Save Malak Ghorbany from stoning

نگذارید "ملک قربانی" سنگسار شود


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Statement from the International Comitee against stoning:
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Woman sentenced to death by stoning

Iran Press News (second story from the top):
حکم سنگسار برای یک زن کرد نقده ای

Iran Resist:
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Internation comitee against stoning:Six Women are in the verge of stoning in Iran

Save Malak Ghorbany from Death by Public Stoning

Dagbladet (in Norwegian):
Derfor skal hun dø

Women Protest Stoning To Death
This is the voice of Malak Ghorbany
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Women's Rights are Human Rights

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'Adulteress' mother of 2 faces death by stoning

Group Urges Bush to Rebuke Iran's Stoning of Women

The Village Voice:
Stoning Women to Death

General information

Execution of a teenage girl

Documentary about the execution of 16 year old Atefeh Sahaaleh.

List of execution in Iran in 2006

Video of stoning (very graphic)

Women and the death penalty in modern Iran

Iran Human Rights

U.S Department of State:
Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - 2005

Amnesty International:
Human rights situation in Iran

International Campaign Against Honour Killings


February 6 2007:  Interview with Malak Ghorbany's lawyer. Read more

December 28 2006: New hearings begin for Malak Ghorbany. Read more

 July 22 2006:  In response to international pressure opposing the public stoning of Malak Ghorbany, and the barbaric punishment of women by stoning in general, the Iranian Embassy in France has announced that Malak Ghorbany's case is being re-evaluated, and her original sentence (public stoning for committing adultery) is expected to be revised.

Dear friends,

Once again, another Iranian woman has been sentenced to death by the barbaric practice of public stoning. On June 28, 2006, a court in the northwestern Iranian city of Urmia sentenced Malak Ghorbany to death for committing "adultery." Under Iran's Penal Code, the term "adultery" is used to describe any intimate or sexual act between a man and a girl/woman who are not married. The crime of adultery is also used in cases where a girl is deemed to have committed "acts incompatible with chastity," which includes instances of rape. The punishment for "adultery" is death.  

On the day of her punishment, the woman's hands are tied behind her back as she becomes covered from head to toe in winding sheets and is placed seated in a pit. The pit is then filled up to her chest with dirt and the dirt is tamped down. At that point, members of the community are invited to murder her by hurling rocks at her. However, to ensure that the condemned woman/girl receives the absolute maximum amount of pain and torture, the Iranian government has even mandated the size of the stones that are to be used in this barbaric act of public execution. By law, the stones must not be too small as to prevent ultimate death, nor must they be too large that they could cause the girl's death "too soon."

The Committee for the Defense of Human Rights of Iranian Kurdistan has issued a statement to save the life of Malak Ghorbany, and I have initiated a petition, directed to members of the United Nations, Amnesty International, the ruling clerics in Iran, and various other organizations and entities around the world to oppose Malak's barbaric sentence. I need you to help me save Malak's life, as we did with the 17 year old Nazanin, by signing this petition and raising as much awareness as possible to her case. Without significant international pressure and expressions of outrage at the atrocities committed by the Isalmic regime, Iranians will continue to be subjected to medieval practices that violate the most basic rights of humans. 

I thank you for your support, friendship, and kindness, and I look forward to a day when no woman is abused, tortured, or murdered simply because of her gender.


Lily Mazahery

The direct link to Saving Malak's Life is:

More actions you can take

  • Help us spread the news about Malak Ghorbany! Tell your family, friends and others who might be interested. Direct them to this web page and ask them to take the actions listed here.
  • Contact newspapers, TV-channels, blogs and other media and ask them to report this story.
    US residents can contact local or national media via
  • Write about Malak in your own blog, homepage, or in internet forums or chat rooms you frequent.
  • Link to this website from your homepage or your email signature.
  • Write the Iranian government or the Iranian embassy of your country , thank them for staying the execution and demand that she will be aquitted in the new trial and not receive any further punishment. Read more
  • Contact politicians/representatives, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in your country or your embassy in Tehran and ask them to pressure Iran in this case. 
    In U.S., contact your representative in U.S. Congress, and demand that he/she speaks out against violations of human rights, including sentences of stoning,  in Iran:  Congress members by state 
    You can also find information about U.S. Members of Congress and their Committee activity
  • Contact the United Nations Office of Human Rights on  this email-address  and ask them to protest.
  • Sign this petition against stoning.


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