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Iranian Woman Now Faces Death by Hanging

Friday, 13 Aug 2010 09:10 AM


In a move apparently designed to deflect growing international criticism, Iran’s government appears to be quietly moving away from death by stoning towards death by hanging, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

This week, Iran quickly commuted the sentence of a 25-year-old woman convicted of adultery, saying she will be hung instead of stoned to death.The change comes after Iran also recently commuted a death by stoning sentence in the high-profile case of a 43-year-old mother of two convicted of adultery.

The commuted sentences are unlikely to dampen a continuing uproar by human rights groups that accuse Iran of expanding its use of capital punishment. But they do suggest that an international campaign to oppose Iran’s practice of stoning may be making gains.

The uproar over Iran’s use of stoning has crystallized around the case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani. The Iranian government initially charged her with adultery, a crime punishable in Iran by death by stoning. But then a concerted global effort to highlight her case emerged. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently weighed in on the issue, as The Christian Science Monitor reported. Brazil has also offered asylum to Ms. Ashtiani.

Iran appears to be listening.

Read the entire story at csmonitor.com

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