Halt the Execution of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani
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Halt the Execution of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani

    1. Marianela Afridi
    2. Petition by

      Marianela Afridi

      Garden City, NY

Authorities in Iran said Sunday (December 25, 2011) they are again moving ahead with plans to execute a woman sentenced to death by stoning on an adultery conviction in a case that sparked an international outcry, but are considering whether to carry out the punishment by hanging instead.  The Iranian authorities are attempting to justify a death sentence that cannot be justified on any level or standard. It is important that all people, muslims and non-muslims, atheists, all human beings, sign this petition to not only stop this execution, but to demand that Sakineh, her son Sajad and her attorney be released from prison immediately.Sign this petition to ask the government of Iran to immediately halt the execution of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani. The Iranian regime, embarrassed by international condemnation of the stoning sentence for an alleged charge of adultary, is determined to execute her. Furthermore, the Iranian government is attempting to distract attention by digging up an old charge for murder of her husband and staging a TV "confession" of guilt to that alleged crime. Sakineh has already served 10 years in jail, the maximum allowed by law, and her confession of guilt was obtained through torture. The prosecuter is unable to bring forth any new evidence of her guilt for murder and the Iranian regime has gone to cynical, cruel lengths in dragging her out of prison, where she has been subjected to inhumane punishment and torture for years. Her 22 year old son Sajad has repeatedly claimed his mother is absolutely innocent of the murder of his father. Sajad and Sakineh's attorney were arrested after speaking to journalists to appeal for the world’s help. The televised "confessions" shown on Iranian TV, reinforce how desperate the regime and its judiciary must feel to exonerate themselves for proceeding with her execution. Any individual with rudimentary knowledge of legal procedures of the minimum standards for the treatment of prisoners, or simple common sense, will not be fooled by this show of strength from a powerful and brutal state that can and does coerce citizens into confessing to crimes they may or may not have committed.

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    News

    1. A misogynous penalty for Sakineh Ashtiani

      Marianela Afridi
      Petition Organizer

      Keeps you informed about the status of Ms. Ashtiani's sentence and the harsh inhumane government of Iran.

    2. A misogynous penalty for Sakineh Ashtiani

      Marianela Afridi
      Petition Organizer

      The charges leveled against Sakineh are so outrageous, mysogynous and sexist they defy belief. The international community must keep up the pressure to release Ms. Ashtiani, her attorney and her son immediately. She has been tortured to "confess" in prison, she has received 99 lashes; as women, mothers, daughters, we should all be concerned by the unfair, legal processes that women face in Iran. We must continue the pressure and ask that not only the government of Iran release Sakineh, but evolve into the 21st century.

    3. Sakineh remains under threat of hanging.

      Marianela Afridi
      Petition Organizer

      Support the international campaign in support of the people of Iran to bring an end to executions. Capital punishment is inhumane and must be ended. We condemn any appeasement of this regime and demand that all governments condemn these atrocities; break all diplomatic and political relations with the regime of Iran.

    4. Please support this petition and secure the release of Sakineh Ashtiani

      Marianela Afridi
      Petition Organizer

      Please support this petition and pass it forward.

    5. A misogynous penalty for Sakineh Ashtiani

      Marianela Afridi
      Petition Organizer

      Last month, a resolution adopted by 89 United Nations member states condemned stoning and the rise in death sentences for crimes “lacking a precise and explicit definition,” and Amnesty International released a report on the “dramatic rise” in death sentences for drug offences.The international community must keep up the pressure.

    6. 520 people have signed this petition please keep up the support

      Marianela Afridi
      Petition Organizer

      Your support for this petition is crucial. Sakineh has become a symbol against stoning and of protest against the Islamic regime of Iran. The campaign to save Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani has brought the world out in opposition to the brutal Islamic regime in Iran. Civilised humanity has spoken out loud and clear. Enough is enough. We will not allow anyone else, for whatever excuse, to be stoned anywhere in the world again.

    7. article from Maryam Namazie

      Marianela Afridi
      Petition Organizer

      The International Committee against Stoning reiterates its call for citizens of the world to protest against these unjust rulings, and demand an end to stoning and the immediate release of Sakineh, Houtan Kian her attorney and others waiting stoning sentences. Stoning is an absolute barbarity and must be banned immediately and everywhere. According to Mina Ahadi, Spokesperson of the International Committee against Stoning, ‘Stoning is a crime and an act of terror against women. We indict the Islamic Republic of Iran for its crimes against humanity.’

