UPDATE: Iran: Two women's rights defenders now in solitary confinement

Shadi Sadr and Mahboubeh Abasgholizadeh have been arraigned, charged with being a "threat to national security," and remanded on March 11 by interrogators at Evin Prison, authorized by the Ministry of Intelligence of Iran.
Source: 
Meydaan

UPDATE: Iran: All but three women activists freed

All but three of the 33 Iranian women's rights activists jailed on Sunday were freed Wednesday night, on the eve of International Women's Day, in exchange for a pledge not to demonstrate on 8 March.
Source: 
AKI/Meydaan

UPDATE: Iran: Amnesty International joins in support of activists arrested in Tehran

Amnesty International today called for the immediate and unconditional release of over 30 women activists who were arrested on Sunday, 4 March while staging a peaceful demonstration in Tehran. The organization believes the arrests may be intended to deter activists from organizing events to mark International Women's Day on 8 March.
Source: 
Amnesty
Action needed: 
Please send appeals to arrive as quickly as possible, in Persian, Arabic, English, French or your own language:

- expressing concern at the arrest of over 30 women on 4 March 2007 during a peaceful demonstration outside Branch 6 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran;

- calling for the immediate and unconditional release of all of them as they appear to be held solely for the peaceful exercise of their right to freedom of expression and association;

- expressing concern at the reports that at least one, Nahid Ja’fari, may have been injured during her arrest and if so, may not have been granted access to medical treatment;

-calling for all of those detained to be granted immediate and regular access to their families; lawyers and to any necessary medical treatment;

-calling for all charges to be dropped against anyone in connection with the peaceful demonstration on 12 June 2006 which called for an end to legal discrimination against women in Iran.
Addresses: 
Please address your appeals to:

Leader of the Islamic Republic
Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei,
Leader of the Islamic Republic
The Office of the Supreme Leader, Shahid Keshvar Doost St.,
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Fax: +98 251 7774 2228 (mark “For the Office of His Excellency, Ayatollah Khamenei")
Email: Via website, in English: http://www.leader.ir/langs/EN/index.php?p=sendletter
Salutation: Your Excellency

Minister of Intelligence
Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie
Ministry of Intelligence, Second Negarestan Street, Pasdaran Avenue,
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Email: iranprobe@iranprobe.com
Salutation: Your Excellency

Send copies to:
President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
The Presidency, Palestine Avenue, Azerbaijan Intersection,
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Fax: Via foreign affairs: +98 21 6 674 790 and ask to be forwarded to H.E Ahmadinejad
Email: dr-ahmadinejad@president.ir
via website: www.president.ir/email
Salutation: His Excellency

Head of the Judiciary
Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi
Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Justice Building
Panzdah-Khordad Square, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Fax: + 98 21 3390 4986 (please keep trying; send appeals by post or email if you cannot get through)
Email: Please go to: http://iranjudiciary.org/contactus-feedback-fa.html (the top field is ‘sender’s name; the second from top is sender’s email address; the third is the subject line and the large box is for the text of the message; to send, please click on the purple box below the text box)
Salutation: His Excellency

Speaker of Parliament
His Excellency Gholamali Haddad Adel
Majles-e Shoura-ye Eslami
Baharestan Square
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Fax: + 98 21 3355 6408
Email: hadadadel@majlis.ir
Salutation: Dear Sir

And to the diplomatic representatives of Iran accredited to your country.

Iran: Campaign to Free Women's Rights Defenders

Dozens of women's rights defenders were arrested in Tehran on Saturday during a peaceful gathering in front of the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Tehran. The gathering was to protest the recent state pressures on women's rights defenders. Sign the petition condemning the arrest and detention of the women activists.
Source: 
Meydaan
Action needed: 
Sign the petition at:

www.meydaan.com

When you sign the petition, a copy of it is sent to the offices of Mr. Seyed Mahmoud Shahroudi, the Head of Judiciary, and another copy is sent to Mr. Golam-Ali Haddad-Adel, the leader of the Iranian Parliament.

Spread the word:

Please tell friends, allies and all relevant contacts about this campaign and ask them to also support the release of the detained women's rights defenders.



