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Mock-Stoning Sit-In Protest

Statement prepared by Hon. David Kilgour
(delivered in his absence)
UN Headquarters
12 December 11, 2010

Dear all,

Heartiest congratulations to you on condemning the silence of any international or national government official on the stoning sentences of Sakineh Ashtiani and others. We are all grateful that the protests around the world now appear to have succeeded in her case. What about other victims of such appalling cruelty? What about trials which abuse the rule of law from start to finish?

It demeans the entire human family when regimes which engage in gender discrimination and use violence against women to implement their policies are appointed or elected to UN bodies tasked with working for women’s equality.

Thank you for demanding that the UN immediately implement a resolution to criminalize stoning worldwide.

Governments and other organizations that stone women to death are committing serious crimes and their agents in doing such acts should face international penal sanctions. The UN and all responsible governments should criminalize the practice of stoning immediately.

No-one anywhere can tolerate silence on stoning, rape, and gender apartheid.

All success to your rally from Canada.

Thank you.

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