In 21st Century Culture, FOR YOUR CONSIDERSTION, NEWS AND COMMENTARY on November 3, 2010 at 4:33 PM


If anyone underestimates the power of social media networking, then all they need to do is look at the immediate situation in Iran and the case of Sakineh Ashtiani. For a complete report on the entire case, I recommend this article from The Guardian, here.


An International campaign to save the life of Sakineh Ashtiani worked in July. Now, the Iranian Regime, thinking and knowing that many of us will be focused on the Mid-Term Elections in the USA, recanted and will execute her any day now. Since the announcement 48 hours ago, every nation has issued a statement condemning the execution, just as they did in July, and close to 700,000 people have joined in the outcry against the impending act of injustice.

BUT WE STILL MUST TAKE ACTION BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE. Please, take a moment and send a message to Iran and its allies. It worked back in July. It worked to stop her execution today. But without your help, they will go thru with this horrific and untenable act, despite every nations’ effort to stop it.

How is it possible for a woman to be accused of adultery after the death of her husband? Why has she remained in prison, been tortured, denied fundamental elements of due process and judiciary rights? How can it be possible for this country to first, say they will not stone a woman to death and then, four months later, just when the United States Mid-Term Elections occur, announce her execution for the following day? Why are there two German journalists, her son and her lawyer now in prison for trying to get the message out to the world?   How is it possible for a nation that sits on the Human Rights Council of the United Nations to continually violate the basic tenants of Human Rights by committing atrocities against their own citizens? How much more will the world continue to rationalize this toleration of a regime who has openly lied, recanted on promises, blocked media coverage to cover up these horrific acts of violence, torture and murder?


It’s not too late to make a difference and stop Iran again from EXECUTING Sakineh Ashtiani. A global outcry prevented them from stoning her to death in July. Now they say they will carry out the execution, despite every nation’s open statements condoning this act of horrific injustice.




You may say whatever you choose but here are some suggestions from the website that has helmed the international campaign to save Sakineh’s life and combat the human rights violations in her case:

1. I have heard that Sakineh Ashtiani might be executed tomorrow and I am calling to urge your government to halt the execution and set a global example by ensuring fairness and justice in this case.

2. I am concerned that Sakineh’s son and her lawyer have also been detained and have had no access to legal counsel. I ask that they be assured fair and humane treatment and released immediately along with the two German journalists who were arrested with them.

3. I am relieved that Iran has invalidated Sakineh’s sentence of stoning for adultery, and urge the government to ensure stoning is banned throughout Iran.


Here’s the list of numbers numbers (international codes and alternative numbers in brackets):

Australia (+61) 02 62907000 (ext.9)
Austria: (+43) (0)1 712 2650
Belgium:(+32) 02 762 3745 (2 762 3771)
Brazil: (61) 3242-5733 (3242-5124 / 3242-5874)
Canada: (613) 235 4726, 613 233-4726
Denmark: (+45) 3916 0071
Finland: (+358) 9 6845391
France: 01- 4069 7900 (4069 7971/ 4069 7914 / 4069 7916 / 4069 7966)
Germany: (+49) (0)30 84353399
Greece: (+30) 210 674 1436
India: (+91) 11- 332 9600 (332 9601 / 332 9602 / 332 0491)
Ireland: (+353) 1 288 5881 (288 0252 / 288 2967)
Italy: (+39) 06 863 28485 (8632 8486)
Japan: (+81) 3-3446-8011
Mexico: (+52) 55 – 91722691 / 91722672 / 91722699
New Zealand: (+64) 4 386 2976
Norway:(+47) 23 27 29 60
Portugal: (+ 351) 213 041 850
South Africa: (+27) 12 342 5881
Spain: (+ 34) 91 345 01 12 (91 345 0116 / 91 345 0652)
Sweden: (+46) (8) 636 3600 (765 0829 / 765 3174 / 767 7929)
Switzerland: (+41) (0)31 351 0801 (351 0802)
Turkey: (+90) 312- 468 2821
UK: call the UK embassy in Iran (+ 98) 2164 052 267 — or — fax the Iranian embassy in the UK (+ 44) (20) 7589 4440

USA: (+1) (202) 965-4990

** Don’t hang up if you just hear silence. Others callers have said there is no ring tone but you have to hold on and someone will eventually answer. Please note that others have reported that they have been given false numbers by officials at the switchboard. If you can’t see your country in the list, you can find a full list here:

You could also call or send a message to the Iran Mission at the United Nations in New York — the number to call is: 1 212 687-2020

and the email is:

If they stop picking up the phone — don’t despair – it means they are getting the message — let’s keep the phones ringing off the hook.

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