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Resolution on Capital Punishment on the occasion of 10 October, World Day Against the Death Penalty

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The death penalty is premeditated murder by the state. It must be unconditionally abolished worldwide. Abolition of the death penalty and valuing human life are the first steps toward fighting a ‘culture’ of killing in society. The death penalty is the most heinous form of premeditated murder in which a state, on behalf of society, in accordance with a preconceived plan, brutally and legally kills an individual, and announces the date and time of the event beforehand. Committing murder by citizens of a society can never be stopped when the state commits the same crime legally. The death penalty is a large contributor to the overall homicide and crime statistics.

In countries such as Iran political dissenters, gays, apostates, blasphemers, and even children are executed. The punishment for sex outside of marriage is stoning, which is the most monstrous form of execution. In such countries one must, indeed, add to this list the equally criminal, legal punishments such as gouging of eyes, pushing the convicted off heights, amputation, flogging and torture.

Many countries have put an end to the death penalty during the past 50 years. The growing movement against capital punishment has been a significant factor in the abolition of this inhuman punishment, or state crime. One important stronghold of the movement is in Iran, which is confronting an Islamic regime that has executed over hundred thousand people in the past 31 years – an annual average of over 3000 people and largely political prisoners. The abolition of the death penalty is an important demand of the Iranian people.

This year, 10 October, World Day against the Death Penalty, is yet another occasion for the world to stand up against the 21st century’s barbarism of capital punishment and demand the following:

1- The death penalty must be immediately abolished, in law as well as in practice, and existing execution sentences rescinded, in all countries.

2- Stoning is the most barbaric form of the death penalty carried out by Islamic states for sex outside of marriage. It must be officially declared a crime against humanity. Any state, political organisation, group or individual that commits this crime must be prosecuted and tried by international tribunals. All individuals sentenced to stoning must be freed immediately and unconditionally.

We consider ourselves part of the global anti-death penalty movement, and strongly support the struggles of people across the world to end capital punishment. Moreover, we hereby declare our solidarity with the people in Iran, and resolutely support their struggle to abolish stoning and execution which will be an important step in ultimately putting an end to an Islamic regime in Iran.

International Committee Against Execution
International Committee Against Stoning
Iran Solidarity
Mission Free Iran

Please endorse this statement by sending your name, organisation (if any) or position (such as student, writer, campaigner, blogger), city and country to actionforsakineh@gmail.com before 10 October.

