The case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiana


So they have finally decided to do it, it seems. The Islamic Republic of Iran is going to execute Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani. All the outrage, all the tears spilled over this have come to nothing. As usual it is the poor & oppressed. The uneducated, the people without influence who suffer.

We don’t know whether it is to be stoning or hanging but either way what good will it do anybody? Probably the campaigning against her has made the authorities all the more determined to go ahead. But without the campaign they would have done it anyway. From the very beginning the revolution in Iran has been soaked in blood.

In this poor woman’s case, it is not even clear that she has done anything at all. And after she  has gone, there will be another & another & another.

The Iranian authorities should release her & allow her to go into exile to Brazil where she can live out the rest of life & be free.

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