Delara body was burried today

Delara body was burried today
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 پیکردلارا دارابی متولد 7 مهر 1365 خورشیدی امروز 12 اردیبهشت1388 خورشیدی  در حضور صدها نفر از دوستان و آشنایانش در باغ رضوان رشت به خاک سپرده شد. دیشب پدرش را به بیمارستان بردند . او در مراسم خاکسپاری دخترش حضور نداشت // Today May 2nd 2009, body of Delara Darabi born on September 28, 1986 was burried in "Heaven's Garden" in the Caspian City of Rasht, Iran. Hundreds of people attended her funeral. Her father who is now hospitalized was not present.  


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by Mehrban on

I can not find the document on the stay of execution issued by Ayatollah Shahroodi.  There are references to in different articles and blogs but not the document itself or any form of its direct communication (maybe it was verbal?!!) or the original news item.  Could you direct me to it on the web?  Thanks

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شب را سیاه بکش دلارا، بی ستاره، بی ماه و بی فردا

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آسیه امینی

ساعت یک صبح است. تازه از رشت رسیده ام تهران. با چشمانی برآماسیده و دلی برآماسیده تر. حتا نماندم تا دلارای نازنینم را خاک کنم. خانواده اش را تنها گذاشتم. با فریادهای دلخراش و گریه های بی امانشان. آن قدر در سرم فریاد هست که هرگز امروز از یادم نرود. 

صبح که خبر را از آقای خرمشاهی شنیدم فقط فرصت کردم که  آماده شده و راهی رشت شوم. در ر اه به محمد مصطفایی هم خبر دادم. او هم وکالت دلارا را پذیرفته بود و هفته پیش گفته بود اگر برای رضایت می روی من هم می آیم. و حالا باید برای تسلیت به خانواده اش می آمد. گفته بودمش که دو ماه وقت داریم هنوز. امضاها که بیشتر شد قرار می گذاریم. خطاب نامه این بار به خانواده صاحب خون بود. نه به رئیس قوه و نه به مردم و نه هیچ کس دیگر. کلی امضا پای نامه بود. تقریبا از همه اهل فرهنگ و هنر. نقاشان. نویسندگان، شاعران، سینماگران و.... نوشته بودیم شما اهل فرهنگید. زبان خشونت برازنده شما نیست. شما اهل شعور و معرفتید.

دو سال تمام است که لام تاکام حرفی نزدیم. نکند که به کسی بربخورد. همه اش گفتیم و گفتند فقط رضایت! رضایت تنها راه است! گفتیم 17 ساله بود. گفتند دیر است برای این حرفها فقط رضایت! گفتیم بحث نبود و نیست! این همه دلیل و سند وجود دارد که نشان می دهد او قاتل نیست! گفتند حکم قطعیت یافته، فقط رضایت! دو سال است خفه شدیم و رفتیم دنبال رضایت. این هم از عاقبت رضایت!

می توانستند بگویند رضایت نمی دهیم. می توانستند آب پاکی را از همان اول بریزند.  این همه بازی دادن چرا؟ سردواندن چرا؟ خب از اول می گفتند رضایت نمی دهیم و خلاصمان می کردند. شرط گذاشتند. همه پذیرفته شد. اجرا شد. نامه های دو طرف را مطبوعات چاپ کردند. وکیلش را عزل کردند ( البته بدون ابلاغ به خود وکیل)و .... آخرش همین بود؟! که همه را بگذارند در بیم و امید و روز جمعه!!! بدون دیدار خانواده و بدون حضور وکیل اعدامش کنند؟!  بدون شنیدن ضجه های مادرش؟ و پدری که امشب روانه بیمارستان شد و نمی تواند حتا دیگر شانه هایش را راست نگه دارد...

آخر انصاقتان کجا رفته بود. حتا اگر دلارای 17 ساله مرتکب قتل هم شده بود - که نشده بود- باز هم مرگی با این همه جفا؟... حیوان را هم که سر می برند فرصتی برای گلوتر کردن بهش می دهند. دلارا سه وکیل داشت. گیرم که عبدالصمد خرمشاهی را عزل کرده بود. آن دو دیگر را چرا نخواندید؟ شاید وصیتی داشت! شاید حرفی برای گفتن داشت! شاید آرزویی، توصیه ای، خواهشی...

