[unrev-II] Petition

From: Henry van Eyken (vaneyken@sympatico.ca)
Date: Sun Aug 12 2001 - 20:32:57 PDT

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    About Beating & Stoning of Women in Afganistan.

    If you decide not to forward this, please send it back. 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. And be sure to
    include other members of your household who are willing to sign. Oprah
    recently had a show about this atrocity and it was heartbreaking.
    Petition to the United Nations Background Information:

    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 misbehaviour.

    Because they cannot work, those without male relatives or husbands are
    either starving to death or begging in 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. 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.

    STATEMENT: In signing this, we agree that the current treatment of
    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 2001 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) Kara Myers, San Francisco, CA
    8) Ellen Tilden, San Francisco, CA
    9) Vanessa Ross, San Francisco, CA
    10) Jenna Shaw- Battista, San Francisco, CA
    11) Jeanne Racik, B!erkeley, CA
    12) Julie Silas, Oakland, CA
    13) Renee Longstreet, Tarzana, CA
    14) Susan Johnson, Encino, CA
    15) Kenneth Johnson, Encino, CA
    16) Terri Treas, Los Angeles, CA
    17) Amy Retzinger, North Hollywood, CA
    18) Babette Crooms, Los Angeles, CA
    19) Olivia Kienzel; Santa Barbara, CA
    20) Sean Dexheimer, Los Angeles, CA
    21) Elio Chavez, Jr., Pasadena, CA
    22) Gregory Kastigar, Los Angeles, CA
    23) Robert Collie, Los Angeles, CA
    24) Jeff Garvin, Brea, CA
    25) Tricia Allen, Sherman Oaks, CA
    26) Joleen Nordstrom ~ Hollywood, CA
    27) Theresa Donahoe - Martinez,CA
    28) Jennifer Horn - Concord, CA
    29) Roxanne Ryan - Alamo, CA
    30) Miriam Tyler- San Jose CA
    31) John Burns- San Jose CA
    32) Kristin Lynn Minick- Fort Worth TX
    33) Jeff Neal- Marietta, GA
    34) Anna Neal- Marietta, GA
    35) Frances Murley-Fort Worth, TX
    36) David Murley-London, England, UK
    37) Jillian Dykhouse, Colleyville, TX
    38) Bonnie Dykhouse,Colleyville,TX
    39) Nancy Williams, Colleyville, TX
    40) Georgene Farr, Sterling Heights, MI
    41) Joanne Arensberg, Riverview, MI
    42) Luann Ouellette, Vermillion, SD
    43) Sandie Sullivan, Vermillion, SD
    44) Troy Nelson, Minneapolis, MN USA
    45) Joseph Miller, Minneapolis, 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, Calif!ornia,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
    63) Sheri Lew, CO
    64) Raven Grace, Boulder, CO
    65) Martha M.Mertz, EL, Michigan
    66) Colleen R. Cooper, Okemos, Michigan
    67) Barbara J. Sawyer-Koch, East Lansing, MI
    68) Margaret A. Meyers, Okemos, Michigan
    69) Mary Helen Espes, Okemos, Michigan
    70) Maureen Kirchhoff, Allenspark, CO
    71) Bart Johnson, Err, France
    72) Sharon!O'Connor, Olympia, WA USA
    73) Nancy Irving, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia
    74) Martha Lindley, Seattle, WA, USA
    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) X-Mozilla-Status: 0009uis, 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, Florida USA
    111) Rag!nar Eriksen, Palm Harbor, Florida 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 S.D.USA
    128) Deb Hunt,Sioux Falls S.D.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) Amy Stephens, Brentwood, TN, USA
    137) Vicki Warren, Lyles, TN, USA
    138) Linda Lupo, Westland, MI, USA
    139) Cathie McClary, Clinton Twp. MI, USA
    140) Diane Catellane, Clinton Twp. MI, USA
    141) Judy Mellen, Clarkston, MI, USA
    142) Donna Waite, Lake Orion, MI, USA
    143) Ann Acton, South Lyon, MI, USA
    145) Tami Hall, South Lyon, MI, USA
    146) Wendy Belsley, South Lyon, MI, USA
    147) Gretel Coombs, East Lansing, MI, USA
    148) Mike Jones, Lansing, MI, USA
    149) Jeff Jones, Atlanta, GA, USA
    150) Marion Jones , Atlanta, GA , USA
    151) Pat Scott, Enumclaw, WA, USA
