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Monthly Archive: September 2010

Sep 30 2010

‘Sanitised’ or not it must be stopped

In defence of Teresa Lewis and Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani By Maryam Namazie 41 year old Teresa Lewis was executed on Thursday 23 September in the US state of Virginia despite having learning difficulties. Her case made headlines because she was the first woman to be put to death in the US for five years and …

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Sep 30 2010

Sajjad Asks Municipalities around the World to Help Free His Mother

PR 76 September 29, 2010 In a letter that Sajjad Ghaderzadeh has written on September 26, he has sought support from municipalities worldwide in demanding his mother’s release. In this letter, Sajjad thanks individuals and organizations who have worked to save his mother. He has also written, “I thank the municipalities of Rome and Florence …

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Sep 30 2010

In support of Behnam Ebrahimzadeh

To Labor Organizations Worldwide: On June 12, Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, a labor- and children’s rights activist, was arrested. His ribcage and his leg were injured during a brutal beating administered upon his arrest, and he continues to suffer from intense pain in his leg. He has been held in solitary confinement in Ward 209 of Evin …

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Sep 29 2010

Interview in Italian paper on Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani

See an interview in Italian paper here.

Sep 28 2010

Sharia law is important but not for the reasons given by Abu Dhabi’s king

During a tour of Birmingham, the Abu Dhabi King’s special adviser Ali Al Hashmi declared that that the King has “great faith” in Nuneaton’s Sharia court, which according to the Coventry Telegraph hears cases on family law, forced marriages, charity law, and inheritance disputes. He went on to highlight the importance of Sharia law in …

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Sep 28 2010

The Danger of Execution Is Still Hanging Over Sakineh’s Head

PR 75 September 27, 2010 Mohsen Ejaei, spokesperson of the Judiciary power of the Islamic Republic of Iran, announced today, September 27, 2010, that Sakineh was sentenced to stoning as well as execution [for the fabricated murder charge invented by the regime], and that the punishment for murder [execution, most likely by hanging] takes priority …

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Sep 27 2010

Complaint to OFCOM for BBC Sunday Morning Live’s bias against Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani

To OFCOM I am writing to complain about BBC Sunday Morning Live’s factually incorrect statements on a 5th September programme entitled “Is it Right to Condemn Iran for Stoning?” The principal reason for my complaint is statements made by Susanna Reid which were factually false and which gave the impression that Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani is …

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Sep 26 2010

Sajjad Ghaderzadeh’s letter to the UN

Dear Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban-ki Moon, I salute you and your colleagues. More power to you all. I hope you will listen to what I humbly present to you in this letter. My name is Sajad Ghaderzadeh. I am the son of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani. I know that my mother’s name …

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Sep 24 2010

Larry King: Now why don’t you interview Mina Ahadi and Sajjad Ghaderzadeh?

Mina Ahadi and Maryam Namazie 24 September 2010 Larry King’s overly cordial interview with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad failed to press the head of a repressive Islamic Republic of Iran on many issues raised, including on the Iran stoning case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani. When asked about the stoning case, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad replied: ‘This lady’s case has …

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Sep 23 2010

On Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s lies about stoning

On Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s lies about stoning By Farshad Hoseini This is the second year that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s presence is causing a storm of international protests. Last year, it was primarily due to Neda Agha-Soltan’s murder in broad daylight at a Tehran protest and this year it is the Iran stoning case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani. …

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Sep 23 2010

First photo of Sajjad, Sakineh’s 22 year old son

This is the first photo of Sajjad, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani’s 22 year old son. He is with Hatun Kian, Sakineh’s lawyer. This photo may be used by the media without permission. Credit, however, must be given to the International Committee against Stoning. A new handwritten letter from Sajjad in Persian follows.

Sep 22 2010

Is this United Against Fascism’s official position?

I was just told that the lead spokesperson for Leicester UAF has responded on Facebook with the below in response to being asked why they marched in support of Sharia Law in London in June 2010: ‘If Jews were the primary target of the EDL and solidarity with them meant standing with hardcore zionists, would …

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Sep 22 2010

Urgent Action: Call on UN General Assembly to condemn stoning, demand Sakineh’s release and boycott Ahmadinejad’s government

Urgent Action: Call on UN General Assembly to condemn stoning, demand Sakineh’s release and boycott Ahmadinejad’s government September 22, 2010 Mahmoud Ahamdinejad’s address to the UN General Assembly yesterday was in effect boycotted by delegates. Very few turned up to hear him speak and even less understood what he had to say as there was …

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Sep 21 2010

Enough! On the ‘storm’ around Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani’s case

The Islamic Republic of Iran and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have raised the issue of 41 year old Teresa Lewis’ impending execution in the US to challenge the “storm” surrounding 43 year old Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani who has been sentenced to death by stoning in Iran. Clearly both women must not be executed. Executions – for whatever …

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Sep 21 2010

UN stoning call

An open letter signed by 40 writers, academics and campaigners calling for the boycott of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his government at the United Nations General Assembly was published in the Guardian today, 21 September 2010.

Sep 20 2010

An Update on the Save Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani campaign

Hello Thanks to all of you who supported the 18 September day of action in support of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani and against stoning and flogging. You can see a visual report of some of the actions here. Highlights include a rally of over 150 people in Brussels organised by Brussels humanists/secularists, MPs and Amnesty International …

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Sep 20 2010

Ahmadinejad and his government must be boycotted at the upcoming UN General Assembly Meeting

We, the undersigned, are writing to ask that the UN General Assembly condemn stoning as a crime against humanity and issue an emergency resolution calling for an end to the medieval and barbaric punishment as well as the immediate release of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani and others sentenced to death by stoning. We also ask that …

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Sep 20 2010

A Visual report of 18 September protests

See a visual report of 18 September day of action here.

Sep 20 2010

Sajjad challenges Ahmadinejad to a debate

PR 72 September 19, 2010 Sajjad Ghaderzadeh, son of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani: Open letter to the honorable editors of the ABC News Network, I challenge Mr. Ahmadinejad to a debate on your network. This morning, Sunday, September 19, we read from various Iranian news networks that Mr. Ahmadinejad has commented about the case of our …

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Sep 19 2010

We don’t want the ‘corrective supplied by religion’

Maryam Namazie’s speech at the Protest the Pope Rally 18 September 2010 We are gathered here today to show our opposition to the pope’s visit – for being state-funded but also to show our opposition to his views and the adverse role religion plays in the private and particularly the public spheres. The pope says …

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