ASSOCIATION FOR THE DEFENCE OF AZERBAIJANI POLITICAL
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 7, 2010
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The Association for the Defence of Azerbaijani Political
Prisoners in Iran (ADAPP) joins the world and fellow international human
rights organizations in condemning the stoning sentence of Sakineh
Mohammadie Ashtiani by the
Islamic Republic of Iran. ADAPP condemns
stoning of any kind and for any reason as is stipulated by the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights, Article 5—of which
ADAPP is all too familiar with
cases involving wrongful convictions, especially as it relates to Iranian
Ashtiani’s trials, marred by inconsistent and circumstantial evidence, are prejudiced at best. Mostafavi argues for total dismissal because of an Iranian provision that accords judges too much jurisdiction and too little impartiality. This is a clear insubordination of the Article 74 of the Iranian Penal Code. ADAPP also condemns the hypocrisy of the Iranian government in its dealings with its people. According to the ADAPP-produced July 2009 monthly report, Ashtiani has been prison-detained since 2005. Moreover, an earlier trial sentenced her to 100 lashes.
This unjust treatment must stop. Too many innocents have suffered senselessly. ADAPP commends the international community’s support and urges more pressure on the Iranian government, especially for those unknown detainees facing similar circumstances.
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