Target: Kenneth Roth, CEO of Human Rights Watch
Goal: Implore human rights organization to take action and halt the execution of an Iranian child bride
Razieh Ebrahimi was forced to marry her neighbor’s son when she was only 14 years old. When Razieh was 15, she gave birth to her first child. She endured a marriage full of mistreatment. Razieh’s husband abused her mentally and physically until she couldn’t take it anymore, and when she was 17, she killed her husband in his sleep.
Although Razieh’s murderous crime is dreadful, she was only a teenager and international law prohibits executions for crimes committed by juveniles. Razieh is just one of many child brides who experience a life full of violence with no legal support. Not knowing who to turn to for help, many of these girls either kill themselves or their spouses to put an end to the violence.
Razieh’s fate now lies in the hands on the Iranian judiciary and her husband’s family. Unless the Iranian judiciary reverses its decision to fatally punish a battered child bride or her husband’s family pardons her for her crime, Razieh will be executed. Sign this petition and urge the Human Rights Watch to take action, halt the execution, and save the life of an abused child bride.
Dear Mr. Kenneth Roth,
I am sure you are aware of the extent of abuse that many Iranian child brides are forced to experience in their marriages. Razieh Ebrahimi was forced to marry her neighbor’s son when she was only 14, and gave birth to her first child a year later. Razieh eventually had enough of the mental and physical abuse her husband inflicted upon her, and when she was 17 years old, she murdered him in his sleep. Razieh is now facing execution even though international law prohibits execution as a punishment for crimes committed by juveniles.
Razieh was trapped in a violent marriage with absolutely no legal support, as many child brides are, and had no one to turn to for help. Feeling isolated and tormented, she murdered her husband to escape her abusive marriage. Although her crime is horrible, she was only a teenager, and should not be executed.
I hope you realize the urgency of this issue and I implore you to take action and convince the Iranian judiciary to reverse its decision to execute a battered child bride.
[Your Name Here]
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