Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Email Campaign for Malalai Joya

Reinstate Malalai Joya!

“The Afghan Parliament is worse than an animal stable whose many members are the murderers and enemies of Afghan people,” was a comment made by Malalai Joya in an interview that got the ire of the members of the parliament, prompting her unjust ouster.

Joya criticized the parliament for their failure to legislate laws that benefit the Afghan people. Instead they passed bills like the “Amnesty Bill” that pardons and condones the misdeeds of human rights violators, corrupt officials, drug smugglers and other criminals, as well as creating parliamentary procedures that restrict the freedom of speech.

Malalai Joya is a well known women’s rights advocate who have won several international awards for her work and advocacy among them the 2006 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights Award given by the May 18 Memorial Foundation of the Republic of Korea.

Malalai Joya is in constant danger; she has survived several assassination attempts and remains under threat. But these will not frighten her to continue promoting and defending women and children’s rights and fighting for reforms with the Afghan people against corruption, fundamentalists’ abuses, warlords and drug smugglers.

We call on the Afghan Parliament to respect the voice of its people for electing Malalai Joya! We call for international solidarity to Afghan people’s call for justice and democracy!

Afghanistan deserves a true and dedicated Parliamentarian

Malalai Joya !

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