Women in Afghanistan

Women in Afghanistan: “Like a compass needle that points north, a man’s accusing finger always finds a woman. Always” – Khaled Hosseini
Bread and Roses TV with Maryam Namazie and Fariborz Pooya
10 November 2015
Interview with Fatima Mohamad Kazim by Farideh Arman on situation of women in Afghanistan
Also on stoning of Rokhshana in Afghanistan, Iranian actress banned for removing hejab on social media, another Bangladeshi secularist killed, funeral of labour activist Koorosh Bakhshandeh, Saudi ban on marriage with certain nationalities of women and female cricket in Pakistan against the Islamists
Translation: Mohammad Basham
Director: Reza Moradi

زنان در افغانستان: “مانند یک سوزن قطب نما٬ انگشت اتهام مرد همیشه یک زن را پیدا می کند. همیشه “- خالد حسینی
برنامه نان و گل سرخ با مریم نمازی و فریبرز پویا
۱۱ نوامبر
مصاحبه با فاطمه محمد کاظم توسط فریده آرمان در مورد وضعیت زنان در افغانستان
همچنين در مورد سنگسار رخشانه در افغانستان، صدف طاهريان و حجاب؛ به قتل رسيدن دیگر از سکولاريستهاى بنگلادش، تشییع جنازه فعال کارگری کورش بخشنده، ممنوعیت عربستان به ازدواج با ملیت خاصی از زنان و کریکت زنان در پاکستان علیه اسلاميون
کارگردان: رضا مرادی
مترجم: محمد باشام

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani attempted suicide

sakinehAccording to Mina Ahadi and the International Committee against Stoning, Iran stoning case Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani attempted suicide in Tabriz prison and was transferred to hospital on 23 February.

After several days she was transferred back to the prison’s clinic and remains in terrible physical and psychological state.

The Islamic regime of Iran must release Sakineh now.

Ask Rouhani: Why don’t you release Sakineh now!

Ask Rouhani: why don’t you free Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani?

I want to hold my children in my arms. Please help me!

For three years I have been consumed by longing for liberty and the chance to breathe freely. They told me that if I collaborated on a film for Press TV, I would be released. Press TV made its film and went on its way and there was no more talk of my freedom.

They say that my case is in Tehran and must be decided there. I entreat you to ask President Rouhani, a resident of Tehran, whether he has any news of my case. Doesn’t he want to free me so that I might finally travel with my son and embrace freedom once more?

For years and years, every moment of my life has been suffused with pain and suffering and fear and panic and the terror of execution and stoning. I can’t endure such sustained horror and anguish any more.

In New York, ask Rouhani: why won’t you free Sakineh? Tell him that if he means what he says about moderation and friendship, then let him prove it – let him show that he is truly a moderate by freeing people like me. My fate, my experiences and those of my children, and the torment that we have had to endure – these represent an example of how our lives have been disintegrating. I ask all the media that have always been supportive of me to ask Rouhani these questions no matter where they might find him. Why don’t you free Sakineh?

From an Iranian women who has known suffering,
Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani

The International Committee Against Stoning calls on the international press to make public Sakineh’s words and to join in asking Rouhani this question.

The International Committee Against Stoning
25 September 2013

Sakineh Ashtiani Norway

Rage against stoning

Today is International day against Stoning.

Mina Ahadi, Spokesperson for the International Committee against Stoning, has written a piece in Persian about it here.

Real live human beings are still buried in a ditch and stoned until they are dead in the 21st century. In Iran, stoning someone to death isn’t illegal; it’s perfectly legal under Sharia. What’s illegal is the size of the stone – not to big to end it too quickly and not to small so as to take too long…

As Iran stoning case, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, said once in an open letter: “How can anyone throw stones at my face and hands?”

How indeed.

Rage against stoning and in defence of the men and women facing this medieval and barbaric punishment.

4 people sentenced to death by stoning

Sakineh Ashtiani NorwayWomen’s rights activist to be stoned to death!

The International Committee Against Stoning warns the local authorities in Tabriz and the leaders of the Islamic regime of the consequences of this barbarity.

