Iran must end harassment of leading human rights lawyer on stoning case

We, the undersigned, are extremely concerned to learn that the whereabouts of leading human rights lawyer Mohammad Mostafaei is unknown and that his wife, Fereshteh Halimi, and brother-in-law, Farhad Halimi, have been arrested on 24 July by the Iranian authorities. Mostafaei is the lawyer of Sakine Mohammadi Ashtiani who has been sentenced to death by stoning for ‘adultery.’ Last week Mostafaei was issued a summons requiring him to present himself to Evin prison; he did so on 24 July. He was interrogated and released but received a further summons by telephone. Later that day, his wife and brother-in-law were arrested and remain in prison in order to exert pressure on Mostafaei to turn himself in. Scores of human rights defenders have been harassed or arrested in Iran with some being sentenced to death. Sakine Mohammadi Ashtiani’s son, Sajjad, who has appealed on her behalf has also faced interrogation and harassment. We call on the Islamic regime of Iran to immediately release Mostafaei’s family and end its harassment of Mostafaei and Sakine Mohammadi Ashtiani’s son Sajjad. We also demand that Sakine Mohammadi Ashtiani’s stoning and execution orders be rescinded and that she be released.

 

جمهوری اسلامی باید فورا به پیگرد و آزار وکیل برجسته حقوق بشر

در پرونده سنگسار سکینه محمدی آشتیانی خاتمه دهد

ما امضاکنندگان زیر بدینوسیله نگرانی شدید خود را از اینکه از سرنوشت محمد مصطفائی وکیل برجسته حقوق بشر در ایران خبری در دست نیست اعلام می‌داریم. ما همچنین اعلام می‌کنیم که بشدت نگران وضع همسر و برادر همسر ایشان، خانم فرشته حلیمی و آقای فرهاد حلیمی، هستیم که در روز ۲ مرداد ۱۳۸۹ توسط مقامات ایران دستگر شده‌اند. محمد مصطفائی وکیل سکینه محمدی آشتیانی است که بجرم «زنا» محکوم به سنگسار شده است. 

محمد مصطفائی هفته گذشته به بخش وزارت اطلاعات در زندان اوین احضار شد. وی خود را در روز ۲ مرداد ۱۳۸۹ به بخش مذکور معرفی کرد، که در آنجا مورد بازجوئی قرار گرفت و آزاد شد. اما مدتی بعد در همان روز همسر و برادر همسر وی دستگیر شدند. این دو نفر را در حال حاضر در حبس نگاهداشته‌اند تا به این وسیله محمد مصطفائی را تحت فشار بگذارند تا خود را تسلیم کند. تعداد بسیار زیادی از مدافعین حقوق بشر در ایران تا کنون مورد پیگرد و آزار قرار گرفته، دستگیر شده، و برخی به اعدام محکوم شده‌اند. سجاد پسر سکینه محمدی آشتیانی که از جانب مادر خود خواستار تجدید نظر در رای صادره برای وی شده نیز تا کنون مورد بازجوئی و پیگرد و آزار قرار گرفته است.

ما از رژیم اسلامی ایران می‌خواهیم که خانواده محمد مصطفائی را فورا آزاد کند و به پیگرد و آزار محمد مصطفائی و سجاد، فرزند سکینه محمدی آشتیانی، خاتمه دهد. ما همچنین از رژیم اسلامی ایران مصرانه میخواهیم که رای سنگسار و اعدام در مورد سکینه محمدی آشتیانی را رسما باطل اعلام کند و وی را آزاد نماید.

 Signed:

 Mina Ahadi, International Committee Against Stoning and International Committee Against Executions (Germany) Maryam Namazie, Iran Solidarity, Equal Rights Now – Organisation against Women’s Discrimination in Iran and One Law for All (UK) Shahla Abgari, Human Rights Activist (USA) Nazanin Afshin-Jam, Stop Child Executions (Canada) Louis Altman, attorney (UK) Helle Merete Brix, Journalist and Writer (Denmark) Nick Brown, Barrister (UK) Roma Ciesla, Polish Women's Lobby (Poland) Ewa Dabrowska-Szulc, Pro Femina Association (Poland) Malgorzata Danicka, 8 March Agreement (Poland) Richard Dawkins, Scientist (UK) Laura Dubinsky, Doughty Street Chambers (UK) Francis FitzGibbon, QC (UK) Isabella Forshall, QC (UK) Margaret Gordon, Christian Khan Law Solicitors (UK) AC Grayling, Writer and Philosopher (UK) Laura Guidetti, Marea Association (Italy) Maria Hagberg, Network against Honour-Related Violence (Sweden) Helen Heenan, JP (UK) Katrine Winkel Holm, Sappho (Denmark) Phillippa Kaufmann, Doughty Street Chambers (UK) Hope Knutsson, Sidmennt, the Icelandic Ethical Humanist Association (Iceland) Katarzyna Kopystyńska, Democratic Union of Women and Federation Polish Women's Lobby (Poland) Ghulam Mustafa Lakho, High Court Advocate (Pakistan) Malgorzata Lesniak, Polish Rationalist Association (Poland) Mel Lipman, Lawyer (USA) Anne-marie Lizin, Belgian Senate Honorary Speaker (Belgium) Peter Lownds, Barrister (UK) Marieme Helie Lucas, Secularism Is A Women's Issue (France) Mohamed Mahmoud, Centre for Critical Studies of Religion (UK) Kate Markus, Doughty Street Chambers (UK) Behnaz Parman, Artist (Germany) Pragna Patel, Southall Black Sisters (UK) David Pollock, European Humanist Federation (UK) Eloise Power, Doughty Street Chambers (UK) Eva Quistorp, MEP ad and Women for Peace (Germany) Yasmin Rehman, Women’s Rights Campaigner (UK) Carla Revere, Lawyers Secular Society (UK) Maria Rohaly, Mission Free Iran (USA) Terry Sanderson, National Secular Society (UK) Nina Sankari, European Feminist Initiative (Poland) Issam Shukri, Defense of Secularism and Civil Rights in Iraq (Canada) Elizabeth Sidney, Women Worldwide Advancing Freedom and Equality (UK) Giti Thadani, Writer and Filmmaker (India) Richy Thompson, National Federation of Atheist, Humanist and Secular Student Societies (UK) Anne Marie Waters, One Law for All Legal Team (UK) Women in Black (Serbia)

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