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Monday, 16 May 2011

Which Western Women On Press TV Weep For This Dodgy Justice?

What a hellhole the Islamic Republic of Iran is for women.


Especially those who run sufficiently foul of the regime to be arrested, often on the flimsiest grounds.

It's been reported (and confirmed http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4068646,00.html) that among the victims of the Islamic Republic of Iran's draconian laws, which have seen record numbers of prisoners hanged in recent months - 64 of them within one fortnight alone, and six (including two opposition activists) on Monday - were a Jerusalem-born Jewish woman of Iranian origin in her mid-fifties, Adiva Mirza Soleyman Kalimia, and her Armenian Christian husband, Varjan Petrosian.The couple met their deaths, with others (two men and one woman, who remain unidentified), in the courtyard of Teheran's Evin Prison on 14 March.

It's not known what offence they supposedly committed, nor what they were doing in Iran, and although Ms Kalimia's arrest was officially due, it seems, to a charge of adultery, Evin is known for its political prisoners' wing.

Last year, despite a vigorous campaign on her behalf by international human rights groups with well-founded doubts concerning her guilt, Iran hanged yet another woman – something that Britain last did in 1956, when Ruth Ellis went to the gallows for her part in a murder. Forty-year-old Shahla Jahed, whose first trial in 2004 had “procedural errors”, was convicted of the 2002 murder of Laleh Saharkizan, the first wife of her former lover, 1980s football star Nasser Mohammadkhani. Shahla had been in a temporary marriage with him – one of those ploys that Shia Islam permits – and he reportedly was there to see her executed. So was her victim Laleh’s brother (or son, depending on which report you read), who kicked the chair from under Shahla, who after praying burst into tears and screamed for her life to be spared.

In Iran, following imposition of a death sentence, the convicted prisoner’s family is permitted to make a direct appeal to the family of the victim’s family to stop the execution from going ahead. But Shahla's lawyer, Abdol-Samad Khoramshahi, claims that he was given insufficient time properly to make the customary appeal for clemency to the victim’s relatives. "According to the rules I should have been informed 48 hours before the execution so that I can go to the bereaved family asking them to forgive Shahla for the last time," he said. Instead, he had just a few hours. Judiciary officials also joined in the appeals for mercy, reports indicated.

Malcolm Smart, Amnesty director for the Middle East and North Africa, said there were "strong grounds" to believe she had not receive a fair trial."She may have been coerced into making a 'confession' during months of detention in solitary confinement," he said in a statement. “She retracted that confession at her trial but the court chose to accept it as evidence against her."

The Council of Europe said the execution showed that Iran's government had "little respect for human rights". "I am dismayed by this latest execution in Iran and also by the inhumane way in which it was carried out," said the organisation's secretary-general Thorbjorn Jagland. There were numerous strong denunciations of the trial and execution, some by Muslim women in various countries.

And to add insult to injury, of course, Iran had lately attempted to acquire a seat on the UN Commission on the Status of Women. No wonder that bid was blocked, and a petition, signed by 214 activists and endorsed by over a dozen human rights bodies, was circulated that read:"Iran's discriminatory laws demonstrate that the Islamic Republic does not believe in gender equality. Women lack the ability to choose their husbands, have no independent right to education after marriage, no right to divorce, no right to child custody, have no protection from violent treatment in public spaces, are restricted by quotas for women's admission at universities, and are arrested, beaten, and imprisoned for peacefully seeking change of such laws."

Which western women who receive Ahmadinejad’s shilling - or, rather, rial - by parroting the Iranian line on the propaganda news station Press TV will weep for the “justice system” that convicted, among other members of their sex, Adiva Kalimia and Shahla Jahed?

Alas, I think we all know the answers to that question.

1 comment:

  1. They will not be forgotten, and they will be avenged.

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