Dear Women without Borders,
The great political question of today – both nationally and internationally – is how we can live together. Irritations along cultural identities, religious affiliations, individual and collective fears: confronting these issues is the great challenge that spans the globe.
We debate about integration, but what exactly should we do? We read catastrophic reports of human rights violations in Afghanistan, but can anything be done? We strive not only to stand for our moral beliefs, our trust in the rule of law, and our awareness as enlightened Europeans; but also to defend those values. Each of us is asked to credibly represent our open, liberal European society.
In Afghanistan, a young journalist has been sentenced to death because he dared to download a report about women’s rights. Why should allied soldiers risk their lives in Afghanistan if human rights and freedom is not a part of the national identity of the new Afghanistan?
The troops are important, but it is equally vital that daily incidents such as this don’t disappear from the radar of international attention.
The British newspaper The Independent has started a campaign to guarantee that young journalist Sayed Pervez Kambaksh receives a fair trial. At this time, 90,000 individuals have signed the petition and the success of the campaign has lead President Hamid Karzai to agree to an appeal.
Please sign the petition! - Click here!
International attentiveness is the only way for courageous activists to bring about change. Your support counts, so please click for the freedom of Pervez.
Edit Schlaffer and the Women without Borders Team