On 2 July, we received information from Tabriz prison that two people have been sentenced to death by stoning. Zarah Saee and Ali Saee, cousins from a village in East Azerbaijan Province in Iran, are accused by the Islamic regime of having had sex outside of marriage. The sentence was handed down by the supreme court of Iran and confirmed by the Chief Justice of Iran Sadeq Larijani.

We also heard from several news sources over the last few days that there are two more people who have been sentenced to death by stoning in Tabriz prison – Mohammad Reza Jamali and his wife Khadija Mohammad Ali Zadeh, who is a women’s rights activist. The couple is in contact with several human rights groups across the world asking for support to stop their death sentence.

The International Committee Against Stoning calls on local officials in Tabriz and the leaders of the Islamic Republic to stop these executions.

We are calling for the immediate revocation of all stoning sentences.

When the Islamic Republic of Iran tried to stone Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, who is still incarcerated in the same Tabriz prison, the world stood up to save her. Let’s work together again to stop this barbarity and save the life of Zarah Saee, Ali Saee, Mohammad Reza Jamali and Khadija Mohammad Ali Zadeh.

The International Committee Against Stoning
2 July 2013

Mina Ahadi
0049 (0) 1775692413

Amina represents me

amina An Islamist preacher says 19 year old Tunisian Amina (FEMEN Tunisia) who posted a topless photo of herself bearing the slogan “my body belongs to me, and is not the source of anyone’s honour” deserves to be stoned to death. A lawyer has said she may face up to 2 years’ imprisonment and fines as a result of her topless activism.

Someone identifying herself as Amina’s aunt denounced Amina’s actions on Youtube saying: “I hope she pays for her actions. She does not represent her country or Tunisian women.”

Well, Amina represents me and countless other women across the Middle East, North Africa, and the world.

Adel Almi, president of Al-Jamia Al-Li-Wassatia Tawia Wal-Islah, who called for Amina’s flogging and stoning to death said Amina’s actions will bring misfortune by causing “epidemics and disasters” and “could be contagious and give ideas to other women…”

Of course it has and will just as those of FEMEN or Aliaa Magda El-Mahdy.

I suggest we pick a date for a global day of topless action led by FEMEN to show him and his Islamist brethren what a “disaster” women are for misogyny – Islamic or otherwise.

A new letter about Iran Stoning case and her imprisoned lawyer

Friday 1 February 2013 (Persian date: Bahman 13th 1391)

Today, the International Committee against Stoning received the following urgent appeal from Tabriz prison about Iran stoning case Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani and her lawyer Javid Houtan Kian who languish in the Iranian prison under severe security control.

“Here’s the notorious prison of Tabriz. I am taking a dangerous risk by writing this letter to the International Committee Against Stoning.
Mrs Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani who is convicted to death by stoning is kept in this prison along with her lawyer Houtan Kian. [Read more…]

It has to stop

I have just been informed that a Dutch MP of the Socialist Party, Harry van Bommel, has successfully submitted a resolution in the Dutch parliament calling for the Dutch government to instigate an initiative during the 67th UN General Assembly with the goal of an international condemnation and prohibition of stoning.  The resolution has been accepted.

Clearly, we need other parliaments doing the same as we need to end stoning now.

The lives of tens of women and men depend on it.

In Iran, at least 22 people await death by stoning sentences.

In Sudan, Intisar Sharief Abdala was sentenced to death by stoning.  The African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies says of her case:

On 22 April 2012, judge Sami Ibrahim Shabo sentenced Intisar Sharief Abdala to death by stoning and ordered the case file to be sent to the high court for the confirmation of the sentence subsequent to a lapse of appeal period. The case was initially put before the court alongside two others accused: Lutfi Abu-Alros Jaeo and Alrisala Khamis.

The court acquitted the second accused for insufficient evidence against him; the third accused recently killed in a car accident. All three were illiterate and stated in the police and trial record that they don’t know to write or read.

