Despite the massive international campaign to save her, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani still faces execution in Iran by stoning for the 'crime' of adultery.
I am against the death penalty in all cases, but cases where the penalty is applied for something that is not even a crime, and in such a barbaric form as stoning, I am completely outraged. This is a case that I have followed closely and have supported in many ways. If it were not for our actions to this point Sakineh would already have been murdered by her own country and the regime would be plowing on with it's campaign against women, freedom, political opposition and human rights. Due to our campaigning and pressure we have already delayed the stoning and have forced Iranian officials to hold an review of her case. But we cannot stop here as many believe that the delay in the decision is merely a ploy to allow the international community to relax and look elsewhere while the Iranian Regime goes ahead with it's cruel and inhumane punishments for actions not even deemed crimes by the civilized world and for actions that are often not even proven to be true.
Tomorrow has been named Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani Day and people all over the world will be gathering in support of Sakineh and the many others like her, and against the barbaric practises of The Islamic Republic of Iran. Please join me in Edinburgh at the bottom of the mound at 2pm and stand with me and show your support. This is an issue that cannot be beaten except by the continued and focused international pressure that has been seen so far.
If you wish to bring posters or signs please do, examples can be found via Iran Solidarity, Mission Free Iran and The AIM's blog. If you are not in the Edinburgh area please attend or organise a protest near you.