Afghan student, Sayed Pervez Kambaksh, was sentenced to death under Afghanistan’s brutal blasphemy laws for downloading an article on women’s rights. Today, the Independent brings us good news that the Afghan Senate has “withdrawn its confirmation of a death sentence” on the student.
In spite of all the rhetoric from the American government telling us they brought Afghanistan out of dark ages and freed the people of the evil Taliban, President Hamid Karzi is dismally failing to implement the human rights that we were all expecting after George Bush hand-picked him for the job.
This new Afghan government was supposed to bring freedom and democracy to the people of Afghanistan but instead, they got Islamic law, run by an anti-female, intolerant, corrupt and down-right brutal bunch of men.
As we speak, Nato troops are trying to hold back a rapidly-recovering Taliban whose evil regime once brought daily terrors to the Afghan people yet the current government is little more than a flower-washed version of the Taliban. Women are killing themselves rather than live under such dire conditions.
And the danger hasn’t gone away for Sayed. The Independent has been running an online petition “urging the UK Foreign office to put all possible pressure on the Afghan government to prevent the execution of Sayed Pervez Kambaksh.”
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George Bush commenting on Afghanistan – June 2004