Saturday 31 December 2011

Protest notes - THANK YOU and keep sending!

Thanks to all of you you have called, faxed and emailed the Islamic regime's embassies and the regime in Tehran to protest at Sakineh's execution sentence and demanded her freedom. Keep it coming! It's important we keep up the pressure.

There is no misunderstanding!

Malek Ajdar Sharifi, the justice chief for East Azarbaijan province, who had talked on Sunday, 25 December about Sakineh Ashtiani and her death sentence to Iranian media, now says that he has been ‘misquoted’.

"In recent days, reports quoting me on the case, especially... on the method of carrying out the sentence against Sakineh Ashtiani were published in abbreviated form and with an incorrect interpretation," he told Iranian media on Wednesday, 28 December.

Well, we are quite familiar by now with how quickly after an international outcry the Islamic regime’s authorities always fall back on ‘not having said this or that’, ‘misquotation’ and ‘wrong information’ in an attempt to deflect attention and outrage.

The facts I think speak for themselves. 
Sakineh Ashtiani is still in prison awaiting her execution.
Houtan Kian, her lawyer, is still in prison.
Neither has committed a crime.

So unless Sakineh and Houtan are out of prison, safe and secure, we haven’t understood anything wrong.

As long as Sakineh is imprisoned by the Islamic regime, she could be executed at any moment.

There is no doubt about this!


Sakineh and her lawyer, Houtan Kian, must be released immediately.

Two days after Malek Azhdar Sharifi, head of the East Azerbayjan branch of the regime’s judicial system, spoke of the possible execution of Sakineh, because of international pressure and the swift appearance of this news in the international media, he corrected his statements and said they had been misrepresented. Nevertheless, according to information received by the International Committee Against Stoning, even Sakineh herself was informed in prison of the possibility of her execution.

Despite the Christmas and New Year holidays, the news of Sakineh's possible execution has appeared in many news outlets including CNN, BBC, Al-Arabiyyah, Der Spiegel, and the Italian press as well as many others. The authorities of several governments including those of Germany and France have protested to Iran, demanding Sakineh's release. In Italy, the mayors of Rome, Florence and a number of other cities have announced that they will rise in defence of Sakineh in collaboration with the International Committee Against Stoning. These protests were covered extensively by the Italian media. Other efforts are also under way in more countries. Human-rights officials in the Brazilian government have contacted the International Committee Against Stoning in order to organise protests against the Islamic Republic after gathering additional information. The authorities of the Islamic Republic have realised that Sakineh has not been forgotten and that killing her will have a high political cost for the villainous Islamic regime.

According to other reports, Houtan Kian, condemned to six years in prison and currently incarcerated in a prison ward reserved for methadone users, has no opportunity to contact anyone outside the jail and is denied family visits. We must also not abandon him.

The Islamic Republic is clearly a murderous regime, and while Sakineh remains its prisoner, she could be executed at any moment. However, with the help of people around the world, Sakineh and Houtan can be delivered from the hands of these Islamic torturers and murderers.

The International Committee Against Stoning asks the noble people of the world, as well as the press, governments and human-rights organisations, to exert pressure in any way they can in pursuit of Sakineh and Houtan's release by the Islamic Republic.

International Committee Against Stoning.
28 December 2011.

Mina Ahadi
International Committee against Execution
International Committee against Stoning
Tel: 0049 (0) 1775692413

Thursday 29 December 2011

Notes from Iran #3: Shoe thrower Rashid S. is likely to face execution

Two weeks ago we wrote about Rashid S. who had thrown his shoe at Ahmadinejad in an act of civil disobedience and disgust over his unemployment and the fact that he had not been paid by his employer for the last year he had been working.  According to news reports, Rashid Shahbandi had been arrested, has been tortured and is very likely facing execution.

