Summary of Current Stoning Cases

 Stoning Victims' Lawyers Appeal to Head of Judiciary

 Code of Punishment for Adultery in Iran

 Ritual of Stoning Punishment in Iran
Stop Stoning Forever Campaign
  Petition to Eradicate the Law of Stoning

 Iran ... back to the Stone Age
The execution has apparently gone ahead despite Iran's moratorium on execution by stoning, a moratorium that had been in effect since 2002," said Jose Diaz in a statement issued by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva.
By: Fariba Sahraei and Teenaz Javat

 Stoning Judge Under Investigation
Judiciary spokesman asked members of Iranian parliament to help amend the country’s penal code.

 A Brief History of Grassroots Struggles to End Stoning

In Iran, the legislative entities do not have the freedom to easily change or remove laws that are in harmony with religious principles. The Gaurdian Council in Iran acts to prevent the passage of laws that it finds incompatible with Islamic law.

By: Mehrangiz Kar

 “Stoning Not in Contrast with Human Rights!”
The head of the Iranian State Human Rights Committee: “With regards to human rights, we have signed about 4 important documents and neither is against stoning. The westerners oppose stoning sentence based on the interpretations that they have of these laws and their contents. For example they say that this is torture, not punishment, or they say this punishment is not proportional to the committed action or they say there is humiliation in this punishment; these are all opinions…”
By: Interview with Mohammad Javad Larijani

 Campaign Against Stoning

The reason this campaign was not initially taken seriously had several reasons: One was that the number of cases involved was small. Two, it seemed as if this was a single injustice against women and not legally very broad.  Third, some people felt why challenge a law that is not supposed to be enforced anyway?

By: Asieh Amini

 Blood Was Everywhere, the Smell of Death
By: Omid Memarian

 Press Release: Appeal to the Public to Save Mokarrameh from Stoning‎

The stoning sentence of Mokarrameh could be carried out any day, and so could the sentence of ten other people.  And since there is no law to impede stoning, we are reaching out to the public. We are asking you to help us find a way to save Mokarrameh’s life from stoning. Tell us how you think Mokarrameh Ebrahimi can be saved.

By: Stop Stoning Forever Campaign

 Interview: Judiciary Spokesman on Stoning of Jafar Kiani‎

After execution of a stoning sentence, the spokesperson for the judiciary said in his interview with Shargh newspaper stated: “We are bound by Sharia and law.”

By: Shabnam Rahmati

 Ayatollah Montazeri Condemns Stoning
"In practice, stoning is nothing more than a scarecrow; meant to scare people away from great sins."
By: Radio Farda

 ‏ ‏Stonewalling A Stoning‎
Stones and rocks with dried up curdled blood lay around the heap.  Some are splashed with blood.  Some are so black and red with blood, you know right away what they were used for.  Stunned, I ask, “You mean they threw these stones?  These are way too big”.  He shrugs his shoulders.
By: Asieh Amini

 Iran Judiciary Confrims Stoning of Jafar Kiani
Jamshidi: “Lately there has been a stoning sentence executed by a judge in Takistan branch."
By: Meydaan

 Urgent Press Release: Jafar Kiani Stoned on July 5, Mokarrameh Ebrahimi in Imminent Danger

Jafar Kiani was stoned in Aghche-kand, a small village near Takistan, Ghazvin, on Thursday July 5th. His partner, Mokarrameh Ebrahimi, could have a similar fate if we do not act now!

By: Stop Stoning Forever Campaign

 Iran Denies International Commitments to Stop Stoning

The head of Human Right Committee of Iran: “The contents of human rights’ codes should be strictly according to and within the frame of customs of states and in this matter stands the big mistake of the West, that instead of acquainting with the Islamic laws, they have appointed the procedure of pressure, demurrer, protest and denouncing which is not a proper way.”

By: Iranian Labour News Agency

 Temporary Success: Stoning of Mokarrameh and her Partner Suspended
The stoning of Mokarrameh Ebrahimi and the father of her 11 year old illegitimate child was stayed by the written order of the Head of Judiciary in Tehran addressed to the head of the judiciary branch in Takistan. The stoning had been scheduled for Thursday morning, local time, and the order came less than 24 hours before the scheduled time.

 The Fact Finding Commission on Stoning in Iran Writes to Judiciay Chief: Abolish Stoning Publicly and Officially!

The Fact Finding Commission on Stoning in Iran was formed last year to investigate the stoning cases. The commission is comprised of Fardieh Gheyrat, Marzieh Mortazi Langeroudi, Roza Gharehchanloo, and Isa Saharkhiz. The Commission issued a statement addressed to Mr. Shahroudi, the Head of Judiciary, on June 20, 2007 putting forth some fundamental questions about the role of the judiciary with regards to the stoning. The Commission demands official abolishment of stoning. The text of the statement follows.

