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International Sakine Day against Stoning - no more stonings!

Free Iran | 26.07.2010 17:37 | Gender | Repression | Social Struggles | World

This is a campaign to bring an end to stoning. Stoning is a barbaric act that belongs in Medieval times, not the 21st Century. Sakine's case represents all that is bad with a Sharia based system of law, that lets the state decide who one is allowed to have sexual relations with whom. On the 24 July 2010, thousands of campaigners from all over the world came together to say: Not to Stonings, no to Executions in Iran, no to State interference in private lives of citizens.

International Sakine Mohammadi Ashtiani Day: World Citizens against Stoning was a huge success. On the day, thousands of people took part in actions in over 30 cities worldwide, including in Australia, Brazil, North America, Europe, Georgia and the Phillipines.

For coverage of activists rallies and events in the UK, around Europe and Americas see:

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Now Sakine's lawyer is in deep shit with authorities...

26.07.2010 18:44

Family of Sakine's lawyer arrested; no word about Mostafaie
Iran Solidarity blog
July 25, 2010

The Wife and brother-in-law of Mohamad Mostafaei, Sakine’s lawyer, arrested

No word about Mostafaei himself

As we reported earlier, Mr. Mostafaei, Sakine’s lawyer, was summoned to the Mininstry of Intelligence at Evin Prison. He presented himself there yesterday. A post on his weblog later informed the public that the authorities at Evin prison had questioned him about some financial issues. Some time after he left the prison the authorities called him and asked him to present himself once again. However, a short while after they went to his office to arrest him. Mr. Mostafaai was not there but his wife and his brother-in-law were arrested, instead, somewhere near the office.

The whereabouts of Mr. Mostafaie is currently unknown. According to our sources, his office has been sealed off by the authorities.

We have not yet been able to identify the prison where Mr. Mostafaei’s wife and brother-in-law are currently held.

The Islamic Republic, under the intense pressure of the world public opinion against the stoning sentence of Sakine, has now targeted her lawyer and put him under pressure. The interrogation over financial issues, specifically, is one of the regime’s customary ways to begin a charge-fabricating process. The Islamic Republic is trying, with everything in its power, to cut off the relations between Sakine and her family, on the one side, and her lawyer and the public opinion, on the other.

The International Committee Against Execution strongly condemns such persecutions as those executed by the Islamic Republic against Sakine Mohammadi Ashtiani's lawyer, Mr. Mostafaei, and his family. We urge all human rights organisations to take action as soon as possible and demand the immediate release of Mr. Mostafaei's wife and brother-in-law. The Islamic Republic must be forced to stop harassing and intimidating Mr. Mostafaei and others like him in their legal efforts to pursue justice.

International Committee Against Execution
July 25, 2010

Supporter of the One Law For All Campaign

From the International Committee against execution and Stonings

26.07.2010 20:03

‘International Sakine Day’ a Success

The International Committee against Execution and the International Committee against Stoning congratulate the thousands of people across the world that took part in the global protest against stoning and execution and signed the petition to save Sakine’s life in Iran. In 32 cities around the world, women and men came out to show that they won’t accept the barbaric treatment of people anywhere.

The protests stretched from the US, Canada, Brazil to France, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Italy, the UK, the Netherlands, Georgia and Australia. Thousands were on the streets with Sakine’s photo and slogans against execution and stoning; there were performances and the burning of veils in public places. The international media interviewed organisers and activists and there was live reporting for TV and radio stations from several of the protests.

Yesterday was a very important day for all of us; people from different countries showed their solidarity with Sakine Ashtiani and her children. On this day they declared that they won’t allow Sakine or anyone else to be stoned or executed. Only with the united power of the people we can push back the Islamic regime of Iran and end stoning and execution. Sakine and her children hope that this movement will grow from strength to strength and will help free Sakine. This successful day will help to intensify the struggle for the freedom of Sakine and against stoning and execution and the Islamic regime of Iran.

Mina Ahadi
International Committee Against Execution (ICAE)
International Committee Against Stoning (ICAS)

Supporter of the One Law For All Campaign