Iran stops death by stoning.

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BBC NEWS | Middle East | Iranians suspend death by stoning

Iran's has suspended the punishment of death by stoning, state media say.
A judiciary spokesman said four people sentenced to die by stoning had had their sentences commuted and that all other cases had been put under review.
Lawyers and human rights campaigners have said at least eight women and a man are awaiting the punishment.
I guess it's time for even Iran to jump into modern ages. Opinions?
 

Duke1985

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About time. I think we all wind up having to advance sooner or later, besides stoning people wasn't working out so hot for they're PR department.

This is a step in the right direction.
 
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Lawyers and human rights campaigners have said at least eight women and a man are awaiting the punishment.
That's so weird to me to see 8 women and ONE man. Not only the number aspect, but WOMEN on Iran's "Death Row". Very strange for me to see that. Ugh, that's for another topic, though. Back to the topic...

Yes, get with the modern ages. A death (even those I disagree) where it's the least painful. If they can't afford what we have, then the firing squad works well.
 
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That's so weird to me to see 8 women and ONE man. Not only the number aspect, but WOMEN on Iran's "Death Row". Very strange for me to see that. Ugh, that's for another topic, though. Back to the topic...

Yes, get with the modern ages. A death (even those I disagree) where it's the least painful. If they can't afford what we have, then the firing squad works well.
Actually by "getting with the times" it's interesting that you mention the 8 woman sentenced to be executed. It would not surprise me AT ALL if all 8 of those women were simply guilty of premarital sex (or being raped), prostitution, or marrying a non Muslim. Women are treated horribly in third world countries and are executed for things we wouldn't even think twice about taking for granted.

It's good to hear they are stopping stoning, at least for now. Stoning is an extremely barbaric and painful way to be killed. You won't often die until a large stone or cement block is dropped on the victims head. They tend to only do this after the "ceremony" has gone on long enough. And there are usually large crowds surrounding the person. All sorts of people show up to watch including small children who are allowed to help throw stones.
 

ysabel

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Well Iran is not stopping death penalty, when they do I'll really think they have moved on to less barbaric ages. This is just about lifting the punishment for adultery cases (punishable by stoning to death).


Stoning is the penalty for crimes such as adultery under Iranian law, but it is rarely carried out. The last such execution was reportedly last year.
Amnesty International called on Iran in January to abolish what it called a "horrific practice, designed to increase the suffering" of those condemned.

The country's penal code stipulates that before carrying out the punishment, men should be buried up to their waists and women up to their chests. The stones used must be large enough to cause the condemned pain, but not sufficient to kill immediately.
Amnesty also said a disproportionate number of those sentenced to death by stoning were women because they were not treated equally before the law and were particularly vulnerable to unfair trials.
And that is why there are more women on that list, vilky.
 

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They also recently passed a law that states converting to Christianity is now punished by death.

I think they're just more into hanging rather than stoning becuase when you hang somebody, you can leave him in suspended from a crane in the middle of the city for several days. Sends a much more dramatic message.
 

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They also recently passed a law that states converting to Christianity is now punished by death.
And why do you think that is?

Sanctions and "international pressure" didn't bring about the end of death by stoning. And if conversion to Christianity is indeed punishable by death, that's only so because Mahmoud Ahmadinejad needs to keep up the revolutionary fear of the west going in order to stay in office.