Amnesty: End stoning in Iran – TAKE ACTION – SUPPORT THIS

Stoning. It’s designed to cause maximum suffering. It generally takes between 20 minutes and two agonising hours to kill someone. Those sentenced to death are more likely to be poor and marginalised, particularly women.

Stoning. It’s designed to cause maximum suffering. It generally takes between 20 minutes and two agonising hours to kill someone. Those sentenced to death are more likely to be poor and marginalised, particularly women.

Under Iranian law, stoning is mandatory for both men and women convicted of ‘adultery whilst married’.

The practice of stoning as punishment for adultery continues in Iran, despite a government-issued moratorium on the practice in 2002, and a recommendation in 2009 by the Legal and Judicial affairs Committee to remove stoning from the Iranian Penal Code.

Now is a crucial opportunity to stop the barbaric practice of stoning for adultery, as the Iranian authorities are currently reviewing the country’s Penal Code – including whether execution by stoning should be retained in the Code.

 

Email Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, asking for stoning to be removed from the Iranian Penal Code.

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UNDER IRANIAN LAW, STONING IS MANDATORY FOR MEN AND WOMEN CONVICTED OF ‘ADULTERY WHILST MARRIED’.

 

Stoning is purposefully designed to cause maximum suffering, and is a brutal and inhumane punishment.

 

Bound, wrapped in shrouds and buried in a pit with head and shoulders above ground, victims are likely to survive for between 20 minutes and two hours from when the first stone thrown draws blood.

Cartoon strip - preparation of someone condemned to stoning, as instructed in the Iranian Penal Code. C. Amnesty International

 

The Iranian Penal Code describes in chillingly clinical detail exactly how a person should be stoned to death:

Cartoon strip - process of stoning for a man convicted of adultery, as instructed in the Iranian Penal Code. C. Amnesty International

Who are the victims of stoning?

Stoning is mandatory for both men and women convicted of ‘adultery whilst married’ under Iranian law.

Those sentenced to death are frequently poor or otherwise marginalised from society. Most of those sentenced to death are women for the simple reason that they are disadvantaged in the criminal justice system, and face wide-ranging discrimination in law, particularly in regard to marriage and divorce. However, in recent years more men are known to have been stoned to death than women.

How common is stoning in Iran?

Amnesty International knows of at least six people who have been stoned to death since 2002.

A further 14 individuals – four men and ten women – are at risk of death by stoning in Iran right now, although several cases are still under review and alternative sentences may be imposed. One of these is Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, whose case has generated a great deal of international attention and who remains at risk.

The most common method of execution in Iran is hanging, and hundreds of men, women and children are put to death by this method every year. Since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, we have documented at least 77 stonings, although the true figure could be higher, as we were not able to record figures for the years between 1979 and 1984.

Is it legal?

In 2002, a moratorium was declared on stoning in Iran. In 2009, the Legal and Judicial affairs Committee recommended that stoning be removed from the Iranian Penal Code. And yet still this practice continues.

The Iranian authorities are currently reviewing the country’s Penal Code – including whether execution by stoning should be retained. We are campaigning for stoning to be removed from the Code. Act now to end this inhumane practice.

Iran is a state party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). The government is therefore legally bound to observe the provisions of this treaty and to ensure that they are fully reflected in the country’s laws and practices. Death by stoning violates Articles 6 (right to life) and 7 (prohibition of torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment) of the Covenant.

STONING WORLDWIDE

Stoning is included in the laws of six countries:

  • Iran
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sudan
  • Pakistan
  • Yemen
  • The United Arab Emirates

— as well as in some states in Nigeria, and in the Aceh province of Indonesia.In addition, while stoning may not be on the law books in Afghanistan and Somalia, and is not sanctioned by the state, both countries have seen incidents of stoning, usually carried out by armed groups or local authorities.

A stoning sentence actually being carried out is very rare – in most cases sentences are commuted.

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