Parwez

Det ser ud til at være Afghanistan-dag her på bloggen:

Fra Kr. Dagblad

En skare på omkring 200 demonstranter vovede sig i går ud i Kabuls gader for at fordømme dødsdommen mod den 23-årige afghanske journalist Perwiz (Parwez!) Kambakhsh.

Demonstranterne forlangte, at præsident Hamid Karzai skrider ind i sagen og ophæver den ultimative straf, der af en lokal domstol i det nordlige Afghanistan er blevet tildelt Perwiz Kambakhsh for blasfemi og for kritik af Koranen.

– Proceduren i denne sag og anklagerne mod Kambakhsh er på ingen måde anderledes end retssagerne og forfølgelserne under det mørke og middelalderlige Talebanstyre, skriver det afghanske solidaritets-parti i en pressemeddelelse.

Perwiz Kambakhsh er blandt andet blevet dømt for en artikel, hvor han kritiserer profeten Muhammed for at se bort fra kvinders rettigheder, og for at læse hjemmesider på internettet om kvinders rolle i islamiske samfund.

Ja, SÅ må han af med hovedet. Men naturligvis har det intet med islam at gøre.

Meshrano Jirga, der er det afghanske parlaments overhus, kritiserer både USA og FN for at blande sig i interne afghanske anliggender og udtrykker sin støtte til dødsdommen. Selvom Overhuset ikke har nogen juridisk vægt kommer støtten til dødsdommen som en overraskelse blandt mange.

Uanset Overhusets motiv til at støtte dødsdommen får initiativet skarp kritik fra Den Internationale Forening af Journalister:

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today accused Afghan parliamentarians of being out of touch with democracy when they supported a death sentence passed on a journalist and condemned international human rights protests.

The upper house of the Afghan parliament was commenting on a decision issued last week by a religious Islamic court that convicted Sayed Parwez Kambakhsh, a journalism student and reporter for the daily newspaper Jahan-e Naw, of blasphemy and sentenced him to death.

“This statement by Afghan lawmakers is a shocking confirmation of intolerance and a lack of respect for free speech,” said Aidan White, IFJ General Secretary. “It is worryingly out of touch with international standards of democracy.”

As well as endorsing the death sentence, the parliamentarians also criticised the human rights groups who have launched a public campaign to get the death sentenced reversed.

The IFJ has called on its member unions to join a campaign to urge Afghan President Hamid Karzai to overturn the death sentence against Kambakhsh. The IFJ believes the sentence handed down disregards Afghanistan’s constitution, which says that “freedom of expression shall be inviolable. Every Afghan shall have the right to express thoughts through speech, writing, illustrations as well as other means in accordance with provisions of this constitution.”

“While the Afghan government may not want the scrutiny from the international community, it is our job to put the pressure on President Karzai to ensure that Afghanistan abides by its own laws,” White said.

The IFJ is supporting local groups, including the Afghan Independent Journalists’ Association, in their fight for justice for Kambakhsh.

For more information contact the IFJ at +32 2 235 2207
The IFJ represents over 600,000 journalists in 120 countries worldwide