Editor of Afghan Women's Rights Magazine Convicted
Ali Mohaqiq Nasab, the male editor of a women's rights magazine in Afghanistan, has been sentenced to two years in jail by for criticizing punishments doled out because of interpretations of Sharia (Islamic) law. Nasab was convicted by the Primary Court in Kabul for blasphemy resulting from two articles published in the magazine critical of these severe punishments, including 100 lashes for adultery and death by stoning for conversion to another religion, reported the Associated Press. The case will automatically be appealed.
According to the New York Times, before the sentencing was agreed to, there was a “strenuous battle” between conservative judges on the Supreme Court and the more liberal Minister of Information and Culture, Sayed Makhdum Raheen. The prosecutor had initially called for the death penalty. Nasab, who was reportedly arrested at the urging of Mohaiuddin Baluch, a religious advisor to President Hamid Karzai, is the first journalist convicted for blasphemy by a Kabul court since the fall of the Taliban regime.
“This is damaging to the development of democracy and women’s rights in Afghanistan,” said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority. “Success of the impending appeal is of paramount importance.”
The Feminist Majority is calling on women’s rights supporters in the United States to email Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Under Secretary for Global Affairs Paula Dobriansky to aid the appeal seeking reversal of the decision imprisoning Ali Mohaqiq Nasab and to urge the global community to join them in their efforts.
Media Resources: The New York Times, 10/24/05; Associated Press, 10/24/05; Feminist Daily News Wire, 10/11/05, 10/14/05
3/6/2014 Senate Rejects Qualified Obama Nominee to Lead DOJ Civil Rights Division - The US Senate blocked President Obama's nominee to lead the Civil Rights Division within the Department of Justice.
Senators voted 47-52 yesterday in opposition to Debo Adegbile, a highly qualified attorney who worked in private practice at the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison before holding several leadership positions at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, including Director of Litigation, Acting President, Director-Counsel, and Special Counsel, and serving as senior counsel to the US Senate Judiciary Committee.
Adegbile is a voting rights expert. . . .