The Anti-Iran Campaign

Hillary Clinton to Iran: stop using death penalty so much

By Howard LaFranchi, Staff writer / August 10, 2010

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Tuesday expressed concern about the case of a Iranian woman sentenced to death for adultery. Only China uses the death penalty more.

Washington – Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday added her voice to the growing international chorus condemning what Iranian human rights activists say is expanding use of execution as almost routine punishment in Iran.

The high-profile case Secretary Clinton cited in a statement is that of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the Iranian woman who was handed a sentence of death by stoning after she was found guilty of adultery.

The Iranian government later announced she would not face death by stoning. But Clinton said that other cases where Iranians face execution for “exercising their right to free expression” after the disputed June 2009 elections, or for homosexuality, suggest that many legal cases in Iran are not proceeding “with the transparency or due process enshrined in Iran’s own constitution.”

Both President Obama and Clinton were sharply criticized for remaining tight-lipped during the tumultuous days of public protest following Iran’s presidential election in June 2009. Human rights activists accused the Obama administration of overlooking widely broadcast evidence of rights abuses so as not to jeopardize Obama’s policy of seeking dialogue with the government in Tehran over its nuclear program.

In the president’s defense, administration officials said Obama and other policymakers were concerned that any expression of support for the election protesters could be used by the government against them.

The administration has recently insisted that the offer of dialogue is still open to Tehran, but apparently the lengthening string of showcased executions and imminent executions prompted Clinton to break the administration’s silence.

“The United States urges the Iranian government to halt these executions in accordance with its obligations to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and calls for the immediate release of all political prisoners an imprisoned human rights defenders,” Clinton said.

Last month the Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation, which monitors the Iranian media for death-penalty cases, reported that 135 executions were known to have been carried in Iran so far this year. The foundation listed 399 known executions in Iran in 2009, second in the world behind China (and well ahead of the US, often singled out among Western countries for the use of capital punishment, which carried out 52 last year).

Last month seven Iranians were executed on charges of drug trafficking, although rights advocates say such charges are often leveld against citizens the government is seeking to silence for other reasons.

In addition to Ms. Ashtiani, who has been in prison in Tabriz in northwestern Iran since 2005, Clinton singled out the cases of Jafa Kazemi, Mohammad Haj Aghaei, and Javad Lari, whom she said face “imminent execution” for protesting the 2009 election.

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5 Responses to The Anti-Iran Campaign

  1. kruitvat says:

    Senator Clinton of New York was the top Democratic recipient of pro-Israel funds.
    (Joshua Frank – January 3, 2006 – ‘Hillary Clinton, AIPAC and Iran’)
    http://www.counterpunch.org/frank01032006.html)

  2. kruitvat says:

    Hillary Clinton said that ‘new settlements complicate US goals on Iran’.
    But Hillary Clinton lied.
    There are still new settlements in occupied Arab lands but some months ago Hillary Clinton organized new sanctions against Iran.

    —-

    The article:

    Hillary Clinton to AIPAC: ‘New Israeli settlements complicate US goals on Iran’

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said at the AIPAC conference Monday that new Israeli settlements in occupied Arab lands not only hurt US standing in the peace process, but they also complicate the US bid to win additional sanctions against Iran.’
    http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Foreign-Policy/2010/0322/Hillary-Clinton-to-AIPAC-New-Israeli-settlements-complicate-US-goals-on-Iran

  3. kruitvat says:

    Hillary Clinton and AIPAC…

    Clinton Says Iran Sanctions ‘Will Bite’

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference in Washington.

    March 22, 2010
    By Andrew F. Tully

    WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has told an influential pro-Israel lobbying group that she’s optimistic the UN Security Council will approve sanctions against Iran that will be strong enough to make it finally disclose the scope of its nuclear program.

    “There is a growing international consensus on taking steps to pressure Iran’s leaders to change course,” Clinton said.

    In a speech in Washington before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Clinton noted that the Security Council has already voted three times to impose sanctions on Tehran.

    But those measures have failed to persuade Iran to be fully transparent about its nuclear program, which many believe is aimed at developing an atomic bomb. Now, she said, it’s time for stronger sanctions.

    “Our aim is not incremental sanctions, but sanctions that will bite,” Clinton said. “It is taking time to produce these sanctions, and we believe that time is a worthwhile investment for winning the broadest possible support for our efforts.”

    The issue is crucial to Israelis, who view Iran as a growing threat to their very existence, now that it is building rockets with greater range. Israel and many of its supporters also have interpreted comments by Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad as advocating the elimination of the Jewish state.

    Clinton described the broad threat the United States believes Iran’s nuclear program presents, saying it encouraged violence by nonstate militants in the Middle East and could trigger an arms race in the region, especially among predominantly Sunni Muslim states that oppose Shi’ite Iran.

    “A nuclear-armed Iran would embolden its terrorist clientele and would spark an arms race that could destabilize the region. This is unacceptable,” Clinton said.

    “It is unacceptable to the United States, it is unacceptable to Israel, it is unacceptable to the region and the international community. So let me be very clear: The United States is determined to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.”

