Thursday, January 14, 2016

Iran Regime Condemns Woman to Stoning on the Eve of International Human Rights Day

Women in Rouhani's rule 
On the eve of International Human Rights Day, a woman was sentenced to stoning to death in northern Iran, state-run media reported on Wednesday. The woman, identified only by the initials “A.Kh.”, was sentenced in a court in Gilan Province along with two other men for alleged complicity in the murder of her husband. In this gruesome penalty, the wrongdoer is buried up to her shoulder and pelted with rocks until she dies.
One of the two men, identified by the initials R.A., was sentenced to death while the other man was handed down a 25-year prison sentence.
The Iranian regime is believed to have imposed death by stoning on at least 150 people since the onset of the Revolution in 1978, according to the International Committees against Execution and Stoning.
In 2010, after a widespread public-pressure campaign, Iran regime dropped the stoning penalty against 43-year-old Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, an Iranian woman who was sentenced to stoning for alleged adultery. Her case remains shrouded in judicial mystery and it is unclear if she will still be executed.
The stoning sentence is an indication of the misogynist mullahs’ continued war against women in Iran. Women are stoned for being raped or executed for defending themselves against assault as in the case of Reyhaneh Jabbari, a 26 years old Iranian woman who was hanged on October 25, 2014 for allegedly killing an agent of the Iranian regime’s intelligence ministry who tried to sexually abuse her. In addition, Iranian regime’s law also allows for juvenile executions. Iran is averaging three hangings per day at the moment and remains a pariah state with no regard for human life.
In a despicable form of moral myopia, as the international sanctions regime begins to unravel, the gold rush for business has made Western governments blind to the suffering of ordinary Iranians at the hands of the mullahs. Arbitrary executions in Iran must be on top of the agenda in any dialogue between Iran and the West, and any relations with the mullahs must be contingent upon improvement of human rights situation and halting executions in Iran.
The International Human Rights Day is observed every year on December 10 commemorating adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the UN General Assembly in 1948.

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