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Status of Women in Iran Somewhat Dubious

10:00 AM, Jul 2, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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Status of Women in Iran Somewhat Dubious

Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani

The Daily Mail

Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani, a 42-year-old mother of two, confessed to the crime of adultery in 2006 after being subjected to 99 lashes. She later recanted her statement, but was found guilty despite the fact that there were no witnesses to her adultery, as is supposed to be required in the Iranian justice system. Her conviction was upheld through all levels of the courts, which value a woman's testimony at only a fraction of a man's. Ashtiani will be put to death by stoning. She will be buried to her chest in the ground, at which point stones "large enough to cause pain but not so large as to kill her immediately" will be hurled at her head. The public will not be allowed to see the execution for fear of a backlash against leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The Islamic Republic of Iran was named to a four-year seat on the UN Commission on the Status of Women in April. In its capacity there, Iran will be part of the "principal global policy-making body" on women's rights. According to the UN, "the Commission also makes recommendations to the Council on urgent problems requiring immediate attention in the field of women's rights."

Ashtiani's stoning is imminent. Might be a good time to recommend an urgent problem requiring immediate attention.

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