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URGENT: Young Iranian Woman, Delara Darabi, Executed on May 1st, 2009. May She Rest in Peace.

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Hello to all:

I just received word from the international human rights campaign, Stop Child Executions , that Delara Darabi, a young artist who has been in Rasht prison for the last five years in Iran, is at great risk of imminent execution.

A few days ago, she was told by prison authorities to prepare herself as she would be executed any day. Her lawyer, Abdolsamad Khoramshahi, is convinced that if she were to be given a new trial whereby they could re-enact the scene of the crime, it would be easily proven that Delara is innocent of the alleged murder she was convicted of. Khoramshahi has said many times that he has new evidence including the crime being committed by a right handed person whereas Delara is left-handed.

Many attempts have been made by human rights groups and celebrities to try and get a pardon from the victim's family; however, they have said that they want her execution to be carried out.

Stop Child Executions has been documenting Delara's case for several years and informing members of parliament worldwide, human rights group, the United Nations and the general public about her condition.

In 2007, Stop Child Executions produced a ten minute documentary about Delara that may be viewed here: http://www.stopchildexecutions.com/Delara.aspx

For more information on Delara Darabi and back story, please visit: http://scenews.blog.com/Delara%20Darabi/

Please send your urgent action by phoning or faxing the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations:

Mohammad Khazaee, Ambassador and Permanent Representative
622 Third Ave. New York, NY 10017
Tel: (212) 687-2020 / Fax: (212) 867-7086

And writing to the Head of Judiciary in Iran:

His Excellency Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi
Howzeh Riyasat-e Qoveh Qazaiyeh / Office of the Head of the Judiciary
Pasteur St., Vali Asr Ave., south of Serah-e Jomhouri,
Tehran 1316814737,
Islamic Republic of Iran
Phone: [00 98 21] 391 1109
Fax: [00 98 21] 390 4986

Salutation: Your Excellency

Your support in this case is much needed!!!

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jap21's picture

Did my best

Dear Jackie:

I have sent the letter. Did my best. Hope it works.

Let's pray.

A hug,

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

Jackie,

Thank you so much for taking the initiative to write a letter to the government of Iran. I cannot say for certain what effect it will have, but knowing what this girl is suffering through, how can we sit back and not do anything to show her our support and solidarity?

When some of us experience such freedom and opportunity and others such slavery and voicelessness, we must never sit by idly and silently hoping that someone else will do something about it.

Act now to help others. It's the only way to live.

With love,

Jackie

Tanya's picture

Is there a draft available?

Hi Jackie,

Just wondering if there is a rough draft of the letter available? I ask because, I've tried to spread the message but many people would not go through the entire effort of composing a letter. Instead, if there is a draft available, everyone can either modify it or send the same letter (with ofcourse their own name and other relevant details). Since, there are only two days left..the more people send in letters, the better our chances of having this work. Do let me know.

Regards,

Tanya Daud

Absolutely Tanya! Here it is. Please pass it on to as many people as you know/can:

Your Excellency Ayatollah Shahroudi:

Delara Darabi, the young artist who has been in Rasht prison for the last 6 years in Iran, is at risk of execution. I understand that her lawyer Abdolsamad Khoramshai has been informed that her execution is scheduled in the next few days. He is convinced that if she were to be given a new trial whereby they could re-enact the scene of the crime, it would be easily proven that Delara is innocent of the alleged murder she was convicted of.

Khoramshahi has said many times that he has new evidence including the crime being committed by a right-handed person whereas Delara is left-handed. Many attempts have been made by human rights groups and celebrities to try and get a pardon from the victim's family; however, they have said that they want her execution to be carried out.

Please keep in mind that Iran is a state party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which prohibit the use of the death penalty against people convicted of crimes committed when they were under 18.

In the indicated circumstances, I request that she not be executed and be granted a new trial.

Thank you,

(Your name)

Please send this letter to:

Head of Judiciary of Islamic Republic of Iran
Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi
Phone: [00 98 21] 391 1109
Fax: [00 98 21] 390 4986 (Dialing from North America: 011 98 21 3390 4986)

OR

IRAN JUDICIARY

OR

YOU CAN ALSO FILL IN THE ONLINE CONTACT FORM AT THE WEBSITE OF IRAN JUDICIARY AT:

http://www.dadiran.ir/tabid/81/Default.aspx

(Fields are in Persian) :
first name *
last name *
phone #
email *
comment
(* = required)

PLEASE ACT NOW. TOMORROW MIGHT BE TOO LATE!

