Mina Ahadi of the International Committee against Stoning and the International Committee against Execution and Maria Rohaly of Mission Free Iran held a press conference today at the University of Maryland’s Riggs Alumni Center, just outside of Washington DC. Mohammad Moslehi provided translation for Ms. Ahadi.
A summary of the content of the press conference will follow; for now, we present the photos and documents made public today. They consist of a newly-public photo of Sakineh with her daughter Saideh on the occasion of Saideh’s first day of school; and a photo of 26-year-old Maryam Ghorbanzadeh, another woman under sentence of stoning who was subjected to the forced abortion of her 6-months’-gestation fetus 3 weeks ago, apparently with the objective of accelerating the implementation of Maryam’s execution. These photos show the very human faces of Sakineh and Maryam, these radiant women whose lives have become nightmares under the brutal and inhuman Islamic Republic.
Also presented were two documents from Houtan Kian, Sakineh Ashtiani’s lawyer. A summary English translation of one of the documents appears below. This page will be updated when the other translation becomes available.
The first document consists of a letter from Houtan Kian to the head of the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Court, arguing his client’s case and asserting that the regime is continuing to perpetrate vicious injustices in her case. [original letter – FA] [summary translation – ENG]
The second document from Houtan Kian has not yet been translated to English, but a translation will be posted here shortly. [original letter – FA]
What attrocities are these evil men capable of?Can they not feel the pain and suffering they cause for others? Are their hearts made of rocks?