Press Release from the Women’s Forum Against Fundamentalism in Iran (WFAFI):
BOSTON, MA- -A court in the Iran’s second largest city, Mashad, has sentenced to death by stoning a mother-of-three for having an extra-marital affair, the government’s Daily paper Quds reported September 27, 2007. She is facing imminent execution by being buried up to her chest and stoned to death.
In June, a woman named Mokarrameh Ebrahimi was scheduled to death by stoning together with a man named Jafar Kiani with whom she had an 11-year-old child. They were given stay of execution after increased international pressure. However, despite Iran’s moratorium on execution, Mr. Kiani was stoned to death Thursday, July 5th in Aghchekand, Qazvin.
Mohammad-Javad Larijani, the mullahs’ Judiciary Chief Advisor and an ideologue within the clerical regime said, “Stoning is neither torture nor is it an improper punishment,” . Admitting that there is no mention of stoning in “holy Quran” or in the teachings of the “prophet Mohammad’s,” Larijani said, “As long as it is [written] in our laws it would be proper to hand down such a penalty by the judges…It is obvious that stoning is a lesser sentence in comparison to hanging since the [victim] stands a chance of staying alive after stoning” , the state-run news agency ISNA reported September 30, 2007. The Islamic Republic of Iran’s law specifies that the penalty for adultery under Article 83 of the penal code, called the Law of Hodoud is flogging (100 lashes of the whip) for unmarried male and female offenders. Married offenders may be punished by stoning regardless of their gender, but the method laid down for a man involves his burial up to his waist, and for a woman up to her chest (article 102). Article 104 states, with reference to the penalty for adultery, that the stones used should “not be large enough to kill the person by one or two strikes, nor should they be so small that they could not be defined as stones”.
Currently there are 8 other women in Iranian prisons who have been sentenced to death by the cruel punishment of stoning. Tehran’s fundamentalist regime along with Ahmadinejad must be held responsible and condemned for the gross violations of Human Rights of the Iranian people. The United States and the European Union focus on the crimes committed against humanity by Iran’s fundamentalist regime. They should stop ignoring the suffering of the people under the rule of the Mullahs to advance their economic agendas. Women’s Forum Against Fundamentalism in Iran (WFAFI) calls upon the international community, human rights organizations and the United Nations to defend the right of life of these women and stop Tehran’s regime from implementing such brutal, inhumane sentences.
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