Hundreds of protesters will gather
worldwide Saturday to rally against the imprisonment and possible execution of an Iranian woman convicted of adultery
The case of Sakineh Mohammedie Ashtiani
has drawn international attention
. She was convicted of adultery in 2006 and faces the possibility of execution.
Ashtiani was originally sentenced to death by stoning
, but it was put on hold
earlier this month after an international outcry.
Despite the sentencing delay, human rights activists want to remind the world of Ashtiani’s plight, said Mina Ahadi, chairman of the International Committee Against Execution and Stoning
, one of the groups leading Saturday’s protests.
“The fact is, the execution can still happen,” Ahadi said. “And, often times in Iran, these types of executions will happen without any notice.”
Earlier this month, Ashtiani’s lawyer, Mohammad Mostafaei, told CNN that she confessed to the crime after being subjected to 99 lashes.
She later recanted the confession and has denied wrongdoing, he said.
Most civilized countries view the death penalty
as a barbaric practice
and a violation of human right.