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  The government of Afghanistan is waging a war upon
women. Since the

  Taliban took power in 1996, women have had to wear
burqua and have been
  beaten

  and stoned in public for not having the proper
attire, even if this means

  simply not having the mesh covering in front of
their eyes. One woman was

  beaten to DEATH by an angry mob of fundamentalists
for accidentally

  exposing her arm while she was driving. Another was
stoned to death for

  trying to

  leave the country with a man that was not a
relative.

  Women are not allowed to work or even go out in
public without a male

  relative; professional women such as professors,

  translators,doctors,lawyers, artists and writers
have been forced from

  their jobs and stuffed into their homes, so that
depression is becoming so

  widespread that it has reached emergency levels.
There no way in such an

  extreme Islamic society to know the suicide rate
with certainty, but relief

  workers are estimating that the suicide rate among
women, who cannot

  find proper medication and treatment for severe
depression and would

  rather take their lives than live in such
conditions, has increased

  significantly.

  Homes where a woman is present must have their
windows painted so that

  she can never be seen by outsiders. They must wear
silent shoes so that they

  are never heard. Women live in fear of their lives
for the slightest

  misbehavior. Because they cannot work, those without
male relatives or

  husbands are either starving to death or begging on
the street, even if

  they hold Ph.D.'s. There are almost no medical
facilities available for

  women, and relief workers, in protest, have mostly
left the country, taking

  medicine and psychologists and other things
necessary to treat the

  skyrocketing level of depression among women.

  At one of the rare hospitals for women, a reporter
found still, nearly

  lifeless bodies lying motionless on top of beds,
wrapped in their

  burqua, unwilling to speak, eat, or do anything, but
slowly wasting away.

  Others

  have gone mad and were seen crouched in corners,
perpetually rocking or

  crying, most of them in fear. One doctor is
considering, when what little

  medication that is left finally runs out, leaving
these women in front of

  the president's residence as a form of peaceful
protest.

  It is at the point where the term 'human rights
violations' has become an

  understatement. the power of life and death over
their women relatives,

  especially their wives, but an angry mob has just as
much right to stone or

  beat a woman, often to death, for exposing an inch
of flesh or offending

  them in the slightest way. Women enjoyed relative
freedom, to work,

  dress generally as they wanted, and drive and appear
in public alone until

  only 1996.

  The rapidity of this transition is the main reason
for the depression and

  suicide; women who were once educators or doctors or
simply used to basic

  human freedoms are now severely restricted and
treated as subhuman in the

  name of right-wing fundamentalist Islam. It is not
their tradition or

  'culture,' but is alien to them, and it is extreme
even for those cultures

  where fundamentalism is the rule. Everyone has a
right to a tolerable

  human existence, even if they are women in a Muslim
country. If we can

  threaten military force in Kosovo in the name of
human rights for the sake
  of

  ethnic Albanians, citizens of the world can
certainly express peaceful
  outrage

  at the oppression, murder and injustice committed
against women by the

  Taliban.

  STATEMENT: In signing this, we agree that the
current treatment of women

  in Afghanistan is completely UNACCEPTABLE and
deserves support and action

  by the United Nations and that the current situation
overseas will not be

  tolerated. Women's Rights is not a small issue
anywhere and it is

  UNACCEPTABLE for women in 2000 to be treated as
sub-human and so much as



  property. Equality and human decency is a RIGHT not
a freedom, whether

  one lives in Afghanistan or elsewhere.



  1) Suzanne Dathe, Grenoble, France

  2) Laurence COMPARAT, Grenoble,France

  3) Philippe MOTTE, Grenoble, France

  4) Jok FERRAND, Mont St Martin, France

  5) Emmanuelle PIGNOL, St Martin d'Heres, FRANCE

  6) Marie GAUTHIER, Grenoble, FRANCE

  7) Laurent VESCALO, Grenoble,FRANCE

  8) Mathieu MOY, St Egreve, FRANCE

  9) Bernard BLANCHET, Mont St Martin, FRANCE

  10) Tassadite FAVRIE, Grenoble, FRANCE

  11) Loic GODARD, St Ismier, FRANCE

  12) Benedicte PASCAL, Grenoble, FRANCE

  13) Khedaidja BENATIA, Grenoble, FRANCE

  14) Marie-Therese LLORET, Grenoble,FRANCE

  15) Benoit THEAU, Poitiers, FRANCE

  16) Bruno CONSTANTIN, Poitiers, FRANCE

  17) Christian COGNARD, Poitiers, FRANCE

  18) Robert GARDETTE, Paris, FRANCE

  19) Claude CHEVILLARD, Montpellier, FRANCE

  20) Gilles FREISS, Montpellier, FRANCE

  21) Patrick AUGEREAU, Montpellier, FRANCE.

