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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2008 3:44 am    Post subject: Afghan 'Blasphemy' Death Sentence  Reply with quote

An Afghan journalist has been sentenced to death by a provincial court for distributing "blasphemous" material.

Sayed Perwiz Kambakhsh, 23, was arrested in 2007 after downloading material from the internet relating to the role of women in Islamic societies.

A primary court in Balkh province said that Kambakhsh had confessed to blasphemy and had to be punished.

The court also threatened to arrest any reporters who protested against Kambakhsh's sentence.

Kambakhsh, a student at Balkh University and a journalist for Jahan-e Naw (New World), was arrested in October 2007 after material he downloaded was deemed to be offensive to Islam.

Shamsur Rahman, the head of the court, told Reuters news agency: "According to... the Islamic law, Sayed Perwiz is sentenced to death at the first court.

"However, he will go through three more courts to declare his last punishment," he said.

'Deeply shocked'

Balkh province's deputy attorney general, Hafizullah Khaliqyar, warned other journalists that they would be arrested if they attempted to support Kambakhsh.

But Agence France-Presse reported that journalists were gathering outside the home of the condemned reporter.

The sentence has been welcomed by conservative Islamic clerics in Afghanistan but criticised by international human rights groups.

Global media watchdog Reporters Without Borders said it was "deeply shocked" by the trial and appealed to President Hamid Karzai to intervene "before it is too late".

In a statement, the group said the trial was "carried out in haste and without any concern for the law or for free expression, which is protected by the constitution".

"Kambakhsh did not do anything to justify his being detained or being given this sentence."

Kambakhsh's brother, Sayed Yaqub Ibrahimi, said the verdict was "very unfair" and appealed for help from the international community, reported Reuters.

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/world/south_asia/7204341.stm
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2008 3:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BBC news report:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/help/3681938.stm
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2008 6:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I logged a request for his release with the afghani ambassy.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2008 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Baal wrote:
I logged a request for his release with the afghani ambassy.


Excellent!

There will also be a Demo:

Demonstration to demand Kambakhsh’s Freedom
On Friday, February 8, 2008, 12.00 to 2.00 pm
Afghanistan Embassy, 31 Princes Gate, London, SW7
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2008 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


I'm quite active on an afghan forum, for the last 6 years now...
and it is not just any-other afghan forum, many people of the gov read it, and some also take part, and I also have direct contacts there in the country and in the gov...

http://www.afghanistanonlineforums.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl

Since I'm, so to speak, "in love" with afghanistan somehow !

I travelled the country first in 1972, when king zaher was still in charge, came back when his uncle daud khan had snatched power from him, and again when the first commie-group took over...

I travelled afghanistan again in 2002, alone, only me and my cameras, and it was like "coming home", despite the fact that it was all ruins and destruction, pain and endless sorrow !

here's what I wrote on this afghan forum, we have many threads about kambakhsh and the follow up discussion...

and I've opened another thread about this case today...

"the kambakhsh case" - http://www.afghanistanonlineforum...-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1202288295

oh yeah, I am "estragon" there !

...




and its not even really about HIM, but about his brother...

this fact is the most revealing point in this pseudo-case !
[fugg all this warlordism, tribalism, and all islamic "laws" - disgusting !]

here's a link to an onlyine petition everybody ought to sign !

http://www.petitiononline.com/af8f6912/petition.html

but its even better if one copies the text, and sends it to the by now many times postet mail-addies, which I will repost one more time here...

below the text of this online petition, maybe alter it at your will, or just copy it, and send it out !

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To:  The Government of Afghanistan

Perwez Kambakhsh, a 23 year old student of Balkh University’s journalism faculty was sentenced to death by a court because ‘he had copied an article from a website containing un-Islamic material’.

It is clearly inhumane and unjust to kill someone for copying an article, read and distribute it because the constitution of Afghanistan has given the right of freedom of expression to every one.

This Taliban-style sentence is not acceptable to anyone and this decision is condemned by all human rights organizations, civil societies, journalists’ unions and individuals in Afghanistan and the entire world.

This sentence will only strengthen the war-lords, the terrorists and the narrow-minded mullahs who want their own dominance by imposing their self-made brutal laws and by keeping the society in ignorance.

We demand the government of Afghanistan to release Syed Perwez Kambakhsh and prove that the government respects human rights and freedom of expression.


Sincerely,

The Undersigned





please email your protest letters to:


Presidential Office:
president@afghanistangov.org

United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA)
spokesman-unama@un.org

The Supreme Court of Afghanistan
aquddus@supremecourt.gov.af


you may also send protest letters to the afghan embassy in your country !


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2008 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

maybe have a look at my pic-homepage, with lotsa pics from afghanistan... from 72 to 2002 !

http://estragon.100megsfree5.com/
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2008 1:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent pictures HE, I would love to visit Afghanistan one day - hopefully when there is peace. I just finished Kite Runner and found it an absorbing read.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2008 1:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

cosmicdancer wrote:
Excellent pictures HE, I would love to visit Afghanistan one day - hopefully when there is peace. I just finished Kite Runner and found it an absorbing read.

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Yes, good book, and very true...
Maybe, if you have the chance, get "the sowing circles of herat" !

Afghanistan has a very RAW charme, country-wise, a rough beauty, unaltered, unshaven, barren, and wild...

And the people, despite their ability to commit the most horrendous crimes, are always happy, laughing, joking, open like children, and the most inviting you ever met !

All in all, its like visiting a place in another time !
Wanna see life on a biblical level, also with all details, go to afghanistan !
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2008 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a sad state where you get get sentenced to death for something like that. It reminds me about a case where two journalist in Azerbaijan got jailed because of a critical article about economics and islam. You can read it here. Hopefully cases like this might make an example for the future, if it succeds to free the person. Hopefully freedom of speech might be tolerated more and be further implemented in the judicial conscruct of the country.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Video from the Demo:

http://www.iransecularsociety.com...baxsh-%20Demo-TV-Fariborz_ITV.wmv

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