Signatories as of 22/10/10

A C Grayling, Philosopher and Writer, London, UK
Aad Den Haan
Abdollah Asadi, Director, International Federation of Iranian Refugees, Sweden
Adam Barnett, London, UK
Adam Tengku, Graduate, Bristol, UK
Alan Duffell, UK
Alejandro Pineda, Student, Mexico City, Mexico
Alexandra Nicola, Student, London, Canada
Alfons Grieb, H Borneo, Malaysia
Ali Darvzehghari, USA
Alyce S Lee, Pinehurst, NC, USA
Amir Khaleghi
Amy M. Hertzler, Williamsburg, VA, USA
Andrew Davies, Firefighter, Malvern, United Kingdom
Andrew Francis
Andrius Bogdelis, Kaunas, Lithuania
Andrzej Dworak, CERN, Switzerland
Angela Mercer, Melbourne, Australia
Angela Payne, The Anti-Injustice Movement, Glasgow, UK
Anna Christina Trotter, Belgium
Anne Callipari Davey, Carina, Brisbane Australia
Anne Marie Waters, Spokesperson, One Law for All, UK
Annick Guirate
Annick Le Floc’hmoan, Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines, France
Annie Sugier, President, Ligue du Droit International des Femmes, France
António Pequeno, Tutor, Évora, Portugal
Ardeleanu Roxana, Student, Bucharest, Romania
Arlene McCarthy, Member of the European Parliament, North West Region
Arturas Voinicius, Lithuania
Arzhang Nia
Asad Abbas, London, UK
Asqar Karimi, Coordinator, International Commitee against Stoning, UK
Aydin Akanyildiz
Azad Soleimani
Azadeh Hunziker
Azadeh Sepehri, Blogger, Cologne, Germany
Azar Ariania, Ontario Canada
Azarm Noroozi
B. Buckley, Saint Louis, USA
Bahareh Afghahi, Paris, France
Barbara H. Roberts, Director, The Women’s Cardiac Center at The Miriam Hospital and Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI, USA
Benedicto Q. Sánchez, Court-annexed mediator, Philippine Mediation Center-Bacolod Negros Occidental Philippines
Bill Pelke, Journey of Hope…from Violence to Healing, Anchorage, Alaska
Boaz Adhengo, Project Nabuur Capital, Nairobi, Kenya
Bryan Augarde
Carl Clark
Carwyn Mundee, UK
Catherine Lefevre
Cecilia Yardley. Children’s Charity worker, Bromley, United Kingdom
Charly Bouchara, Canada
Chris Bushill, Reading, UK
Chris Hughes, retired, UK
Christa Stolle, Director, Terre des Femmes, Tübingen, Germany
Christian Hochstöger, Trainer, Linz, Austria
Christian Ronse, University Professor, France
Christine Klein-Lataud, AI Group 50 member, Toronto, Canada
Clare Davies, UK
Claus Jahncke, Germany
Conor Brian Scott, Dublin, Ireland
Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, UK
Dana Boyland, Cape Girardeau, MO, USA
Daniel Salvatore Schiffer, Philosopher and Writer, Promotor of the “Open Letter to the Iranian Authorities” to support Sakineh, Brussels, Belgium
Darius Madjlessi, the Netherlands
Darren Johnson AM, Green Party Member, London Assembly, UK
David Beake, UK
David Lyons, UK
David May, London, United Kingdom
David Millitt, Derby, UK
David Nelson
David Pollock, President, European Humanist Federation, Brussels, Belgium
David Rand, Atheist Freethinkers, Canada
David Williams, North Wales, UK
Davide Ferrari, Basel, Switzerland
Denis MacEoin, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Dennis Penaluna, President, Nottingham Secular Society, Nottingham, UK
Diana Neslen, UK
Diana Summers, Schoolteacher, UK
Dirk Groditzki, IT Consultant, Bonn, Germany
Dominic Chan, Amnesty International Malaysia member, Shah Alam, Malaysia
Dominik Dworak, Physicist, Cracow, Poland