Tanya's picture

Thankyou

Thankyou! InshaAllah, she will be released.

Cultural Correspondent's picture

No...THANK YOU!!!

Tanya,

I was not even aware that Delara's execution could take place in as little as two days. Your post urged me to send an e-mail to every single woman on my e-mail contact list.

Just another example of strength (and voices) in numbers working unanimously to make this world better and safer for all women.

Thank you!!!!

With love and admiration,

Jackie

Jensine's picture

Me too

I also have sent a letter. The video was very powerful!! We will look into coverage of her case. Thank you for your committment to her cause. Say hi to Leah for me!
Ciao,

Jensine Larsen
World Pulse

Hi Jensine,

Thank you for sending the letter to Iranian officials.

As I was driving to meet a friend for brunch this morning, my mind was on this young woman awaiting her (potentially) tragic fate. At 22, she and I are very close in age and likely share many mutual interests, hopes, and dreams. Yet our lives, at this moment, could not be more different. As I sit in my comfortable home with my comfortable life, it is so disheartening to think that Delara is cooped up in a tiny jail cell not knowing whether she will live to see another day.

People say that life is "unfair". No fancy car. No designer clothing. No jet setting off to some remote island somewhere. That's not unfair. This is what we should deem unfair.

Time will tell what the outcome is for Delara. In the meanwhile, I will prey for her safe release.

On a much brighter note, I am meeting Leah for dinner tonight at this fantastic (ironically, Iranian) restaurant in downtown Toronto. I am looking forward to seeing her and will pass along your well wishes.

Warm regards,

Jackie

Cultural Correspondent's picture

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Sunday, April 19, 2009
Delara's execution is postponed

Persian: http://scenews.blog.com/4832730/

According to Committee of Human Rights Reporters of Iran, Delara Darabi's attorney, Abdolsamad Khoramshahi has confirmed that "Due to refusal of the victim's family to attend the execution by hanging and because the laws (of Islamic Republic of Iran) requires that the verdict can only be excercised in the presence of the family, for now the execution has been postponed. However the victim family have not changed their demand for execution"

It has been a long, emotional and exhausting weekend for SCE volunteers, supporters and so many of you around the world but Delara gets to live another day thanks to the efforts of her family, her attorney Mr. Khoramshahi , and many politicians, human rights organizations and activists and so many caring people like you in Iran and around the world.....

We all now deserve a break as tomorrow is another day to continue the struggle to end the imminent execution order of Delara Darabi by the regime in Iran and until the UN Conventions on the Rights of the Child are observed by all governments.

THANK YOU ALL wherever you are on this one planet that we all share together.

For more information about Delara visit: http://www.stopchildexecutions.com/Delara.aspx

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The execution's been postponed, not revoked. We still NEED to send in more of those emails.

Cultural Correspondent's picture

Update

Tanya,

Thank you for updating us all on the status of Delara's pending execution. I have sent a follow up e-mail to my contact list thanking everyone for their support and urging them to continue writing/e-mailing/calling Iranian government officials.

It is quite astounding to think what our voices and our words really can do. I don't doubt that all the international pressure led to this stay of execution.

Still, while this notice of postponement is good news, it's certainly not great news, and we still have considerable work ahead of us if we want to see Delara walk free and safe.

Let us use our (newfound) social networking and Web 2.0 skills to establish international awareness and publicity around this case.

With admiration,

Jackie

Tanya's picture

ways to spread the message

I think we should contact groups on facebook (and ask them to send a message to all group members), make a note on facebook or other networking sites and tag people to them and other mailing lists. Thos who have ablog can even list it on theirs or as their msn/fb update.

Tanya's picture

Jackie, I completely agree.

Jackie,

I completely agree. This just means that we have a little more time to spread the word and pitch in some more.

Warm Regards,

Tanya

busayo's picture

Sent Mine Too

I have sent my own letter too, i hope it is not too late. God will intervene, She will not be killed in Jesus Mighty Name.