By: Meydaan

 URGENT ACTION ALERT: You Only Have Hours to Oppose the Scheduled Public Stoning of Mokarrameh and ‎Her Partner

The Stop Stoning Forever Campaign invites all citizens of the world to contact the Iranian officials by phone and/or fax and ask them to stop the public stoning of Mokarrameh Ebrahimin, the 43 year old mother of three children, and her partner, the father of her 11 year old child. 

By: Stop Stoning Forever Campaign

 URGENT: A Man and a Woman Schedule To Be Stoned on Thursday, June 21
Mokarrameh Ebrahimi is a 43 year old woman and mother of an 11 year old who has spent the past 11 years in Choubin prison in Ghazvin after being sentenced to stoning. The father of the child has also been in prison for 11 years and is scheduled to be stoned with her.
By: Stop Stoning Forever Campaign

 Honor Thy Father

We must force ourselves to watch this inhumanity because she lived it, and she did not live through it.

By: Phylis Collier

 Stoning a 17-yr Girl in Kurdistan, Iraq
Du’a Khalil Aswad, aged about 17 was stoned to death on or around 7 April 2007 by a group of eight or nine men and in the presence of a large crowd in the town of Bashika, near the city of Mosul. Some of her relatives are said to have participated in the killing.
By: Amnesty International

 Iranian Judge Talks About Stoning
Interview of Turkey's Sabah Newspaper with an Iranian Judge: To this Day Only Two People Have Been Killed by Way of Stoning
By: Sabah

 Lobbying for Women’s Rights at the UN‎
When I first started lobbying on the crimes of honour at the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva around ten years ago, no one knew what crimes of honour was, and I was told persistently to go to the New York where ‘they do women.’
By: Leyla Pervizat/Interviewed by Soheila Vahdati

 Hoping to Save Shamameh from Stoning

      Shamameh is an uneducated and simple woman who never intended to have a sexual affair with anyone. However, she confessed to her relationship with the victim, Morad, in order to save her husband and brother from a death sentence:

By: Mohammad Mostafaei

 Equality Now Issues Women Action on Stoning
The disproportionate conviction of women for adultery is one of the many forms of discrimination against women in Iran. The practice of stoning has been condemned by the United Nations as a prolonged form of torture.
By: Equality Now

 When Stoning IS Men's Business
For as long as one woman is at risk of death at the hands of a legal system devised and enforced by men, then men are responsible. As long as any woman is liable to death by stoning, men are responsible. As women, we take our responsibilities seriously. We must demand that men take their responsibilities seriously too – and men must demand this of themselves.
By: Dr Jocelynne A. Scutt

 Stoning Will Not Stop By A Miracle
Investigating the reasons of stoning, helps us to challenge the causes and effects of patriarchal culture, legal discrimination and gaps between social groups. The real space of this challenge is amongst the public itself rather than the halls of judiciary or parliament.
By: Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh

 Practice of the Soning Is in Our Laws; Interview with Shirin Ebadi

Shirin Ebadi: One of the strangeness of our laws is that a homicide is pardonable if the immediate family members consent to it. The judge could give a maximum of ten years in prison if he feels that the convict is a danger to the society. However, in most cases it does not exceed one or two years. While the law is so relaxed in case of a homicide, it is so rigid in case of adultery that a defendant would be sentenced to death by stoning even if the husband consent to it and there is no plaintiff.


By: Translated by Shahpoour S.

 Head of Judiciary Reacts to Campaign Lawyers’ Appeal
Ayatollah Shahroudi, the Head of Judiciary, in his first official reaction to the Stop Stoning Forever campaign responded positively to the appeal written by the stoning victims’ lawyers regarding the methods of proof of guilt in adultery cases.
By: Meydaan

 Gender Discrimination in Stoning

Why is it mostly women that fall victim to the punishment of stoning for adultery? Although there is no single article in the law that mandates stoning punishment to be exclusively for women, the majority of stoning victims are women.  The reason lies in the misogynist laws and male-.oriented judicial system that discriminate against women

By: Soheila Vahdati and Shadi Sadr

 IRAN: Stoning for Adultery - More a Women's Issue
Currently, in Iran, there are nine women sentenced to death by stoning on charges of adultery, compared to two men for the same offence -- highlighting the fact that this barbaric mode of execution is primarily a women's issue.
By: Kimia Sanati, Inter Press Service (IPS)

 ‎Statement on Recent Remarks by the Judiciary Spokesman
Although it seems that the dominant view within the judiciary is in opposition to stoning, the Stop Stoning Forever campaign activists believe that it is necessary to point out cases where stoning has been practiced, or replaced with hanging as a punishment for adultery, and hence emphasize once more the urgency to abolish stoning as a legal punishment.
By: Stop Stoning Forever Campaign

 Objecting to Methods of Proof of Guilt in Stoning Cases‎
Our emphasis is on the proofs required for a stoning sentence.  More clearly we have seen that our clients are strictly punished based on the judges ‘knowledge’ which is one of the methods of proof in the Islamic republic punishment rules.  A judge’s ‘knowledge’ is one of the methods of proving a stoning verdict.
By: Interview with GholamHossein Raesi/Lawyer

