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“Being a member of Amnesty International means joining a worldwide movement of people over one million strong who are a powerful force in the fight for human rights.”
“A young Saudi Arabian woman was murdered by her father for chatting on the social network site Facebook. The unnamed woman from Riyadh was beaten and shot after she was discovered in the middle of an online conversation with a man, the al-Arabiya website reported.
The case was reported on a Saudi Arabian news site as an example of the “strife” the social networking site is causing in the Islamic nation. Saudi preacher Ali al-Maliki has emerged as the leading critic of Facebook, claiming the network is corrupting the youth of the nation. “Facebook is a door to lust and young women and men are spending more on their mobile phones and the Internet than they are spending on food,” he said. “
I know we say we live in the lucky country but never is it more obvious than in circumstances like these.
Like the woman sentenced to death for naming a children’s teddy-bear Mohammed, these situations sicken and enrage the average person let-alone a woman as myself!
I have often thought, what can I do about it? I would love to travel over there and do something personally about it but I have realised that like our fore-mothers in the western world have done for our women’s rights, like the african-americans did for their equality, they have to take up this fight themself.
I could go over there and try and give them the courage and awareness even to do so but to carry it out they have to fully believe in it themself and right now it is obvious, as a collective they do not! Unfortunately, they are too entrenched in their own religion and culture to even be aware of their rights as a living creature let alone as a woman.
This may seem a little naive but I still think, that if we cared more, in this day and age, we would find a way to help them; our sisters.
“Where to begin with listing the concerns that surround Saturday’s general elections in Zimbabwe?The widely-documented harassment and physical abuse of opposition supporters and rights activists in the months preceding the polls by government supporters and state forces — and the lingering fear cast by even greater levels of intimidation during previous parliamentary elections in 2005 and 2000, and the presidential poll of 2002?
Or, with complaints that the voters’ roll includes thousands of ghost voters who can be drafted into service for President Robert Mugabe and the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF), and about a registration process for actual voters that many have described as flawed?
The alleged manipulation of food aid to ensure support for the ruling party, at a time when the United Nations World Food Programme estimates that some four million Zimbabweans are in need of assistance (about a quarter of the population, which is in the region of 13 million)?
Or, with the bias towards Mugabe and ZANU-PF on the part of the state broadcasting services, of critical importance in the absence of independent local radio and television stations — and given restrictions on the independent print media?
The reported shortage of polling stations in urban areas known as opposition strongholds, alongside a redrawing of constituencies in favour of the rural areas said to support ZANU-PF?
Or, with the exclusion of election observers from countries which have criticised the Mugabe government, and of journalists from foreign media organisations who have done the same — even as “repression and surveillance” of local journalists continues, according to a Mar. 21 press release from the Paris-based Reporters Without Borders?
Then there is the disenfranchisement of millions of Zimbabweans who have fled the political and economic disarray in their country, and who might vote for the opposition if allowed to cast ballots abroad. Also: Statements by various branches of the country’s security services indicating that they would not tolerate an opposition victory Mar. 29, allegations that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) is not impartial — and a presidential ruling that allows police into polling stations.”
By Ephraim Nsingo and Tonderai Kwidini
“Million of youngs girls and women each year, suffer the pain of unbearable torture and sometimes death, each year.
Not only in Muslim countries because this cruel ritual began before the advent of the Islamic cult. However, it is a ritual performed predominantly in Islamic countries, even though the Koran does not specifically mention this disgusting, male chauvinistic custom. It does, however, support the Koranic brutality towards women. Nor does the Bible mention it, although in some pseudo-christian sects, females still suffer because their society demands that they be deprived of all sexual feelings while males in the community exploit women with impunity.
Some women are re-sewn up with no anaesthetic, after copulation so that the husband may be sure his wife has been faithful. Tragically, many Islamic clerics are NOT informing their female adherants of the Faith; that this practice has NOTHING to do with the Koran.”
Unfortunately, this saga continues.
“Often we read the news in horror about international events which we feel we have no control over. But sometimes there is a window when we have real power to play an active role in stopping human rights abuses overseas.
As Australians, we are in a unique position right now to help stop the cultural genocide taking place in Tibet. That’s because Kevin Rudd is visiting Beijing to meet the Chinese President and Premier – the two men who are able to put an end to this crisis. With the impending Beijing Olympics, where the world’s eyes will focus on China, we have a once in a decade chance to make a real difference.
Sign this urgent petition to Mr Rudd to use his influence – and his Chinese language skills – to stand up for the human rights of Tibetans when he visits China in just a few weeks.
As you read this, Tibetans are burying an unknown number of their dead from these recent protests – the number is unknown because China is keeping out all international media and human rights monitors. But China can’t afford too much damage to its international reputation – especially this year, when they are desperate to become a fully fledged member of the international community.
High-level foreign pressure is the best way to change their hard-headed stance and their violent means of enforcing it, and our Prime Minister is the best placed foreign leader to do that right now. Our PM is making the right noises but he needs all the encouragement he can get. Your signature on this petition will mean he leaves for Beijing armed not only with all the language and diplomatic skills necessary, but also with a mandate to advocate for rights, respect and autonomy.
China is Australia’s biggest trading partner – that doesn’t mean we have to be shy: it means we have a legitimate voice to discuss their international standing in the community of nations, to urge peaceful negotiation in the interests of economic and social stability. In the words of the Dalai Lama’s Australian representative, who has just endorsed our campaign – ‘China will listen to our Prime Minister’.
Let’s not waste this rare opportunity to actually make a difference to the imperiled lives of those abroad.” The Getup Team.