petition


Subject: petition
From: Carlos Palombini (pal@npd.ufpe.br)
Date: Wed Oct 20 1999 - 05:38:26 EDT


Below is a petition for the United Nations regarding the

treatment of women in Afghanistan.

Please sign and forward:

The government of Afghanistan is waging a war upon women. Since the
Taliban

took power in 1996, women have had to wear burqua and have been beaten
and

stoned in public for not having the proper attire, even if this means
simply

not having the mesh covering in front of their eyes.

One woman was beaten to death by an angry mob of fundamentalists for

accidentally exposing her arm while she was driving. Another was stoned
to

death for trying to leave the country with a man who was not a relative.

Women are not allowed to work or even go out in public without a male

relative; professional women such as professors, translators, doctors,

lawyers, artists and writers have been forced from their jobs and
stuffed

into their homes, so that depression is becoming so widespread that it
has

reached emergency levels.

There is no way, in such an extreme Islamic society, to know the suicide

rate with certainty, but relief workers are estimating that the suicide
rate

among women, who cannot find proper medication and treatment for severe

depression and would rather take their lives than live in such

conditions,has

increased significantly.

Homes where a woman is present must have their windows painted so that
she

can never be seen by outsiders. They must wear silent shoes so that they
are

never heard. Women live in fear of their lives for the slightest

misbehavior. Because they cannot work, those without male relatives or

husbands are either starving to death or begging on the street, even if
they

hold Ph.D.'s.

There are almost no medical facilities available for women, and relief

workers, in protest, have mostly left the country, taking medicine and

psychologists and other things necessary to treat the sky-rocketing
level of

depression among women. At one of the rare hospitals for women, a
reporter

found still, nearly lifeless bodies lying motionless on top of beds,
wrapped

in their burqua, unwilling to speak,eat, or do anything, but slowly
wasting

away. Others have gone mad and were seen crouched in corners,
perpetually

rocking or crying, most of them in fear. One doctor is considering, when

what little medication that is left finally runs out, leaving these
women in

front of the president's residence as a form of peaceful protest.

It is at the point where the term 'human rights violations' has become
an

understatement. Husbands have the power of life and death over their
women

relatives, especially their wives, but an angry mob has just as much
right

to stone or beat a woman, often to death, for exposing an inch of flesh
or

offending them in the slightest way. Women enjoyed relative freedom, to

work, dress generally as they wanted, and drive and appear in public
alone

until only 1996. The rapidity of this transition is the main reason for
the

depression and suicide; women who were once educators or doctors or
simply

used to basic human freedoms are now severely restricted and treated as

sub-human in the name of right-wing fundamentalist Islam. It is not
their

tradition or 'culture', but is alien to them, and it is extreme even for

those cultures where fundamentalism is the rule.

Everyone has a right to a tolerable human existence, even if they are
women

in a Muslim country. If we can threaten military force in Kosovo in the
name

of human rights for the sake of ethnic Albanians, citizens of the world
can

certainly express peaceful outrage at the oppression, murder and
injustice

committed against women by the Taliban.

STATEMENT: In signing this, we agree that the current treatment of women
in

Afghanistan is completely UNACCEPTABLE and deserves support and action
by

the United Nations and that the current situation overseas will not be

tolerated. Women's Rights is not a small issue anywhere and it is

UNACCEPTABLE for women in 1999 to be treated as sub-human and so much as

property.

Equality and human decency is a RIGHT not a freedom, whether one lives
in

Afghanistan or elsewhere.

1) Suzanne Dathe, Grenoble, France

2) Laurence COMPARAT, Grenoble,France 3) Philippe

MOTTE, Grenoble, France 4) Jok FERRAND, Mont St Martin,

France 5) Emmanuelle PIGNOL, St Martin d'Heres, FRANCE

6) Marie GAUTHIER, Grenoble, FRANCE 7) Laurent VESCALO,

Grenoble,FRANCE 8) Mathieu MOY, St Egreve, FRANCE 9)

Bernard BLANCHET, Mont St Martin, FRANCE 10) Tassadite

FAVRIE, Grenoble, FRANCE 11) Loic GODARD, St Ismier,

FRANCE 12) Benedicte PASCAL, Grenoble, FRANCE 13)

Khedaidja BENATIA, Grenoble, FRANCE 14) Marie-Therese

LLORET, Grenoble,FRANCE 15) Benoit THEAU, Poitiers,

FRANCE 16) Bruno CONSTANTIN, Poitiers, FRANCE 17)

