Save Pegah Emambakhsh August 23, 2007Posted by dorigo in news, politics.
An iranian citizen refuged in London, Pegah Emambakhsh, will be deported back to Tehran on flight BA6655, departing from Heathrow tonight at 21.55. Pegah is a lesbian and the iranian government sentenced to death by lapidation her lover two years ago, when Pegah flied the country. She is destined to the same fate if the english government does not stop her return to Iran.
Death by lapidation is way more cruel and inhumane than other ways to kill a human being. The agony can last for tens of minutes as smaller stones are thrown first, to be followed by others that break the bones, until deathly blows are inflicted on the head. If you are a death penalty aficionado, you still should find it repulsive, leaving alone the outrage of killing a person whose only guilt is her homosexual love.
Pegah is detained in Yarlswood (Sheffield), but if her departure is not delayed or canceled, she is probably already on her way to Heathrow. Hopes to prevent her flight to a horrendous death for a sexual preference which is not a crime in more civilized countries than Iran are getting thinner by the minute.
Thousands of emails have flooded the english government from around the world, asking to stop the deportation. Members of the European Parliament had also started a mobilitation a few days ago, but in response the english visa office seems to have actually anticipated the departure to tonight, to prevent the protest from being successful.
UPDATE: the extradition has been delayed only a few hours ago to the 28th of August. There are still four more days, therofore, for a civil action to stop the lapidation of Pegah. If you are in speaking terms with any member of the british government, please get your ass off the chair and do what you should have already.