There is no doubt that he will not get a fair trial, if he gets one at all. It will probably be one of those show trials the Islamic regime likes to put on, thinking that there are actually people out there believing that ‘justice’ is being done… when all that is happening is that the Islamic regime is trying to keep its power by spreading and inflicting more violence and more terror.

Throwing your shoe at a leader of a dictatorial regime is nothing but couragous. We can only imagine under what pressure people like Mr Shahbandi must live to lose their fear of confronting their oppressor. No doubt the regime will try to hand down a heavy sentence to deter others from showing and voicing their anger. But it is too late for that. It was too late for that a long time ago.

Tuesday 27 December 2011

What you can do for Sakineh

The Islamic regime of Iran is talking about changing Sakineh's sentence of stoning to hanging and to execute her once they get the go-ahead from the Ministry of Justice.

You can do something!

It is important that we let the Iranian regime know that the world stands in support of Sakineh. It is important that as many people as possible let the Islamic regime know that we are outraged at Sakineh's execution sentence. Tell them that we want her freed NOW! The worldwide outrage and protest is what kept Sakineh alive. It is vital that we continue our protest. Flood the embassies and the Islamic regime's offices with protest letters, emails, faxes and calls.

At the top of our blog you find the contact list for the embassies of the Islamic Republic across the world. Email, fax and call them. You can organise a protest outside the IRI embassy in your country. It's very effective! Invite your friends, publish it on social media site and invite the media.

List of IRI embassies around the world

We have also the list with contact details for various government offices of the Islamic regime. Again, call, fax and email them.

List of IRI government offices in Iran

If you have any questions, need help with something or you are planning a protest, please get in touch!
iransolidaritynow (at)  gmail (dot) com

minaahadi (at) aol (dot) com

Monday 26 December 2011

Stand up to help save Sakineh’s life

International Committee against Stoning
Press Release 26 December 2011

The Islamic Republic of Iran is considering Sakineh Mohamadi Ashtiani’s execution
This is an attempt to gauge the international response

Malek Ajdar Sharifi, the head of East Azerbaijan province’s justice department, has announced that the Islamic Republic of Iran is considering changing Sakineh Mohamadi Ashtiani’s stoning sentence to execution by hanging and said that they are waiting for the go-ahead from the Ministry of Justice to execute Sakineh.

Clearly, the regime has been unable to stone Sakineh to death because of the global outrage. The regime arrested her lawyer and son and forced her and her son to ‘confess’ on Press TV and incriminate themselves. They have been barred from contacting international institutions.

By planning to execute Sakineh, the Islamic regime is trying to show the world that despite public outrage, it will continue its execution machinery in order to ensure its survival.

The International Committee against Stoning declares:

This is a shameless attempt by the regime and its criminal judicial system to test the reaction of world public opinion in order to create the groundwork for Sakineh’s murder.

Sakineh’s image has become a global symbol against stoning and Sharia laws. The world has risen up in defence of Sakineh and declared it would not ever allow sadists and murderers to stone women and men to death again. By executing Sakineh, the Islamic regime wants to destroy all efforts in her support.

Every year during the New Year period the Islamic regime tries to kill-off well-known cases. Last year it executed Shahla Jahed and this year they are trying to murder Sakineh.

The International Committee against Stoning will not allow Sakineh to be executed. All people and organisations that have stood up before to save Sakineh from death by stoning must once again stand up to help save Sakineh’s life.

International Committee against Stoning
International Committee against Execution

For more information, contact:
Mina Ahadi
International Committee against Execution
International Committee against Stoning
Tel: 0049 (0) 1775692413

Sunday 25 December 2011

Sakineh Ashtiani to be hanged or stoned to death

Today the Islamic regime of Iran announced that their 'experts' are studying whether they can hang Sakineh Ashtiani instead of stoning her to death. There is no doubt that this comes in an attempt by the Islamic regime to affirm their 'authority' in the face of worldwide protests and recent tit for tats with the West while at the same time finding a more 'acceptable' solution for murdering her. Possibly a solution that would face less resistance by the world?  Does the Islamic regime think that hanging Sakineh Ashtiani would be somehow more acceptable to the world that cried out in protest at her stoning sentence????  NO it wouldn't!

