EQUAL RIGHTS NOW
ORGANISATION AGAINST WOMEN'S DISCRIMINATION IN IRAN
Urgent Actions: Stoning
31 July 2011 - International Day against Stoning Report
July 11: International Day Against Stoning
Stoning is execution by torture, an act of sheer barbarism and a hideous crime against humanity. Stoning is practised by Islamic governments and groups imposing the Islamic Sharia law. Hundreds of women and men have been killed, or are awaiting death, in this gruesome way.
Such savagery and barbarism must not be tolerated. Stopping stoning must be a priority for all humanitarian organisations and individuals throughout the world. We must put an end to this once and for all.
We, the International Committee against Stoning, heartened by the success of our campaign to save the Amina Lawal from the brink of stoning, and overwhelmed by the level of support and sympathy directed towards our campaign, are proposing to declare July 11, the day on which in 2001 Maryam Ayoubi, an Iranian woman and mother of three children, was stoned to death, as the International Day against Stoning.
This day was proposed by the International Committee against Stoning at the International Conference against Stoning, held in Naples, Italy on September 26, 2003, and was endorsed by the conference. July 11 should be the day on which people around the world reaffirm their rejection of stoning.