Human Rights

Iran to Stone to Death Mother of Two

Will an international campaign save Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani? The 42-year-old Iranian mother of two could be stoned to death at any moment. Ashtiani pleaded guilty to adultery in 2006 and was lashed 99 times; however, her lawyer contends that she did not understand the court proceedings—she is Azerbaijani and speaks Turkish, not Farsi. According to CNN, she will be buried up to her chest and “the stones that will be hurled at her will be large enough to cause pain but not so large as to kill her immediately.”