Write a letter:

You can also directly write to the Iranian authorities, including Mr. Seyed Mahmoud Shahroudi, the Head of Judiciary, Mr. Golam-Ali Haddad-Adel, the leader of the Iranian Parliament, and Mr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran. As emails and faxes frequently are difficult to transmit, please also fax or courier your letters of support to the Iranian Embassy in your country. To find listings, see: www.salamiran.org

In your letter, please ask the Iranian authorities to uphold the law and refer to the article 27 of the Iranian constitution which states that, "Public gatherings and marches may be freely held, provided arms are not carried and that they are not detrimental to the fundamental principles of Islam." Ask for an immediate and unconditional release of all the women rights defenders detained and arrested.

Sample Letter

(Your Excellency / Dear Sir:)

I am writing to you to express my grave concern about the recent persecutions and prosecutions of the women’s rights defenders in Iran. I am especially dismayed at the news of the recent arrests of over thirty women’s human rights defenders on March 4, 2007, in Tehran while gathering in a peaceful protest in front of the Islamic Revolutionary Court. Furthermore, I am distressed by the use of unnecessary violence by the National Security Police officers against these women which has led to some cases of physical injury.

According to Article 27 of the Iranian constitution, “Public gatherings and marches may be freely held, provided arms are not carried and that they are not detrimental to the fundamental principles of Islam.” These women had peacefully gathered to show their solidarity with the five activists who were on trial for their participation in a previous peaceful protest last June.

I call upon you to ensure the safety and security of all the people arrested at the peaceful gathering in front of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran on Sunday, March 4, including the following women, and their immediate and unconditional release from prison:

Nooshin Ahmadi Khorasani, Parvain Ardalan, Nahid Keshavarz, Mahboubeh Hosseinzadeh, Mahboubeb Abbasgholizadeh, Niloofar Golkar, Parastoo Dokoohaki, Maryam Mirza, Mariam Hossein Khah, Nahid Jafari, Minoo Mortezayee Langroodi, , Fatemeh Govarayee, Shahla Entesari, Soosan Tahmasbi, Azadeh Forghani, Jila Bani Yaghoub, Nahid Entesari, Shadi Sadr, Saghi Laghaee, Saghar Laghaee, Elnaz Ansari, Sara Imanian, Jelveh Javaheri, Zara Amjadian, Zeinab Peyghambarzadeh, Nasrin Afzali, Asieh Amini, Mahnaaz Mohammadi, Somayeh Farid, Farideh Entesari, Sarah Loghmani, and Rezan Moghaddam.

Your sincerely,

(Name)
Addresses: 

Please address your letters to:

Head of the Judiciary
His Excellency Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi
Ministry of Justice, Park-e Shahr
Tehran, Iran
Email: irjpr@iranjudiciary.org
(Mark: 'Please forward to HE Ayatollah Shahroudi')
Salutation: Your Excellency

President
His Excellency Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
The Presidency
Palestine Avenue, Azerbaijan Intersection
Tehran, Iran
Fax: +98 21 649 5880
E-mail: dr-ahmadinejad@president.ir
Salutation: Dear Sir

Leader of the Iranian Parliament
Golam-Ali Haddad-Adel
Imam Khomeini Avenue
Tehran, Iran
Fax: +98 21 646 1746
Salutation: Dear Sir

Please note that given the difficulties in transmitting faxes and emails to Iran, we urge you to also fax or courier your letters to the Iranian embassy in your country. For listings of Iranian embassies in your country see:
www.salamiran.org

UPDATE: Iran: Increased Pressure on Activists Involved in the One Million Signatures Campaign

Despite arrests of activists and repeatedly blocked websites, the Campaign Demanding an End to Discriminatory Laws against Women continues to gather national and international support, through the collection of one million signatures over two years. The petition will then be submitted to the Parliament of Iran along with proposed changes to laws which discriminate against women and men, specifically in the area of family law.
Source: 
One Million Signatures Campaign Demanding an End to Discriminatory Laws against Women

Pakistan: Teenage girl abducted, raped and disrobed: demand justice

Women's rights activists demand Pakistan state authorities ensure justice for a teenage girl who has been kidnapped, raped and forced to parade naked publicly.
Source: 
Shirkat Gah Women's Resource Centre
Action needed: 
SUGGESTED ACTION:
Please urgently write to the relevant Pakistan authorities listed below.

