>Subject: Human Rights
>This was recently featured on Oprah who mentioned this e-mail petition. If
>you decide not to forward this, please send it back to me. This is an actual
>petition, and "signatures" will be lost if you drop the line. Please take 3
>minutes out of your life to do your part. Madhu, 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 restricted
>to their homes. 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 the street, even if they hold Ph.D.s.
>Depression is becoming so widespread that it has reached emergency levels.
>There is 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 must be extraordinarily high: those who cannot find proper
>medication and treatment for severe depression and would rather take their
>lives than live in such conditions.
>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. When what little medication that is left
>finally runs out, one doctor is considering leaving these women in front of
>the president's residence as a form of protest. It is at the point where the
>term "human rights violations" has become an understatement.
>Husbands have 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, to dress generally as they wanted,
>and to 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 it 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 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.
>In signing this, we agree that the current treatment of women in Afghanistan
>is completely UNACCEPTABLE and deserves 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 subhuman and as so much property. Equality and human decency is a
>fundamental RIGHT, not a freedom to be granted, whether one lives in
>Afghanistan or elsewhere.
>1) Giuliana D. Black, Daly City,CA,USA
>2) Mariam Nayiny, Palo Alto,CA,USA
>3) Sunaina Gulati-Ruh, Palo Alto,CA,USA
>4) Megan McCaslin, Palo Alto,CA,USA
>5) Blake Hallanan, San Francisco,CA,USA
>6) Kit Henderson, Sacramento,CA,USA
>7) Sara Myers, San Francisco,CA,USA
>8) Ellen Tilden, San Fransisco,CA,USA
>9) Vanessa Ross, San Francisco,CA,USA
>10) Jenna Shaw- Battista, San Francisco,CA,USA
>11) Jeanne Racik, Berkeley,CA,USA
>12) Julie Silas, Oakland,CA,USA
>13) Renee Longstreet, Tarzana,CA,USA
>14) Susan Johnson, Encino,CA,USA
>15) Kenneth Johnson, Encino,CA,USA
>16) Terri Treas, Los Angeles,CA,USA
>17) Amy Retzinger, North Hollywood,CA,USA
>18) Babette Crooms, Los Angeles,CA,USA
>19) Olivia Kienzel; Santa Barbara,CA,USA
>20) Sean Dexheimer, Los Angeles,CA,USA
>21) Elio Chavez, Jr., Pasadena,CA,USA
>22) Gregory Kastigar, Los Angeles,CA,USA
>23) Robert Collie, Los Angeles,CA,USA
>24) Jeff Garvin, Brea,CA,USA
>25) Tricia Allen, Sherman Oaks,CA,USA
>26) Joleen Nordstrom, Hollywood,CA,USA
>27) Theresa Donahoe, Martinez,CA,USA
>28) Jennifer Horn, Concord,CA,USA
>29) Roxanne Ryan, Alamo,CA,USA
>30) Miriam Tyler, San Jose,CA,USA
>31) John Burns, San Jose,CA,USA
>32) Kristin Lynn Minick, Fort Worth,TX,USA
>33) Jeff Neal, Marietta,GA,USA
>34) Anna Neal, Marietta, GA,USA
>35) Frances Murley-Fort Worth,TX,USA
>36) David Murley-London,England,UNITED KINGDOM
>37) Jillian Dykhouse, Colleyville,TX,USA
>38) Bonnie Dykhouse,Colleyville,TX,USA
>39) Nancy Williams, Colleyville,TX,USA
>40) Georgene Farr, Sterling Heights,MI,USA
>41) Joanne Arensberg, Riverview,MI,USA
>42) Luann Ouellette, Vermillion,SD,USA
>4! 3) Sandie Sullivan, Vermillion,SD,USA
>44) Troy Nelson, Minneapolis,MN,USA
>45) Joseph Miller, Minnepolis,MN,USA
>46) Kathleen Miller, White Bear Lake,MN,USA
>47) Jerry Marquis, Mpls.,MN,USA
>48) Julie Stokes, Coon Rapids,MN,USA
>49) Tracy Ford, Blaine,MN,USA
>50) Sheila Lawrence, Monticello,MN,USA
>51) Brenda Kitchen, Westlake Village,CA,USA
>52) Teresa Burke, Sherman Oaks,CA,USA
>53) Bruce Ehrlich, Sherman Oaks,CA,USA
>54) Yllania Francis, Los Angeles,CA,USA
