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White House & State Department Condemn Apparent Plans to Execute Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani
November 2, 2010

The White House and State Department issued the following statements on November 2, 2010

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
November 2, 2010

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Case of Ms. Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani

We condemn in the strongest terms the Government of Iran’s apparent plans to move forward in executing Ms. Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani. The lack of transparency and due process in Ms. Ashtiani’s case, and the subsequent actions taken against her lawyer and family, are unacceptable. Her case demonstrates the Government of Iran’s fundamental disregard for human rights, including those of women. We call on the Government of Iran to stop this execution, and provide Ms. Ashtiani with the due process and fair treatment she deserves.

U.S. Department of State
Office of the Spokesman
For Immediate Release
November 2, 2010

Case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani

I am deeply troubled by reports that Iranian authorities are finalizing plans to execute Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani. Iran’s leaders have failed once again to protect the fundamental rights of their own citizens, particularly women. Ms. Ashtiani’s case has not proceeded with the transparency and due process guaranteed under Iranian law, and we are concerned about reports of coerced confessions and other mistreatment. The United States joins the international community in calling for Iran to immediately halt any plans for Ms. Ashtiani’s execution and to handle her case with utmost transparency.