    8. Reached 500 signatures
    9. 498 people signed this petition - Please keep up the support!

      Marianela Afridi
      Petition Organizer

      When I started this petition, I didn't believe I would get 10 signatures, let alone 498. I now believe we can reach 100,000 signatures and send a strong message to Iran that the world will not bear witness to this atrocity. I have faith that we can make change happen, we can gain the release of not only Sakineh, but that of her attorney who was imprisoned for publicizing Sakineh's plight to the world. We can win the release of her son, who was imprisoned for speaking out in his mother's defense. With this petition we will send a strong loud message to the government of Iran that enough is enough. Free Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani now. Thank you so much for your support...

    10. Iranian gov't silent on the fate of Sakineh Ashtiani

      Marianela Afridi
      Petition Organizer

      We must keep Sakineh's life and that of her son, her lawyer in the public eye. Victims of repressive regimes are legion and we must take a collective stand against this type of injustice. Enough is enough. We can stop the pattern of the arrest, torture and execution of innocent people. This is barbaric beyond words.

    11. Reached 250 signatures
    12. Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani could be hanged in Iran

      Marianela Afridi
      Petition Organizer

      This article provides more details about the miscarriage of justice in the case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani and why it is so vital that this petition be signed. We cannot stand by and allow this execution to take place.

    13. Please read recent article : http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/dec/

      Marianela Afridi
      Petition Organizer

      Please pass this petition forward. I believe time is of essence. We need the world to let Iran know that we will not stand by and allow this to happen.

    14. Sakineh may be hanged in Iran.See link to recent news from the guardian,uk

      Marianela Afridi
      Petition Organizer

      Sakineh's confession was obtained thru torture and her attorney has been held incommunicado in prison for over one year. His crime: He was defending his client. By signing this petition, we are giving giving Sakineh, her children, those who have tried to defend her a voice and a loud and resounding shout to Iran that this execution is immoral.

    15. 200 signatures reached!

      Marianela Afridi
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all who support this petition. Let Sakineh and her son know that she has a voice - through us.

    16. Reached 200 signatures
    17. Justice Chief states he was misquoted. No facilities for stoning, hang her

      Marianela Afridi
      Petition Organizer

      Malek Ajdar Sharifi, the justice chief for East Azarbaijan province, this weekend brought attention back to the case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, whose 2006 stoning sentence for adultery brought international condemnation. Fars news agency on Sunday published an interview with Mr Sharifi in which he said he told justice authorities "we did not have facilities for stoning her". Mr Sharifi said the reply from the chief of Iran's judiciary, Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani, was: "If there are no facilities for stoning according to sharia, it could be changed to hanging." It appears that time has stood still in East Azarbaijan, they're still in the 12th century. Please sign this petition asking that the government of Iran to not only halt the execution but to release Sakineh Ashtiani from prison. Change is possible. Change is now.

    18. 100+ signature reached!!

      Marianela Afridi
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you, to all of you who signed have this petition. By doing so, we are clearly telling the government of Iran that we will NOT bear witness to this atrocity. We can speak loudly as one and effect change. We can be the voice of Sakineh Ashtiani and her son! Please share the petition with your friends and pass it forward. We can do this!!!

    19. Reached 100 signatures
    20. 29 people have signed this petition

      Marianela Afridi
      Petition Organizer

      Keep up the pressure on Iran to halt the execution of Sakinah Mohammadi Ashtiani. Let Iran know that united, the world will not stand by silent.

    21. Reached 25 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Mahnoor Paracha HOWARD BEACH, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      I believe this is inhumane and things like these should be stopped before it's too late.

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    • Mary Plunkett FIELDON, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      Are the accusers with out sin? This is a new age, stop living in the very far past. Will you ever grow and move forward in time?

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    • Cynthia Tayllor SPRINGS, SOUTH AFRICA
      • over 2 years ago

      this is inhumane. barbaric and totally unnecessary. the punishment that the the Iranian government have put her through with torture and 10 years in jail she has more than paid for a so called crime - the Prophet Muhammad (mhrip), would not condone such actions. Islam is supposed to be a religion of peace, this is not following the teaching of the prophet..

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    • Cathy Raney ST LOUIS, MO
      • over 2 years ago

      It is time iran moves out of the stone age and into a time of where the rights of ALL people are JUSTLY considered.

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    • margaret vignola DIX HILLS, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      because it's barbaric! i understand and respect every culture's right to their own laws but this is not what Allah would want.

      Don't prove the ridiculous American Christians are right in their rhetoric about your country. you are a beatiful and ancient culture - rise above! thank you

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