I received this email today from firstname.lastname@example.org and have replied and asked that my name be added to the letter. Please contect them yourselves and ask that your name also be added. It is only together that we can have any hope of stopping the stoning of Sakineh and those others awaiting execution. Please contact them by Friday 10am BST. Please also look out for more information about actions taking place on 24th July related to this matter.
We are writing to ask you to sign on to this urgent letter, which we aim to make public on Friday 16 July. It is calling for an International Sakine Ashtiani Mohammadi Day, the woman who was sentenced to death by stoning and still faces execution for having an ‘illicit affair.’
If you are able to sign on to the letter, please email me no later than 10am Friday morning. The letter will be published at 12 noon tomorrow. Please also state any organisational affiliation you want mentioned.
Thank you for you attention to this crucial matter.
Mina Ahadi, International Committee against Executions and Stoning
Maryam Namazie, Iran Solidarity
24 July 2010 - International Sakine Ashtiani Mohammadi Day
Citizens of the World against Stoning!
We, the undersigned, are extremely concerned about the fate of 43 year old Sakine Ashtiani Mohamadi and fear she may be executed in Iran at any time for ‘having an illicit relationship.’
We call on people everywhere to intensify their protests by marking Saturday 24 July as the International Sakine Ashtiani Mohammadi Day. On the Saturday, we ask you to come out on to the streets and in city centres across the globe at 2pm local time bringing photos of Sakine and messages in her defence and against stoning and execution. Other measures that can be taken include highlighting her case wherever possible, signing the petition (http://stopstonningnow.com/sakine/sakin284.php?nr=50326944〈=en), joining rallies, and keeping pressure on the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The mother of two has already received 99 lashes and been sentenced to death by stoning. Sajjad, her 22-year-old son, who raised the alarm of her imminent stoning when there was no further legal recourse via an open letter to the people of the world (http://stopstonningnow.com/sakine/sakin284.php?nr=50326944〈=en) and said ‘there is no justice’ in Iran (http://iransolidarity.blogspot.com/2010/07/letter-to-mina-ahadi-and-all-those.html) has been summoned to the Ministry of Intelligence for his brave efforts to secure his mother’s freedom.
As a result of the public outcry, the embassy of the Islamic regime of Iran in London has issued a press release stating that the regime did not intend to stone her, that stoning in Iran was rare and that there was no truth to the reports (http://iransolidarity.blogspot.com/2010/07/keep-pressure-on-until-we-end-stoning.html); her lawyer, however, has made it clear that “Iranian embassies are not a part of the judiciary system, and it is the judiciary which should cancel this sentence.” Rather than being rare, over 100 known stonings have already taken place in Iran and another 60 known cases await death by stoning (http://iransolidarity.org.uk/Sangsarha%20lst-farshad-july2010.pdf). Since the global protest, families of others held in Tabriz prison have come forward with news of 170 people sentenced to death, including children, youth, and 18 men and women for being gay. Two other women also await death by stoning in the same prison including Azar Bagheri who was 15 when she was arrested and 25 year old Maryam Ghorbanzadeh.
On 24 July 2010 at 2pm join us and make the world stand still in its rage against medievalism and barbarity and in its support of humanity. Sakine, her children and the many others awaiting death by stoning and execution deserve nothing less.