Sunday 25 July 2010

24 July a huge success

International Sakine Mohammadi Ashtiani Day: World Citizens against Stoning was a huge success. On the day, thousands of people took part in actions in over 30 cities worldwide, including in Australia, Brazil, North America, Europe, Georgia and the Phillipines.

In Venice, Italy, see Mina Ahadi's speech and photos of the action there.

Here is footage from the action taken in Georgia.

In Paris, France, the Ligue du droit international des Femmes (LDIF) and Mouvement Pour la Paix et Contre le Terrorisme handed in a letter of protest at 2pm at the Islamic regime of Iran's embassy.

In Tolouse, France, on 23 July afternoon at the PLACE DU CAPITOLE activists distibuted 400 tracts against stoning.

In Sussex, UK, human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell dedicated the Honorary Doctorate he received from Sussex University for 43 years of human rights activism to in the following manner: "I dedicate my acceptance of this honorary doctorate to the people of Iran who are struggling against clerical dictatorship, for democracy and freedom. In particular, Mansour Osanloo, the jailed Iranian trade union leader, and Sakineh Ashtiani, who has been sentenced to be stoned to death, along with more than 20 other Iranians."

In London, UK hundreds joined in at the event in Trafalgar Square, which was covered by all major outlets, including BBC News, CNN, Aljazeera, ITN, AP, Sunday Times. There were also actions at Royal Holloway and Richmond. In the UK, there were also events in Birmingham and Edinburgh and Chichester.

In Springwood, Australia, hundreds of signatures were collected in support of Sakine.

You can see the action in Stockholm, Malmo and Gotenberg Sweden here.

Here is footage from Ottawa and Vancouver Canada.

Here are some photos from the Frankfurt, Berlin and Bremen Germany actions.

Here is the action in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Here's footage from Oslo, Norway.

Here's some photos of the action in Vienna, Austria.

Here's the Washington DC Action.

In New York, USA, one of the signatories of the open letter calling for Sakine Day, Shahla Abghari, distributed the open letter at a conference on Secular democracy in New York and also amongst the public.

A large number of internet actions took place too, including on Facebook, Youtube and also on various blogs, including on Gianni Verdovila's blog, on teacher Jamie Crespo's blog and on the Secular Humanist League of Brazil's website. Sabnamzendeh sent in her poem on women for the day. Cat MacTier and Rhett Schofield designed the official posters for the day and Pete produced a video for the day on Youtube.

Others mentioned Sakine's Day at their events. The Central London Humanists met at 2pm and read out our message about Sakine's Day in Kensington Gardens at their annual summer picnic. All voiced solidarity with her and all the others who are suffering under the despotic cruelty of the current regime in Iran. Brendan Maher sent messages to politicians in Ireland on Sakine's case on the day.

We will continue posting any reports we receive so do send them in to us.

Media coverage will be posted separately.

A huge thanks to all those who participated on this day in order to save Sakine and to condemn the barbaric acts of stoning and execution.

International Committee against Execution
International Committee against Stoning
Iran Solidarity
Mission Free Iran


  1. Ayatollah Kazemeini Boroujerdi`s meeting with his family was forbidden

    Yesterday morning, 24th of July, Ayatollah Hossein Kazemeini Boroujerdi`s family went to EVIN Prison in order to meet, But the officials did not allow them and claimed that based on the special clerical court order, face to face meeting of political clerical prisoners has been reduced to once a month.
    Based on RAHANA reports, however his family has been forbidden from face to face meeting for four month. In this case, he has written and sent a protest letter on behalf of himself and other prisoners to special clerical court prosecutor.
    Recently, the physical status of Ayatollah Hossein Kazemeini Boroujerdi was reported critical as that he was placed at serious risk and now he is spending a very difficult condition in EVIN Prison.
    However, with regard to serious disorders and complications in his eyes and legs, authorities prohibit treatment of this political prisoner.
    According to his family`s state, his eyes are getting blind and also he is not able to keep balance while standing and moving, his feet are getting paralyzed.
    Ayatollah Hossein Kazemeini Boroujerdi, the opposing clergyman who objects the country system, was arrested and condemned in 2006 including 11 years imprisonment and confiscation of properties.

  2. Another case of barbarism from the frightened, senile, religious fanatic leadership of this sick state. When the Shah was deposed, I imagine that the people of Iran expected new and progressive government that would take them from an era of opression into a time of freedom under a benign form of shari'ah law. How disappointed and frustrated they must be to have been pushed back into an era akin to the dark ages where men have few rights and women have none. Surely it is time for a new revolution in Iran. One that will sweep away the mad mullahs and corrupt leadership for ever.