Update: Suspension of death by stoning of Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani

Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani

Update: Suspension of death by stoning of Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani

The Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women and the International Solidarity Network - Women Living Under Muslim Laws welcome the news attributed to the Iranian authorities that Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani will not be stoned to death.

Such a statement however, does not allay our concerns that Ms. Ashtiani is still at risk of being executed by other means based on her conviction to have committed ‘adultery while married’.  This conviction is punishable by death under the Iranian law.  We are also concerned by the absence of any reference to a judicial process that is clearly mandated to reverse the sentencing of stoning in the declaration by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which issued the statement through its Embassy in the United Kingdom.     

We reiterate our calls to the Iranian authorities to:

1.  Formally reverse the death sentence imposed on Ms. Ashtiani whether by stoning or other forms of punishment.

2.  Release her from prison immediately. 

3.  Conduct a thorough review of all cases where stoning sentences have been passed. 

3.  Commit to end the death penalty in Iran.

4.  End the criminalization of consensual sexual relations in Iran.

 For more information see:

       Channel 4 News Report


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