Stop the Execution of Zeinab
Zeinab Skaanvand another young Iranian woman from Kurdistan region
is set to be executed by the Islamic regime of Iran. She is accused of killing
her husband. When she was arrested, only 17 was held in the police station and tortured
by male police officers for weeks to make her confess to the killing. Zeinab was denied access to a lawyer until the very last
minute before her unfair trail. In court she refused to plead guilty but made a
shocking statement that the brother of her husband who had raped her many times
was responsible for the murder.
court ignored that Zeinab was abused for months by
her husband and refused her request for a divorce. The court ignored that she
was raped and raped by her brother in law. The court ignored that she was
forced to confess after month of torture and the promise by her brother in law
that he would pardon her (according to the Islamic law Qesas
under which she is sentenced to death, she would go free if a male member of
killed person family pardon her). The court ignored that she made the
confession, when she had no access to a lawyer. But what the court relied on
was the initial confession that she made under the force, physical torture and
deception. Zeinab under such highly discriminating
circumstances was sentenced to death by hanging.
Zeinab has been the
victim of a patriarchal society, to become a bride when she was still a
teenager, she has been abused by her husbands and raped by her brother in law,
abused and torture by the police officers and the prosecutors and that is still
not enough for an anti-woman, religious regime who wants to penalise her with
death because she is a woman and so she is guilty in any case.
This brutal and anti-woman regime has taken the life
of hundreds of women who have been the victim of male supremacy, rape, domestic
violence and other kinds of violence.
Reyhaneh Jabbari, a 19 years old Iranian girl
was executed in 2014 for stabbing the man who attempted to rape her. There have
been many similar cases of execution such as the case of Delar
Darabi, .. but this cannot go on. Many
other women such as Razieh Ebrahimi
who is accused of killing her husband because of years physical and verbal
abuse are on the death row.
It is enough!! we cannot allow that a rotten
religious regime to take the life of so many of our young women who have
suffered so much and are trapped in the cycle of abuse at home and by the
system in a society that patriarchy is dominant and is strongly protected by
the reactionary traditions, religion and above all with a suppression machine called
Islamic regime of Iran. These women have a life ahead of them and deserve to
have it free of violence and abuses.
Islamic regime forged its ideological identity by imposing laws and rules on
women, aimed at keeping them subordinate to men as lesser beings living lives
restricted by their gender. It has always reserved its most cruel repression
for women, especially those who defy these reactionary laws and the system as a
whole. The theocratic state considers any action by a woman not under the
control of her masters a threat to the whole social order and the patriarchal
and religious ideology that binds it together.
Islamic regime is well aware that increasing number of women is losing their
patients and cannot tolerate such suffocating anti-woman relation in which the
women are not treated as a human being. They are aware that increasing numbers
of women are rebelling against the reactionary traditions and the laws and
religion that promote and support them. The young women want to marry those who
they love even if they have to run away from the home. If they are not
protected against the rapist they will defend themselves. If they are not
defended against the violent husband they will have to fight it themselves.
relation between the Islamic regime and the people, during more than 37 years
of their rule has been defined only through suppression, prison, torture,
assault, rape and execution.
oppressive anti-women regime of the Islamic Republic has executed at least tens
of thousands of political prisoners since its foundation in 1979 and it has
executed more than 2000 prisoners including political prisoners since 2014.
Once more they have retained the number one position on a world scale!
Since Rohani’s presidency and the Iranian regime’s efforts to
convince the US and European imperialists that they can be relied on as a
"legitimate" and powerful state in helping them to come out of the
its economic and Middle East crisis, the regime has intensified the arrests and
executions of their opponents. In turn the imperialist powers, have turned a
blind eye on the executions, the intensification of the subordination of women,
the imprisonment of the opposition, the repression and imprisonment of workers
and toiling people by the Islamic state, as they have done throughout the past
37 years since the Islamic Regime came to power.
8 March Women’s Organisation (Iran-Afghanistan) in UK is calling to all progressive
and freedom lovers to act immediately to prevent the execution of Zeinab Sekaanvand
and the lives of hundreds who are in danger especially those women who are in
death row. We should be able to stop the killings of every single one of them
by organizing our protests.
your protest against this execution and your support for Zeinab
to our e-mail address
8 March Women's
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