Sample Letter:

Respected Sir,

We, women right’s activists express strong anger over the brutal incident in Ghotki District of Sindh, where teenage Nasima, daughter of Hamzo Mohammad, was kidnapped, gang raped and later forced to parade naked by 11 armed men of Labano tribe on the pretext of exacting retribution. According to newspaper reports, Nasima’s male cousin eloped and married a Labano girl.

We are extremely disturbed to learn that the lady doctor of a government hospital in Sukkur, who conducted the medical examination on the girl immediately after the incident, denied rape and declared her pregnant under heavy pressure from influential persons.

Infuriated by the doctor's report, the locals protested and forced police to record the complaint of the girl's father. However, police refused to register the rape charges against the perpetrators, maintaining that by law they cannot institute a rape case without medical confirmation.

Nasima was admitted at the Sukkur District Civil Hospital, where she received the second medical examination. But the report has not been released and in fact is kept in abeyance.

We are appalled that the police have arrested six of the 11 tribesmen for a simple inquiry as no FIR has been registered against them for abduction, rape and forced disrobing. The rest of the perpetrators are still walking freely around the village and have been openly threatening the girl's father to withdraw his complaint against them.

Nasima’s family in the meantime is being harassed and pressurized by local influentials to drop the case and reach a settlement through the local jirga.

We appeal to the State authorities to ensure justice to Nasima by:

*Conducting a transparent/fair and proper inquiry

*Releasing factual medical examination report

*Immediate registering of FIR with charges of gang rape, abduction and forced disrobing against the alleged perpetrators

*Protecting the girl and her family from future intimidation and threats

*By taking appropriate measures to avoid any abuse of law in the hands of influentials

We would also like to request the State Judiciary to take cognizance of the heinous crime and take suo motu action against the perpetrators.

Yours Sincerely,
Addresses: 
General Pervez Musharraf
President
Islamic Republic of Pakistan
President's Secretariat
Islamabad
PAKISTAN
Fax: 51 922 1422, 4768
51 920 1893, 1835


Mr. Muhammad Wasi Zafar
Minister of Law, Justice and Human Rights
S Block Pakistan Secretariat
Islamabad
PAKISTAN
Fax: +92 51 920 2628
E-Mail: minister@molaw.gov.pk

Mr. Justice Iftikhar Choudhry
Chief Justice of Pakistan
Supreme Court Building
Islamabad
Pakistan
Fax: +91-51-921 3452


Mr. Justice Sabih Uddin
Chief Justice of Sindh High Court
High Court Building
Saddar
Karachi
PAKISTAN
Fax: +92-21-9213220
Email: info@sindhhighcourt.gov.pk

Chief Secretary
Government of Sindh
Chief Secretariat,
Karachi, Sindh province,
PAKISTAN
Tel: +92 21 921950
Fax: +92 21 9211946
Email: cs.sindh@sindh.gov.pk

Secretary
(Criminal Prosecution) SGA &CD Department
Government of Sindh
Sindh Secretariat,
Karachi, Sindh Province.
PAKISTAN
Email: secy.cpsd@sindh.gov.pk

Dr. Faqir Hussain
Registrar
Supreme Court of Pakistan
Supreme Court Building
Islamabad
PAKISTAN
Tel: +92-51-9213770
E-mail: registrar@supremecourt.gov.pk

Pakistan: Four women allegedly murdered under the pretext of 'honour'

Just fourteen days after the National Assembly of Pakistan passed a Women's Protection Bill in order to provide relief and protection to women against the abuse of laws against premarital and extramarital sex, WLUML is deeply concerned to learn of another brutal "honour killing" case reported, from the Shikarpur district in the Sindh Province of Pakistan on 29 November 2006.
Source: 
Asian Human Rights Commission
Action needed: 
SUGGESTED ACTION:

To support this appeal, please click:
ahrchk

Please send a letter, fax or email to following addresses and express your concern about this serious case. Demand speedy and thorough investigation and quick arrest of the perpetrators.

