It has been long overdue to abolish the Qessas laws in Iran.  No nation can call itself civilized and talk about dialogue of civilizations, when upholding such barbaric laws in the midst of its society.  Stoning, amputations, and similar practices must stop in Iran


We the signatories below support the Abolition of Qessas Laws in Iran:


-- Sam Ghandchi  07/18/2000


P.S.  The original petition is no longer online.


P.P.S.  The following is the petition of MEHR organization about stoning and similar human rights violations in Iran.  Please if interested sign this petition:


P.P.P.S.  Please note that IHRWG (Iranian Human Rights Working Group) has been consistently campaigning against these forms of punishments, and is also running a campaign against the death penalty, which covers qessas, killing and stoning.  Please if interested, visit their following webpage to add your signature to their petition:






* The above article was first posted on SCI (soc.culture.iranian) Usenet newsgroup on July 21, 2000 as a Petition to the Sixth Parliament of Iran.



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