Protests planned worldwide against execution of Iranian woman

(CNN) — 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.

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.”

More than 30 cities
will participate in “International Sakineh Mohammedie Ashtiani Day” at 2
p.m. local time. Cities holding rallies include Washington, New York,
London, Paris, Berlin and Ottawa, organizers said.

hope the rallies will help free Ashtiani and intensify the
international support she gained earlier when her case was widely

“International pressure is what causes change,” Ahadi
said. “The authorities in Iran aren’t… >>>

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