Sample letter:

Dear __________,

Subject: PAKISTAN: Four women allegedly murdered and one man injured by relatives on the pretext of honor killing

Name of Victims: 1) Ms. Sahzadi (35), wife of Muhammad Ramzan, of Mahar tribe, 8 children 2) Ms. Safia (22), wife of Bashir, of Mahar tribe, 3 children, 3) Ms. Naseema (30), wife of Gul Bahar, of Mahar tribe, 4 children, daughter of the accused No. 1 4) Ms. Naseema (27), daughter of Ayob, of Mahar tribe, unmarried 5) Mr. Manthar (25), son of Ayob, of Mahar tribe, unmarried (WOUNDED) Victims No. 1, 2, 4, and 5 are siblings. All are residents of Abdu village, Lakhi Ghulam Shah town, Shikarpur district, Sindh Province, Pakistan Alleged Perpetrators identified: 1) Mr. Shafi Muhammad, of Mahar tribe, father of Victim No. 3 and maternal uncle of Victims No. 1, 2, 4 and 5, main culprit, although not nominated in the FIR (First Information Report), guilty of the crime according to The HERF fact-finding investigation 2) Mr. Noor Hassan, son of Mor 3) Mr. Bashir, son of Shafi Muhammad, husband of the Victim No. 2 4) Mr. Ghulam Qadir, son of Soomar, cousin of the victims 5) Mr. Hazoor Bux, son of Shahzado, relative of the victims 6) Mr. Nazeer Ahmed, son of Mulan Qasim, relative of the victims 7) Mr. Dadoo Pandhi, son of Mulan Qasim, relative of the victims 8) Mr. Javed son of Rano, relative of the victim 9) Mr. Ali Hassan son of Khair Muhammad, relative of the victims All are of the Mahar tribe and residents of Abdu village, Lakhi Ghulam Shah town, Shikarpur district, Sindh Province, Pakistan. Complainant: Mr. Gul Bahar, son of Mhammad Ayoob, of Mahar tribe, husband of Victim No. 3 and brother of victims No.1, 2, 4 and 5 Eye witnesses: 1) Mr. Mumtaz Ali, son of Muhammad Ayob 2) Mr. Manthar Ali (Victim No. 5, WOUNDED), son of Mohammad Ayob Mahar, Both of Mahar tribe, and brothers of the complainant and victims (No. 1, 2, 4, and 5) Date of Incident: Around 9:00am on 29 November 2006 Case Reported on: 29 November 2006, 11:30 am at Chak police station (refer to: FIR no. 39/06 u/s 302, 324, 148 & 149 of PPC) Place of Incident: Complainant's house in Abdu village, Lakhi Ghulam Shah town, Shikarpur district, Sindh Province, Pakistan

I have learned of yet another honor killing that happened yet again in the Shkarpur District, Sindh Province, Pakistan.

According to the information I received, at around 9:00am on 29 November 2006, just fourteen days after the National Assembly of Pakistan passed a Women's Protection Bill in order to provide relief and protection to women against the misuse and abuse of laws against premarital and extramarital sex, sixteen men, eight of whose names appear in the First Information Report (FIR) at the Chak police station, broke into the home of Mr. Gul Bahar and family in Abdu village, resulting in four cases of murder and one case of injury.

I was also informed that allegedly led by Mr. Shafi Muhammad, who is the father of one victim and uncle of the remaining four and whose name is among those kept safe from the FIR, these intruders accused the four women victims of having had illicit relations with persons from the adjacent Village Noro. The alleged perpetrators claimed that the victims have brought shame to not only family members but the whole community. Then they instructed Mr. Mr. Gul Bahar, the complainant, to kill the victims as they belong to his family. When the complainant refused and pleaded on behalf of his wife and his sisters, the alleged perpetrators became infuriated and began abusing the complainant.

Thereafter, Mr. Bashir Ahmed (Perpetrator No. 3), together with Mr. Ghulam Qadir (Perpetrator No. 4), fired upon his wife Ms. Safia (Victim No. 2); Mr. Hazoor Bux (Perpetrator No. 5) and Mr. Nazeer Ahmed (Perpetrator No. 6), fired upon their relative Ms. Sahzadi (Victim No. 1), mother of eight children; Mr. Javed (Perpetrator No. 8) and Mr. Ali Hassan (Perpetrator No. 9) fired upon their relative Ms. Naseema (Victim No. 4); Mr. Dadoo Pandhi (Perpetrator No. 7), fired upon the complainant's wife Ms. Naseema (Victim No.3). All four of these women bled profusely and died. Seeing his three sisters and one sister-in-law quavering on the ground, the complainant's brother Mr. Manthar (Victim No. 5) moved to fight the alleged perpetrators, whereupon Mr. Noor Hassan (perpetrator No. 2) fired upon him, injuring his right leg.

