Help save seven women from being stoned to death in Iran
Amnesty International has issued an urgent appeal to its members regarding the impending execution of seven women in Iran. The women are to be stoned to death for "crimes against chastity":
Under Shari'a law, a prisoner is buried up to her breast, her hands restrained. Rules also specify the size of the stones which can be thrown so that death is painful and not imminent. Both men and women can be sentenced to die by stoning. In practise, however, an overwhelming number of women receive that penalty. [IPS]
The sentences will be carried out in eight days. Ali Eteraz explains how you can help save these women by writing to Iran's Minister of Justice. His post includes the full text of a letter imploring the minister to spare these women in the name of international human rights. All you have to do is sign your name. Or, write your own and submit it to the minister at the address supplied.