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Stoning of Soraya M.

In 2010 the Cinema for Peace Foundation launched a petition and organized a press conference for the Iranian Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani who at that time was convicted to death by stoning for committing adultery. Her case received a lot of global media attention and though she was not pardoned her stoning sentence was suspended on September 8, 2010.

One year later Ashtiani's fate still remains unclear and characterized by a series of ambiguous and often contradictory comments made by Iran's judiciary and government. Her former lawyer Mohammed Mostafaei lives in exile in Norway while her second lawyer Houtan Kian is also imprisoned in Iran and was tortured repeatedly.

In order to raise again attention on the case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani we would like to recommend you to watch “The Stoning of Soraya M.” by Cyrus Nowrasteh and “Women in Shroud” by Farid Haerinejad that both have received the Cinema for Peace Award for Justice in 2010. The films pick up women’s rights in Iran and criticize the death penalty, especially by stoning. We hope to inspire you again.

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