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Malalai, Lubna & Kartika

August 27, 2009

Malalai joya

Malalai Joya

Interviewed by IPS:

Women and children, they were the most and first victims and still there is much violence against them. And the main reason is that the Northern Alliance fundamentalists, who are mentally the same as the Taliban but physically are different, came to power.

First of all, like the Taliban, they mix Islam with politics to use against women of my country. The situation of women is like hell in most of the provinces.

It is true that in some big cities like Kabul, like Herat, Mazar-i-Sharif, some women have access to jobs and education but in most of the provinces, not only is there no justice at all – even in the capital – but in faraway provinces the situation of women is becoming more disastrous. The killing of women is like killing a bird today in Afghanistan.

The silence of good people is worse than the actions of bad people. That’s why I don’t fear death but I do fear the political silence against injustice. I’m sure that one day we will achieve these values as our history shows that we never accept an occupation and we have many heroes and heroines in our country who taught us that sitting in silence is not the way 

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Writing about the Afghan election:

Deals have also been made with countless fundamentalists. This week saw the return from exile of the dreaded warlord Rashid Dostum. And the pro-Iranian extremist Mohammad Mohaqiq, who has been accused of war crimes, has been promised five cabinet positions for his party in exchange for supporting Mr Karzai. Rather than democracy, what we have in Afghanistan are back-room deals among discredited warlords who are sworn enemies of democracy and justice.

 The President has also continued to absolutely betray the women of Afghanistan.

 Even after massive international outcry – and brave protesters taking to the streets of Kabul – Mr Karzai implemented the infamous rape law, targeting Shia women, to gain support of the fundamentalist elements in the election. He had initially promised to review the most egregious clauses, but in the end it was passed with few amendments and the barbaric anti-women statements not removed. As Human Rights Watch recently stated: “Karzai has made an unthinkable deal to sell Afghan women out in return for the support of fundamentalists.”

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Despite international outcry and protests by Afghan women’s groups in April 2009, the content of the Shia Personal Status Law, which came into force in July 2009,  is still deeply harmful to Afghan women:

The law gives a husband the right to withdraw basic maintenance from his wife, including food, if she refuses to obey his sexual demands. It grants guardianship of children exclusively to their fathers and grandfathers. It requires women to get permission from their husbands to work. It also effectively allows a rapist to avoid prosecution by paying “blood money” to a girl who was injured when he raped her.

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Lubna hussein

Lubna Hussein

From her Facebook page:

Dear friends I hope that this is not to be considered as personal case or that the government is targeting me in person.  It is the case of those women and minors who have undergone this harsh punishment the same moment of apprehension.  It is the case of hundreds of thousands of girls who are lashed or will be lashed daily or monthly or annually in the courts of public order because of the clothing.  Those who suffer physically and have to bear societal stigmatization, the psychological effects on their lives, sons and families and may be for generations.

Lubna Ahmed Hussein

khartoum – Sudan

11 July 2009

 Lubna Hussein’s trial is due to re-commence again on 07 September 2009.

Anne of Carversville  continues to track coverage of this case, while others write ridiculous articles.  I have not been able to find out anything, including names of, two of the women arrested at the same time as Lubna Hussein that also decided to go trial.  Neither have I seen anything further about Sudanese reporter Amal Habbani, who was fined $400,000 for writing “ Lubna…A Case Of Subduing Woman’s Body”, which criticised the treatment of women in Sudan.

Lubna on Facebook          Petition to Eliminate Article 152 of the Sudanese Criminal Code


 KartikaKartika Sari Dewi Shukarno

Sentenced to a fine and a flogging for drinking a beer in Malaysia.

I want to send a message that I really regret what I did, so I want to be punished in front of other people,” Kartika said in a telephone interview from her northern home state of Perak. “If other Muslims can see me being caned, I hope it will convince them not to drink.”

Following international outcry, the flogging was yesterday suspended. 

I am relieved that the (Shariah) chief judge has ordered the whipping to be deferred pending a revision,” Shahrizat [Women, Family and Community Development Minister Shahrizat Abdul Jalil] said, adding that the sentence projected a “cruel image” of Malaysia.

Prime Minister Najib Razak also urged Kartika to appeal the sentence, saying she had several avenues to escape the punishment.

Kartika, however, refused, saying she simply wants to get it over with. “I don’t want to appeal,” Kartika told The Associated Press. “They shouldn’t ask me to appeal.”

Shahrizat denied that the call for Kartika to appeal — and the judiciary’s indefinite postponement of the punishment — was an attempt by the government to save face in response to international condemnation. She said the government wants to ensure that the spirit of the Islamic legal system was implemented properly.

Caning of women is prohibited under Malaysia’s penal code:

Maria Chin Abdullah, the executive director of woman’s group Empower, says much of the legal confusion is because of the government’s reluctance to make it clear that federal civil laws carry more weight than Shariah laws for fear of offending Muslim voters.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 28, 2009 14:55

    Thanks for the mention. You’re doing such good work here. Don’t lose track of me. I think your email addy is in my A of C comments. Investors are looking at A of C now (very favorably) & we may have an editor/writer position in this category in 2010.

    I posted a blurb from a short Glamour interview in BTV, regarding the role of the mother-in-law, in the challenges of women’s rights. The oppressed become the oppressor, when they grow up. Fascinating & true — these customs.

    If you ever want to write a guest journal on A of C, let me know. We’re driving major traffic and SEO these days, and I so like your balanced, intellectually rigorous perspective.

    Perhaps I can help promote your blog. I’ll add it in a couple channels. Anne

  2. August 29, 2009 00:56

    Thanks Anne for the compliments 🙂 I should very much like to write something for A of C!

    The abused often become the abuser – the unending cycle, which is so sad. Education is the only counter measure.

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