Letter of Condemnation to the Iranian Consulate
Nari Diganta, Naree Chetona, Eritrean Women’s Network, European Bangladesh Forum, Jubo Union, Communist Party of Bangladesh and Udichi Shilpi Gosthi condemned the execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari, an Iranian woman who was brutally executed by Irani government on 25 October, 2014. Reyhaneh Jabbari was accused of being involved in planning the killing of a man by whom she was sexually harassed. The allegation against Reyhaneh has not been proved and the Iranian court did not accept her statement that she was forced to be involved in a killing that she did not mean to be involved in.
On 30 October 2014, in a statement addressed to the Iranian Embassy in London, the above organisations have stated that the execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari was brutal, immoral and politically motivated. The execution of Reyhaneh was so brutal and horrifying that we felt unsafe to come in direct contact with the Iranian Embassy. Therefore, our letter has been sent by post to the Iranian Embassy. Reyhaneh’s execution have shivered many of us and left harmful psychological effect by which many other women in other communities were disturbed.
This brutal execution has once again demonstrated how religious law was employed against women and humanity. Reyhaneh’s execution shows how law in Iran has been misused, and how law is used for victimisation of Iranian women. This execution exemplified the brutality of the theocratic government of Iran in which women and their families are oppressed. While law is supposed to ensure security of people, the verdict of Iranian court shows that Muslim law has been used for violence against women and to support or legitimise sexualised violence against women in particular.
Our statement conclude by supporting the views of the International Committee against Execution. We condemn the brutal execution of an innocent woman who was forced to get involved in a violent act in order to defend her personal safety. We share the views of International Committee against Execution 25 October, 2014. We express solidarity to Jabbari’s family. Shame on the fatal Islamic regime in Iran. It has been a particularly brutal act of not informing the family before the execution was publicised. We condemn both the act of execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari and the failure of the Iranian government to inform the family.
We request the Iranian Consulate to acknowledge the receipt of our letter of condemnation in due course.
Rumana Hashem, PhD. Executive Committee Member, Nari Diganta
Khedija Ali, Founder, Eritrean Women’s Network
Ansar Ahmed Ullah, Founder, European Bangladesh Forum, UK.
Ajanta Roy, Founding Member, Extradite Chowdhury Muin-uddin Campaign
Shikha Ahmed, Founder, Naree Chetona
Syed Enam, Member Secretary, Communist Party of Bangladesh, UK Branch
Zobaida Nasreen, President, Jubo Union, UK.
Reyhaneh Jabbari was executed