From the link
"We, the International Committee against Stoning, heartened by the success of our campaign to save the Amina Lawal from the brink of stoning, and overwhelmed by the level of support and sympathy directed towards our campaign, are proposing to declare July 11, the day on which in 2001 Maryam Ayoubi, an Iranian woman and mother of three children, was stoned to death, as the International Day against Stoning.
This day was proposed by the International Committee against Stoning at the International Conference against Stoning, held in Naples, Italy on September 26, 2003, and was endorsed by the conference. July 11 should be the day on which people around the world reaffirm their rejection of stoning."
Barbaric is the only word to describe this. While i vaguely knew of cases, I was not aware of the fully extent of the barbarity until I watched the 2008 film, The Stoning of Soraya M (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1277737/) based on a book that tells the true story of a victim of stoning in the mid eighties. It is a very difficult film to watch as the subject matter is horrifying, but it will give you a whopping dose of empathy for the women in the story and how little power they actually have over their own lives. I would highly recommend this film as i think it is brilliant, but it will haunt you and upset you, so if you are not prepared to see something like that then perhaps it is best to avoid it.
Stoning is not just an issue of the past. It is a problem today with women being sentanced to stoning as well as floggings and other forms of capital punishment where the evidence is questionable. http://www.care2.com/causes/iran-stoning-case-gets-worse-ashtiani-convicted-of-murder-attorney-in-hiding.html and the most recent update on the case from a blog http://maryamnamazie.blogspot.com/2011/07/update-on-iran-stoning-case-sakineh.html.
More info about stoning and legality of stoning in different countries. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stoning
Stoning is essentially death by torture and is perpetuated as a result of archaic laws. Any apologists for this type of thing completely fails to empathise with the plight of women who have no power to oppose those who want them out of the way. Cases of honour killings (approx. 5000 estimated by united nations population fund http://www.unfpa.org/swp/2000/english/ch03.html) are also a significant issue across the globe, including westernized countries such as the UK (http://www.desiblitz.com/content/honour-killings-continue-in-the-uk) and while, unlike stoning, these honour killings lack any legal basis they are still part of the same problem. Power iniquities that target mostly women. Something to bear in mind on the next international day against stoning.
Skeptical kinkster musing on whatever takes my fancy!