Saving Pervez


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  Today, the Independent brings us good news that the Afghan Senate has “withdrawn its confirmation of a death sentence” on the student.chains.gif

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.”  

Please sign here.

“People have got a sparkle in their eye and women now all of a sudden no longer fear the future but believe that we’re there to stay the course and we will help a free society emerge.”

George Bush commenting on Afghanistan – June 2004

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6 responses to this post.

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 Update: In a dramatic volte-face, the Afghan Senate has withdrawn its confirmation of a death sentence on Sayed Pervez Kambaksh, the student convicted of blasphemy for downloading a report on women’s rights from the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

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  2. Thanks for the update. It’s looking more hopeful.

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  3. Indeed. Seems international clamours keep being necessary unfortunately.

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  4. But I guess the internet helps give us a voice to back these newspaper campaigns. An interesting way of connecting newspapers with falling readership to relatively modern forms of communication use.

    These travesties of justice have always been after all. Building momentum for a march takes too long whereas an email storm can gather in days, if not hours. 🙂

    I’m so relieved this man has been saved from this madness.

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  5. Yes Jose, I sometimes marvel at how fair-minded people never ceases in their quest for justice.

    Matt, absolutely. The internet is a great tool for reaching people and making them aware.

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