  22) Jean IMBERT, Marseille, FRANCE

  23) Jean-Claude MURAT, Toulouse, France

  24) Anna BASSOLS, Barcelona, Spain

  25) Mireia DUNACH, Barcelona, Spain

  26) Michel VILLAZ, Grenoble, France

  27) Pages Frederique, Dijon, France

  28) Rodolphe FISCHMEISTER, Chatenay-Malabry, France

  29) Francois BOUTEAU, Paris, France

  30) Patrick PETER, Paris, France

  31) Lorenza RADICI, Paris, France

  32) Monika Siegenthaler, Bern, Switzerland

  33) Mark Philp, Glasgow, Scotland

  34) Tomas Andersson, Stockholm, Sweden

  35) Jonas Eriksson, Stockholm, Sweden

  36) Karin Eriksson, Stockholm, Sweden

  37) Ake Ljung, Stockholm, Sweden

  38) Carina Sedlmayer, Stockholm, Sweden

  39) Rebecca Uddman, Stockholm, Sweden

  40) Lena Skog, Stockholm, Sweden

  41) Micael Folke, Stockholm, Sweden

  42) Britt-Marie Folke, Stockholm, Sweden

  43) Birgitta Schuberth, Stockholm, Sweden

  44) Lena Dahl, Stockholm, Sweden

  45) Ebba Karlsson, Stockholm, Sweden

  46) Jessica Carlsson, Vaxjo, Sweden

  47) Sara Blomquist, Vaxjo, Sweden

  48) Magdalena Fosseus, Vaxjo, Sweden

  49) Charlotta Langner, Goteborg, Sweden

  50) Andrea Egedal, Goteborg, Sweden

  51) Lena Persson, Stockholm, Sweden

  52) Magnus Linder, Umea ,Sweden

  53) Petra Olofsson, Umea, Sweden

  54) Caroline Evenbom, Vaxjo, Sweden

  55) Asa Pettersson, Grimsas, Sweden

  56) Jessica Bjork, Grimsas, Sweden

  57) Linda Ahlbom Goteborg, Sweden

  58) Jenny Forsman, Boras, Sweden

  59) Nina Gunnarson, Kinna, Sweden

  60) Andrew Harrison, New Zealand

  61) Bryre Murphy, New Zealand

  62) Claire Lugton, New Zealand

  63) Sarah Thornton, New Zealand

  64) Rachel Eade, New Zealand

  65) Magnus Hjert, London, UK

  67) Madeleine Stamvik, Hurley, UK

  68) Susanne Nowlan, Vermont, USA

  69) Lotta Svenby, Malmoe, Sweden

  70) Adina Giselsson, Malmoe, Sweden

  71) Anders Kullman, Stockholm, Sweden

  72) Rebecka Swane, Stockholm,Sweden

  73) Jens Venge, Stockholm, Sweden

  74) Catharina Ekdahl, Stockholm, Sweden

  75) Nina Fylkegard, Stockholm, Sweden

  76) Therese Stedman, Malmoe, Sweden

  77) Jannica Lund, Stockholm, Sweden

  78) Douglas Bratt

  79) Mats Lofstrom, Stockholm, Sweden

  80) Li Lindstrom, Sweden

  81) Ursula Mueller, Sweden

  82) Marianne Komstadius, Stockholm, Sweden

  83) Peter Thyselius, Stockholm, Sweden

  84) Gonzalo Oviedo, Quito, Ecuador

  85) Amalia Romeo, Gland, Switzerland

  86) Margarita Restrepo, Gland, Switzerland

  87) Eliane Ruster, Crans p.C., Switzerland

  88) Jennifer Bischoff-Elder, Hong Kong

  89) Azita Lashgari, Beirut, Lebanon

  90) Khashayar Ostovany, New York, USA

  91) Lisa L Miller, Reno NV

  92) Danielle Avazian, Los Angeles, CA

  93) Sara Risher, Los Angeles, Ca.

