The Stop Stoning Forever Campaign: A Report
By Rochelle Terman, Women Living Under Muslim Laws, 2007.
The Stop Stoning Forever Campaign was formed by members of the Network for Volunteer Lawyers, journalists, and women's rights activists after two individuals were stoned to death in Mashhad, Iran in May of 2006. Their main goal is to legally abolish stoning as a form of punishment for adultery in Iran.
Although the Head of the Judiciary in Iran, Ayatollah Shahroudi, issued a moratorium on stoning in Iran in 2002, stoning is still being sentenced as a punishment for those found guilty of adultery. The Stop Stoning Forever Campaign has identified 13 potential victims of stoning and is working on appealing their sentences. It has also worked to publicize the issue of stoning as a symbol of patriarchal culture among international civil society, using both secular, human rights arguments and religious frameworks to legitimize its demands.
In this regard, the Stop Stoning Forever Campaign has engaged with the transnational community both to receive support and serve as a model for other budding campaigns in the region. Unfortunately, this international support has come at a price for activists accused of endangering national security by Iranian government officials. With the stoning of Jafar Kiani in June of 2007, the Stop Stoning Forever Campaign is assessing its goals, strategies, and role in the global women's movement. Currently, the Campaign is working on becoming a model for other campaigns against stoning in the region.Download
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