VNC Statements and Alerts

UPDATE: Gambia: Trial of WHRDs Dr. Isatou Touray & Amie Bojang-Sissoho adjourned to 1 December


Update on: Gambia: Isatou Touray and Amie Bojang-Sissoho freed on bail

The International Solidarity Network, (WLUML) and the (VNC), continue to call for the fair trial of two women human rights defenders, WLUML board member, Dr. Isatou Touray, and Ms. Amie Bojang-Sissoho.

Iran: Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani - Update on her latest televised confession

Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani

The Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women (SKSW) and Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) are gravely concerned over the recent announcement made by the official Iranian television channel on  alleged self-incriminating statements by Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani and several others on state TV last 15 November. We join the rest of the international community in denouncing this latest move by the Iranian authorities which adds more injustice to the case of Sakineh Mohammadi–Ashtiani.

IRAN: The Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani case: another test of Iran's extremely flawed justice system

Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani

The Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women (SKSW) and Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) are deeply concerned over the continued denial of human rights in Iran in light of the Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani case. Lack of due process and the right to a fair trial, arbitrary detention, torture, and restrictions of freedom of information, of the press, and of association sadly constitute the status quo in the Islamic Republic.

Aceh: Caning of Two Women for Selling Rice during Ramadan

The Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women! (SKSW) and the International Solidarity Network, Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) are outraged by the caning of two women in Aceh for selling cooked rice during Ramadan.

SKSW Statement on Human Rights and Traditional Values

Publication Date: 
October 4, 2010
SKSW Campaign
Traditional Values and Human Rights

The traditional values underpinning international human rights: How can they contribute to promotion and protection?

Room XXI, Palais des Nations, Geneva
4 October 2010

Thank you, honourable members of the panel, friends and colleagues in the international human rights community, good afternoon.

On behalf of the Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women, we welcome the opportunity to participate in the discussion on the relationship between human rights and traditional values.  

SKSW welcomes appointment of Michelle Bachelet at UN Women

Publication Date: 
September 26, 2010
SKSW Campaign
Michelle Bachelet

The Global campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women (SKSW Campaign) welcomes the appointment of Michelle Bachelet as the first Under-Secretary-General for the new UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).

Update: Iran: Release of Shiva Nazar Ahari

Shiva Nazar Ahari released


The Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) international solidarity network and the Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women (SKSW campaign) welcome the news that Shiva Nazar Ahari was released from prison on Sunday 12 September 2010. 


However, though she is free now, her sentence will be given in approximately two weeks’ time.  One of the charges against Ms. Nazar Ahari is moharebeh (enmity with God), which can be punishable by death in Iran. We therefore urge you to write to the Iranian officials and the embassy of Iran in your country to welcome the release of Ms. Nazar Ahari and to urge all charges against her in connection with her peaceful exercise of her rights to freedom of expression and association to be dropped.


A sample letter is attached.

Iran: Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani's still faces death sentence while Brazil makes formal offer of asylum

Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani


Update: Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani's still faces death sentence while Brazil makes formal offer of asylum

SKSW and WLUML are still gravely concerned about the fate of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani. On 4 August, Branch 9 of the Supreme Court in Iran began a review of Mohammadi Ashtiani's sentence and agreed to consider a judicial review of the case, submitted by her lawyer. The Supreme Court is expected to either accept or reject the judicial review on or around 15 August. The review appears aimed solely at reducing international pressure on the authorities, by deferring a decision on the method of execution and the stoning sentence remains in place.

Update: Iran - Mohammad Mostafai, lawyer of Sakineh Ashtiani, arrested in Turkey

Mohammad Mostafaei

UPDATE (7 August 2010): Mohammad Mostafaie has been released. We will update this page as more information becomes available.

Mohammad Mostafaie, a human rights defender and lawyer of Sakineh Ashtiani, the woman whose sentence to death by stoning in Iran received worldwide public attention, has been arrested and detained by Turkish authorities.

The Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women (SKSW) and the Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) International Solidarity Network are gravely concerned over:

1.  The safety of Mr. Mostafaie given the poor and inadequate protective measures accorded by the Turkish authorities to political refugees like him.  

2.  The safety of his wife and brother in law who are still in detention in Iran.   

See attached a sample letter 

Iran and Turkey: Mohammad Mostafaei Arrested in Istanbul, Family Detained

The Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women (SKSW Campaign) and Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) are seriously concerned about the reported arrest of the wife and brother-in-law of human rights lawyer, Mohammad Mostafaei. They were arrested on 24 July 2010 and are being held in the infamous Evin Prison in Tehran. His wife, Fereshteh Halimi, called her parents to confirm her arrest and detention.

Her brother, Farhad Halimi, is also believed to be detained there.  There are strong indications that their arrest is intended to pressure Mohammad Mostafaei to turn himself in.   Mohammad Mostafaei is a leading human rights lawyer who defended Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, who was sentenced to death by stoning, and a number of other detainees in Iran.