    152) Bob Panzer, Houston, TX, USA
    153) Pat Panzer, Houston, TX, USA
    154) Joe Schwartz, Jacksonville AL USA
    155) Stefanie Walfield, Fayetteville, NC, USA
    156) Liz Dunkley, Milledgeville, GA, USA
    157) Christine Dunkley, Milledgeville, GA, USA
    156) Mike Dunkley, Milledgeville, GA, USA
    157) Randy Parsons, Eatonton, Ga.
    158) Bonita Platner, Kirkwood, NY. USA
    159) Ralph Platner, Kirkwood, NY. USA
    160) Charles Lundquist, Binghamton, N.Y. U.S.A.
    161) Tracy Rowe, Hollywood, CA USA
    162) Daniel Raphael New York, New York USA
    163) Ann Brameier, New York, NY USA
    164) Kazuko Tao, Healdsburg, Ca USA
    165) Shelley Zavat, Rio Nido, Ca. USA
    166) Kendall Smith, Fort Bragg, Ca USA
    167) Candi Zizek, Sacramento, California USA
    168) Annette Blackwood, West Hartford, CT USA
    169) Frank Sentner, West Hartford, CT USA
    170) Ann Steadman, Roanoke, VA USA
    171) George Steadman, Roanoke, VA USA
    172) Elizabeth Byam,Washington, DC USA
    173) Mary Dougal,Montclair, NJ USA
    174) Kathleen Ennen, Champaign, Il. USA
    175) Patricia S. Berky, Baltimore, Md. USA
    176) Wahiba Abu-Ras, Old Bridge, NJ. USA
    177) Magdi Awad, Old Bridge, NJ USA
    178) Melissa Joralemon, NY USA
    179) Vida Cofie-Robertson, NJ USA
    180) Sema Gurun, NY, USA
    181) Sahika Yildirim, UB, Mongolia
    182) Ayse Taylan, Istanbul, Turkiye
    183) Kemal Gencay, Istanbul, Turkiye
    184) Vehbi Gencay, Ankara, Turkiye
    185) N. Suzan Kincal, Ankara, T?Ekiye
    186) Handan Tezel, Ottawa, Canada
    187) Ayse Senatalar, Istanbul, Turkiye
    188) Zeynep Ilsen Onsan, Istanbul, Turkiye
    189) Jak Kornfilt,Istanbul, Turkiye
    190) Ilona Kornfilt,Istanbul,Turkiye
    191) Anna Droste
    192) Ersin Takla,Istanbul, Turkey
    193) R. Oguz Bozkurt, Istanbul, Turkey
    194) Sevda Bozkurt, Istanbul, Turkey
    195) Liliana Saban, Strasbourg France
    196) Yael Albukrek, London, UK
    197) Fabiana Di Porto, Rome, Italy
    198) Micaela Pavoncello, Rome Italy
    199) Marnie Silver, Toronto, ON, Canada
    200) Andrew Muroff, Toronto, ON, Canada
    201) Natalie Witkin, ON, Canada
    202) Althea Johnson, Toronto,ON, Canada
    203) Meredith Smith, Toronto, ON, Canada
    204) Trina Hendry, Toronto, ON, Canada
    205) Suzanne Scinto, Toronto, ON, Canada
    206) Anne Lelovic, Toronto, ON, Canada
    207) Jane Tucker, Toronto, ON, Canada
    208) Leslie Bradley, Toronto, ON, Canada
    209) Kathryn Durant, Toronto, ON, Canada
    210) Keri-Lyn Durant, Winchester, UK
    211) Lisa Keld, Portsmouth, UK
    212) Karen Parrott
    213) Laura HebbleThwaite, UK
    214) Jessica Appleby,East Sussex, UK
    215) Andrea Knowles, Brighton, UK
    216) Sue Selby, Welling, UK
    217) Diane Russell, Crawley, UK
    218) Sally-Ann Graham, Crawley, UK
    219) Gill Atkinson, Crawley, UK
    220) Ian Merridue, Crawley, UK
    221) Andrea Williams, Crawley, UK
    222) Sangwon Ryu, Brighton, UK
    223) Meryl Williams, Brighton, UK
    224) Theresa K. Wakamatsu, Taiwan
    225) David Diemer Smith, USA
    226) Rosanne Gilks, London, UK
    227) Robert Gilks, Hamilton,on., Canada
    228) Mary Gilks, Hamilton, on., Canada
    229) Lindsay Weston, Hurkett on, Canada
    230) Denise Weston, Dorion ON, Canada
    231) Leah Weston, Burlington ON, Canada
    232) Sybil Moss, Greensville, ON, Canada
    233) Rosemary O'Neill, Paris, ON, Canada
    234) Jane Binkley Brantford ON Canada
    235) Janet Rubas. Brantford, ON, Canada
    236) Patricia Barton, Victoria, BC
    237) Judith Kaufmann, Warkworth, ON Canada
    238) Bill Stedwill, Toronto, ON, Canada
    239) Wayne Glover, Toronto, ON Canada
    240) Carol MacKinnon, Vancouver BC Canada
    241) Marc Lattoni, Calgary, AB, Canada
    242) Hugh Mitchell, Montreal Quebec, Canada
    243) Elisabeth van Eyken, Lakefield, PQ, Canada
    244) Michael Andrew Gill, North Plympton, Australia
    245) Stephen John Gill,North Plympton, Australia
    246) Henry K van Eyken, Lakefield, Québec, Canada

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