Sunday, November 04, 2007

Tehran: Jail Time And The Lash For Delaram Ali

A Tehran appeals court has confirmed a sentence of two and half years in prison and 10 lashes in the case of Iranian women's rights activist Delaram Ali for participating in the June 12, 2006 womens' rights demonstration in Hafte Tir Square.

The demonstration was an inspiration to people around the world. The Tehran regime garnered worldwide condemnation when police attacked participants and beat Delaram severely at the scene, dragging her on the ground, causing her to suffer a broken arm. Several complaints were filed against police by Delaram and several other beating victims. The complaints were dismissed, and instead, the authorities prosecuted Delaram.

A student and a member of the One Million Signatures Campaign, Delaram is one of dozens of Iranian women who have recently found themselves facing jail terms for having the impudence to assert their democratic rights of non-violent protest in Iran. Yesterday, the mother of Ronak Safarzadeh, a One-Million-Signatures campaigner in Iranian Kurdistan, was beaten by police when when she went to ask about Ronak's condition. Ronak was arrested at her home three weeks ago.

Iranian women’s rights activists are specifically appealing to the international community to take swift action condemning the unjust ruling in the case of Delaram Ali. Please stay tuned to Kamangir.

UPDATE: An open letter from Delaram: What have you done to us? What have you done that has transformed the ring of the telephone into an alarm of danger? What have you done to transform the sound of the door bell into a fear of the repetition of nightmares of the past?


Blogger The Contentious Centrist said...

This may sound grim. I read that women who are condemned to death by stoning are buried up to the neck in the ground in order that in the fury of stone throwing, their flesh would not be exposed to sight. From the picture you posted, I can see no such scrupulous "consideration" being taken to ensure the dignity of Delaram. She is dragged and her midriff is exposed. So much for their concern for female modesty..

Words fail me. Where is Louise Arbour? Where are the loudmouth feminists?

9:15 AM  
Blogger Graeme said...

Louise Arbour has expressed "strong concern" over the arrests of demonstrators in Iran, which is not exactly the same thing as expressing solidarity with them.

9:13 AM  
Blogger Bob Broughton said...

I strongly recommend viewing the PBS Frontline program "Showdown With Iran". It's possible to view the entire program online at

This makes no attempt to address the question "what do we do about it", other than wait until The Caligula of the 21st Century no longer occupies the White House. At any rate, I'm glad that there are people like Terry spreading the work about what's going on,

12:06 PM  

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