 Hajieh to be the First Saved from Stoning‎
In 2002, her punishment came very close to being implemented and there were even leaflets published and distributed in Jolfa by the Judiciary.  The public were invited to participate in stoning Hajieh on August 1, 2002, at 4:00 pm at the prison in Jolfa.  The execution was to be attended by the city officials: all arrangements had been made.  But as a result of the intellect and awareness of the execution judge and the perseverance of Hajieh’s family, the Head of the Judiciary ordered a stay of stoning.  Now, after four years, her innocence has been proven in the court.
By: Interview with Bahareh Davalloo/Hajieh Esmalivand’s Lawyer

 As Long As the Law Permits Stoning So Will the Judges
The Haji bit his lips and tried to swallow his mocking laughter. He then said: "My sister, why don't you understand that a law taken from the Shari'a cannot be suspended forever? When we say suspending the verdict, we mean that the execution of the verdict needs to be halted temporarily due to the necessities and conditions in place. But this is not a permanent halt.  Whenever the necessities and conditions are taken care of, the verdict will once more be executable."
By: Mehrangiz Kar

 Censorship on Stoning News in Iran
this campaign has been publicised mostly over Internet web sites and foreign media outside Iran. This in reality has made it a political environment for us inside Iran. The censorship of the stoning issue is so high that no internal media will agree to publicize the subject
By: Interview with Shadi Sadr

 Activists Call For End To Practice Of Stoning
Women's rights activists in Iran have called on the head of the country's conservative judiciary and the parliament to end the stoning to death of convicted adulterers. Under pressure from the European Union, Iran was said to have introduced a moratorium on stonings in 2002, under pressure from the European Union. But activists accuse judges of perpetuating the practice.
By: Golnaz Esfandiari

 Amnesty International Issues Urgent Appeal
Amnesty International names seven women who are at risk of execution by stoning in Iran and urgently appeals to the public to write to the Iranian officials and ask them to commute the stoning sentences.

 Women Victims of Stoning
It is not always the case that the families forgive or call for the acquittal of the convicted person, in many parts of the country not even the families of the convicted will let go of the punishment much less the families of the murdered victims.
By: Interview with Asieh Amini /By: Soheila Vahdati‎

 The Revival of the Abandoned Law of Stoning
They perform the ablution (ceremonial washing of the body) and cover her body in a white cloth “a kafan”, and then they bury the woman in a hole in the ground up to her chest. Next, they will throw rocks at her head until she dies.

 The Story of Zahra

I remember vividly, it was near the end of winter of 1998, it was cold outside and grounds were covered in snow. I had just been transferred from a temporary jail to the prison. It was my first year of incarceration. They transferred me to room number 5; a room with approximately 30 other occupants of various ages.
This room was reserved for prisoners who had been in captivity for a while but had not yet been sentenced.

By: Anonymous

 Violations of Human Rights Continue Unabated
 EU Presidency Statement Stoning
 UN High Commissioner Deeply Concerned Over Reported Stoning
 Amensty Urgent Action- Mokarrameh Ebrahimi
 Amnesty International outraged at reported stoning ‎
 Young Woman Hanged for Incest
  U.N. Slams Scheduled Public Stoning
 HRW: Iran: Stop Executions by Stoning Slated for June 21
 WLUML Urgent Call for Action: Iran: URGENT: Oppose the scheduled public stoning of Mokarrameh and her partner
  Iran: Amnesty International appeals against planned executions by stoning
 Four arrested in Iraq 'honor killing'
 Sudanese Women to be Stoned for Adultery
 Leila May Face Stoning‎
 ‎11 Years in Prison with Nightmare of Stoning‎
 Two Italian women stoned to death in Africa
 72 Feminist Organizations Support Stop Stoning Campaign
 Stop Stoning Forever Campaign at the World Social Forum‎
 AI Update on Hajieh Esmailvand
 Hajieh Esmailvand Saved from Stoning
 Couple Saved from Stoning, Will Be Lashed‎
 Judiciary Spokesman Denies Practice of Stoning!‎
 EU Demands Iran Abolish Stoning‎
 Campaign Site Censored in Iran
 Updates on Four Stoning Cases‎
 Stoning Kobra - Subject of Decision by the Judiciary Commission for Amnesty
 Retrial for One More Woman Who Saved from Stoning
 A letter about Stoning to Death
 Iran Stops Stoning Sentence for Ashraf Kolhari, Ms. Magazine
 Amnesty International: Execution by stoning stayed- Ashraf Kalhori
 WLUML Call for Action: Stay of execution for Ashraf Kalhori but your solidarity is still needed

   International Support
 Amnesty International General Secretary
 Amnesty International in the USA
 Gender Informational Network of South Caucasus