Saturday, February 2

Sentenced to death: Afghan who dared to read about women's rights

A young man, a student of journalism, is sentenced to death by an Islamic court for downloading a report from the internet. The sentence is then upheld by the country's rulers. This is Afghanistan – not in Taliban times but six years after "liberation" and under the democratic rule of the West's ally Hamid Karzai?


Here in Canada (according to MacKay) before Canada and its allies invaded, the Taliban controlled republic, MacKay said, human rights did not exist, especially for women, who were not allowed to vote or participate in government.

MacKay said. "And here's a shocker. There are more women sitting in the parliament of Afghanistan than in the government of Canada."

And here's ANOTHER shocker MacKay! Human rights still don't exist under your buddy Karzai!

LINK: BBC
LINK: MacKay - WTF?

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deBeauxOs said...

Actually, he was condemned for something else. Had he only read the documents in support of women's rights and quietly nodded to himself, no one would have noticed. But he brought the discussion into public view, in a university setting.

By exacting such a severe punishment for his action, the authorities are making an official statement about silencing any discussion regarding the rights of women under the Q'ran, and the political use of religious ideology.

Anonymous said...

Update: In a dramatic volte-face, the Afghan Senate has withdrawn its confirmation of a death sentence on Sayed Pervez Kambaksh, the student convicted of blasphemy for downloading a report on women's rights from the internet.


The move follows widespread international protests and appeals to the President, Hamid Karzai, after the case was highlighted by The Independent and more than 38,000 readers signed our petition to secure justice for Mr Kambaksh. In Britain, the Foreign Secretary David Miliband, the Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg and the shadow Foreign Secretary, William Hague, backed the campaign, and there have been demonstrations in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

The Independent