hutch0 (hutch0) wrote,

angry, angry, angry, angry

This comes at the end of a long, generally calm day listening to music and finishing the copy-edit on NW2. An Afghan student named Sayed Pervez Kambaksh was sentenced to death for downloading from the internet and then distributing a report on women's rights.
Apparently the case has caused such a stir that the Afghan authorities are trying to row back from it by saying the death sentence was a `technical mistake.' This is not over yet. The Indy has been putting together a petition for the Foreign Office protesting this ridiculous state of affairs, as do Reporters Without Borders and I commend them to all of you.
I know we must respect the beliefs of other countries and other peoples and not impose our own belief systems upon them, but this is a disgrace. Fancy, living in a country where you can be sentenced to death for looking at an article on women's rights on the internet and then showing it to other people.

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