July 7th, 2010
02:33 PM ET

Iran must halt woman's death by stoning

Arsalan Iftikhar
Special to CNN

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It is clearly stated in Article 5 of the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights that, "No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment."

Adopted in 1948 by the U.N. General Assembly, in addition to outlawing torture categorically, this international treaty was to be used as a common standard for international law and outlined - for the first time ever - fundamental human rights to be protected anywhere around the world.

Included under the category of "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment" would most certainly be the impending death by stoning of a 42-year-old Iranian mother for the alleged crime of adultery.

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Filed under: Arsalan Iftikhar • Iran • Opinion
soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Jose Reyes

    Why aren't there more comments about this? Have we lost the will to help the world or have we lost our interest in human rights on the global scale. Please comment, and look for a way to help.

    July 7, 2010 at 3:39 pm |
  2. Elaine

    Barbaric. We need to try to help stop this.

    July 7, 2010 at 3:10 pm |