Dominique Gay, Medical doctor, France
Don Anderson, Veterans For Peace, Lebanon, Oregon, USA
Donald Beal
Donna M. Hudson
Dorota Dohnalova, Vienna, Austria
Douglas Wagner
Douglas Wagner, Daranc, France
Duncan Cummmins
Edip Yuksel, J.D., Author and Professor, Tucson, Arizona, USA
Edwin Coolidge, Los Angeles, California, USA
Elham Sabetiyan
Eli Vieira, President, Secular Humanist League of Brazil, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Elisabeth Guerrier
Elsa Anderson, Stockholm, Sweden
Emma Adams, Playwright, Bradford, UK
Equal Rights Now – Organisation Against Women’s Discrimination in Iran, Sweden
Esmail Khoi Foundation, USA
Esmail Khoi, Poet, USA
Eva Quistorp, MEP a.d., Berlin, Germany
Ezat Malaky, Labour and Civil Rights Activist, Vancouver, Canada
Faramarz Shiravand, Managing Editor, Rowshangar Publication, USA
Fatema Farmanfarmaian
Fereydon Abdollahyan
Filiz Kansu
Firouz Hassani, Montreal, Canada
Fouad Aboushaar, Bloomfield, USA
Frances Locke, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Frank Kunzner, Durban, South Africa
G Hayes
G M Lakho, Advocate High Court of Sindh, Karachi, Pakistan
Gill Price, Sheffield, UK
Giti Thadani, Writer and Filmmaker, New Delhi, India
Glenn Torshizi, Gaithersburg, MD USA
Greg Matthews, Barnstaple, North Devon, United Kingdom
Gudrun Schyman, Spokesperson for Feminist Initiativ, Sweden
Guerrier Elisabeth, Caen, France
Guyssou Armine, Lyon, France
Hamid Taqvaee, Secretary-General, Worker-communist Party of Iran
Harold Kroto FRS, Nobel Laureate Chemistry 1996, Tallahassee, Florida, USA
Harry Dienes, Oxford and Brighton, United Kingdom
Harry, Netherlands
Hartmut Krauss, Social Scientist and Publisher, Germany
Hassan Radwan, Management Committee, Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, UK
Heidi Elovirta, Turku, Finland
Helen Speight, Near Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom
Helle Merete Brix, Writer and Journalist, Denmark
Henk V
Henry Klippan, concerned citizen, Canberra, Australia
Hiwa Ahmed, Anti Execution Centre-Iraq
Hope Knutsson, President, Sidmennt, the Icelandic Ethical Humanist Association, Reykjavik, Iceland
Howard Dillon
Howard Hothersall
Ian Iles, Cardiff University, UK
Ian Phillips, UK
Ida Panahi
Iliyana Chopkova, Manager, Linz, Austria
Ilona Amuleviciute, Vilnius, Lithuania
International Committee against Execution, Germany
International Committee against Stoning, Germany
International Federation of Iranian Refugees, Sweden
Iran Solidarity, UK
Issam Shukri, Defense of Secularism and Civil Rights in Iraq, Toronto, Canada
Ivan Martin
J Allen
J Smithies
Jacinta Agnew, Student, Belfast, North of Ireland
Jacqueline Glasgow
Jalil Jalili, Management Committee, Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, UK
Jan Grabowski, London, UK
Jane Gaudry, Delta, B.C. Canada
Jane Shelly, Stamford, CT, USA
Javad Golchinfar
Jaya Gopal, International Coordinator, International Committee to Protect Freethinkers, Visakhapatnam, India
Jean-paul Lemmens, Physiotherapist, Genval, Belgium
Jess Glenny, London, UK
JM Masson
Joanna Waters, Sydney, Australia
Joanne Royston, Abolition UK, UK
Jody Cooper, University of Ottawa, Canada
Johan Stuyts, Abbekerk, Netherlands
John McGhee, Musician, Switzerland
Jon Turner, Pensioner, Derby, England
Joop Gerritse
Julian Pieniazek, Thai Free Burma / Peace for Burma
