Canada First Lady Laureen Harper’s open letter to Ahmandinejad re: Ms Ashtiani

November 3, 2010

File:Laureen Harper G8 2007.jpgAshtiani/stoning posts

Among those who spoke out today in support of Ms Sakineh Ashtiani were First Lady of Canada Laureen Harper (pix) and Heather Reisman, president/CEO of Indigo Books & Music. Ms Reisman was one of the forces behind the Free Sakineh Petition, which now includes Sajjad. Sign it. The two released an open letter to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad calling for Ms Ashtiani’s release. (Below) Problem being Ahmadinejad is not one of the 2 people who can pardon Ms Ashtiani.

And from the Vancouver Sun.

Liberal Status of Women critic Anita Neville:

We cannot sit back and let this atrocity occur. The international community, including Canada, has a moral obligation to make every effort to stop her from being hanged. We succeeded in suspending the original stoning sentence, and we must now maintain the international pressure to suspend the hanging sentence.

Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon:

We once again urge the government of Iran to reverse the trend of the deterioration of its human rights situation and to meet its legal obligations.

And Mrs Obama?

LETTER FOLLOWS

From CBC (Andrew Davidson)

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President Ahmadinejad,

As women who enjoy the benefits and protections of a democratic society that values and promotes the rights and freedoms of all its citizens–female and male–we are deeply troubled by the flagrant disregard of women’s rights in Iran. In particular, the most recent and public case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, is an affront to any sense of moral or human decency and is symbolic of the plight of Iranian women.

We urge you to take a progressive step towards improving the lives of Iranian women, mothers, daughters and sisters by unconditionally releasing Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani. There remains an unparalleled coalition of support around the world to keep the spotlight on the actions of the Iranian government and the status of women in Iran. We will continue to be vigilant to highlight this case and all other similar cases in Iran.

As mothers, sisters and daughters, we are gravely concerned about the unfair, undue legal processes faced by women in Iran. Repugnant sentences, such as death by stoning, are routinely rendered against women in Iran.

In Canada, women enjoy all the same benefits, rights and freedoms as men. But with these rights also comes responsibilities; and as such we are morally obligated to speak out publically in defence of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani and indeed all women in Iran.

Once again, we strongly urge you to take the first step towards progress and unconditionally release Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani. Certainly, this would be welcomed by women around the world as seen as a deeply symbolic gesture toward the betterment of all Iranian women.

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