دیر است و درد چنگ انداخته به گلویم. پشیمانم که برگشته ام تهران و البته چاره ای نداشتم. دلارا را فردا در خاک  می کنند و من نیستم کنارش تا گردن بند سوغاتی اش را به گردنش ببندم. می خواستم روز آزادی اش به گرردنش ببندم.  دادمش به غزاله و گفتم به او بگو که دیر رسیدم و بگو که ببخش اگر نتوانستم به قولم عمل کنم!

دخترکم نمایشگاه نقاشی ات به هیچ دردمان نخورد. دیگر فریبت نمی دهم با امید. دیگر قول نمی دهم که صدایت بلرزد از کورسوی امید و بگویی "می دانی آرزو داشتم نمایشگاه نقاشی بگذارم




by Luke (not verified) on

I have a problem here in my relaxed Spanish home, dealing with stories like Delara's, without feeling the upmost disgust for a culture that with one hand imparts the word of Allah, and with the other uses that devine name to take the life of another human being.
It is for muslims in Iran or Saudi Arabia or whichever muslim state to protest against this kind of barbarity in order that Islamic governments are pressurised into re-considering their interpretation of justice; a justice which, moreover, goes against the very nature of Islamic teaching, and which enthreatens Islam as a credible religion in this global age.
Shame on you the state of Iran, for furthermore showing the world your inability to forgive, and your readiness to take the life of another person before admitting your own weaknesses.
I for one, will go to bed tonight with a sense of pain that our 'humanity' is so far from being realised in the world. God bless Delara who did not deserve to die, as no individual 'deserves' to die, outside the world of manipulators, cynics and power-hungry murderers who gain satisfaction from threatening and controlling.
Delara, rest in peace.

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Attorney Mostafaei's thoughts on Delara

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Delara Darabi, who was in custody since she was 17 years old shockingly was executed in Rasht Central prison. The execution of this artist occurred without any prior notice to her. The news was very short but frightening. How easily we take someone's life?  How easily we put the ropes on a child’s neck?  How easy we feel the trembling of her small body?

My God this is a crime. My God it is not justice to take the life of this child. My God this is not justice to kill someone who does not deserve to die. Who will answer to this crime in the afterlife?  Is this fair justice? 

On March 24th 2006 (Fourth of Farvardin 1385) I met her in Rasht prison. I remember she had a very innocent face. She was not a murderer; I swear that she was not a killer. She painted a picture for me of an old man who was playing the violin. I did not know that he was playing her death song. I cannot believe she has been executed. She was really innocent, calm, collected and pure. It was not her time to die, but they took her life. My God please help us.  My God where should we go with all this injustice? My God, My God, My God, why have you created us so cruel?  Why? WhY?     

May 1st 2009 (11 of Ordibehesht 1388), was a very frightening day. At 9 A.M. I checked my S.M.S. and it was written "Delara executed". My whole body shook. I had no energy to move. Asieh Amini was on the line and was crying and said “they executed Delara today”. I got in my car and told my wife that I am going to Rasht. She said she was coming with me.  I don’t   know how I got to Rasht. Delara's mother was biting herself, her father was talking about how he delivered her daughter to authorities, and everyone was crying, everyone was hitting their head, everyone loved Delara. But she wasn't amongst us anymore. She got her peace today. No one will hear her voice again.

Her mother said that she met Delara in prison yesterday. Delara said “If I come out of prison, I want to continue my education. I would like to be free. One of the judges promised me to obtain forgiveness from the family of the deceased”. Delara continued “Mother I am innocent”.

At 7am Delara’s mother received a phone call from Delara who said “Mom, they want to execute me, I see the gallows, mother save me”. She then asked to talk to her father and said “I want to see you, for God sake save me”. At that point, someone took the phone receiver away from Delara and said “We are going to kill your child and you cannot do anything about it”.

While holding a Koran, Delara’s mother and father rushed to the prison. They cried, pleaded and yelled and said “please let us see the deceased family. We want o fall to their feet.”  They took Delara to the gallows with nobody around her. No father, no mother no lawyer who could listen to her needs. They put the rope on her delicate neck. I do not know who the cruel person was to pull the chair from under her feet. Judge Javid Nia issued her execution order. He is the newly appointed Judge in Rasht. Since his appointment, one person has already been stoned to death and this time it was Delara who was executed.

God bless her soul. But why? Why was Delara executed like this? A friend of mine said “even Saddam Hossein was not executed like this!”

 Why are the voices of the innocent not getting anywhere?  Some say Delara was at fault, some say it was her father's fault, some say it was her lawyer's fault. I say it is the fault of the judicial system here because whereas many countries have abandoned the execution of juvenile offenders, Iran insists on killing them. Why?