Julieta Nagy-Navarro, Activist, Budapest, Hungary
Julija Jakovleva, Vilnius, Lithuania
Justyna Michalik, Kraków, Poland
Justyna Wesołowska, Student, Warsaw, Poland
K. Bandell, California, USA
K. MacDonald, Graduate Student, Waterloo, Canada
Kalle Mikkola, Adjunct Professor, Finland
Kambiz Shabankare, Journalist and Photographer, Nigde, Turkey
Kambiz Soltanein
Kamran Sheikh, London, UK
Karen Bos
Kari Walker, Student, Stafford, USA
Karin Rautio, Vasteras, Sweden
Kelly Epstein, Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, TX, USA
Kenneth E Nahigian
Kevin O’Brien of Ashford, England
Kiriakos Papadopoulos, Stockholm, Sweden
Klara Roxbergh, Deacon, Church of Sweden, Gothenburg, Sweden
Koushi M, Norway
Kristof Baranski, Braunschweig, Germany
L. Johns
L. Rivlin
Laing Donaldson, UK
Lalia Ducos, Women’s Initiative for Citizenship and Universal Rights, Paris, France
Laura Guidetti, Italian Feminist Review, Italy
Lawrie Scott
Leo Igwe President, Nigerian Humanist Movement, Nigeria
Lesley Walton
Leslie Babich, McKinleyville, CA, USA
Liisa Rantalaiho, Women in Black (local group), Tampere, Finland
Lionel West
Liz Nelson OBE, London, UK
Louise Porter, Hong Kong
Luisa Brehm, Ethnologist and Human Rights Activist, Lisbon, Portugal
Lynda Constable, Nottingham, UK
Madeleine Pennock, former Registered General Nurse and artist, Malvern Worcestershire, UK
Mahdi Tourage
Mahin Alipour, Coordinator, Equal Rights Now – Organisation against Women’s Discrimination in Iran, Sweden
Mahmood Najari, Nuremberg, Germany
Mahnaz Moghadam
Malcolm Mudie and Conchita Montserrat, Priorat, Spain
Mamad Amiri, Sweden
Manaf Sababi, Chairman, Azer Cemiyyeti
Maria Dworak, Student, Cracow Poland
Marieme Helie Lucas, President, Secularism is a Woman’s Issue, France
Marjan Zare
Mark Adorney, MA, USA
Mark Russell, Dickinson, Texas, USA
Mark Wingfield
Mary C. Clancy
Mary Grace Vella, Moviment Graffitti, Malta
Maryam Namazie, Spokesperson, Iran Solidarity, Equal Rights Now and One Law for All, UK
Mazdak Nasiri
Mehdi Ghasemi
Merle Karpin, Australia
Michael Schmidt-Salomon, Philosopher, Spokesperson of the Giordano Bruno Foundation, Germany
Michèle Vianès, Présidente, Regards de Femmes, France
Mina Ahadi, Spokesperson, International Committee against Stoning and International Committee against Execution, Germany
Mina Molavi Vardanjani, Sweden
Mohammad Barzangeh
Mohammad Mazaheri
Monica Lanfranco, Journalist and Director of Feminist Review, Italy
Morteza Malak Mohamadi, Germany
Mother Raphaela, Abbess, Holy Myrrhbearers Monastery, Otego, New York, USA
Muriel Seltman, London, UK
Nader Fekri JP, Lib Dem, Calderdale MBC, Hebden Bridge, UK
Nancy A Evans, USA
Nasir Loyand, Left Radical Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan
Natalie. P. LaRoche, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Natasha Alexander, London, United Kingdom
National Secular Society, UK
Nazanin Afshin-Jam, President and Co-Founder, Stop Child Executions, Vancouver, Canada
Nazanin Seddighy, Sweden
Nicholas Baldwin, Utica, NY, USA
Nicole Donnelly, Boston, MA, USA
Nicoletta Grasso, Rome, Italy
Niels Graverholt, Aarhus, Denmark
Niloofar Shemieraani, Germany
Nina Sankari, European Feminist Initiative and Polish Rationalist Association, Poland
Norma Anderson, Scotland, UK
One Law for All, UK
Ophelia Benson, Editor, Butterflies and Wheels, Seattle, USA
