August 6, 2010

From Soraya M. to Sakineh M.

Writing from her prison cell, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a mother of two who has been sentenced to death by stoning in accordance with the Sharia, which is the law in the Islamic Republic of Iran, has sent this heart-wrenching message:

I am now quiet and sad because a part of my heart is frozen. The day I was flogged in front of [my son] Sajjad, I was crushed and my dignity and heart were broken. The day I was given the stoning sentence, it was as if I fell into a deep hole and I lost consciousness. Many nights, before sleeping, I think to myself how can anybody be prepared to throw stones at me; to aim at my face and hands? Why?

I thank all of you from Tabriz Prison. Mrs [Mina] Ahadi, tell everyone that I’m afraid of dying. Help me stay alive and hug my children.

--- Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani – Tabriz Prison

A press release from the Save Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani Campaign at the International Committee Against Stoning, warns of the imminent execution of Sakineh, following the rejection by Tehran’s High Court the chief of the 9th division, Davoudi, of an appeal to reopen Sakineh's trial. Reflecting a sense of urgency to pressure the theocratic government of the Islamic Republic Iran to desist from carrying out the execution, Ms. Mina Ahadi, the Coordinator of the International Committee Against Stoning and International Committee Against Execution has written an open letter to the heads of state to withdraw diplomatic recognition of the Iranian regime. I have reproduced an extract from the letter here:

The 21st-century world cannot and must not tolerate a regime that stones people to death. On behalf of the people of Iran I call on you to refuse to recognize the Islamic Republic of Iran. The real, feasible and civilized way for the world to be rid of the menace of the Islamic Republic is the overthrow of this barbaric, medieval regime by the power of the struggles of the people of Iran. So they expect you to support their legitimate, freedom-seeking struggles through refusing to recognize the Islamic regime as well as through its political boycott. A regime of stoning, torture, flogging, maiming, and execution is not worthy of recognition by any state or international body.

If you'd like to know more about the barbaric law that prescribes stoning to death of those who might or might not have broken current social norms regarding private relationships, watch the film, The Stoning of Soraya M.. For a preview, read my post by the same title, The Stoning of Soraya M..

Please visit the official site of the International Committee Against Stoning to see how you can contribute to the effort to save Sakineh. Thanks.

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