24 July a huge success
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International Sakine Mohammadi Ashtiani Day: World Citizens against Stoning was a huge success. On the day, thousands of people took part in actions in over 30 cities worldwide, including in Australia, Brazil, North America, Europe, Georgia and the Phillipines.
In Tolouse, France, on 23 July afternoon at the PLACE DU CAPITOLE activists distibuted 400 tracts against stoning.
In Sussex, UK, human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell dedicated the Honorary Doctorate he received from Sussex University for 43 years of human rights activism to in the following manner: “I dedicate my acceptance of this honorary doctorate to the people of Iran who are struggling against clerical dictatorship, for democracy and freedom. In particular, Mansour Osanloo, the jailed Iranian trade union leader, and Sakineh Ashtiani, who has been sentenced to be stoned to death, along with more than 20 other Iranians.”
In London, UK hundreds joined in at the event in Trafalgar Square, which was covered by all major outlets, including BBC News, CNN, Aljazeera, ITN, AP, Sunday Times. There were also actions at Royal Holloway and Richmond. In the UK, there were also events in Birmingham and Edinburgh and Chichester.
In New York, USA, one of the signatories of the open letter calling for Sakine Day, Shahla Abghari, distributed the open letter at a conference on Secular democracy in New York and also amongst the public.
A large number of internet actions took place too, including on Facebook, Youtube and also on various blogs, including on Gianni Verdovila’s blog, on teacher Jamie Crespo’s blog and on the Secular Humanist League of Brazil’s website. Sabnamzendeh sent in her poem on women for the day. Cat MacTier and Rhett Schofield designed the official posters for the day and Pete produced a video for the day on Youtube.
Others mentioned Sakine’s Day at their events. The Central London Humanists met at 2pm and read out our message about Sakine’s Day in Kensington Gardens at their annual summer picnic. All voiced solidarity with her and all the others who are suffering under the despotic cruelty of the current regime in Iran.
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A huge thanks to all those who participated on this day in order to save Sakine and to condemn the barbaric acts of stoning and execution.
International Committee against Execution
International Committee against Stoning
Mission Free Iran