>55) Drew Hedin, Los Angeles,CA,USA
>56) Laura Paridon, Laguna Woods,CA,USA
>57) Jeanie Hagedorn, Des Moines,IA,USA
>58) Sue Christensen, Des Moines,IA,USA
>59) Sybil Finken, Glenwood,IA,USA
>60) Luke Finken, Earth
>61) Doug Gerace, Lincoln,NE,USA
>62) Cheryl Gerace,NE,USA
>63) Sheri Lew,CO,USA
>64) Raven Grace,Boulder,CO,USA
>65) Martha M.Mertz,EL,MI,USA
>66) Colleen R. Cooper,Okemos,MI,USA
>67) Barbara J. Sawyer-Koch, East Lansing,MI,USA
>68) Margaret A. Meyers, Okemos,MI,USA
>69) Mary Helen Espes, Okemos,MI,USA
>70) Maureen Kirchhoff, Allenspark,CO,USA
>71) Bart Johnson, Err, FRANCE
>72) Sharon O'Connor, Olympia,WA,USA
>73) Nancy Irving, Tbilisi, REPUBLIC OF GEORGIA
>75) Judith Alexander, Woodinville,WA,USA
>76) Arlene B. Hawkinson, Seattle,WA,USA
>77) Christine E. Mobley, Bothell,WA,USA
>78) Trudie Breen,CA,USA
>79) Catherine Standiford,CA,USA
>80) Beverly Truett,AZ,USA
>81) Christine Meehan,AZ,USA
>82) Janice Gilbert, Valley Center,CA,USA
>83) Dawna Upchurch, Anchorage,AK,USA
>84) Roxanna Groves, Olympia,WA,USA
>85) Lynda Lynde, Helena,MT,USA
>86) Constance Gelu, University Place,WA,USA
>87) Jodi Woolett, Tacoma,WA,USA
>88) Lisa I. Reeves- Lynden,WA,USA
>89) Amanda James-Bow,WA,USA
>90) Kelli J. Smith, New Port Richey,FL,USA
>91) Chris Poirier, Largo,FL,USA
>92) Mike Carpenter, Palmetto,FL,USA
>93) Alice Pryor, Melbourne,FL,USA
>94) Ellen Catano, Manchester,NH,USA
>95) Bevely Jennings, Cincinnati,OH,USA
>96) Linda Feely, Norwood,OH,USA
>97! ) Sherry Stidham, Norwood,OH,USA
>98) Brittany Brown, Cincinnati,OH,USA
>99) Sandy Brown, Cincinnati,OH,USA
>100) Tim Brown, Cincinnati,OH,USA
>101) Pat Brown, Cincinnati,OH,USA
>102) Amy Cregger, Memphis,TN,USA
>103) Kay Emerick, Logan,OH,USA
>104) Trina Bookman, Logan,OH,USA
>105) Mary Samuelson, St. Louis,MO,USA
>106) Jeannette Ward, Memphis,TN,USA
>107) Elisabeth Davis, Memphis,TN,USA
>108) Rose Klimek, Memphis,TN,USA
>109) Barbara K. White, Hoquiam,WA,USA
>110) Paula J. Eriksen, Palm Harbor,FL,USA
>111) Ragnar Eriksen, Palm Harbor,FL,USA
>112) Marilyn King, CLEARWATER,FL,USA
>113) Barbara Stiner,Oldsmar,FL,USA
>114) Jac'line Weisgerber,Clearwater,FL,USA
>115) Charlotte Beadles, Douglasville, GA,USA
>116) Jody Hoadley, Powder Springs,GA,USA
>117) Hope Howard, Atlanta,GA,USA
>118) Cliff Howard, Atlanta,GA USA
>119) Kay Chicoine, Atlanta,GA,USA
>120) Mark Chicoine, Atlanta,GA,USA
>121) Paula King, Lexington,KY,USA
>122) Sally Weissman,Minneapolis,MN,USA
>123) Susan Abbott, New Brighton,MN,USA
>124) Rachel Fine, St. Louis Park,MN,USA
>125) Deb Harley,Eden Prairie, MN,USA
>126) Barb Handahl,Faribault, MN,USA
>127) Ann Olson,Chamberlain,SD,USA
>28) Deb Hunt,Sioux Falls,SD,USA
>129) Anne Frankman, Sioux Falls,SD,USA
>130) Susie Kostel, Tabor,SD,USA
>131) Julie Anderson, Mount Prospect,IL,USA
>132) Janet Tilden, Fremont,NE,USA
>133) Debbie Bowman, Kingston Springs,TN,USA
>134) Shari Watkins, Franklin,TN,USA
>135) Teresa Beck, Columbia,TN,USA
>136) Don Hill, Nashville,TN,USA
>137) Suzanne Supplee, Reistertown,MD,USA
>138) Mina Dillard-Gits, Agoura Hills,CA,USA
>139) Negrita Jayde, Venice,CA,USA
>139) Gregory Hines, Venice,CA,USA
>140) Laurie Fierstein, New York,NY,USA
>141) Cecelia Casey, New York,NY,USA
>142) Shana Deane, New York,NY,USA
>143) Lynn Neal ,Newark,DE,USA
>144) Rosemary Lane, Bear,DE,USA
>145) Andrea Arena, Newark,DE,USA
>146) Rick Neidig, Wilmington,DE,USA
>147) Lisa Dill, Wilmington, DE, USA148) Donna Staring, Newark,DE,USA
>149) V.C. Hernandez, Miami,FL, USA
>150) G.L. Gonzalez, Miami, FL, USA
>151) K. Casey, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA
>152) A. Lewis, Dallas, TX, USA
>153) S. Shepard, Chicago, IL, USA
>154) K. Smith, Scottsdale, AZ, USA
>155) C. McLeod, Leeds, England
>156) R.Blechner, Shaumburg, IL USA
>157) J. Blechner, Lake Geneva, WI USA