Busayo Obisakin
Women inspiration Development center
Ile-Ife, Nigeria
busobisaki@yahoo.com
womeninspirationcenter@gmail.com
http://womeninspirationce.wix.com/widcng

Darcey's picture

update

Any new news lately? Just trying to keep track and see how things are going and if there is any news. Would love to hear whenever available, in the meantime, keeping the prayers going.

"A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality."
— John Lennon

Cultural Correspondent's picture

Update

Hi Darcey,

The only available update is as follows:

In an interview with Sarmayeh newspaper, the family of the victim said “we are ready to give our forgiveness if Delara is convicted for 20 years or a life sentence”. The family said they believe a person who has been convicted of a proven crime, the act of killing someone should not be set free just because of their forgiveness.

The family had mentioned earlier in a letter that they believe in forgiveness and could not be witnesses of an execution – a death of another- and are ready to change the punishment of Ghesas (retribution) to a prison term.

Abass Momenzadeh, a high level lawyer, said the decision of imprisonment is the responsibility of the lawmaker and not of the family of the deceased. Only the court can decide the length of imprisonment.

When Mr. Momenzadeh was asked what would happen if there is no agreement, he said that the death penalty verdict must be executed. If the family of the victim insists on their stance, their file will go back to the execution committee’s office and they will ask the family to make up their mind.

Other than the aformentioned, the Iranian authorities aren't too forthcoming with information concerning Delara's case. What I will suggest (to everyone) is to keep sending the Iranian government your letters, e-mails, faxes, and phone calls.

The sad reality is that if Delara is to be executed, they could carry out her sentence in the middle of the night or the early hours of the morning without public knowledge (this has happened many times before) or, if luck should have it, her imminent execution will again come to our attention and we can act with urgency.

All the best,

Jackie

Darcey's picture

thank you

Thanks Jackie for replying. As I read, it just seems so unimaginable that we are on the same planet at times as others who have to go through so much. The more I read, become involved and work against the injustices done the more I am just....I can't even find the right words to explain. Being in Canada, and going about day to day, it is unbelievable how many people have no chance to experience the freedom and rights that we can take for granted so easily each day.

I will send another e-mail, and forward the previous to others if it may help. I am glad to hear that there may be some chance for her future. I would love to hear of any, even small, developments as her case goes forward.

Blessings

I may be in T.O. next Wednesday, but not sure for how long. trying to work out a meeting at YSM to bring an art project done by the women's group there to a gallery in Port Dover in June on world refugee day. We are still at the beginning of working things out, but if I end up being there for a while, I will be in touch and maybe we could get together for a tea or something?

"A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality."
— John Lennon

Cultural Correspondent's picture

Tea Talk

Darcey,

Funny that you should mention YSM as I was there tonight for some volunteer training. Just got home, in fact!

Absolutely do let me know if you are going to be in Toronto. I would be happy to meet for tea in one of the city's many fine establishments :)

You have my e-mail, so please be in touch...

Best,

Jackie

Human rights groups have protested against the execution on Friday of a young Iranian woman for a murder committed when she was 17 years old.

Amnesty International said it was outraged by Delara Darabi's hanging and that she did not get a fair trial.

The head of Iran's judiciary had recently granted a two-month stay of execution but her lawyer says this was disregarded by the prison authorities.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8030437.stm

Janice,

As I read the news of Delara's execution (which I thank you for posting here for all of us), I am brought to tears.

When Darcey asked earlier for an update, I mentioned that "they could carry out her [Delara's] sentence in the middle of the night or the early hours of the morning without public knowledge" or, in this case, Delara's lawyer knowing.

I am still processing this news and trying to swallow the fact that Delara is no longer with us in body, although I know her spirit will live on. I have been following this case for years, and I can't believe this is the pitiful and regrettable way that it has ended.

Then I think to myself: this is not the end. Delara died unjustly, but her death will not be in vein. What can we do as active and compassionate PulseWires' to go public about this? Speak out for Delara, and other young women like her, because they cannot?

I am going to take time to give this some thought. There must be something we can do because, now more than ever, I refuse to be silent. Although Delara is gone, this does not mean that we should suddenly forget or throw this case out the window.

