03 November 2010

Talking Point: Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtianti

 

Dedicated Grazia readers will know we’ve been following the tragic case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtianti - the Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery – for the last three months, since her son Sajad begged Western authorities to help free her. Tens of thousands of you have already signed Amnesty International’s petition.

And last night – after rumours circulated that Sakineh was due to be executed at midday today – the blogosphere rose up in arms: Sakineh became a hot trending topic on twitter and a new viral petition proclaimed, ‘We have 24 hours to save Sakineh’s life.’
At the time this post was written, we’d just heard from the International Committee Against Stoning that – thankfully – Sakineh’s execution had not taken place.

‘Global protests have managed to prevent the execution of Sakineh,’ they said, ‘However the threat of imminent execution remains. We ask that people continue their protests, exerting pressure on governments and the Islamic Republic of Iran and highlighting her situation until her execution is officially rescinded.’

With that in mind here’s a link to World in Actions new petition. Their aim is to get 400,000 signatures and they’re at 352,320 so far. Do your part!


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