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Friday, June 26, 2009 

The Stoning of Soraya M. and Trust-Fund Babes [Manda Zand Ervin]

I saw the movie The Stoning of Soraya M., at a private showing in Washington, D.C. and, although I have seen many pictures of the stoning of the women and young girls by the Iranian Islamic regime, I could not believed that the human race is capable of such cruelty. Apparently our words and cries are not strong enough to raise human-rights awareness, but this movie can help our cause. After all, one picture is worth a thousand words.

As the only Iranian woman is the room, I tried hard to suppress my tears. I kept thinking, “This can not be the country I grew up in! Where have these people come from? They can not be the people I lived among!” No wonder all the old Iranian philosophers have looked at the mullahs as evil beings.

I asked the producers why this movie isn’t shown nation-wide — world-wide — to all the people on this planet who turn a blind eye to the barbarism of the Iranian regime. This movie must be shown at the U.S. Congress, at the White House, at the United Nations, and the European Parliament, I insisted. On behalf of Iranian women, I would like to invite all the women politicians to see the real crimes against humanity and the abhorrent injustice against helpless women and young girls.

The Stoning of Soraya M. must be shown at the annual conference of the U.N.’s Commission on the Status of Women, to which I was a delegate. But, of course, this kind of movie will never be shown because of the politics — UNIFEM is receiving millions of dollars from the Islamic regime every year, paid off to see no evil and hear no evil. The hypocrisy is revolting, the immorality is beneath contempt.

When I got home, I communicated with a woman activist inside Iran about the movie. She said: As barbaric as the act of stoning is, it is the brutal assault against the human dignity of a female person that makes me cry of pain and shame. It is the absolute helplessness that makes me cry out in protest and get arrested again and again.

How can the powerful women on your side of the world be so indifferent towards the women in this globalized world of theirs? How can they think for one minute that their freedom and equality is worth anything as long as there are women living under these conditions? Monir K. is one of the many brave Iranian women who have spent many years of her life battling against the sharia laws that makes the stoning of women and young girls legal.

The trust-fund ladies and their friends in Hollywood go to Iran talk to hand-picked Iranians while their “travel handlers,” who are plain-clothed Revolutionary Guards, assigned by the regime, are watching every move people make and every word they utter to the visitors. The ladies of leisure take publicity photos in the mandatory Islamic robes and head covers and come home to talk about their visit to the “exotic Islamic third world.” Iranian women call them “Cultural Imperialists.”

Cultural Imperialists attend the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, praising the woman selected by the Islamic regime, but they will not utter one word of support for the real activists, the women who are in prisons, getting tortured and hanged, trying to take back their place among the respected people in the world.

It is a fact that the feminist American culture, the culture of Hollywood, is one of the major issues that Islamists like Khomeini, Bin Laden, Hezbollah, the Muslim brotherhood, and the Taliban have against America and the West. But this culture supports the Islamists by its silence and indifference to the issue of human rights. The Stoning of Soraya M. should have received many academy awards, many Cannes awards, and many movie reviews. It is the least this culture can do for the Iranian women suffering to gain the same human rights that American feminists exploit.

— Manda Zand Ervin is the president of the Alliance of Iranian Women

They are arrested, imprisoned and tortured
but more of them stand up, cry out and give their lives.
As they say, “we only want freedom,
but they get no support from the
international community.
Women have continued their protests
 against gender apartheid Islamic regime.

In front of the Sports Stadium gates in Iran women are asking “where is my share, where is my rights? And; “my share half of freedom, stadiums are for all”


On Saturday April 11 the Iranian/American women held a rally in front of the building where the world wrestling games between the American and Iranian wrestlers were being held, in Los Angeles California, calling for Iranian women’s right to enter the sports stadiums and cheer for their players.

One of the actions that the Islamic regime has taken against Iranian women is barring them from entering the sports stadiums. Although the women of other countries are allowed to be at the games cheering their players in the games held in Iran, the old clergymen have refused to allow the women of Iran to attend the games despite decades of protests and wonderful films like Jafar Panahi’s ‘Offside’.