  94) Melanie London, New York, NY

  95) Susan Brownstein , Los Angeles, CA

  96) Steven Raspa, San Francisco, CA

  97) Margot Duane, Ross, CA

  98) Natasha Darnall, Los Angeles, CA

  99) Candace Brower, Evanston, IL

  100) James Kjelland, Evanston, IL

  101) Michael Jampole, Beach Park, IL, USA

  102) Diane Willis, Wilmette, IL, USA

  103) Sharri Russell, Roanoke, VA, USA

  104) Faye Cooley, Roanoke, VA, USA

  105) Celeste Thompson, Round Rock, TX, USA

  106) Sherry Stang, Pflugerville, TX, USA

  107) Amy J. Singer, Pflugerville, TX USA

  108) Milissa Bowen, Austin, TX USA

  109) Michelle Jozwiak, Brenham, TX USA

  110) Mary Orsted, College Station, TX USA

  111) Janet Gardner, Dallas, TX USA

  112) Marilyn Hollingsworth, Dallas, TX USA

  113) Nancy Shamblin, Garland. TX USA

  114) K. M. Mullen, Houston, TX - USA

  115) Noreen Tolman, Houston, Texas - USA

  116) Judy Bechtel, Merced, CA - USA

  117) Delores Iliff, FL, USA

  118) Nicole Propper, FL, USA

  119) Bonnie LaChance, FL, USA

  120) JoAnn Blades, FL, USA

  121) Pam Blades, FL, USA

  122) Louise Campbell, FL, USA

  123) Marcy DeSanto, FL, USA

  124) Donald Blades, FL,USA

  125) Tom LaChance, FL, USA

  126) Craig Huff, GA, USA

  127) Karen Huff, FL, USA

  128) Paul Jarrell, Wadsworth, OH - USA

  129) Ian Austin , TRINIDAD  TOBAGO

  130) Germaine Maxwell, POS, TRINIDAD  TOBAGO

  131) Phyllis Serrao, TRINIDAD  TOBAGO

  132) Max Serrao, TRINIDAD  TOBAGO

  133) Lynn Waldron. TRINIDAD  TOBAGO

  134) Carole Carmichael, TRINIDAD  TOBAGO

  135) Denise Clarke, TRINIDAD  TOBAGO

  136) Lisa Boisson, TRINIDAD  TOBAGO

  137) Yvonne Roberts-White, TRINIDAD TOBAGO

  137) Eileen Roberts, TRINIDAD  TOBAGO

  138) Elizabeth Chin Aleong, British Virgin Islands

  139) Joy Ramlogan, TRINIDAD  TOBAGO

  140) Eriko Togo, DC, USA

  141) Luca F. Mezzomo, ITALY

  142) Luigi Ruggerone, ITALY

  143) Gabriele Parenti, ITALY

  144) Alessandro Delia-Russell, ITALYn

  145) Cristiana Vitale, ITALY

  146) Cristina Davies, Egypt

  147) Noha Bawazir, Lebanon

  148) Carlos Milani, France

  149) Andrea Moraes, Brasil

  150) Luiz Eduardo Braga, Brasil

  151) Debbie Andree, AZ USA

  152) Klemens Arnarson, Iceland

  153) Eva Ros Johannsdottir, Iceland

  154) Helga Benediktsdottir, Iceland

  155) Sigridur Benediktsdottir, Iceland

  156) Arnar Geirsson, Iceland

  157) Tryggvi Helgason, Iceland

  158) Samuel J. Samuelsson, Iceland

  159) Sigurbj?rn Sveinsson, Iceland

  160) Gunnar M. Sandholt, Iceland

  161) Gudmundur Einarsson, Iceland

  161) Logi Jonsson, Iceland

  162) Gudrun petursdottir, Iceland

  163) Andre Joyal, Qu»bec

  164) Robert David, Qu»bec, Canada

  165) Olga Gladkikh, Antigonish, Canada

  166) Suzanne Huett, Halifax, Canada

  167) Heather Myers, Antigonish, Canada

  168) Chris Storseth, Antigonish, Canada

  169) Fred Freundlich, Spain

  170) Matt Gerber, New York, USA

  171) Susan Holzman, New York, USA

  172) Margot Atlas, Great Neck, NY, USA

  173) Mark Atlas, Great Neck, NY USA

  174) Ann Harada, New York, NY, USA

  175) Heather Webber, Salem, OR, USA

  176) Angus Webber, Salem, OR, USA

  177) Audrey Silver Levin, New York, NY, USA

  178) Lauren Howard Coleman, New York, NY, USA

  179) James A. Coleman, New York, NY, USA

  180) Kara Martinez Weilding, Brooklyn, NY, USA

  181) Christopher Weilding, Brooklyn, NY, USA

  182) Odin Townley, New York, NY USA

  183) Henry Barbey, New York,NY USA

  184) Pete Elder, Carmel, NY USA

  185) Melanie Sooter, Lawrence, KS USA

  186) Diana Morton

  187) Kristine Stumm, Denver, CO, USA

  188) Lianne Meyer, Denver, CO, USA

  189) Esther Son, Denver, CO, USA

  190) Jenny Geiser, Denver, CO, USA

  191) Elaine Bacon, Ft. Thomas, KY, USA

  192) Christina Gilardi, Cincinnati, OH, USA

  193) Delilah Schermer, Cincinnati, OH, USA

  194) Donna Denny, Batesville, IN, USA

  195) Theadell Brown, Chicago, Il, USA

  196) Britton Garnjost, New Paltz, NY, USA

  197) Tanvi Kachhy, Bay Shore, NY, USA

  198) Payal Mistry, Boston, MA, USA

  199) Manjula Nair, Boston, MA, USA

  200) Kendra W. Marshall Boston, MA

  201) Jeremy C. Franz Boston, MA
  203) Dan Sumner New Orleans, LA



  PLEASE COPY this email on to a new message, sign the
bottom and forward

  it to everyone on your distribution lists. If you
receive this list with

  more than 200 names on it, please e-mail a copy of
it to:


  sarabande@brandeis.edu
mailto:sarabande@brandeis.edu


  Even if you decide not to sign, please be
considerate and

  do not kill the petition.


  Thank you.


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