 ISNA news agency reported today that Malek Ajdar Sharifi, the head of the East Azerbaijan province justice department, where Ashtiani is jailed said that "As soon as the result (of the investigation) is obtained, we will carry out the sentence."

The Islamic regime is trying to murder yet another innocent woman.
There is only one solution.
Sakineh Ashitiani must be freed immediately!

Wednesday 14 December 2011

Notes from Iran #2: Hail the shoe thrower Rashid S.

Rashid S., a recently sacked textile worker in his 40s, threw his shoe at Ahmadinejad at a meeting in the northern province of Mazandaran on Tuesday, 13 December. Rashid S. was protesting the fact that he had been sacked, but more importantly that he had not been paid for the last year of working in the factory.

This is of course is common practice in Iran. There are thousands upon thousands of workers in Iran who do their daily work without being paid for it by the state or private owners for months on end.

You might ask why they keep working? They hope they will get paid in the future as promised by their bosses and more importantly, there is no other work around, neither is there unemployment benefit. That of course under a regime that made 40 billion US Dollars between March and August this year alone from oil exports. The same regime whose members are transferring their 'accumulated' monies abroad, especially through their family members. High on the list are investments like the purchase of expensive properties (they can afford it of course) which guarantees few questions and a preferential residential status by the host country; the higher the investment the warmer the welcome. And with all the riches that are to be made exploiting Iran's natural resources and the labour force, a warm welcome they get.

Rashid S. missed. He was thrown to the floor and beaten up. It is unclear whether he was arrested and taken away. His act of civil outrage is to be applauded.

Friday 2 December 2011

1 gone - 96 to go!

Wednesday, 30 November saw the closure of the Islamic regime of Iran's embassy in London on the orders of the foreign secretary William Hague. This came in response to the attacks on the British embassy in Tehran by members of the government-backed Basij militia that happened on Tuesday, 29 November. We are now seeing the last of the Iranian diplomats leave the UK.

Iran Solidarity welcomes the closure of the embassy in London.
And we are actively supporting the closure of ALL the Islamic regime's embassies around the world. We counted 97, so 96 to go!

We have long been calling for the diplomatic isolation of the Iranian regime and the closure of ALL of its embassies are part of this. Diplomatic and political isolation of the regime are the cornerstones of support for the Iranian people's struggle to get rid of the Islamic Republic. It is unfortunate however that this important step comes only now after a tit for tat over sanctions in regards to the nuclear issue and the attack on the British embassy in Tehran; decades of hideous crimes against Iranians have provoked no such reaction by foreign governments.

The embassies of the Islamic regime are an outpost of the terror that sits in Tehran.

ALL embassies of the Islamic regime must be shut down.

Tuesday 22 November 2011

Seminar on Sharia Law and the Children Act, today in London, UK

One Law for All will host a seminar to explore the terms of the Children Act and whether these are compatible with the tenets and practice of sharia law. It will look at the protections provided to children by the provisions of the Children Act and ask if children in Britain, by virtue of their parents’ religion or culture, are at risk of being denied these protections. In addition, One Law for All will provide information on Catholic Canon Law and how this has been used to facilitate the continued abuse of children in Catholic institutions.

Speakers include: Sue Cox, Survivors Voice Europe; Anne Marie Hutchinson, Dawson Cornwell Solicitors; Maryam Namazie, One Law for All; Diana Nammi, Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation; and Yasmin Rehman, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Domestic Violence Intervention Project. The seminar will be chaired by Anne Marie Waters, One Law for All.

Seminar on Sharia Law and the Children Act
22 November 2011
18.30-20.30 hours
Brockway Room, Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Entry fee: £8 Statutory organisations; £5 individuals; £2.50 student/unwaged
Registration can be done on the day from 18.00 hours.

