A prominent Iranian documentary film-maker and women's rights activist, whose work includes banned films about Iran's society, has been arrested by unidentified officials. Mahnaz Mohammadi, 37, was picked up from her home in the capital Tehran by security officers who refused to show a warrant for her arrest and was taken to Evin prison, where many activists are being held. Speaking by phone from Tehran, her lawyer told the Guardian that Mohammadi had been denied access to her family or proper legal representation and was being kept incommunicado.
A female sports photojournalist who had campaigned for Iranian women to be allowed to attend men's soccer games is missing amid reports she has been taken into custody in Tehran, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. Maryam Majd, 24, was supposed to go to Duesseldorf on June 17 to prepare for the women's soccer World Cup in Germany and to work on a photo project with Petra Landers, a former German soccer player.
Using a human rights based approach, this documents the reality of stoning in Iran in 2004. This was at a time when stoning was not widely reported, the Iranian regime denied the existence of stoning in the law, and many in the international community were unaware that stoning still occurred in Iran. Thus the primary goal of the document is to expose the reality of stoning at the time and demonstrate that stoning still occurs in Iran.
Asieh Amini, an activist and journalist involved with the Stop Stoning Forever Campaign, details her experience on a fact finding mission to Mashhad and Jolfa to research reported stoning cases. These cases were important because they were the first widely broadcasted instances of stoning since the 2002 moratorium and prompted the creation of the Stop Stoning Forever Campaign.
On page 10 of this report, the UNGA denounces stoning as a method of execution, and mentions the work of civil society to suspend stoning verdicts (i.e. The Stop Stoning Forever Campaign.) The report also reminded us that when the last periodic report of the Islamic Republic of Iran under the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights was considered in 1993, the Human Rights Committee concluded that stoning was not compatible with the provisions of article 78 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is a party.
Part 3 paragraph (a) states that the General Assembly expresses its concern at continuing violations of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran in particular cases of torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, including stoning.
This report details the Stop Stoning Forever Campaign, an Iranian campaign that since 2006 has strived to outlaw stoning from the Iranian Penal Code. It outlines the goals, strategies, and outcomes associated with the Campaign as well as stoning more broadly in Iran.
This article does not focus on stoning only, but does explain the doctrine of Maslahat[analogy] or Zarurat[necessity], which has important implications to the stoning issue (starting on page 213.) Many religious scholars have admitted that stoning is an “Islamic” punishment and thus part for shariah. However, they can legitimately reject or ban such punishment, and any law, if causes enough harm to the Islamic Republic.
Dr. Alireza Jamshidi, the Iranian Judiciary spokesman, announced in a press briefing held on 10 July 2007, that the stoning of Jafar Kiani had indeed taken place but the stoning of his partner, Mokarrameh Ebrahimi, is stayed. Jamshidi contrasted the supposed legality of the Kiani case with another case in Takistan.
Sisters in Islam issued this alert calling for the Iranian government to abolish stoning “as a form of torture”. They also publish research on progressive alternative Islamic Family Law, which includes laws on adultery.