Unfortunately the international sports organizations such as the world cup have not only refused to punish the Khomeinists for this, they even went so far as barring the women’s soccer team in London because the Islamic style uniforms that has been forced on Iranian players.


The international campaign for human rights in Iran quotes Ms. Nasrin Sotudeh, Lawyer and human rights activist, as saying: “the supposition that the international negotiations or agreements on the nuclear problems will automatically solve the problem of our human rights and open the sports stadiums’ doors to women, is not true.”


However, on Thursday 9th of April, 2015, Mr. Mohammad Reza Naqdi the head of the Basij paramilitary organization had a different opinion which he announced to a group of Basij women: “Attending the sports stadiums is quite unnecessary for women as they fulfill much more important roles in our social and cultural areas.  Iranian women are required to help the downtrodden people of Bahrain, Yemen, Palestine, Iraq and others.” Naqdi; continued: “what Iranian women should want is to play a part in the liberation of Jerusalem.”

Iran Still a Leading Executioner of Minors, Report Says



Iran is one of the leading executioners of juvenile offenders, despite its improved legal protections for children and a pledge more than two decades ago to end the death penalty for convicts younger than 18, Amnesty International said Monday.

In a new report, Amnesty International said that it had documented the execution of at least 73 juveniles in Iran from 2005 to 2015 and that 160 juvenile offenders are languishing on the country’s death row.

The report casts doubt on laws meant to improve children’s rights in Iran in the past few years, including new discretion by judges to impose alternative punishments on juveniles convicted of capital crimes. In reality, the report said, these changes are attempts by the authorities to “whitewash their continuing violations of children’s rights and deflect criticism of their appalling record as one of the world’s last executioners of juvenile offenders.”

Amnesty International, a leading global advocate for abolition of the death penalty, had also recorded the execution of juveniles in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Yemen, and there are juveniles on death row in the Maldives and Nigeria.

There is little doubt among rights groups that Iran has executed more people convicted of capital crimes committed as minors than any other country.

“Iran is almost certainly the world leader in executing juvenile offenders,” Michael G. Bochenek, senior counsel of the children’s rights division at Human Rights Watch, said in a post on its website in April.

Amnesty International has released its report as a United Nations committee is reviewing compliance with the Convention of the Rights of the Child. In 1994, Iran ratified that treaty, which prohibits capital punishment and life imprisonment without the possibility of release for offenses committed by people younger than 18.

“This report sheds light on Iran’s shameful disregard for the rights of children,” Said Boumedouha, deputy director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Program, said in a statement released with the report. “Despite some juvenile justice reforms, Iran continues to lag behind the rest of the world, maintaining laws that permit girls as young as 9 and boys as young as 15 to be sentenced to death.”

There was no immediate comment from Iranian officials on the Amnesty International report. Requests for a response from Iran’s mission to the United Nations in New York were not returned. The Iranian judicial authorities have previously sought to impugn reporting by Amnesty International about Iran’s use of the death penalty as biased and lacking credibility.

Elise Auerbach, an Iran specialist in Amnesty International’s United States branch, said Iran had in the past sought to sidestep criticism of its juvenile death-penalty practices by saying that offenders were not executed until after they had reached adulthood.

“They have executed juvenile offenders,” she said. “If the person commits a crime at age 15 and is not executed until age 21, they’re still executed as juvenile offenders.”

Ms. Auerbach said the report, written by researchers at Amnesty International’s headquarters in London, was based on information received from death-penalty opponents and human rights defenders in Iran, as well as from lawyers and relatives of juveniles convicted of capital crimes in Iran.

Now that Iran is emerging from an era of international sanctions and is seeking broader acceptance, Ms. Auerbach said, rights groups are hoping that the Iranian authorities “realize they have to act in accordance with international human rights standards.”

For years, Iran has ranked among the world’s top executioners. In July, Amnesty International said the Iranian authorities were believed to have executed 694 people in the first seven months of 2015, the equivalent of more than three people a day.
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