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Press Release 11/07/01

International Committee against Stoning

Maryam Ayoobi stoned to death
To: The European Parliament and European governments

Today, Wednesday 11 July, the Committee against Stoning received news that the Islamic Republic of Iran stoned Maryam Ayoobi to death. Maryam Ayoobi, mother of two, was imprisoned a year ago and sentenced to death for committing adultery. She was executed today, in the most savage way, by stoning.

The International Committee against Stoning had organised a wide scale campaign in condemnation of the Islamic Republic of Iran and in her support to save her from stoning. Thousands of protest letters were sent to the Islamic government, to this effect. Despite these pressures, Maryam Ayoobi was murdered today in prison.

This criminal act and any indifference or support for this regime is strongly condemned.

Stoning of human beings in the Islamic Republic is a clear savagery, which must be met with widespread international protest. European governments and the European Union, by calling Khatami reformist, have remained silent on such crimes and have effectively continued their defence for the Islamic Republic.

The ruling authorities in Iran, from Khatami and Khamanei to the members of the Cabinet and all those who are responsible for planning and executing these crimes, must be tried for crimes against humanity. In the 21st century, it should no longer be allowed that women and men be half buried and be tortured to death by stoning.

The International Committee against Stoning, which is formed by 150 organisations, bodies and personalities, condemns stoning and demands that all those responsible for these crimes be put on trial. Mina Ahadi Co-ordinator of the International Committee Against Stoning


Tel: (0049) 0177 5692413 Fax: (0049) 0201 2488510 Email: minaahadi@aol.com

Maryam Namazie, Executive Director
International Federation of Iranian Refugees (IFIR)
PO Box 27236, London N11, England
Tel: +44 773 0107 337 Fax: +44 870 139-4253
E-mail: ifir@ukonline.co.uk
Web Site: www.hambastegi.org
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Woman stoned to death for adultery and murder

TEHRAN, July 11 (AFP) - A woman, sentenced to death for murder and adultery, was stoned to death Wednesday morning in Tehran's Evin prison, a judiciary source said. Iran's courts had recently found Maryam Ayoubi, 30, guilty of murdering her husband with the help of her cousin.

She was also sentenced to 100 lashes, the source said, without saying whether she had been whipped before her execution.

Her husband was murdered last year in eastern Tehran, in the Narmak district.

Adultery is punishable in Iran by stoning to death, according to Islamic law, or Sharia, which has been in force since the country's 1979 Islamic revolution.

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Stonings should stop in Iran

The Amnesty International
AI Index MDE 13/024/2001 - News Service Nr. 119

July 11, 2001

Amnesty International voiced its outrage today at the reported stoning to death of an Iranian woman at Evin prison in Tehran.

"Executions by stoning aggravate the brutality of the death penalty, which in itself is the most extreme form of torture and the ultimate violation of the right to life. It is a method specifically designed to increase the victim's suffering," the organization said.

Despite Amnesty International's worldwide appeals for 30-year-old Maryam Ayoubi's death sentence to be commuted, she was executed this morning. The woman had recently been found guilty of adultery and of murdering her husband.

The stoning of Maryam Ayoubi increases concern that the authorities may carry out even more executions by stoning. A woman identified only as Robabeh was reported on 24 June to have been sentenced to 50 lashes to be followed by death by stoning for adultery. Her unnamed male accomplice had reportedly been sentenced to 100 lashes and death by hanging.

In renewing its urgent appeals to the Iranian authorities to commute these sentences, Amnesty International is adding its voice to those of officials, organizations and individuals in Iran who have already voiced their concern over this punishment.

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