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18 April 2009

Delara Darabi

While researching the case of the American journalist who has been accused of spying by the Iranian government, Roxana Saberi, I came across the case of Delara Darabi. Rarely has a case moved me the way this one has.

Delara Darabi was only 17 at the time. Her boyfriend broke into a home and committed a murder. Delara was apparently with him and as an accomplice to the robbery was sentenced to among other things, 50 lashes. However, believing that her boyfriend, was 20, would be sentenced to death, she was convinced to plead guilty to the murders. Her logic was that since Iran is party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, both of which prohibit the execution of minors for crimes committed before they are 18, she would be spared execution. Sadly, this has not been the case. Her execution has been set for 20 April, less than two days from the time I write this.

As of this writing, it is not to late. One can log onto a website created to help put public pressure on the Iranian government. I would urge every reader of this blog to sign a petition and write to as many people as you can write to during the next 36 hours in an effort to save Delara's life. The website is www.savedelara.com.


Agnes said...

I can't imagine how many people with similar stories like Delara get killed out there everyday. Sad thing is they have no chance to voice their opinions and tell exactly what happened.

Edith said...

Oooops! Im just getting back to reading your blog Rich ,and here is the story about Delara that touched my heart.
hoping she got some help!!Jesus its a sad story.