Sentenced to die for downloading report on women

– Remember, this is the government we (the US) put into power and are supporting in Afghanistan.

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A young man, a journalism student, is sentenced to death by an Islamic court for downloading a report from the internet.

The sentence is then upheld by the country’s rulers. This is Afghanistan – not in Taleban times but six years after “liberation” and under the democratic rule of the West’s ally Hamid Karzai.

The fate of Sayed Pervez Kambaksh has led to domestic and international protests, and deepening concern about the erosion of civil liberties in Afghanistan.

He was accused of blasphemy after he downloaded a report from a Farsi website which said Muslim fundamentalists who claimed the Koran justified the oppression of women had misrepresented the views of the prophet Muhammad.

Kambaksh, 23, distributed the tract to fellow students and teachers at Balkh University in Mazari Sharif, capital of Balkh province, with the aim, he said, of provoking a debate on the matter. But a complaint was made against him and he was arrested, tried by religious judges without – say friends and family – legal representation and sentenced to death.

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