>158) H.Ruterschmidt,Chicago,IL,USA
>159) M. Ryczek, Park Ridge, IL USA
>160) L. Gotsch-Wenson, Mt. Prospect, IL USA
>161) B. Leon, Chicago, IL USA
>162) C. Domingo, Chicago, IL USA
>163) Fermin R. Domingo III, Round Lake Park, IL USA
>164) Rachel Casarrubias, Round Lake Park, IL USA
>165) Cathy Graves, Maryland, USA
>166) Sandra Klein, Maryland, USA
>167) Beverly Rodgers, Florida, USA
>168) Monika Jones-Lyons, Tampa, Florida, USA
>169) Linda Mahy-Muller, Austin, Texas, USA
>170) Mollie Cook, Elgin, Texas, USA
>171) Lynn Van Blarcum, Edina, MN USA
>172) Andy Magnus, Fort Worth, TX, USA
>173) Jack H. Ablon, Lewisville, Texas USA
>174) Randy Myers, Dallas, Texas USA
>175) Daivd German, Grapevine, Texas USA
>176) Jennifer German, Waco, Texas, USA
>177) Carolyn Perry, Lubbock, TX, USA
>178) C Boettcher, Dallas, TX, USA
>179) Traci Vaughn, Nashville, TN, USA
>180) J. Boyd, Cleveland, OH, USA
>181) Jennifer Houser, Columbus, OH, USA
>182) Christy Butler, Austin, TX, USA
>183) Jennifer Wilkinson, Austin, TX USA
>184) Ryan Paulin, Austin, TX USA
>185) Kim Keathley, San Marcos, TX USA
>186)Kelly Marcus, Houston, TX USA
>187) Kenda Canup, Dallas, TX USA
>188) Anne Duncan, Amarillo, TX USA
>189) Amy Harkins Irwin, Houston, TX USA
>190) B. Gibson, Tyler, TX USA
>191) Maryanna Manchee, McKinney TX USA
>192) Lisa Michna Shurter, Houston, TX USA
>193) Mary Beth Lee, Houston, TX USA
>194) Emily Conner, Houston, TX USA
>195) Dominique Newton, Houston, TX USA
>196) Beth Leonardo, Kailua-Kona, HI USA
>197) Jeannette Ho, Tarrytown, NY USA
>198) Michelle Lida, Pleasantville, NY ! USA
>199) Leah Zguzenski, Tarrytown, NY USA
>200) Marjorie Ambrosewicz, HI USA
>201) Nina Reppun Carney, HI USA
>202) Geralyn Potter Redwood City, CA USA
>203)Kathryn Hall, Dallas, Texas USA
>204)Barbara Cottrell, Dallas, Texas USA
>205 Patsy Fonts, Dallas, Texas
>206 Hanne Klein, Dallas Texas
>207 Barbara Kusin, Dallas, Texas
>208) Marilyn Lindner, Charlottesville, VA
>209 Barbara Hansen Midlothian, VA
>210 Cynthia Meekins Richmond,VA
>211 Joycelyn Josey-Harris, VA
>212) Priscilla Covington, NJ - USA
>213) Cheryl Profenius, Madison, NJ-USA
>214) Marilyn Fasola, Raleigh, NC - USA
>215) Anne Nichols, Cary, NC - USA
>216) Beverley Paley, Atlanta, GA - USA
>217) Dianne Kennedy, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
>218) Annick Young, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
>219) Mary McKee, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
>220) Sally Pasquale, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
>221) Dianne DeVisser, Manitoba, Canada>
>222) Tanya McNeill, Manitoba, Canada
>223) Sharon Dedrick, Kingston, ON Canada
>224) Donna VanderHeiden, Kingston, ON Canada
>225) Chantal Blanchette, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
>226) Jacqui Harmse, Johannesburg - South Africa
>227) Jodi Sutherland, Midrand - South Africa
>228) Jillian Butterworth, Cape Town SA
>229 William Byrne, Cape Town, South Africa
>230) Harold Levitt, Cape Town ,South Africa
>231) Vaughn Snyders , Cape Town ,South Africa
>232) Ian Jackson, Cape Town, South Africa
>233) Allan Powell, Plumstead, South Africa
>234) Chris Consani, Cape Town, South Africa
>235) Bernard Whaley, Hong Kong
>236) Esther Toh, Hong Kong
>237) Bina Chainrai Mirpuri
>238) Richard Day
>239) Kevin Ball
>240) Karl Frank, Edmonton,AB,Canada
>241) Andrew Skrobot, Rosehill, NB, Canada
>242) Anita MacNeil, Cherryville, BC, Canada
>243) Denise Buckley, Comox, BC, Canada
>244) J. Claude Bédard, Comox, BC, Canada
>245) Eva L. Bédard, Comox, BC, Canada
>246) Harry Harker, Courtenay, B.C., Canada
>247) Jeanne M. Harker, Courtenay, B.C., Canada
>248) Chad Day, Burnaby, B.C., Canada

249) Bill Richards, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

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