Julie has joined a chorus of Parliamentarians and international human rights organisations calling on the Iranian regime to call off the execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari.
Reyhaneh, arrested in 2007 and sentenced to death in 2009 for killing a man she said was trying to sexually abuse her, was due to be hanged last week but her execution was 'delayed' following an international outcry from MEPs and NGOs.
A statement from the US State Department following the postponement noted "serious concerns remain about the integrity of the legal case against Ms. Jabbari, including reports of confessions made under severe duress".
Julie Ward MEP, who joined other MEPs last week in calling for urgent action to stop the execution, said:
"Reyhaneh's story demonstrates the terrible situation facing women living under the tyranny of the mullahs in 21st century Iran. At-risk because of their gender they are then punished when they try to defend themselves.
"This stay of execution is welcome but things should have never come to this terrible brink. I am proud to be part of an international movement of human rights activists whose concerted efforts on social media have made the regime think twice.
"However, we must continue to be vigilant as, on average 2 to 3 people a day are executed in Iran, many of them women."