Pamela Davis, Woodland Hills, California, USA
Pantea, Nederlands
Patrícia Carreiros, Barcelona, Spain
Patricia Parra Muñoz, Chile
Patrick Langan, UK
Patty Debonitas, Iran Solidarity, London, UK
Paul Burgess
Paul Regeer
Paul Renold, St Annes, UK
Paula Yoni, Retired library worker, teacher and farmer, Le Gouleyron, Vals les Bains, France
Paulina Salmo, Mexico City, Mexico
Pauline Hammerton, Unison, Manchester UK
Pedram A, Holland
Pedram Kazemi-Esfarjani, Fritiran, Secular Liberal Minority, Copenhagen, Denmark
Peter Bakker, The Hague, The Netherland
Peter Holzapfel, Musician, Waldkraiburg, Germany
Peter Hood
Petra Heyer, Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Phil Bryan, Newport, Wales, UK
Phil Rimmer, London, UK
Pierre Pradervand, Trainer and Writer, Geneva, Switzerland
Pragna Patel, Southall Black Sisters and Women Against Fundamentalism, UK
Pusong Pinoy
Rafiq Mahmood
Rafiq Mahmood, Indonesia
Ralf Wolters, Engineer, Essen, Germany
Randy McGuire, Calgary, Canada
Ravi J, Society for Promotion of Scientific Temper, Visakhapatnam, India
Ray Ollier, N. Wales, UK
Rob Colpus, Symbiosis Suits, Headcorn, Kent, UK
Roberts Creek,British Columbia, Canada
Robin P Clarke, UK
Roland Heinrich, Munich Germany
Rozita Moneyron, Anjoman e Padeshahi Iran, UK
Russell Foreman, Vancouver, Canada
Saber Rahimi, Iran Solidarity – Norway, Oslo, Norway
Sabri Bahmani, Political Activist
Sabri Najafi
Sadar Abdulla Hama
Saeed Etezadzadeh, Leipzig, Germany
Salehi
Samantha Karpin-Gordon, Mum, Geneva, Switzerland
Shahla Abghari, Professor, Human Rights and Women’s Rights Activist, USA
Shahla Daneshfar, Coordinator, Free Them Now – Campaign for Jailed Labour Activists in Iran, London, UK
Shahram Tehrani, Irvine, California, USA
Shirley Gillett, Women Won’t Forget member, Toronto, Canada
Shishir Thadani, Computer Engineer and Composer, New Delhi, India
Shiva Mahbobi, Campaign to Free Political Prisoners in Iran, UK
Shoresh Nasseri
Shruti Upadhyay, New Delhi, India
Shukri Sheikh, Minneapolis, USA
Siavash Abghari, Professor and Human Rights Activist, USA
Siba Shakib, best-selling Author and Filmmaker, New York
Silvestre García Lisón
Siyaves Modaressi, Editor of Pusheh, London, UK
Sohaila Kiyani
Sonja Eggerickx, President, International Humanist and Ethical Union, UK
Southall Black Sisters, UK
Stefania Curti, Perugia, Italia
Stella Potter, Carer, Librarian and Humanist Celebrant, Scotland, UK
Sten Bjerking
Stephen Oliver, S Oliver Associates, London, UK
Stephen Smith, UK
Stephen Stewart
Stewart Ware, National Secular Society, London, UK
Stuart Hartill, Freethinker & Libertarian blogger, Ramsey, Isle of Man, UK
Sultana Kamal, Executive Director, Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), Bangladesh
Susan Pinkham, Vancouver, Canada
Sylvie Faber, Germany
Sylvie Faber, Modautal, Germany
Tanya Bones, Richmond BC, Canada
Terry Liddle, Freethought History Research Group, UK
Terry Sanderson, President, National Secular Society, UK
Tim Garthwaite, Pawtucket, RI, USA
Tim Thomas, London, UK
Tinatin Japaridze, Tbilisi, Georgia
Tony Johnson, Scarborough, UK
Uschi Schoeffmann, Munich, Germany
Wafa Sultan, New York, USA
Wendy Lynch, Amnesty International member, Los Angeles, California, USA
Women Against Fundamentalism, UK
Yanni Arvanitis
Yasmin Rehman, Women’s Rights Activist, London, UK
Zahra Alavardi

