Women’s Forum Against Fundamentalism in



October 19, 2004

2nd Public Statement

CONTACT: press@wfafi.org


Update on the case of Jila Izadi’s stoning in Iran


Boston, MA – Last week, the Women’s Forum Against Fundamentalism in Iran (WFAFI) was the first US-based organization that released the news on Jila Izadi, the teenager who was condemned to stoning in the northern city of Kurdistan, Marivan.


On October 17, 2004, the Iranian fundamentalist regime acknowledged Izadi’s case through its state-run television news network, channel-2.  The news report alleged that Izadi’s case has been “inflamed” by "the foreign organizations". It announced that “given Jila’s young age and lack of knowledge of Iran’s judicial system, she is now facing “Tazir” prison terms”. The definition of “Tazir” based on fundamentalists in Iran is “crimes that are not mentioned in the Koran so judges are free to punish the offender in any appropriate way.” Therefore, it is up to mullahs and their misogynous interpretations to determine her fate. Due to International rapid response, Jila Izadi may have escaped stoning for the time being, but she is still in a great danger because the Iranian regime can execute her just like Atefeh Rajabi, a 16- year-old girl who was executed in August.


The policies and practices of the fundamentalist regime in Iran are endangering the lives of women and young girls. In recent months, the Iranian regime has been pursuing a two prong approach on targeting women. On one hand, there has been a dramatic increase of crackdown and arrests of women and young girls. On the other, there have been several cases of public hangings including Atefeh Rajabi as stated above, the execution order of Fatemeh Haghighat-Pajouh, a 33-year-old mother, and now Izadi’sTazir prison terms”.




WFAFI calls upon all the women’s activists and advocates, NGO’s and human rights organizations to urge the UN General Assembly, in its current session, to issue a resolution condemning Iran’s human rights violations and particularly its criminal behavior towards women. The Iranian regime must be condemned for its blatant abuse of human rights and violence against women.


  1. Please write to Secretary Powell and US Ambassador to the UN, Ambassador John C. Danforth and urge them to sponsor a human rights resolution against Iran by referencing the above cases. usa@un.int


  1. Please write to Secretary General Kofi Annan who made a statement on October 18th saying “We need to get across that Islam is not represented by the killers”.  Please ask him hold the Iranian regime responsible in this case and intervene urgently. The UN needs to dispatch a fact finding mission to Iran and gather information on Jila Izadi’s case. ecu@un.org
  2. Please write to European Parliaments and ask them to intervene urgently, while sponsoring a resolution on Iran’s human rights record in 2004. civis@europarL.eu.int
  3. Please write to Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch and urge them to issue a statement on Jila Izadi’s case and mobilize their network.




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