November 4, 2010
No sane rational human can be in “perfect health” with all Ms Ashtiani has had to withstand: false imprisonment, 198 lashes, unrelenting physical and psychological torture, including mock executions and solitary confinement, forced TV appearances, and no visitation or contact with the outside world since August 11.
Then add the normal mother-children interaction that she has been deprived of since her 17 y/o son Sajjad witnessed her first 99 lashes.
MS ASHTIANI: The day I was flogged in front of Sajjad, I was crushed and my dignity and heart were broken.
MS ASHTIANI: Mrs Ahadi, tell everyone that I’m afraid of dying. Help me stay alive and hug my children.
MS ASHTIANI: Don’t let them stone me in front of my son.
MS ASHTIANI: I cannot stand being in prison anymore.
MS ASHTIANI: From Tabriz prison, I thank all of you.
Imagine what they have told her about her son Sajjad’s arrest and torture and whatever else. The 3 other men with whom he was arrested are accounted for…so where is Sajjad?
And what of his 17 y/o sister?
She has been unable to contact her mother since Aug 11, has not heard from her brother since Oct 10, and was disowned by her family after her mother was forced to appear on TV…so who is taking care of her?
How could any mother be in “perfect health” knowing her teenage daughter is all alone in a country that allows girls to be stoned to death in the street and married off without their mother’s consent?
Save Sakineh Campaign’s press release follows.
- Ms Ashtiani’s captors say she’s in “perfect health”
- Reliable sources saw Ms Ashtiani’s actual execution order
- 2M tweets, 500K letters sent in response to news of Ms Ashtiani’s imminent execution
- At least 23 people have been executed in Iran in the past few days without any official announcement
PR No. 88
4 November 2010
A response to the Islamic Republic of Iran’s deceptions regarding Sakineh’s impending execution
An immediate and worldwide public outcry followed an urgent press release by the International Committees against Stoning and Execution giving notice of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani’s imminent execution. Shortly thereafter more than half a million people sent letters of protest, there were two million tweets on Sakineh, and rallies and events were held in a number of cities.
The International Committees against Stoning and Execution issued the press release after receiving credible information attesting to the plan to execute her on 3 November. Reliable sources within Iran confirmed having seen the actual execution order sent from Tehran to Tabriz prison’s office of sentence implementation and also seen Sakineh’s name on a blacklist of those to be imminently executed.
The Islamic Republic of Iran often executes people without any public warning or notice and even without informing lawyers and family members in order to avoid local and international condemnation. According to the International Campaign for Human Rights, at least 23 people have been executed these past few days alone without any official announcement.
Nonetheless the regime persists in concealing the real danger Ms Ashtiani’s life is in. Its Foreign Minister, Manouchehr Mottaki, told his French counterpart Bernard Kouchner that ‘the final verdict in the Sakineh Ashtiani case has not been announced by the Iranian judiciary.’
Malek Ajdar Sharifi, the head of the justice department in East Azarbaijan province, where Ms Ashtiani is imprisoned, also said that her case was under judicial review and she was in ‘perfect health.’
In the Islamic Republic of Iran, a ‘judicial review’ often effectively means that the regime is waiting for the opportunity to carry out its executions. The regime has executed many people whilst their cases were ‘under review.’ One well known case was that of juvenile ‘offender’ Delara Darabi who was executed in 2009 during a two month reprieve.
Whilst Sakineh has been held incommunicado since 11 August and her son, Sajjad Ghaderzadeh, and lawyer, Houtan Kian, been imprisoned and tortured since 10 October, the International Committees against Stoning and Execution will continue to act as their voice and their defence. And we will continue to raise the alarm when necessary until Ms Ashtiani’s stoning and execution orders are rescinded and she, her son and lawyer are unconditionally and immediately released.