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Date: Tue, 2 Nov 2010 22:28:20
From: Alice Jay - Avaaz.org <avaaz@avaaz.org>
To: "sondheim@panix.com" <sondheim@panix.com>
Subject: 24 hours to save Sakineh

Dear Friends,

[sakineh_thumb.jpg] Iran could execute Sakineh Ashtiani tomorrow. We saved
her from stoning, now we have 24 hours to get key powers to take emergency
action to stop this shameful killing.

Sign the petition!
Tomorrow, Iran could execute Sakineh Ashtiani.

Our global outcry stopped her unjust stoning sentence in July. Now we have
24 hours to save her life.

Iran's allies and key UN powers are our best hope -- they could persuade
Iran of the serious political cost of this high-profile killing. Click below
to send them an urgent call to action and send this to everyone -- it only
takes three minutes and we are her last chance:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/24h_to_save_sakineh/?vl

Sakineh's adultery case is a tragic sham stacked with human rights
violations. First, she was to be stoned to death. But the Iranian government
had to revoke the sentence after her children generated a worldwide outcry
against the farcical trial -- she could not speak the language used in
court, and the alleged incidents of adultery took place after her husband's
death.

Then her lawyer was forced into exile, and the prosecution conjured up a new
trumped-up charge for which she would be executed -- the murder of her
husband. Despite this being double jeopardy, as she is already serving time
for alleged complicity in this crime, Sakineh was tortured and paraded on
national television to 'confess', and was found guilty. Since then the
regime has arrested two German journalists, her lawyer and her son, who has
bravely led the international campaign to save his mother. All remain in
prison and Sakineh's son and lawyer have been also tortured and have no
access to lawyers.

Now Iranian human rights activists state an order has just been issued from
Tehran to implement her killing immediately. She is on the list and tomorrow
is execution day.

Our persistent campaigning led Iran to drop Sakineh's stoning sentence and
captured the attention of leaders in countries with influence on Iran, like
Turkey and Brazil. Now let's urgently raise our voices to stop her killing
and inhumane treatment and free her, her lawyer, her son and the jailed
German journalists. Send a message and share this emergency call with
friends and family:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/24h_to_save_sakineh/?vl

A massive public outcry has the moral authority to stop heinous crimes.
Let's use these 24 hours to send a clear message -- the world is watching
and we all stand together today to save Sakineh's life and against injustice
everywhere.

With hope and determination,

Alice, Stephanie, Pascal, Giulia, Benjamin and the whole of the Avaaz team

Sources:

The Islamic regime of Iran plans to execute Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani
immediately
http://stopstonningnow.com/wpress/4194

Sakineh hanging imminent
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/fears-that-alleged-adulterers-ex
ecution-by-hanging-is-imminent/story-e6frg6so-1225946610965

Iranian woman could be stoned Wednesday
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hipKgm5UqJOxciOi1f07Bwbf
RgFg?docId=CNG.6ef6de7af5f33847d19e690e61087c73.811

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani: A life in the Balance (Amnesty International)
http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/MDE13/089/2010/en/589bd56b-49ac-402
8-8dc6-abd903ac9bac/mde130892010en.pdf

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