Christian COGNARD, Poitiers, FRANCE 18) Robert GARDETTE,

Paris, FRANCE 19) Claude CHEVILLARD, Montpellier, FRANCE

20) gilles FREISS, Montpellier, FRANCE 21) Patrick

AUGEREAU, Montpellier, FRANCE. 22) Jean IMBERT, Marseille,

FRANCE 23) Jean-Claude MURAT, Toulouse, France 24) Anna

BASSOLS, Barcelona, Spain 25) Mireia DUNACH, Barcelona,

Spain 26) Michel VILLAZ, Grenoble, France 27) Pages

Frederique, Dijon, France 28) Rodolphe FISCHMEISTER,

Chatenay-Malabry,France 29) Francois BOUTEAU, Paris,

France 30) Patrick PETER, Paris, France 31) Lorenza

RADICI, Paris, France 32) Monika Siegenthaler, Bern,

Switzerland 33) Mark Philp, Glasgow, Scotland 34) Tomas

Andersson, Stockholm, Sweden 35) Jonas Eriksson,

Stockholm, Sweden 36) Karin Eriksson, Stockholm, Sweden

37) Ake Ljung, Stockholm, Sweden 38) Carina Sedlmayer,

Stockholm, Sweden 39) Rebecca Uddman, Stockholm, Sweden

40) Lena Skog, Stockholm, Sweden 41) Micael Folke,

Stockholm, Sweden 42) Britt-Marie Folke, Stockholm, Sweden

43) Birgitta Schuberth, Stockholm, Sweden 44) Lena Dahl,

Stockholm, Sweden 45) Ebba Karlsson, Stockholm, Sweden 46)

Jessica Carlsson, Vaxjo, Sweden 47) Sara Blomquist, Vaxjo,

Sweden 48) Magdalena Fosseus, Vaxjo, Sweden 49) Charlotta

Langner, Goteborg, Sweden 50) Andrea Egedal, Goteborg,

Sweden 51) Lena Persson, Stockholm, Sweden 52) Magnus

Linder, Umea ,Sweden 53) Petra Olofsson, Umea, Sweden 54)

Caroline Evenbom, Vaxjo, Sweden 55) Asa Pettersson,

Grimsas, Sweden 56) Jessica Bjork, Grimsas, Sweden 57)

Linda Ahlbom Goteborg, Sweden 58) Jenny Forsman, Boras,

Sweden 59) Nina Gunnarson, Kinna, Sweden 60) Andrew

Harrison, New Zealand 61) Bryre Murphy, New Zealand 62)

Claire Lugton, New Zealand 63) Sarah Thornton, New Zealand

64) Rachel Eade, New Zealand 65) Magnus Hjert, London,

UK 67) Madeleine Stamvik, Hurley, UK 68) Susanne Nowlan,

Vermont, USA 69) Lotta Svenby, Malmoe, Sweden 70) Adina

Giselsson, Malmoe, Sweden 71) Anders Kullman, Stockholm,

Sweden 72) Rebecka Swane, Stockholm,Sweden 73) Jens

Venge, Stockholm, Sweden 74) Catharina Ekdahl, Stockholm,

Sweden 75) Nina Fylkegard, Stockholm, Sweden 76) Therese

Stedman, Malmoe, Sweden 77) Jannica Lund, Stockholm,

Sweden 78) Douglas Bratt 79) Mats Lofstrom, Stockholm,

Sweden 80) Li Lindstrom, Sweden 81) Ursula Mueller,

Sweden 82) Marianne Komstadius, Stockholm, Sweden 83)

Peter Thyselius, Stockholm, Sweden 84) Gonzalo Oviedo,

Quito, Ecuador 85) Amalia Romeo, Gland, Switzerland

86) Margarita Restrepo, Gland, Switzerland 87) Eliane

Ruster, Crans p.C., Switzerland 88) Jennifer

Bischoff-Elder, Hong Kong 89) Azita Lashgari, Beirut,

Lebanon 90) Khashayar Ostovany, New York, USA 91) Lisa L

Miller, Reno NV 92) Danielle Avazian, Los Angeles, CA 93)

Sara Risher, Los Angeles, Ca. 94) Melanie London, New

York, NY 95) Susan Brownstein , Los Angeles, CA 96)