    U.S. Opposes Israeli Settlements

    The delegates to the AIPAC convention applauded enthusiastically several times when Clinton was speaking of Iran, but her comments on U.S.-Israeli relations were met by a more subdued reaction.

    A diplomatic rift opened up between Israel and the United States on March 10, when Israel announced plans to build 1,600 new Jewish homes in predominantly Palestinian East Jerusalem. The announcement came as U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was on a visit to the country in a show of U.S. support for Israel.

    Biden and Clinton both sharply condemned the plan, and Clinton followed up with a 40-minute phone call to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in which she told him that the announcement sent “a deeply negative signal” about Israel’s relationship with the United States, according to the State Department.

    In Washington today, Clinton repeated the U.S. position that Israel should not build Jewish settlements on land that would come under Palestinian control in a future two-state solution.

    “New construction in East Jerusalem or the West Bank undermines that mutual trust and endangers the proximity talks that are the first step toward the full negotiations that both sides say they want and need,” Clinton said.

    “And it exposes daylight between Israel and the United States that others in the region could hope to exploit. It undermines America’s unique ability to play a role — an essential role — in the peace process.”

    She said U.S. objections were based on the belief that only a two-state solution can bring peace and security to Israel, which she said Washington is committed to achieving.

    Clinton said talks already are under way with Netanyahu on confidence-building measure Tel Aviv can take to restore Palestinians’ confidence in the so-called “proximity” peace talks, in which the two sides negotiate separately through a mediator.

    On March 21, Netanyahu said he had ruled out a freeze on settlement building as a potential compromise.

    The Israeli leader is scheduled to address the AIPAC convention today, and meet with Clinton tonight. On March 23 he meets with President Barack Obama at the White House.

    http://www.rferl.org/content/Clinton_Says_Israel_Settlements_Obstacle_To_Peace/1990642.html

  4. kruitvat says:

    The Anti-Iran campaign: BBC

    12 August 2010
    Iran TV airs ‘confession’ from woman facing stoning

    The BBC’s Jon Leyne explains what the footage showed
    Iranian state TV has aired what it says is a confession by a woman under threat of being stoned to death for adultery.

    In the interview shown on Wednesday, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani purportedly admits conspiring to murder her husband in 2005 and denounces her lawyer.

    After an international outcry, Iranian officials temporarily halted her stoning sentence last month, but there are fears she will now be hanged.

    The 43-year-old had said she was forced to confess to the charges of adultery.

    In May 2006, a criminal court in East Azerbaijan province found Ms Ashtiani guilty of having had an “illicit relationship” with two men following the death of her husband. She was given 99 lashes.

    But that September, during the trial of a man accused of murdering her husband, another court reopened an adultery case based on events that allegedly took place before her husband died.

    Despite retracting a confession she said she had been forced to make under duress, Ms Ashtiani was convicted of “adultery while being married” and sentenced to death by stoning.

    Murder case
    The mother-of-two’s alleged confession to complicity in her husband’s murder, which was made in Azeri and dubbed into Persian, was aired on one of the main state-run television channels.

    There was no mention of the stoning sentence and the focus of the interview was moved away from the allegation of adultery.

    The woman, whose face was pixelated, admitted her part in the 2005 killing, despite Ms Ashtiani having earlier told Western media that she had been acquitted of the charge.

    She said her husband’s cousin had told her he wanted to kill her husband, but that she had assumed this was a joke.

    “Later I realised that he was a killer,” the woman said.

    One day the man came to her house “with all the required equipment,” she added.

    “He had brought electric devices, wire and gloves. He then killed my husband by electrocuting him. He asked me before to send my children to their grandmother’s house.”

    The woman also criticised her lawyer, Mohammed Mostafaie, for interfering in the case.

    “Why has he taken my case to the TV? Why has he disgraced me?”

    Mr Mostafaie has fled Iran and is now seeking asylum in Norway.

    Iran defiance
    Another of Ms Ashtiani’s lawyers has said that she was tortured for two days in prison to force her to make her televised confession on Wednesday.

    Ms Ashtiani had said she was forced to confess to the charges of adultery
    Human rights activists fear that she is now in danger of imminent execution.

    The BBC’s Tehran correspondent, Jon Leyne, says the Iranian authorities are clearly trying to move the focus away from the adultery charge and the stoning sentence, and to brand Ms Ashtiani a murderer.

    The airing of the TV confession is a sign that she could soon be executed, probably by hanging, our correspondent says.

    It seems the Iranian officials are sending a tough message to Western media and human rights groups that if they interfere in Iranian affairs and cause embarrassment, it will be counter-productive, he adds.


    Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani

    Held on death row in Tabriz, East Azerbaijan since 2006
    43 years old; two children
    May 2006: 99 lashes for “illicit relationship” with two men following the death of her husband
    September 2006: Case re-opened during trial of a man accused of murdering her husband; convicted of “adultery while being married”; sentenced to death by stoning despite retracting a confession
    8 July 2010: Iran suspends stoning sentence, says case will be reviewed
    11 July: East Azerbaijan judiciary says she was also convicted for conspiracy to murder husband
    24 July: One of her lawyers flees Iran
    7 August: Guardian publishes her statement that she was never convicted on murder charg

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-10949629

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