Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt has called on Iran to put an immediate stay to the execution of Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani by stoning

Publication Date: 
July 7, 2010
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt calls on Iran to stay the stoning of Ms. Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani

Speaking on Ms Mohammadi-Ashtiani's case, Alistair Burt said:

"I am deeply distressed by reports of the imminent execution of Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani by stoning in Iran. Stoning is a medieval punishment that has no place in the modern world. The continued use of such a punishment in Iran demonstrates a blatant disregard for international human rights commitments which it has entered into freely, as well as the interests of its people.

I call on Iran to put an immediate stay to the execution of Ms Mohammadi-Ashtiani on the charge of adultery, and review the process by which she was tried, and her sentence. She has already faced the disgraceful punishment of ninety-nine lashes for adultery; her execution would disgust and appal the watching world." 


Iran: Strict Dress Code Campaign Enforced by Morality Police

Publication Date: 
June 15, 2010
Institute for War and Peace Reporting
After police seize cars, they put signs on them saying the occupants are "Offenders of Honour" or men with improper dresses.

High Price of "Bad Hejab": Morality police back with a vengeance, after apparent respite

When Iranian girls go out these days, their friends warn them they face trouble if they are wearing makeup or are fashionably dressed.

Iran: High Price of “Bad Hejab” in Iran

Publication Date: 
June 16, 2010
Photo: Open Democracy

Rasa Sowlat | Mashhad | 16 June 2010

Iran: SKSW/WLUML Statement on planned stoning to death of young mother in East Azerbaijan Province

Publication Date: 
June 18, 2010

The Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women and the International Solidarity Network, Women Living Under Muslim Laws urge all concerned to immediately contact the Iranian officials to express their concern over the planned stoning to death of Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani.

Iran: Crisis Deepening One Year After Disputed Elections

Publication Date: 
June 10, 2010
Human Rights Watch

(New York, June 10, 2010) – Iran’s government is tightening its grip, harassing, imprisoning, and using violence against its own people one year after the disputed 2009 presidential election and the start of its brutal crackdown, Human Rights Watch said today. The anniversary of the June 12, 2009 election falls two days after a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council, during which Iran defied criticisms of its human rights record.

A Birthday in Evin Prison – an opportunity to remember Iran’s prisoners

Publication Date: 
June 10, 2010
Amnesty International
Shiva Nazar Ahari

By Ann Harrison, East Gulf researcher for Amnesty International

To coincide with the 12 June anniversary of the disputed election last year in Iran, Amnesty International has prepared a campaign to highlight the situation of political prisoners, many of whom are prisoners of conscience, who are still held in Iran.

Iran: The brutal crackdowns only make Iran's women stronger

Publication Date: 
June 8, 2010
The Guardian
Shirin Ebadi

By: Shirin Ebadi:

The protest movement is now a year old – but the feminists at its helm can look back on decades of courageous activism.

Iran: Marking a Year of Struggle

Publication Date: 
June 9, 2010
Azad Tribune and Article 19
The fourth of a series of updates on ARTICLE 19's work to combat censorship in Iran

It is feared that the unrest and associated government crackdown caused by last year’s controversial presidential elections in Iran will intensify as the anniversary of the elections draws near. The government is now holding more unfair trials that often lead to long-term imprisonment or in many cases execution.

The Politics of UN Human Rights Council and Iran's Candidacy

Publication Date: 
April 17, 2010
Elahe Amani: Society for Human Rights in Iran Southern California / Co-Chair Women Inter-cultural Network
UMNS photos by Jenny Rockett, United Nations

The Islamic Republic of Iran, in a provocative act, has announced its candidacy for the United Nation Human Rights Council, a UN organization based in Geneva. The candidacy of Iran comes at a time that during the last 10 months, Iranians are experiencing one of the darkest periods of human rights violations since 1979 revolution. The candidacy of Iran for the UN Human Rights Council is comparable to electing apartheid South Africa to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination or to awarding the US for humane treatment of detainee's right after the world was shocked with pictures revealing sexual torture and humiliation of naked prisoners.

Women Online In Iran Brave Heavy Web Surveillance

Publication Date: 
April 9, 2010
Women's E News
Women protest for democracy in Tehran, Iran. Photo Credit: Hamid Saber

Iranian female journalists are veterans of government closure of their print publications and early Internet ventures. Now they are prevailing against the region's most advanced censoring and monitoring software.

(WOMENSENEWS)--Iranian women have pushed the battle for equal rights online even as security forces aggressively monitor the Internet and shut down pro-democracy Web sites that fall out of step with the regime.

"Every print magazine for women we had was closed," Parvin Ardalan said in a recent phone interview from Sweden. "So we created a new world for ourselves in cyberspace."