Hopes Diminish for Condemned Afghan Journalist

February 01, 2008 06:10 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
The Afghan Senate has issued a statement supporting the death sentence for an Afghan journalist. The condemned man distributed an article deemed “insulting to Islam.”

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Sayed Parwez Kaambakhsh was sentenced to death by an Afghan court for circulating an opinion piece that asked why Muslim women cannot have multiple husbands, since men are allowed more than one wife.

The Afghanistan Senate issued a statement supporting the sentence and further stated it "strongly criticizes those domestic and international organizations which are pressurizing Afghanistan's government and legal authorities when pursuing such people.”

The Afghan National Assembly is made up of two houses: the Wolesi Jirga (the House of the People) and the Meshrano Jirga (the House of Elders). 

The statement was signed by Sibghatullah Mujaddedi, head of the Meshrano Jirga and a close ally of Afghan President Karzai.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has requested the case be reviewed fairly in the appeals process.

Rahimullah Samandar, who heads Afghanistan's Independent Journalist Association, stated, “This is illegal, this is unjust, it's unfair. It is in accordance with neither Afghan law nor the Afghan Constitution.”

Headline Links: Afghan journalist sentenced to death

Reactions: The UN, Afghanistan's Independent Journalist Association and the Institute for War and Peace Reporting

Reference: The Afghanistan National Assembly


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