Today, I am going to pray for Delara and her loved ones, and tomorrow, I am going to begin brainstorming a plan of action. Are you with me, PulseWires'?

With respect and admiration,

Jackie

JaniceW's picture

Her light lives on inside us

Delara has been freed from her suffering and is immortal for the fire she has ignited in all of us – those who cannot sit silent while such injustices continue to happen. This is the power of PulseWire – the coming together of like minds to start movements, demand justice and change laws. Delara's death is our death if we decide to do nothing. We each play a role in the future of our world and only by speaking out as Jackie has done, can we make the world a better place for the next generation.

I have great respect for and confidence in the members of PulseWire to transform lives. After all, you are all here because you envision a brighter future for everyone. Let's hold Delara's family in the light as we move forward with more conviction and greater determination.

Tanya's picture

I just read this and I'm

I just read this and I'm shocked to say the least. Very very sad and disturbing. May her soul rest in peace and Allah grant her a place in heaven. Jackie, please do let me know iwhat is it that you plan to start. There are so many individuals who have been wrongly accused and put in jail for various reasons. An example would be the Iranian journalist Roxana Saberi. I think we should send in petitions for her as well. I'm going to look if one already exists. She's on a hunger strike for the past 12 days.

Tanya,

I know that this news was almost impossible to swallow (especially when you aren't familiar with Iran's infamous record for child executions), and it can be even more difficult to respond to when you are dealing with a country that places such little value on human life, particularly the lives of women and children.

When even the United Nations and Amnesty International have little sway in these rulings, I sometimes find that it becomes very overwhelming and I cannot think of the best route to take. We can petition the governments held accountable, and we have, but the outcome has been less than desirable on many occasions. We can write, in solidarity, to large media corporations (BBC, CNN, New York Times, etc.), expressing our dismay and disgust with the unjust treatment taking place in these countries, and I would be willing to take this on if I have the support of the PulseWire community. We can very publically/globally boycott tourism in the culpable countries, sending the message that we refuse to patron any nation that carries out ongoing crimes against humanity. These are just a few of the things that we can do, and I welcome other suggestions at any time.

Unfortunately, not even one week after Delara’s heinous execution, the international community finds itself in a difficult spot once again, as Iran prepares to execute another two juvenile offenders on Wednesday May 6th. Amir Khalegi was 16-years-old and Safar Angooti was 17-years-old at the time of their respective convictions.

If you would like to learn more about their cases, you may visit the following webpage: http://scenews.blog.com/4905058/. Send your urgent appeals to:

Head of the Judiciary
Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi
c/o Director, Judiciary Public Relations and Information Office
Ardeshir Sadiq
Judiciary Public Relations and Information Office
No. 57, Pasteur St., corner of Khosh Zaban Avenue
Tehran, Iran
Salutation: Your Excellency

Judiciary spokesperson
Alireza Jamshidi
Howzeh Riyasat-e Qoveh Qazaiyeh / Office of the Head of the Judiciary
Pasteur St, Vali Asr Ave., south of Serah-e Jomhuri
Tehran 1316814737, Iran
Salutation: Dear Sir

Leader of the Islamic Republic
Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei, The Office of the Supreme Leader
Islamic Republic Street – End of Shahid Keshvar Doust Street, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
via website: http://www.leader.ir/langs/en/index.php?p=letter (English)
http://www.leader.ir/langs/fa/index.php?p=letter (Persian)
Salutation: Your Excellency

COPIES TO:

Director, Human Rights Headquarters of Iran
Mohammad Javad Larijani
Howzeh Riyasat-e Qoveh Qazaiyeh / Office of the Head of the Judiciary
Pasteur St, Vali Asr Ave., south of Serah-e Jomhuri
Tehran 1316814737, Iran
Fax: +98 21 3390 4986 (please keep trying)
Salutation: Dear Mr Larijani
and to diplomatic representatives of Iran accredited to your country.

I know that, after all the phone calls we made and all the letters we sent, and after Delara’s untimely death, many of us are left to wonder whether our calls are falling on deaf ears and our letters on blind eyes. This questioning is reasonable. My response is that if we sit back and do absolutely nothing, the destiny of these boys will be set. If we call, fax, and/or e-mail, there is still time to save two lives. Let’s honour Delara’s beautiful legacy by encouraging life and denouncing death.

