You would think a UN treaty on rights for disabled people would be a no-brainer, but…

I made another video. Below, I have posted some documentation.

Be quiet, Jim Inhofe! Grown-ups are talking!

Be quiet, Jim Inhofe! Grown-ups are talking!

Full story here.

I actually looked at Life News to get this quote. *shudder*

I actually looked at Life News to get this quote. *shudder*

Robin Marty brought me here.

Mr. Frothy-Mix thinks the UN wants to abort his precious little girl.

Mr. Frothy-Mix thinks the UN wants to abort his precious little girl.

The opposition was led by tea party favorite Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, who argued that the treaty by its very nature threatened U.S. sovereignty. Specifically he expressed concerns that the treaty could lead to the state, rather than parents, determining what was in the best interest of disabled children in such areas as home schooling, and that language in the treaty guaranteeing the disabled equal rights to reproductive health care could lead to abortions. Parents, Lee said, will “raise their children with the constant looming threat of state interference.”

Still alive as of today

Sakineh has not yet been killed:

Ms Ashtiani’s execution, however, is still imminent. This is clear from the Islamic Republic of Iran’s response to protesting governments. The Committees have received reports that the highest court has sent the order for her execution to Tabriz prison; she could therefore be executed at any time.

Still alive, but not released, either.

Even if they never execute her, they’re still torturing her. Of all we’ve heard about Sakineh, no one’s saying much about her current mental health. She’s probably not doing very well in prison.

Even if she gets released from prison and hops on a plane along with her kids to a free country where she can walk freely along with her family and the police don’t care what she does in the privacy of her bedroom with another consenting adult, the damage is done. She’s already lost years of her life to a case that should never have happened. That’s time, and peace of mind, that she can’t get back.

They’ve been killing her for years. She just hasn’t yet died.

“Oh, but that’s just their culture!”

As reported by Maryam Namazie at

[…]the authorities in Tehran have given the go ahead to Tabriz prison for the execution of Iran stoning case Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani. It has been reported that she is to be executed this Wednesday 3 November.


In other news, Sajjad Ghaderzadeh [Sakineh’s son] and Houtan Kian [her lawyer] have been severely tortured in order to obtain confessions against Sakineh and themselves since their arrests on 10 October along with two German journalists. The initial interrogations by the Ministry of Intelligence have now been completed and the casefile sent to the National Prosecutor General and Judiciary Spokesperson, Mohsen-Ejehi, in Tehran rather than being handled in Tabriz. Their families are concerned for their wellbeing. When attempting to secure lawyers for the two, authorities have said that the two men did not need legal representation.

All this is over a case of adultery without any real evidence. (And, no, the judges’ “special knowledge” is not evidence.) I suppose that after a certain point, it was no longer really about prosecuting an adulteress and more about the authorities saving face. The prosecution was getting a lot of attention in the international press, and the authorities had to insist that they couldn’t possibly have made a mistake, so they doubled down. Perhaps that makes them look better to Iranians, and they don’t give a shit that they look like monsters—and not even very competent ones—to Westerners.

At this point, I don’t expect anyone to be able to save Sakineh. She’s a dead woman walking. It might not be too late to get her son and lawyer the hell out of there.