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Reyhaneh Jabbari, age 26, fought off the sexual advances of a would-be rapist, killing him in self-defense. The person she defended herself against was Morteza Sarbandi, a politically-connected member of the regime. Despite the fact that evidence at the scene demonstrated Morteza’s intention to drug and rape Reyhaneh, she was nevertheless charged with murder, tortured until she confessed, and then sentenced to execution by hanging. Her execution is now imminent. Reyhaneh had the right to defend herself against rape and should not have been prosecuted for murder. But the anti-woman Islamic regime in Iran has targeted women from the moment it took power through counterrevolution in 1979, and continues to do so today. Reyhaneh’s execution sentence, like all execution sentences, is intended to terrorize the population, especially women. It demonstrates this regime’s need to kill and repress in order to stay in power. Since Hassan Rohani came to power, there has been a sharp increase in executions in Iran, which has been condemned by the UN and other international organizations. Please do not allow Reyhaneh to be hanged; she is now waiting for your help and support. Please send an email to demand the immediate release of Reyhaneh Jabbari, and an immediate halt to executions.

TO: CC:, To Catherine Ashton, EU Foreign Affairs High Representative: I am writing to you to express my strongest protest against the imprisonment and imminent execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari. I urge you to pressure the Islamic regime of Iran to overturn her execution sentence and release her immediately and unconditionally. Executions in Iran must be condemned and halted, and women must have the right to defend themselves from attack without fear of being executed by the state. Sincerely, [Your Name]