Middle East

Khadijeh Moghaddam, a women's human rights activist, was arrested at her home on April 8th. She is a member of the One Million Signatures Campaign calling for equal rights between men and women in Iran. Many members of the Campaign have been harassed and arrested. A non-violent advocate of change, Ms. Moghaddam is currently being detained in solitary confinement, on charges related to propaganda, influencing public opinion and threatening national security.
La campagne mondiale « Arrêtons de tuer et de lapider les femmes ! » (SKSW !) est ravie d’apprendre les nouvelles de la libération de Mokarrameh Ebrahimi et son fils Ali de prison de Choobin, dans Takistan, Qazvin, en Iran, où elle attendait depuis dix ans d’être exécutée par lapidation.
We are delighted to announce the release of Mokarrameh Ebrahimi and her son Ali from Choobin Prison, in Takistan, Qazvin, in Iran, where she has been awaiting execution by stoning for adultery for the past ten years.
Zanan Magazine, a reform-minded feminist magazine has been active in promoting women's rights for the last 16 years. Authorities revoked its license and friends in Tehran worry there will be no avenue for appeal. Read the petition and sign on!
La Cour suprême iranienne a confirmé des peines capitales par lapidation pour deux soeurs reconnues coupables d'adultère, a rapporté leur avocat cité lundi par le quotidien Etemad. «La branche 23 de la Cour suprême a confirmé la sentence de lapidation», a déclaré Jabbar Solati, alors que cette peine n'a été appliquée officiellement qu'une fois depuis 2002.
The Women Living Under Muslim Laws international solidarity network, and the Global Campaign Stop Killing and Stoning Women! urges all concerned citizens to immediately contact the Iranian officials by phone and/or fax to request them to stop the scheduled stoning to death of Zohreh and Azar Kabiri in Iran.
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has pardoned a female rape victim who had been sentenced to 200 lashes for being alone with a man at the time of the attack who was not related to her. Saudi Justice Minister Abdullah bin Muhammed al-Sheik told al-Jazirah newspaper that the pardon does not mean the king doubted the country's judges, but instead acted in the ''interests of the people.''
A judge in Saudi Arabia has ordered a victim of gang rape to receive 200 lashes - more than double her original sentence for being alone with a man who was not a relative - after she appealed against the lenient sentences given to the men who attacked her.
The lawyer of Delaram Ali, a women's rights defender arrested at a peaceful demonstration last year, says Iran's judiciary has temporarily suspended her sentence.
Seven leading international human rights organizations today demanded that the Iranian authorities immediately set aside the prison sentence against a women’s rights defender, and drop charges against others facing trial because of their peaceful activities demanding equal rights for women in Iran.
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