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"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these." Luke 12:27 (NIV)

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Who is Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani?

I'm  feeling depressed... and helpless...
Not for myself...
But for a Turkish-speaking, Iranian woman named Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani. She's to be executed for adultery imminently (exact time and date unknown. Could even be tonight). It's not clear that she is guilty of the charge despite confessing under torture. Furthermore, in that part of the world, the punishment for such crimes is stoning. She's not that much older than me and she's a mother of two. In sheer desperation, her children are reaching out to the global community, pleading her innocence... pleading on her behalf to be rescued from certain death.

The 42-year-old woman from the northern city of Tabriz was convicted of adultery in 2006, and her execution is imminent, said prominent human rights lawyer Mohammad Mostafaei.
Ashtiani was forced to confess after being subjected to 99 lashes, Mostafaei said Thursday in a telephone interview from Tehran.
She later retracted that confession and has denied wrongdoing. Her conviction was based not on evidence but on the determination of three out of five judges, Mostafaei said. She has asked forgiveness from the court but the judges refused to grant clemency.
Iran's supreme court upheld the conviction in 2007.
Mostafaei believes a language barrier prevented his client from fully comprehending court proceedings. Ashtiani is of Azerbaijani descent and speaks Turkish, not Farsi.

I know that my world is very sheltered and very small. It's the husband, the girls, my dad, siblings, in-laws, church friends, MOPS friends, school aquaintances, former colleagues and fellow bloggers. I live thousand of miles away in the security of my humdrum suburban existence.

There are things so far out of our sphere of influence.
I'm not sure what I can do for her... I can write letters to our legislators... better still, to our foreign minister but I can't be certain how effective one soul like me can be to effect change on an international scale. But I will try...

Address for Foreign Minister

How to Help and Plea from Sakineh's Children

More information on the case -- translation not great but generally comprehensible

Found this petition

4 comments:

  1. I applaud you for standing in the gap for this person.
    We can always use our voice. Pen, email, blog xx

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  2. Thanks Michelle...
    It's always hard to know what to do or if anything can or should be done.

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  3. STONING IS UN-ISLAMIC. ALL RELIGIONS OF THE BOOK HAVE TRADITIONALLY INTERPOSED CONDITIONS THAT MAKE THE APPLICATION OF STONING AS A PUNISHMENT VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE. TWO OF THE JUDGES FELT THAT THIS WOMAN HAD BEEN LASHED ALREADY AND SHOULD BE RELEASED. THERE IS NO JUSTICE IN THIS SENTENCE. THE CARDS ARE STACKED AGAINST WOMEN. DO NOT HESITATE TO OPPOSE IT.

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  4. This is a sick world to live in..tsk tsk..a very sick and barbaric society

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