More info here

Notes from Iran, 5x5 campaign

A group of women in Iran has initiated the 5x5 campaign, starting this week.
On panj-shanbe (meaning the 5th shanbe in the Iranian week, Thursday) at 5 pm they are urging women to take off their veil for 5 seconds in the street. This call has been circulated in the cities of Tehran, Mashhad and Shiraz. We will keep you updated on 5x5.

Friday 4 November 2011

Solidarity with Iranian workers - from Brazil

Brazilian journalist Bruno Mascarenhas' solidarity message with Iranian workers.

Every workers protest is very important, because it is a group that organizes itself because it isn’t satisfied, and this is the exact reason they are protesting.  But it’s very difficult to do this under a dictatorship.  It becomes impossible.   

In Brazil, at the end of the 1970s, more or less during the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Brazil was under a dictatorship, but in the metallurgical unions of the countryside in the ABC Region (a large industrial region in the state of Sao Paulo) led a big movement in which it stopped sixty or eighty thousand workers, who halted their activities, and didn’t produce one single car, they produced nothing in this region, and it was a big problem for the government, a serious problem.  The workers actually brought the industry to a halt.  The government needed to cede, and ended up giving money to the companies to pay the costs of the workers, they gave a part of the pay raise the workers were asking for, and the workers won many important battles.   

Today, the Brazilian worker has more rights and privileges and has won more battles thanks to these metallurgical protests in the ABC Region.  In Iran, I think it’s hard, it’s very hard.  I think that the Iranian union oil workers, they have problems.  The dictatorship is so rigid and strong, and I am afraid that they won’t manage to get their rights.  I want that workers manage to get their rights in all parts of the world.  Outside of Brazil, what can I do, I can spread the words of solidarity.  I am in solidarity with Iranian workers.  People who work and produce need dignity, a good home, the family has to live well, it’s a question of quality of life, if you work, you have to have a fair exchange, you have to have a decent salary.  In the 1970s/1980s, here in Sao Paulo when there were the big metallurgical union movements in the ABC Region, a good part of the workers were living in favelas (slums), people ate poorly, they had a poor quality of life.  Today,  most metallurgical workers live with dignity.

International Day of Solidarity with Iranian Workers - tomorrow

5 November 2011
Join us on this day of action!
34 cities in 16 countries and counting…


Time: Saturday 5 November 2011, 1-3 pm
Place: In front of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic
Contact: Göran Gustavsson 0704009033 & Faramarz Ghorbani 0765647616

Time: Saturday 5 November 2011, 12 noon
Place: Gustav Adolfs Torg
Contact: Abe Asadi 07317178819

Time: Saturday 5th November 2011, 2-4pm
Place: Stora torget
Contact: Esmail Mardokhi 0 737 59 85 66

Time: Saturday 5th November 2011, 2.30-5pm
Place: Stortorget
Contact: Gabi Hosseini 0760879874

Time: Saturday 5th November 2011, 11am-1pm
Place: Resecentrum
Contact: Arian Mirzolfaghari 0700773423
Seyed Ezattollah Rashmi 0736561595

Time: Saturday 5th November 2011, 1-3 pm
Place: Davidhalsbron
Contact: Hasan Salehi 0703171102
Farideh Arman 0703638088

Time: Saturday 5th November 2011, 2-4 pm
Place: Ronnebygatan 43 till 47 i Centrum
Contact: Amir Kamrani;  0046704 53 10 47   0046762835308     


Time: Saturday 5 November 2011, 2-4 pm
Place: Trafalgar Sq., North Terrace, in front of the National Gallery
Then at 5pm we will gather outside the offices of the BBC Persian Service, Broadcasting House, 2-22 Portland Place, W1A 1AA
Contact: Behrooz Bahari 07838156819
Alireza Rashidi 07712810675


