman!! Disgusting!! PLEASE, everyone go to the link and sign the Amnesty Int. petition.
I am writing to you to express my deep concern about the use of execution by stoning in Iran. Stoning is a particularly brutal form of execution, specifically designed to increase and prolong the suffering endured by the individual being executed. I am particularly worried because of reports that two people were executed by stoning in May 2006, and that nine women and two men in Iran are currently under sentence of execution by stoning.

The nine women who are under sentence of execution by stoning, all of whom incurred the sentence of stoning for adultery, include: Ashraf Kalhori, a mother of four whose execution was postponed in late July 2006 by the Head of the Judiciary, Ayatollah Shahroudi. She had been convicted of the crime of adultery and for alleged involvement in the death of her husband in April 2002. She remains under sentence of death; Parisa, who was convicted of adultery and who claimed she had been forced into prostitution by her husband due to the family's poverty; Iran, who was convicted of adultery and of being accomplice to the murder of her husband after her alleged lover killed him; Khayrieh, who was also convicted of adultery and of being accomplice to the murder of her husband after her alleged lover killed him; Kobra Najjar, a victim of domestic violence who was forced into prostitution by her husband who was murdered by one of her clients; Shamameh Ghorbani (who is also known as Malek), who was convicted of adultery after a man found in her house was killed by her husband and other relatives; Soghra Mola'i, convicted of adultery and being an accomplice to the murder of her husband; Fatehmeh, who was convicted of committing adultery with a man who was killed allegedly by her with involvement of her husband; and Hajieh Esmailvand, who was accused of adultery with a seventeen-year-old who was also sentenced to death, but not by stoning.

I am opposed to the death penalty in all cases. The U.N. Human Rights Committee has made clear that treating adultery and fornication as criminal offenses does not comply with international human rights standards. The sentence of execution by stoning for adultery breaches Iran's commitment under article 6(2) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights that says that death sentences should only be imposed for the ‘most serious crimes.' In December 2002 Ayatollah Shahroudi, the Head of the Iranian Judiciary, sent a ruling to judges ordering a moratorium on execution by stoning. I therefore urge you to commute the sentences of death by stoning for the women named above. I also strongly urge you to abolish the use of execution by stoning in Iran. I urge that a law that would ban stoning be introduced to the Iranian parliament. Thank you very much for your attention to this matter.
 

Galia P (14)
Thursday June 21, 2007, 4:11 pm
Wars do not end violence. Wars exacerbate it. Iraq is the best example for everyone who lacks judgement : women suffer more from violence now than before. Many kids are left orphans. Many women are raped. That is war so for those who reach wrong conclusions have a trip to those places and see it for yourself. It is easy to give opinions after listening to political leaders who misguide people in order to make profits.
 

Galia P (14)
Thursday June 21, 2007, 4:21 pm
I have signed the petition to end this brutality and I have passed it on to my friends! I really hope they will pay attention to us!
 

David Cromie (6)
Thursday June 21, 2007, 5:27 pm
Signed
 

Rebecca J (3)
Thursday June 21, 2007, 5:52 pm
The good people of Iran still practice the medievil execution by stoning. "Signed"
 

Martin K (80)
Thursday June 21, 2007, 5:55 pm
Please read you quran and find a place where Mohammed says Allah, wishes it so. We are no longer in the dark ages, Please, I BEG OF YOU, to not commit this injustice upon this woman.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 21, 2007, 5:59 pm
Thank you Lauren.

This is deeply appreciated.

Signed long ago.

Indigo
 

Jaclin S (230)
Thursday June 21, 2007, 6:00 pm
Thanx Noted - signed.
Love & Light
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 21, 2007, 6:05 pm
And Laura, I thank you for that very important observation.

Women's and children's righs are always worse when there is war.

We are emphatic that there MUST NOT BE WAR WITH IRAN, or we will lose contact with all the children and women we are advocating for and their doom will be sealed.

Please sign all petitions demanding that there be no war with Iran, and an end to the war with Iraq and Afganistan.

That will help all of the Human Rights Campaigns immensely.

Human Rights are utterly incompatible with war.
 

Michael Cline (23)
Thursday June 21, 2007, 7:12 pm
signed and noted and sent on to friends
 

Stanley Green (118)
Thursday June 21, 2007, 8:55 pm
I favor any action to halt the war in Iraq or Afghanistan. It is barbaric and/or uncivilized behavior that need not to exist in modern-day society.
 

Linda Y (46)
Friday June 22, 2007, 8:29 am
This may come back to haunt as God has his ways of dealing.......
 

David Cromie (6)
Friday June 22, 2007, 4:29 pm
Stanley G: I am sure most people, the world over, would love to see an end to war. However, the present topic is the barbaric stoning of women, and that is something which goes on independantly of any war.
Perhaps you would like to tell us about your own 'barbaric and/or uncivilized behavior that need not to exist in modern-day society', now that you are back in 'action'.
 

David Gould (155)
Friday June 22, 2007, 4:52 pm
Signed.
Iran has a poor record on Human Rights...in particular on treatment of women which is surprising as Islam used to lead the world on women's rights (oh yes it did just read the Qur'an).
I agree utterly that we must never ever be fooled into the folly of war with Iran as that would halt all the hard work that has gone into opening communication channels and hopefully change.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday June 25, 2007, 2:10 pm
This is an atrocious practice. I had no idea that it still went on. Too bad they aren't up on their biblical verses."He who is without sin, cast the first stone".
 
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