As Muslims around the world continue to deny basic human rights to women and non-Muslims, Muslim spokesmen maintain a pattern of denial and deception.

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a 43-year-old Iranian woman, is facing death by stoning this week for adultery, a capital crime in Iran. Yet when the redoubtable human rights activist David G. Littman, asserted at the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2008 that "the stoning of women for alleged adultery still occurs regularly in Iran," Iran's spokesman declared that this was "not true, it is completely false and is out of the question."

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani would beg to differ, and she's not the only one: according to another human rights activist, Mina Ahadi, "at least 40 to 50 other women are waiting for the same destiny in Iran right now."

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