37 Comments for “Resolution on Capital Punishment on the occasion of 10 October, World Day Against the Death Penalty”

  1. Jan Germis

    It isn’t my comment that needs moderation, but the practice itself.

  2. Jan Germis

    Stoning is a barbarian practice, please stop it now.

  3. Alla människor är värda att leva och en annhörig till en som blivit mördad tex mår nog inte bättre för att mördaden också blir mördad.Men med den erfarenhet som man har idag så föds ingen till mördare och alla kan bli friska om de bara får rätt behandling dessutom är det alldeles förmånga oskyldiga som döms.Så dödsstraffet måste avskaffas i alla länder som fortfarande har det kvar så fort som möjligt.

  4. Mistakes have been made in past. Mistakes will happen in the future too. Dying even one innocent person is too many. This is the case in countries with democratic governments. In countries with non democratic governments like China, Iran, all Arab countries, South American countries, … those who are executed are sadly the political prisoners. Death Penalty must be abolished everywhere.

  5. Eric Golding

    Barbaric nothing more nothing less.

  6. [...] Moreover, nearly 300 individuals and organisations have signed up to a resolution against the death penalty, including: Philosopher and Writer A C Grayling; Annie Sugier, President, Ligue du Droit International des Femmes; Arlene McCarthy, Member of the European Parliament;  Daniel Salvatore Schiffer, Philosopher and Writer, Promotor of the “Open Letter to the Iranian Authorities” to support Sakineh; Eli Vieira, President, Secular Humanist League of Brazil; Esmail Khoi, Poet;  Gudrun Schyman, Spokesperson for Sweidsh Feminist Initiativ; Kelly Epstein, Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty; Lalia Ducos, Women’s Initiative for Citizenship and Universal Rights; Leo Igwe, President, Nigerian Humanist Movement; Marieme Helie Lucas, President, Secularism is a Woman’s Issue; Michael Schmidt-Salomon, Philosopher, Spokesperson of the Giordano Bruno Foundation; Michèle Vianès, Présidente, Regards de Femmes; Monica Lanfranco, Journalist and Director of Italian Feminist Review; Nazanin Afshin-Jam, President and Co-Founder, Stop Child Executions; Nina Sankari, European Feminist Initiative and Polish Rationalist Association; Ophelia Benson, Editor, Butterflies and Wheels; Pierre Pradervand, Trainer and Writer; Siba Shakib, best-selling Author and Filmmaker; Harold Kroto FRS, Nobel Laureate Chemistry 1996; Sonja Eggerickx, President, International Humanist and Ethical Union; Terry Sanderson, National Secular Society; and Author and Critic Wafa Sultan (http://stopstonningnow.com/wpress/4118). [...]

  7. Pusong pinoy

    I am one on condemning capital punishment and death penalty. It should be abolish because it clearly doesn’t answer to one’s mistake. Killing other lives are not ours to take.

  8. G Hayes

    I believe that the death penalty in any country should be abolished . This is never going to prevent crimes being committed and the punishment of death by stoning is one of the most barbaric acts committed by humans on another human. Sakineh Ashtiani is being punished unfairly by a brutal regime.

  9. Silvestre García Lisón

    No more stoning! No more death penalty!

  10. Capital punishment is a planned, deliberate and cruel way to punish.
    It must be removed from the world!

  11. [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by asqar karimi and Maryam Namazie, Maryam Namazie. Maryam Namazie said: Sign up to resolution on capital punishment for world day against the death penalty: http://stopstonningnow.com/wpress/4118 [...]

  12. Howard Hothersall

    This barbaric practice belongs in the dim and distant past and has no place in the 21st century. The death penalty must be abolished by all countries and states.

  13. coulombe

    Death penalty never resolve the criminality problem, anywhere at any time.
    Death penalty is not a solution, it’s just a murder !!!

  14. Fereydon Abdollahyan

    I ,too am against all forms of Capital punishment – especially the barbaric method of Stoning to death.

  15. Fatema Farmanfarmaian

    Not only must the death penalty must be abolished but also killing of civilians through war, terrorism or counter-terrorism measures or any other use of unjustificed force.

  16. mahdi tourage

    stop capital punishment in all forms in the world.

  17. Kenneth E Nahigian

    Stoning is a barbaric punishment, unworthy of anyone who calls himself human.

  18. Carl Clark

    Stop killing people!