I was also informed by a local human rights group that that there is no concrete evidence to prove that the victims had been involved in illicit sexual relations with anybody. According to the complainant, a month before the killings, the women victims had gone to the adjacent city of Sukkur where a Sub-Inspector of the same tribe, named Mr. Masood Rasool Mahar, arrested and snapped pornographic photographs of them. Afterward, this Sub Inspector allegedly blackmailed Mr. Shafi Muhammad (perpetrator No. 1) with these photographs. I was also informed that Mr. Shafi Muhammad hence told the father of the women victims to kill them, but the latter had refused to do so, prior to these brutal killings.

Honor killings are illegal according to national laws and inconsistent with Islamic doctrine in both the Koran and Sharia. Moreover, the Women's Protection Bill, newly passed by the National Assembly of Pakistan on 15 November 2006, with the aim to stop the persecution of women and the denial of their basic human rights and freedoms, particularly on the basis of false accusation of premarital or extramarital sex, expressly states: "Whoever brings or levels or gives evidence of false charge of fornication against any person, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to five years and shall also be liable to fine not exceeding ten thousand rupees" (Act XLV of 1860, Section 496C). The Government of Pakistan must not neglect to hastily and appropriately address the perpetrators' direct challenge to their new legislation. The murder of the above women and injury of the man should be thoroughly investigated and perpetrators justly prosecuted under law.

The Women's Protection Bill also states: "Whoever kidnaps, or abducts any person in order that such person may be subjected, or may be so disposed of as to be put in danger of being subjected, to the unnatural lust of any person, or knowing it to be likely that such person will be so subjected or disposed of, shall be punished with death or rigorous imprisonment for a term which may extend to twenty-five years, and shall also be liable to fine" (Act XLV of 1860, Section 367A). Sub-Inspector Mr. Masood Rasool Mahar, who allegedly arrested and took pornographic photographs of the women victims, should also be investigated and prosecuted under law, if found guilty before the court.

The Government of Pakistan has declared honor killings illegal and yet they continue in alarming number, particularly in the Shikarpur district of the Sindh Province, due to the lack of consistent positive action by Pakistani law enforcement agencies. How many women have to be sacrificed until the Government takes genuine action to abolish the practice of honor killing?

I strongly urge you to conduct a speedy and thorough investigation of this case and to bring the perpetrators to justice before the law. Furthermore, I request that the case be brought before the Anti-Terrorism Court in order to ensure a just trial, one that is not weighed against the victims. The practice of honor killings must end, and the silence that perpetuates the practice must be broken.

Thank you for your attention.

Addresses: 
PLEASE SEND YOUR LETTER TO:

1. General Pervez Musharraf
President
President's Secretariat
Islamabad
PAKISTAN
Fax: +92 51 922 1422, 4768/ 920 1893 or 1835
E-mail: (please see - < http://www.presidentofpakistan.gov.pk/WTPresidentMessage.aspx)

2. Mr. Muhammad Wasi Zafar
Minister of Law, Justice and Human Rights
S Block Pakistan Secretariat
Islamabad
PAKISTAN
Fax: +92 51 920 2628
E-Mail: minister@molaw.gov.pk

3. Mr. Justice Sabih Uddin
Chief Justice of Sindh High Court
High Court Building
Saddar
Karachi
PAKISTAN
Fax: +92-21-921-3220
Email: info@sindhhighcourt.gov.pk

4. Mr. Ishrat-ul-Ibad Khan
Governor
Government of Sindh
Governor House
Karachi
PAKISTAN
Tel: +92 21 9201201-3

5. Mr. Jahangeer Mirza
Provincial Police Officer- Sindh Police
Central Police Office
Karachi
Sindh province
PAKISTAN
Tel: +92 21 9212626-7
Fax: +92 21 9212051

6. Mr. Muhammad Bachal Sangri
Regional Police Officer
Sukkur Region
Airport Road Sukkur
Sindh province
PAKISTAN
Tel: +92 71 30547, 30248
Fax: +92 71 31824

