20 Years in Jail for Asserting Equality Between Men and Women

This is what our soldiers fought and died for in Afghanistan.

This is an example of the “freedoms” enjoyed by the Afghan people. This is the practical result of “liberty”, as promised to the people of Afghanistan by George W. Bush.

It’s a matural outcome of Afghanistan’s sharia-based constitution — which was approved by the United States government.

According to AKI:

Afghanistan: Court Upholds Jail Term for ‘Blasphemous’ Reporter

Kabul, 9 March (AKI) — Afghanistan’s Supreme Court has upheld a 20-year jail term for blasphemy handed to Afghan journalist Sayed Parwez Kambakhsh, who claimed men and women were equal. Kambakhsh’s brother said the family had just learned of the closed-door ruling delivered a month ago in the absence of Yaqub Kambakhsh, his lawyer or family members, the Information Safety and Freedom media watchdog reported on Monday.

“We thought there would be some justice in the capital of Afghanistan and even at the highest level of the judicial system,” wrote Yaqub Kambakhsh in a letter sent to Information Safety and Freedom.

“But their silent decision seems that first of all there is no justice in Afghanistan at any level. “Kambakhsh is the latest victim.”

Twenty-eight year-old Kambakhsh’s troubles began in 1997, when he wrote in his blog that “extremist mullahs” had distorted the true meaning of Islam’s holy book or Koran.

“If a Muslim man may have four wives, why shouldn’t a wife have four husbands,” he wrote.

He was arrested on blasphemy charges in the northern town of Mazar-i-Sharif in 2007 and in October that year a local court condemned him to death

The death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment following pressure from international human rights organisations.

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Corriere della Sera quoted Italy’s under-secretary for foreign affairs, Alfredo Mantica as claiming the government was concerned about Kambakhsh, but considered it better to intervene after presidential elections due in August 2009 to avoid “politicising” the case.

“It’s a fact that Afghanistan’s courts are strongly influenced by the religious authorities,” Mantica stated.

Now we’re planning to negotiate with the “moderate” Taliban — which will be guaranteed to advance the cause of women’s rights in Afghanistan.

Won’t it?

Hat tip: C. Cantoni.

3 thoughts on “20 Years in Jail for Asserting Equality Between Men and Women

  1. Untill now the best thing to disrupt the islamic flow of mind are the Indian movies. It must be to them like Hindu genetic refreshment programme.

    And remember, if you are a good Hindu, reading Mahabharata every day…:

    “She had a strong husband in Bheema, a protector in Arjuna, a wise man in Yudhishthira, an attractive man as Nakula and a resilient man as Sahadeva. Hence Arjun’s wife Draupadi then became the wife of all pandavas”.

    Draupadi! She was equal to five submen!

  2. We need badly some institution of saints/semisaints outside the Catholic church!

    I love Kambakhsh. He did his logical step in circumstances which are difficult. Maybe he wanted just to elevate his good mother to some extent, or maybe his good sister?

    Instinctively I love him. Let us create a Kambakhsh loving society to make him happy in his Nato-Afghani jail!

  3. The West needs to tell the rulers of this land that they cannot defend them any longer if they are going to carry on this kind of abomination.

    To the world, NATO should announce that it gave its best shot at the behest of the UN to build a decent nation out of centuries old rubble but you can’t help those who won’t help themselves to emerge into the 21st century and that Islamic belief apparently requires a type of nation that we do not wish to squander anymore blood and treasure on.

    If they won’t sign on to the Declaration of Human Rights and mean it, then they can live in the kind of nation Islam builds. Western money and lives should not be subsidizing 14th century ideas.

    As long as they mind their own beeswax, we’ll ignore them. However, any Islamic country that dares strike out at a Western nation will be crushed in future with no rebuilding afterwards.

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