  19. Sten Bjerking

    I agree wholeheartedly that we should abolish this barbaric practice. Something that supporters of the death penalty do not think about (from my observation death penalty supporters are not the deepest thinkers) is that countries that have the death penalty have to employ someone to swing the axe, open the trapdoor, or throw the switch. Monsters are being created to do this work.

  20. LEFEVRE Catherine

    Stoning and all sorts of torture are barbaric, unacceptable, and must be considered as crimes against Humanity. Death penalty must be abolished everywhere in the world. It is a “legal” murder. I fully support this campaign.

  21. I consider a state agreed death penalty to be unacceptable and in some countries the barbaric acts still carried out is an outrage by anyone considered to have any degree of humanity. and should never be part of any state’s laws. In the case of hanging or stoning to death of women; I find this utterly abominable and indefensible for men to treat women in this way and demeans them utterly as human beings.

  22. ellen

    With this reply I strongly protest against stoning OR hanging and other forms of death penalthy.

    SAVE THE LIFE OF SAKINEH MOHAMMMADI !
    STOP THE IRANIAN REGIME!
    FREE THE PEOPLE OF IRAN WHO ARE AGAINST THIS REGIME.
    THIS WOMAN SAKINEH WAS PROBABLY RAPED LIKE SO MANY WOMAN IN IRAN. THAN SHE WAS ACCUSED AND THEREFORE SHE HAS TO DIE.
    STONING IS A MEDIEVAL AND BARBARIC FUNDAMENTALIST ISLAM CRIME.

  23. Aad Den Haan

    Stop the barbaric system!
    Safe Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani.

  24. joop gerritse

    I am a retired IT expert. I live in Kalkar, Germany.

  25. Judicial state murder is an abhorrence that has no part in modern society. There is no justification for it whatsoever. It is the last resort of weak states who do not know how to manage their own societies and discriminates against the poor and vulnerable. It even has no justification on religious grounds since, according to both Christian and Muslim tenets, the only chance of winning redemption is during this life and the death penalty cuts that short. To apply it against political opponents is to create martyrs. It is not, therefore, even effective as an instrument of terror.

  26. L.Johns

    Your task is huge, the problem monstrous. Thank you for persisting. May something good come of this.

  27. Its time this state murder came to an end and we all began to live in the 21st century

  28. Its time the murder by state came to an end and we joined the 21st century globally

  29. Why this marathon is not ending, yet?!
    We all humanity will continiue to our action! We are all againist the this barbaric murder!

    DAMN WITH MULLAH REGIME!!

    SAVE SAKINEH & THE OTHER PRISONERS!!

    (A)!

  30. Lawrie Scott

    How can any country claim to be civilised when it maintains the death penalty? Not only has it been shown that it is not a deterrent, it also has a brutalising effect on all those involved. Particularly barbaric are extremely painful and prolonged deaths such as stoning. Most people in the modern world consider these thingsto belong to a past, unenlightened age.

  31. Dominik Dworak

    Physicists, Cracow, Poland

  32. Killing other human beings is inhuman!

  33. Andrew Francis

    I am supporting this campaign as the death penalty is a crime against humanity. It has never been a deterrent against crime and a lot of innocent people have been put to death, a lot of mentally I’ll people have been put to death a lot of petty criminals have been put to death. Executing gay people, women who have had sex outside of marriage and women that have been raped is wrong on so many levels. It’s about time countries administering the death penalty, need to grow up.

  34. lars

    Yes!!! Stop it now!!

  35. It is a question of human dignity and faith in the reason to stop this way to kill that will never mean anything for Justice.
    Death penalty is a murder.
    Wherever and for any type of crime, human’s justice must find other ways to be applied.
    Elisabeth Guerrier

  36. Karen Bos

    I wholeheartedly endorse the abolition of the death penalty, especially by the barbaric method of stoning. Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani is guilty of far less than the horrendous treatment she has suffered at the hands of the brutal Islamic Republic of Iran.

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