7. Joint Secretary for Law, Justice and Human Rights
Islamabad
PAKISTAN
Tel: + 92 51 920 3464
Fax: + 92 51 9203119

8. Mr. Mazhar Nawaz Shaikh
District Police Officer- Shikarpur
Police Head Quarters Shikarpur
Sindh province
PAKISTAN
Tel: +92-761-515077, 512309
Fax 92-761-512369

9. Ms. Yakin Erturk
Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women
Room 3-042
c/o OHCHR-UNOG
1211 Geneva 10
SWITZERLAND
Tel: +41 22 917 9615
Fax: +41 22 917 9006 (ATTN: SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN)

Bahrain: Young divorcee is threatened for speaking out against Sharia courts, politicized judges and the lack of a personal status law

A 29-year-old divorcee in Bahrain has been receiving death threats and anonymous phone calls after being interviewed about her case on Al Hurra television on November 25th 2006. During the interview, mother-of-three Suad Mohammed Fathalla spoke alongside Women's Petition Committee head Ghada Jamsheer and Bahrain Center for Human Rights president Abdulhadi Al Khawaja.
Action needed: 
The BCHR and the Women's Petition Committee condemn the attacks on Ms Fathalla, who is being vilified only for exercising her right to freedom of speech.
  • We call on Bahraini officials to drop the defamation charges against her and to ensure that her children remain in her custody.
  • We call on the government to stop using the Public Prosecution and Sharia Courts as pressure tools to silence victims and activists.
  • We call for the Kingdom of Bahrain to work towards developing an independent and honest judiciary that can be trusted to protect victims.
  • We call on the Interior Ministry to take responsibility for dealing with their employee, Ms Fathalla's ex-husband, who has so far acted with impunity because of his position.
  • We ask all international and local NGOs and human rights organisations to stand with Suad, and with us, in our demand for a written personal status law.
Addresses: 
Contact the Bahrain Center for Human Rights & Women's Petition Committee for more information about how you can help in their campaign:

Email: admin@bahrainrights.org

Useful addresses

The Embassy of Bahrain in your country
http://www.helplinedatabase.com/embassy-database/country-in-other-countries/bahrain.html

The Royal Council
His Highness the King, Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain
Fax: +973-17664587 /17661618

Cabinet
Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa
Fax: +973-17211363

Vice-President of the Supreme Council for Justice
Sheikh Khalifa Rashed Al-Khalifa
Fax: +973-17535852

Minister of Justice
Mr. Mohammed Ali Al Sitri
Fax: +973-17531284 /17531222

Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs
Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khaled Al-Khalifa
Fax: +973-17812849/17812881

UPDATE: Pakistan: Demand action after incident of sexual violence at the Islamic Learning Department of Karachi University

Colleagues at Shirkat Gah, WLUML Asia regional coordination office have been monitoring the situation and have confirmed that they have made efforts to meet with staff from the university departments involved and that the female student is now reported missing. There has been no further news on the incident and despite letters being sent to the judiciary and the university authorities, this case does not have a positive outcome. However, many thanks to those of you who responded.
Source: 
Shirkat Gah

UPDATE: Iran: 'Stop Stoning Forever' Campaign

The Minister of Justice and spokesman for the Judiciary, Mr. Jamal Karimi-Rad, is the first Iranian judicial authority who has made official remarks in reaction to the Stop Stoning Forever campaign. In a press conference held on November 21, 2006, he denied that stoning is practiced as a punishment in Iran.
Source: 
Stop Stoning Forever Campaign
Action needed: 
The Stop Stoning Forever campaign activists once more demand the law of stoning to be eradicated immediately and irreversibly and, furthermore, ask for an independent truth commission to investigate and collect documents and evidence about the practice of stoning and cases where hanging has been used as a substitute for stoning. The report by an independent truth commission would disclose the extent of practice of stoning as a punishment and further reveal the contradictory procedures within the judiciary system to the public who are the best referees. Once submitted to the officials, the report could also set provisions for eradicating stoning as a punishment by the judiciary and parliamentary officials and show the way out of the current impasse and confusion regarding stoning.

The current campaign activity is to collect signatures for a petition to the Head of Judiciary, Ayatollah Shahroudi.

Petition to Eradicate the Law of Stoning

Read the petition and sign on at: http://www.meydaan.com/English/petition.aspx?cid=46&pid=9
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