Fondly,

Jackie

Tanya's picture

Jackie, I will reply to your

Jackie,

I will reply to your message in detail. However, right now can you tell me where can I get my hands on the official appeal letter for Amer Khaleeji and Safar Angooti?

Warm Regards,

Tanya Daud

Cultural Correspondent's picture

Sample Letters

Hi Tanya,

Please go to http://www.stopchildexecutions.com/Letter_Campaigns.aspx#sample for sample letters.

Let me know if you need anything else!

Best,

Jackie

busayo's picture

Despite all apeals

This is terible and pure wickedness in the high places, I am shocked to the bone when i saw the news of the execution of that lovely woman,is there no way this madness could be stopped. This is a bitter pill and difficult to swallow,God you just have to intervene, if no human being could call Iran government to order because we dont know how many children are still over there waiting for execution. HELP OOO!!!

Busayo Obisakin
Women inspiration Development center
Ile-Ife, Nigeria
busobisaki@yahoo.com
womeninspirationcenter@gmail.com
http://womeninspirationce.wix.com/widcng

To All:

I would like to let you know that this morning I called the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations in New York (212-687-2020) and was sadly met with such a runaround and hostility by whomever I spoke with (he told me that I should not ask for his name). I was told the following:

1) I didn't know what I was talking about (?)

2) That Iran had not signed the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which prohibit the use of the death penalty against people convicted of crimes committed when they were under 18, and then that they had signed these conventions, but that they were not breaking any laws by not executing these minors under 18 (this is in DIRECT violation of these agreements).

3) That I was confusing this with the journalist, Roxana Saberi, or at least I believe that is what he was getting at, although if anyone was confused by all this, it was me.

4) When I asked what I could do as part of the international community, I was informed that I "was not part of the international community" and then was told that if I was a member of the international community, I should contact the international community (?)

Finally, after several minutes on the phone trying to make my case (and not being permitted to), I was told that I "should not speak to people" that I "don't know" and was hung up on.

This is the type of brute authority we are dealing with. I just want you to be aware of the potential hostility we may face, but we must keep going, regardless.

Best,

Jackie

Darcey's picture

unbelievable

I have just found out about the sad news, hadn't checked in a few days for any news. I can say that there are few words at this point to give about the death of someone I really knew so little about, yet because of this community I am amazed at how I feel that loss. I am grateful that you made the post in the first place Jackie, and for the collaborated efforts of others that called and wrote on Delara's behalf.
The phone call response you received Jackie- unbelievable. I can't say though that it seems as a huge suprise to get a run-around....

I will e-mail you in the next couple of days- planning to be in the city on Tuesday/Wednesday, so will get in touch for a time that works well for us both within those two days.

thank you again

"A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality."
— John Lennon

Darcey,

I will look forward to (hopefully) meeting you next week. Although I never knew Delara personally, I felt a deep obligation to who she represented: a society of women whose voices are silenced and whose contributions are deemed valueless and unworthy of public attention. I cannot begin to fathom how Delara must have felt when she was taken in isolation to have her sentenced carried out, but that is not to say that I cannot feel for her and with her, and the other women -- young and old -- who live out this somber reality. This is why I have felt -- and continue to feel -- so connected to cases like Delara's

As for the phone call, it was none too surprising to receive the response that I did. Nevertheless, no news is good news. It is now Friday May 8th, and I haven't received any updates on the cases of Amir Khalegi and Safar Angooti who were set to be executed on Wednesday May 6th. So although I was met with hostility when I phoned the Permanent Mission to the UN, I believe that this is the general reaction the international community receives; it is my unrelenting hope that our phone calls and letters set the stage for internal negotiations.

All the best,

Jackie

jap21's picture

I didn't know

I am very sad about this outcome. We need to work so much harder. As they say in China 'Not a single leave moves without the permission of the tree'. We all have a part in this, and we need to acknowledge that.

May she rest in peace.

Thank you for trying.

Love and hugs,

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

Kizzie's picture

This is very disturbing! I

This is very disturbing! I really hope the international community speaks up about the release of American-Iranian journalist Roxanne Varzi. Her trail was unfair and she is accused of being a spy! It's unbelievable.

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