Stoning case steals focus from other imprisoned dissidents, Iran activists say
Washington Post / Thomas Erdbrink
26-Jan-2011 (3 comments)

TEHRAN - A sentence of death by stoning has propelled an illiterate Iranian woman convicted of adultery to international fame, with Hollywood stars, French intellectuals and Western governments calling for her release.

But inside the Islamic Republic, many government critics, activists and artists say the case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani is diverting attention from the fate of dozens of imprisoned dissidents.

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Anahid Hojjati

yolanda, this Jan. 29th demonstrations are good

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These demonstrations on Jan. 29th in many different cities around the world should help. Here is the link to the blog that has information about these demonstrations.



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Hi! Anahid,

   I agree with you 100%.......we need to help the political prisoners like Tavakoli and Nasrin.....Tavakoli is great...I bookmarked his writings...he is so brave!

Did you see that people from Muslim countries rise up against the dictators? This should be a tumultuous year!!

Anahid Hojjati

We need to work harder to publicize punishment of activists

by Anahid Hojjati on

From a while ago, there has been much foucs on stoning cases and other cases that did not result in stoning but did not involve political activists.  There have been cases that people have been guilty but still there has been so much focus on them. Meanwhile Majid Tavakoli, Hengameh Shaheedi, Nasrin Sotoudeh, Bahareh Hedayat and so many others don't get 1/10 of the publicity, but rather than lessening publicity for stoning cases, the answer is to work harder to bring attention to other cases particularly political activists and the lawyers who are jailed.