Why did they take her to the gallows without informing us in advance?  The executions of juveniles Reza Hejazi, in Isfahan and Behnam Zare in Shiraz were carried out in a similar manner, without prior notice. The executioner knew that if they had been given a deadline, the execution would not have happened because millions of people were supporting her. We all knew that an innocent girl was taken to the gallows and lost her life in injustice. Delara is not executed, she is at peace”.   




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Nazanin Afshin-Jam's thoughts on Delara

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I am at a loss for words. My heart is empty and my tears are flowing.

I have just finished reading the details by attorney Mohammad Mostafaei of the minutes leading up to Delara’s execution.  It is just too painful //

Delara, I have known you for almost three years.  We tried our best to keep you alive. We informed  and had the High Commission on Human Rights at the UN, the European Union and Parliaments worldwide act on your behalf. We spread awareness through the media, to human rights groups worldwide. We kept in touch with your family and your lawyers.  We conducted speeches and rallies worldwide. We sent you art supplies in prison and letters from supporters  to keep your spirits high. We tried our best to get in touch with the family of the deceased and convince them to understand the severity of taking a young life away. We tried Delara. We tried but we failed.

You are no longer with us in body, but your presence will live on forever, in the hearts of all the volunteers at Stop Child Executions, all the lawyers and human rights defenders fighting for justice, and  millions of supporters around the world fighting for your life.

If there is one thing I can promise you and your family, is that your death will not be in vain. Your departure from this temporary world we call Earth has emboldened and strengthened our fight to seek justice for the 140 children who remain on death row in Iran.

The Islamic Republic of Iran must be held accountable for their violations against humanity.  Clerical Judge Javid Nia, who approved your execution will be held into account one day.

In Delara’s case, Iran has breached many laws.

Injustice # 1

Iran is state party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Charter of the Rights of the Child which forbids the execution of those who have committed an offence before the age of 18. Delara was 17 years old when she was allegedly charged of murder. To the bitter end she maintained her innocence.


Injustice #2

The initial verdict that was issued, was based on a confession from a child that did not know her rights, and was not made aware of the consequences for taking the blame for a crime she says she did not commit.


Injustice #3

Medical examination of Mahin’s body in an autopsy suggested that the crime was committed by a right-handed person. Delara was left handed. If a new trial was accorded to present this new evidence, the death penalty verdict could have been reversed. Delara’s lawyer Abdolsamad Khoramshahi has tried for years to obtain a new trial and carry out a re-enactment of the crime in court, with no success. He is also convinced that due to Delara’s small frame and gentle nature, it was an impossibility for her to have committed the offence.  A partnering lawyer who followed the case, Mohammad Mostafaei, said “I swear she is innocent”.


Injustice #4

Whereas the head of Judiciary Ayatollah Shahroudi accorded a 2 month stay of execution in order for the families to try and negotiate  a pardon, Delara was executed in less than 10 days from this order.


Injustice #5

Under Iran’s Penal  Code it states that the family and lawyer of the accused are to be given 48 hours prior notice before execution.  No such warning had been given. Instead Delara was executed in secret, like Reza Hejazi and Behnam Zare, with no mother, father or sister to be with her in her last frightening moments or to hear her final words.


Injustice #6:

In cases of “ghesas” crimes, the decision whether or not to execute the accused rests with the relatives of the victim. What kind of Justice system allows the biased opinion of the family who has lost a family member to decide ones fate?


Around this time two years ago, Delara wrote this beautiful letter to me://

It was touching to read her words to all those who have helped her:

“Say hello to my true loving friends. Every night during my prayers I pray for all the people of this large and vast house. I pray that one day everyone becomes a lover and we all be the guests of Lord's vast  feast.

I don't know if I will meet you my dear ones or we must leave the meeting to the unseen world.

Anyway, Delara is not alone, Delaras are trapped in prisons and in need of God's help and in need of defenders of human right and humanity!!!””

One day we will meet Delara in heaven and she will have thanked us for continuing with the good fight.  

Delara, it is so sad and unfortunate that you had to depart like this without your family being able to say goodbye

 My most heartfelt condolences go out to your family Delara. The loss of a child is painful enough. The loss of a child under unjust circumstances is a tragedy….a tragedy that could have been avoided.

Stop Child Executions will be launching a full report on executions of juvenile offenders in Iran on June 17th in the UK Parliament via the Foreign Policy Center and I will also be addressing the issue in front of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva at that time.

To see Delara and her family in the documentary we made about her a year and a half ago, please visit:


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