See my post in response to an article criticising Mina and Sakina and defending the regime below:

This pathetic article is an attempt by the regime and its supporters to discredit human rights activists abroad. Irrespective of Mina Ahadi’s beliefs and political affiliations with opposition organisations rightly opposed to the Islamic Republic of Iran, the only misinformation on Sakine Mohammadi Ashtiani’s case and that of others comes from the Islamic Republic of Iran in an effort to conceal its many crimes. Clearly, the regime’s officials have continued to sanction stoning and defend their [in]justice system of Sharia law. Sakine’s stoning sentence was for having an ‘illicit relationship’ for which she has already been flogged 99 times.

A new and comprehensive report shows that in fact over 100 people have been stoned to death by the regime and that 25 await death by stoning including a pregnant woman and a girl arrested when she was 15. The document using official sources can be found here in Persian: and is currently being translated.

Stoning is sanctioned by many religions, including Islam. Under Sharia law (which comprises of the Koran, Hadith and Islamic jurisprudence) stoning is the punishment of sex outside of marriage. Whilst though it is a sentence in other religions, it is Islamism today that has political power in many places including Iran, hence the barbarity and medievalism of countries under Islamic laws.

When the regime is overthrown by the unfolding people’s revolution in Iran, the world will be horrified at the extent of its crimes.

That day is very near.

Maryam Namazie

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