Steven Raspa, San Francisco, CA 97) Margot Duane, Ross, CA

98) Natasha Darnall, Los Angeles, CA 99) Candace Brower,

Evanston, IL 100) James Kjelland, Evanston, IL 101) Michael

Jampole, Beach Park, IL, USA 102) Diane Willis, Wilmette,

IL, USA 103) Sharri Russell, Roanoke, VA, USA 104) Faye

Cooley, Roanoke, VA, USA 105) Natalie Edwards,

Charlottesville VA USA 106) Cyndy Williams,

Charlottesville, VA USA 107) Donna Hall, Lynchburg, Va USA

108) Robin Hinkle, Lynchburg, VA USA 109) George Vass

Venice, FL USA 110) Martha Ferris, Moncks Corner, SC USA

111) Teresa Smith, Charleston, SC, USA 112) Terry Longo,

Orlando, FL, USA 113) Charlotte Downs, Orlando, FL, USA

114) Laura M. Connaughton, Orlando, FL USA 115) Ronit

Doran, Tel Aviv, Israel 116) Iris Berenstein, Johannesburg,

South Africa 117) Lynne Jeffreys, Johannesburg, South

Africa 118) Sharon van Heerden, Johannesburg, South Africa

119) Lizelle Mc Mahon, Johannesburg, South Africa 120) Frik

du Toit Suid Afrika 121) Glenda Warrin, Cape Town, South

Africa 122) Andrew le Roux, Cape Town, South Africa 123)

Nathea Beukes, Cape Town, South Africa 124) Johan Wiesner,

Toowoomba, Australia 125) Retha Wiesner, Toowoomba,

Australia 126) Leon de Villiers, Toowoomba, Australia 127)

Leslie Willmers, Cape Town, South Africa 128) Wayne Jacobs,

Cape Town, South Africa 129) Davlynne Lidbetter, Cape Town,

South Africa 130) Gunnar Blondal, Oslo, Norway 131) Hjortur

Blondal, Reykjavik, Iceland 132) Hordur Sigurjonsson,

Reykjavik, Iceland 133) Barbara Eriksson, Gislaved, Sweden

134) Henry Z, Denmark 135) Helle S, Denmark 136) Wiktor S,

Denmark 137) Ilona K, Kitimat, Canada 138) Katherine

Vinluan-Arellano, Philippines 139) Toby Pedersen, Arkansas,

USA 140) Nancy Pedersen, Longview, TX, USA 141) Renee'

Golden, Kilgore, TX, USA 142) Linda Hill, Longview, TX, USA

143) Vicki Flaris, Longview, TX, USA 144) James D. Rapp,

Limassol, CYPRUS. 145) Cherylin Masters,Wilshire, England

146) Kevin Anderson, Wiltshire, England 147) Tracey Buxton,

Middlesex, England 148) Neil Rickett, Plymouth, England

149) Alan Curtis, Daintree, Qld Australia. 150) Rebecca

Watson, Daintree Australia. 151) Jayne Powell, Daintree

Australia 152) Lara Emerson, Daintree Australia 153) Nicole

Thornton, Daintree Australia. 154) Gavin Douglas, Daintree

Australia. 155) Daniel Blunt, Daintree Australia. 156) Ali

Hammond, Cairns, Australia 157) Michelle Silva, Cairns,

Australia 158) Kateea McFarlane, Gold Coast, Australia 159)

Nikki Holmes, Perth, Australia 160) Aileen Johnston, Perth,

Australia 161) Nadia McColm, Perth, Australia 162) Clare

Middleton, Narrogin Western Australia 163) Amanda Cook,

Katanning Western Australia 164) Julie Pajagic, Perth

Western Australia 165) Kim Gibson, Perth Western Australia

166) Toby Gibson, Tokyo, Japan 167) Annabel Brown, Perth

Western Australia 168) Craig Stewart, Perth Western

Australia 169) Michelle Mader, Perth Western Australia 170)

Don roszmann Penetanguishene Ontario, Canada. 171) Susan

Fearnley, Toronto Canada 172) Carol Fountain, London,

Ontario, Canada 173) Christy Philip, Orillia, Ontario,

Canada 174) Laurie Lee, Orillia, Ontario, Canada 175)

Sharon MacDonald, Orillia, Ontario, Canada 176) Kristine

Miller, Ontario, Canada 177) Cathy Bates, Calgary, Alberta,

Canada 178) Joshua Lang, The Hague, Netherlands 179) Wanda

Conner, Phoenix, Arizona, USA 180) Terry Rea, Glendale,

AZ, USA 181) Gloria Jacobsen, TX, USA 182) Maria ZKlia

B-rlin, Moissac, France 183) Sylvia M8nter, Berlin,

Deutschland 184) Barbara Ketelhut, Berlin, Deutschland 185)

Susanne Sprafke, Hanoi, Vietnam 186) Denis Morgenthaler,

Berlin, Deutschland 187) David P. Romero, Caracas,

Venezuela 188) Giuseppina Cocca, Caracas Venezuela 189)

Mauro Lorenzoni, Caracas, Venezuela 190) Irene Lorenzoni,

Norwich UK 191) Imogen Wilde, Berkshire UK 192) Gabriel Jackson, London

193) Stephen Cottrell, London 194) Christopher Fox, York, UK

195) Ian Pace, London 196) Peter Nelson, Edinburgh, Scotland

198) Carlos Palombini, Recife, Brazil

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