December 17, 2018

Press Freedom

Afghanistan

Afghanistan 2006

H.E. Hamid Karzai
President
Office of the President
Kabul
Islamic State of Afghanistan
Fax: (011.93.2) 252-6340
 

Your Excellency:
 

As members of the Freedom of the Press Committee of the Overseas Press Club of America,we protest the treatment of Ali Mohaqiq Nasab, editor of Haqooql-i-Zan, the magazine covering women’s rights in Afghanistan.
 

Sentencing someone working in the public interest to two years in prison and threatening the person with execution are acts unworthy of your great country and in violation of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This episode is especially appalling in view of the sacrifices made by men and women from outside Afghanistan to help re-build your republic in the wake of severe repression by the Taliban, whose zeal was a disgrace to Islam.
 

The facts are known: Mr Mohaqiq Nasab wrote in defense of the rights of women to be heard in courts of law on an equal basis as men. He questioned the extreme penalties of amputation under Islamic law. A religious council, acting outside the media law of 2004, which you signed, condemned Mr Mohaqiq Nasab. It claimed that he insulted Islam. His trial was a mockery of justice; permitted no lawyer to advocate his rights and defend him against these charges, he was sentenced to prison.
 

We condemn this action and respectfully call upon you to speak out against such treatment.

Mr. President, from your visits to our country and your familiarity with our principles of law and justice, you must be aware that this case can not but harm Afghanistan ‘s position in the world. Please do whatever is in your power to reverse these inhumane actions.

 

Respectfully yours,
John Martin
Norman Schorr
Freedom of the Press Committee

cc:

 

Said Tayeb Jawad

Ambassador of Afghanistan to the U.S.A.

Embassy of the Islamic State of Afghanistan

2118 Kalorama Road NW

Washington , DC 20008

Fax: (202) 483-6488

 

 

Ambassador Ravan A.G. Farhadi

Permanent Representative

Permanent Mission of the Islamic State of Afghanistan

to the United Nations

360 Lexington Avenue

New York , NY 10017

Fax: (212) 972-1216

 

 

Zalmay Khalilzad

U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan

Embassy of the United States of America

The Great Masood Road , Kabul

Afghanistan

Fax: (011.93.2) 230-1364