Intisar is believed to be 20 years old, although some reports state that she is a minor. [Human Rights Watch says she is under 18, is imprisoned with her 5 month old baby and her feet shackled.] [Read more…]

Stoning must end now

In commemoration of 11 July, International Day against Stoning, we call on people worldwide to demand an end to the barbaric practice of stoning to death.

11 July has been chosen by the International Committee against Stoning to mark the day that 31 year old mother of two, Maryam Ayoubi, was stoned to death in 2001 under Khatami’s ‘reformist’ presidency. Though she had fainted out of sheer fear, she was nonetheless carried out on a stretcher and stones were thrown at her body until she was dead.

Stoning is a medieval act of barbarity that the Islamic regime in Iran and other Islamic gangs and states use to mete out punishment against women who have sex outside of marriage and in some cases also against men and homosexuals. It is a tool to frighten people into submission.

Even so, there is ample opposition and resistance to stoning in countries where women are stoned to death. In Iran, in particular, where the regime has stoned to death hundreds of people, there is an extensive social movement against stoning. It has become impossible for the regime to stone people in public for a very long time now and the practice of stoning has effectively been suspended, particularly after the campaign to defend Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani. [Read more…]

How very thoughtful! Stoning out of respect for Bible and Torah!

During a speech at the Catholic University of Ecuador, Islam ‘scholar’, Rahimpour Azghadi, says that stoning is not in the Koran.  [For the umpteenth time it’s in the hadith, which is why there is stoning under Sharia law.]

Nonetheless, he says, stoning is practiced out of – get this – respect for the Bible and Torah!

How very thoughtful! [Read more…]

They always lie; Sakineh is not safe

I had mentioned earlier that the head of the judiciary in East Azerbaijan had said that the prison did not have the “necessary facilities” to carry out Sakineh Mohamadi Ashtiani’s sentence of stoning and that therefore they were considering hanging as an alternative.

Two days after the news of Sakineh’s imminent execution spread, he has now said he was misrepresented!

This is the usual cat and mouse game the regime often plays in order to exhaust those concerned and also cause confusion by giving conflicting statements.

But there can be no confusion. As long as Sakineh is in their prison, she is at risk of execution. According to reports received by the International Committee against Stoning, she has herself been informed of her imminent execution.

This is the Islamic Republic of Iran we are talking about. There are many people who have been executed even though their cases were under review. Remember Delara Darabi? [Read more…]

We will not let them kill Sakineh!

The Islamic Republic of Iran has announced plans to execute rather than stone Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani. We can’t let this happen.

Please take the time to send an email, letter or fax to the authorities demanding that her execution be stopped immediately and that she be released. Here’s a list of things you can do to help her. Do it now!

(Via Patty Debonitas and Iran Solidarity)

Iran does not have necessary facilities to stone Sakineh to death so want to hang her instead

Malek Ajdar Sharifi, the head of the judiciary in East Azerbaijan, said on Sunday that the prison does not have the “necessary facilities” to carry out Sakineh Mohamadi Ashtiani’s sentence of stoning!! Therefore, he said, they are considering hanging as an alternative. Really? Have they run out of stones and hired Islamic sadists?

More likely, it is as Mina Ahadi of the International Committee against Stoning says. “Sharifi’s remarks prove[s] that international pressure ha[s] succeeded”. We may never see another stoning take place as a result of this pressure but this international outrage must also save Sakineh’s life. It’s been done before. It can be done again.

The Islamic Republic of Iran is considering Sakineh Mohamadi Ashtiani’s execution

International Committee against Stoning
Press Release 26 December 2011

Malek Ajdar Sharifi, the head of East Azerbaijan province’s justice department, has announced that the Islamic Republic of Iran is considering changing Sakineh Mohamadi Ashtiani’s stoning sentence to execution by hanging and said that they are waiting for the go-ahead from the Ministry of Justice to execute Sakineh.

Clearly, the regime has been unable to stone Sakineh to death because of the global outrage. The regime arrested her lawyer and son and forced her and her son to ‘confess’ on Press TV and incriminate themselves. They have been barred from contacting international institutions. [Read more…]