Sunday, October 25, 2015

Reyhaneh Jabbari

A year a go on Sat. Oct. 25, 2014 Reyhaneh Jabbari a 26 year old girl who was condemned to death for defending her honor was hanged in Gohardasht prison in Tehran without her family's presence. Reyhaneh was only 19 at the time of her arrests. In a struggle against her rapist, Morteza Sarbandi, a member of Iranian intelligent agency was injured and found dead later. Reyhaneh was tortured to confess to having a sexual relationship with Sarbandi. Reyhaneh's execution came with international condemnations. Amnesty International which had been vocal about Reyhaneh's case condemned her execution. Politicians and governments around the world also condemned this brutal act. Canada's former foreign affair condemned it in the strongest possible terms.
US State department, Germany, France, European Parliament, and many media outlets including in
Yesterday the Iranian-Canadians gathered in front of US embassy here in Ottawa and condemned the wave of executions in Iran and remembered Reyhaneh Jabbari on her execution anniversary.
Canada either condemned the execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari or reflected the news. Reyhaneh Jabbari was buried Sun. Oct. 26 Tehran time in Beheshte Zahra cemetery amid extremely tight security measures. The Simay-e Azadi, Iranian National TV in exile, said that 300 security guards and intelligence agents were dispatched and present at the cemetery controlling the crowd fearing it could turn in to a protest demonstration against the regime. At that somber ceremony, her family, friends and other Tehrani residents prayed and placed flower at her graveside, expressing condolences and solidarity with the family.