Iran Human Rights Official Draws Fire for Defense of Stoning
19-Nov-2010 (5 comments)

Iran's top human rights official has come under fire for defending his country's use of stoning adulterers and others designated as criminals under Islamic law, claiming it is a "lesser punishment" than execution because it allows people a chance to survive.
Mohammad-Javad Larijani, a senior envoy and chief of Iran's Human Rights Council, rejected international condemnations of the practice which has included censure by the U.N., and he described stoning as a controlled legal procedure.
"Stoning means you should do a number of acts, by throwing the stone in a limited number, in a special way.…In the eyes of some people, stoning is a lesser punishment than execution because there is a chance you should survive," Larijani said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal published today.
Iran has been under international pressure over stonings since the sentencing of Sakineh Ashtiani, 43, for a 2006 adultery charge.

"Stoning exists in Iran and is part of the legal code," said Hadi Ghaemi, executive director of the international Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. "Stoning is clearly a form of murder and torture. International law forbids the use of torture and stoning."
"Larijani is giving the ruling class' interpretation of Sharia law," said Ghaemi. "Many other religious leaders disagree."

Shifteh Ansari

Larijani says stoning is better than execution!

by Shifteh Ansari on

Well, this is Iran's top human rights official, so you can guess what the rest are like!  Moron.



Absolutely crazy !

by Rea on



the ultimate Irony of the "human rights" official of IRI

by Roozbeh_Gilani on

Defending the stoning of a defenceless woman, deserves to become the subject of a hollywood black comedy. 

"Personal business must yield to collective interest."



by yolanda on

The guy is stupid to help bring the case back to the media spot-light.......I am glad that ABC reported once again shows the whole world how cruel, backward, and intransigent IRI is.........

Here is my hypothesis.....from Larijani's comment.......I also wonder if IRI still wants to stone Sakineh Ashtiani, but IRI may intentionally let her escape (not stoning her to death).......IRI has a lot of Islamic pride....they don't want to appear yielding to the international pressure by cancelling the stoning. 

The article is right:

Some analysts argue that if Iran were to stone Ashtiani it would cause more damage to its reputation than its alleged pursuit of a nuclear weapon.

"If they stone her, they will open the gates of a tsunami of condemnation, while they will make it much easier to gather consensus in the international community for stronger sanctions," said Meir Javedanfar, analyst and author of "Mahmoud Ahmedinejad: The Nuclear Sphynx of Iran."

Thank you, Shifteh Ansari, for your contribution to IC's news division

This is a great article! 


This reminds me

by Simorgh5555 on

I have to update my execution list for the IRI thugs. 40 names so far and counting. I have already mentioned Larijani should either be target assassinated Israeli style or brough to trial and executed if found guilty which he already is.