Time: Saturday 5 November 2011, 1-3 pm
Contact: Yadi Mahmoudi 416-471-7138

Time: Saturday 5th November, 3-5 pm
Place: Art Gallery, Robson side
Contact: Masoud Arjang 001-6046495453
Vancouver District Labour Council also supports this call

Time: Sunday 6th November, 3-6 pm
Place: Victoria Square (People’s Square)

Time: Saturday 5 November 2011, 1-3 pm
Place: Beursplein
Contact: Bahman Khani 0651273261      


Time: Saturday 5th November, 1-2 pm
Place: In front of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic
Contact: Saber Rahimi 0798694001      
Abolghasem Kardar 04133-3268      


Time: Saturday 5th November 2011, 11am-1pm
Hauptwache Rathenauplatz
Contact: Shahnaz Moratab 015774650186

Time: Saturday 5th, 2-4 pm
Place: Joachimstaler platz, am U-Bahnhof Kurfürstendamm
Contact: Farzaneh Derakhshan 017624866317

Time: Saturday 5th, 4 pm
Place: In front of Dom
Contact: Mohamad Nemati 01635522356

Time: Saturday 5th November 2011 4-6pm
Place: Kropke
Contact: Naser Kashkooli 0177 8348592

Time: Saturday 5th November 2011, 12-3 pm
Place: Blasiusgasse Strasse (Zwishen Ulla Popkeu)
Contact: Hassan Hosseinzadeh 01741351024

Time: Saturday 5th November 2011, 3-5 pm
Place: Ziegenmarkt
Contact: Siamak Maki 01724037035

Time: Saturday 5th November 2011, 1.30 pm
Place: Hamburg Hauptbahnhof, Glockengießerwall
Contact: Nazanin Borumand 0172-4044323, Pedram Rezazadeh

Time: Saturday 5th Nov, 3-4 pm
Place: Mit freundichen grüssen
Contact: Saeed Etezadzadeh 017629319819


Washington DC
Time: Sunday, November 6, 2011, 1pm
Place: 2209 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC (offices of the Islamic regime at the Pakistani Embassy) with march down to Georgetown to hand out flyers.
Organizers: Mission Free Iran & Unity for Democracy and Justice

Time: Saturday 5th, 1 pm
Love Park, Broad and JFK Street
Contact: Soheila Nikpour 267-439-7185


Time: Saturday 5th November 2011, 4-5 pm
Contact: Payam Azar     
Details forthcoming


Time: Saturday 5th, 2- 4 pm
Place: At 14:00 hours we will gather in Helsingin rautatientori and at 14:20 we will start our march towards Narinkkatori behind Kamppi building.

Time: Saturday 5th November 2011, 10-11 am
Place: In front of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic
Contact: Amir Masoud Khaghani, 96484292

Time: Saturday 5th November
Location forthcoming
Contact: Amir Masoud Khaghani, 96484292
Time: Saturday 5th November
Location forthcoming
Contact: Amir Masoud Khaghani 96484292


On 5 and 6 Nov, Jamal Saberi, Worker-communist Party of Iran's cadre and an activist of the "Free Jailed Workers Campaign", will be speaking at the Railway Union meeting. Labour union representatives from Brazil, USA and South Korea will be present in the meeting, and the topic of the meeting is jailed workers in Iran.


Time: Saturday 5th November, 5 pm
Place: Athens Polytechnic in Patission Street
Contact: Naser Aghbashloo 00306957954975 

Time: Saturday 5th November, 2-3 pm
Place: In front of the Embassy of Islamic Republic
Engskiftevej 6 - 2100 København 


Time: Saturday 5th November, 2-4 pm
Place: At 14:00 hours we will gather in Kugulu Park (Swan Park) and then we will start our march towards Tehran Street in front of the Embassy of Islamic Republic
Contact: 00905370158957


Time: Saturday 5th November,
Details forthcoming
Nina Sadeqi 00390471201857 


Time: Saturday 5th November, 12noon-11pm
Place: Town Hall

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