UPDATE (Iran): Release of a mother of two who faced being stoned to death


Urgent Appeal Case: AHRC-UAU-020-2008
ISSUES: Death penalty, Inhuman & degrading treatment, Police negligence, Violence against women, Women's rights,

Dear friends,

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to inform you that a mother of two, who had been awaiting execution, was released with her 4-year-old son from a prison on 17 March 2008 in Iran. She received a death sentence by stoning for adultery and has been awaiting execution for the last ten years (FA-005-2007). While the AHRC welcomes her release by amnesty, it strongly urges the Iranian government to exclude ‘stoning by death’ from the list of punishments of its domestic law.

Stop Stoning Forever Campaign  www.stop-stoning.org

On 17 March 2008 Mokarrameh and her 4-year-old son were released from prison by the Iranian authorities in Tehran. Mokarrameh was sentenced to be stoned to death ten years ago, along with her partner, Jafar Kiani, who was executed on 5 July 2007.  While in prison, she gave birth to their son Ali who remained in her custody.

Mokarrameh’s release is the result of a long and difficult struggle by the Stop Stoning Forever (SSF) campaign in Iran, the commitment of her lawyer, Shadi Sadr, and the increasing pressure put upon the Iranian government by the international community.  Another factor in Mokarrameh’s amnesty verdict may have been the fatwas (religious opinions) issued by three significant ayatollahs (clerics) in recent months. These fatwas all stated that stoning Mokarrameh to death would be against the shari’a.

For the time being, Mokarrameh has been discouraged from speaking to the media, but she and her son Ali are safe with her elder son and are staying with her family. She hopes to build a new, independent life for herself and her two sons.


You can show your support for those sentenced to death by stoning for adultery by demanding their release.

National-level legal reforms are imminent: you can write to the Iranian government, and the embassy of Iran in your home country, urging the revision of the existing criminal law code in order to omit the stoning sentence and decriminalize consensual sexual behaviour. It is crucial to keep the pressure on the authorities of Iran to enact these changes.

The Supreme Leader: Ayatollah Khamenei 
Tel: +98 21 64412020 
Fax: +98 251 7774 2228 
His Excellency Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei, The Office of the Supreme Leader 
Shoahada Street, Qom, Islamic Republic of Iran 
Email: info@leader.ir / istiftaa@wilayah.org / webmaster@wilayah.org  
Salutation: Your Excellency

The Head of Judiciary: Ayatollah Shahroudi 
Tel: +98-21 22741002 
+98-21 22741003 
+98-21 22741004 
+98-21 22741005 
Fax: + 98 21 3390 4986 
His Excellency Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi 
Ministry of Justice, Park-e Shahr, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran 
irjpr@iranjudiciary.com and info@dadgostary-tehran.ir  
Salutation: Your Excellency

The President: Mr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad 
Tel: +98 21 88825071 
+98 21 88825072 
+98 21 88825073 
+98 21 88825074 
+98 21 88825075 
Fax: Via foreign affairs: +98 21 6 674 790 and ask to be forwarded to His Excellency Ahmadinejad 
The Presidency 
Palestine Avenue, Azerbaijan Intersection, 
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran 
Email: dr-ahmadinejad@president.ir

Salutation: Your Excellency

Please note that you may have difficulty contacting the officials inside Iran. Please also contact the Iranian officials in your country of residence, for whom some telephone and fax numbers are listed below:

United States: 
Interests Section of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Washington, D.C. Tel: +(202) 965-4990; (202) 965-4991; (202) 965-4992; (202) 965-4993; (202) 965-4994; (202) 965-4999 
Fax: (202) 965-1073; (202) 965-4990

Canada: Embassy of Iran in Ottawa 
Tel: (613) 232-5712

United Kingdom: Embassy of Iran in London 
Tel: 0207-225-3000 
Fax: 0207-589-4440

Switzerland: Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations in Switzerland, Geneva 
Tel: (41-22)332 21 00-21 
Fax: (41-22)733 02 03

United Arab Emirates: Embassy of Iran in Abu Dhabi 
Tel: +9712-4447618 
Fax: +9712-4448714

Denmark: Embassy of Iran in Copenhagen 
Tel: 3916-0003 
Fax: 3916-0075

Norway: Embassy of Iran in Oslo 
Tel: (+47) 23 27 29 60 
Fax: (+47) 22 55 49 19

Russia: Embassy of Iran in Moscow 
Tel: 9178655; 9179679; 9175219; 9177282; 9170039; 9172442; 9178959 
Fax: 2302897; 9179683

Finland: Embassy of Iran 
Tel: +358-9-6869 240 
Fax: +358-9-6869 2410

South Africa: Embassy of Iran 
Tel: +27 (012) 342 58 80 / 1 
Fax: +27 (012) 342 18 78

Germany: Embassy of Iran in Frankfurt 
Tel: +49 (0) 69 56 000 739 – 740 
Fax: +49 (0) 69 56 000 728 
Email: iran.botschaft@t-online.de, info@irangk.de, info@igk-hamburg.de

India: Embassy of Iran in New Delhi 
Tel: +91-11-23329600/ 01 / 02 
Fax: +91-11-23325493

Embassy of Iran in Brussels 
15a avenue Franklin Roosevelt 
1050 Brussels, Belgium 
Fax: + 32 2 762 39 15 
Email: iran-embassy@yahoo.com and secretariat@iranembassy.be


Her case, along with others who face the same fate having been sentenced to death by stoning, has inspired the formation of the Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women! (www.stop-stoning.org) last November, hosted by the Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) international solidarity network. The SKSW! campaign has been working closely with the Stop Stoning Forever campaign in Iran who were responsible in bringing the case of Mokarrameh and others in Iran to world attention from 2006.

Stoning, or lapidation, refers to a method of execution in which an organized group throws stones or rocks at the person they wish to execute. Although it takes many different forms, stoning has been used throughout history and in many religious and cultural traditions as a type of community justice or capital punishment. In Iran, as in the Sudan, stoning is codified into law for adultery. Although the Head of the Judiciary of Iran, Ayatollah Shahroudi, decreed in 2002 that stoning would no longer be practiced in Iran, the laws were never officially removed from the penal code and stoning sentences continue to be handed down by lower judges today. Although there are no official statistics, there are at least 8 women and 1 man who remain in prison in Iran, currently facing execution by stoning.

Stoning to death is a particular, but not exclusive focus of the Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women! We seek to end the relentless misuse of religion and culture to justify killing women as punishment for violating the imposed ‘norms’ of sexual behaviour around the world. The killing of women–under any pretext–is unacceptable and is a grave and serious violation of international human rights law.

For more information about Mokarrameh Ebrahimi, the Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women! and the Stop Stoning Forever Campaign, please visit the following sites:

www.stop-stoning.org / www.stop-killing.org 
www.meydaan.com (Farsi) 
www.meydaan.com/english/default.aspx (English)

Or write to wluml@wluml.org 

Thank you.

Urgent Appeals Programme 
Asian Human Rights Commission (ua@ahrchk.org)

Document Type : Urgent Appeal Update
Document ID : AHRC-UAU-020-2008
Countries : Iran,
Issues : Death penalty, Inhuman & degrading treatment, Police negligence, Violence against women, Women's rights,