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        PLEASE READ
   Date:
        Sat, 20 May 2000 20:11:01 -0400
   From:
        Candy Johnson <candyaj99@netzero.net>
     To:
        Dana & Denver Moore <Diesel63@netzero.net>, Deb & Dan Markley
<Dcdam1278@aol.com>,
        Deb Cherry <debcherry@aol.com>, Di <MMYDI@aol.com>,
        Elaine Henderson <aliasclio@centuryinter.net>, janet smith
<janleesmi5@hotmail.com>,
        Kay & Tom Johnson <Mcdooie@netzero.net>, Kim Wallis
<kjwwhiff@aol.com>,
        Marsha Jones <mt111@earthlink.net>, "Nancy L'Hommidieu"
<sewnsew555@aol.com>,
        Peggy Hall <peghall@tir.com>, Tina Middaugh
<tinamid@centurytel.net>




Subject: HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS



Dear Friends,

Please do not ignore this email. This is something that we as decent
human
beings need to support - I don't know if
this is going to help but 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 stuffed into their homes. Homes where a woman

is
present must have their windows painted so that outsiders can never see
her.
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. 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, who cannot find proper medication and
treatment
for severe depression and would rather take their lives than live in
such
conditions, has increased significantly. There are almost no medical
facilities
available for 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 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,
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 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 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 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 1999 to
be
treated as subhuman 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, USA
93) Sara Risher, Los Angeles, CA., USA
94) Melanie London, New York, NY, USA
95) Susan Brownstein , Los Angeles, CA, USA
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) Heather Huff, GA, USA
129) Franki Silcox GA, USA
130) Karin Horn, TX, USA
131) Lara Nelson, OH, USA
132) Beth Pilous, OH, USA
133) Sarah Clare, OH, USA
134) Carla Roth, OH, USA
135) Jenny Zukowski, MI, USA
136) Amanda Silic, MI, USA
137) Heather Gilroy, MD, USA
138) Kat Carrion, MD USA
139) Michelle Stryjewski, MD USA
140) Elizabeth H Stevens, OR, USA
141) Alice Stevens, OR, USA
142) Tyler R. Monzie/ OR/ USA
143) Allea Martin, OR, USA
145) Jose Tancuan, Or, USA
146) Akia Woods, OR USA
147) Bernie Gardent, OR, USA
148) Leslie Hall, OR, USA
149) Susan J. Woods, OR, USA
150) Dixie Cegelnik , OR, USA
151) Susan Amburgey, OR, USA
152) Cindy Harboldt, OR, USA
153) Richard Rehm, CA, USA
154) Lyn Lindsay, CA, USA
155. Alma Gilligan, CA, USA
156. Maureen Lechwar, CA, USA
157. Leslie Morales, CA, USA
158. Marci Marcantonio, CA, USA
159. Jill Haskins, CA, USA
160. Jacqueline Gouly, CA, USA
161. Janet Talbott, CA, USA
162. Manjula Subbiah, CA, USA
163. Susan Duncan, CA, USA
164. Blanca E. Reynoso, CA, USA
165. Ruth C. Reynoso, Ca, USA
166. Phyllis H. Rawlins, Anaheim, CA, USA
167. Lori Rice, Naples, Italy
168. Mina Giovannitti, Las Vegas, USA (Turkey)
169. Fred Giovannitti, Las Vegas, USA
170. Noelle Brunelle, NV, USA
171. Kimberly A. Karl, NV, USA
172. Alana Segall, NV, USA
173. Mark Leonard, NV, USA
174. Nancy Leonard, NV, USA
175. Troy Leonard, NV, USA
176. Robert Mock AZ. USA
177. Patty Flanigan AZ, USA
178. William A Towne III, AZ, USA
179. Ellen J. Matheson, Los Angeles, CA, USA
180. Theresa Leets, Los Angeles, CA, USA
181. G. Ahou Soomekh, Los Angeles, CA, USA
182. Ronith Herman, El Paso, TX
183. Lauren R. Stein, PA, USA
184. Michelle F. King, PA, USA
185. Jere' Webb, CA, USA
186. Kim Anderson, CA USA
187. Kirsten Hinsdale, VA, USA
188. Ronald David, Wash, DC
189. Cheryl Barnes, Buffalo, NY
190. Dawne David, Wash DC, USA
191. Madhu Dutta New Delhi, India
192. Madhu Sen New Delhi, India
193. Alokparna, VA USA
194. Anjali Dasgupta, MS USA
195. Tilottama Brahmachari, NJ, USA
196. Chandrima Datta Ray, MS, USA
197. Jaydip Datta Ray, MS, USA
198. MarĂ a Florencia Vidano, MA, USA
199. Matteo Dufour,Genova, Italia
200. Francois Dufour, Lugano, Switzerland
201. Francesco Ricasoli, Firenze, Italia
202. Lena Larsson, Stockholm, Sweden
203. Katarina Wigle, Stockholm, Sweden
204. Petter Ă berg, Stockholm, Sweden
205. Per-Anders Stensson, Uppsala, Sweden
206. Malin MĂĄrtensson, Uppsala, Sweden
207. Maria Carlstedt
208. Eli Cathrine Wilhelmsen, Uppsala, Sweden
209. AnnaMaria Billing, Uppsala, Sweden
210. Christina Molnar, Uppsala, Sweden
211. Christina Bergmark, Stockholm, Sweden
212. Katarina Mimmi SpĂĄng, Stockholm, Sweden
213. Märta Terese Mörnvik, Stockholm, Sweden
214. Sofi Håkansson, Malmö, Sweden
215. à sa Grogarn Sol, Göteborg, Sweden
216. Anders Jonsson, Göteborg, Sweden
217. à sa Ericsson, Göteborg, Sweden
218. Elna Føleide Selle, Bergen, Norway
219. Brynjar Stautland, Bømlo,Norway
220. Berte Figenschou Amundsen, Trondheim, Norway
221. Marte Mørkved-Romstad, Oslo, Norway
222. Kjersti Forbregd, Trondheim, Norway
223. Inger Margrethe Torgersen, Oslo, Norway
224. Lisbeth Skogstrand, Oslo, Norway
225. Ragnhild Skogstrand, Stokmarknes, Norway
226. Hanne Husaas, Lier, Norway
227. Helena Wikström, Lund, Sweden
228. Kimberly Rapport, Ca, USA
229. Kristie Bennett, San Jose, CA, USA
230. Debi Di Bias, Santa Monica, CA, USA
231. Whitney Allen, San Francisco, CA USA
232. Kaaren Shalom, Los Angeles, CA USA
233. Gretchen German, Los Angeles, CA USA
234. Susan Peretz, Los Angeles, CA USA
235. Caryn West, Los Angeles, CA. USA
236. Heather Juergensen, Los Angeles, CA USA
237. Camryn Manheim. Los Angeles, CA USA
238. Julia Gibson, New York, NY USA
239. Elizabeth Arnold, New York, NY USA
240. Deanne Lorette, New York, NY USA
241. Bernard K. Addison, New York, NY USA
242. David DeWitt, Brooklyn, NY USA
243. Rebecca Pusta, New York, NY USA
244. Gail Lauren Karp, New York, NY USA
245. Adam Sexton, Brooklyn, NY USA
246. Walter B. Levis, New York, NY USA
247. Steven Golden, Douglaston, NY USA
248. Shira Golden, Dougalston, NY USA
249. Mona M. Freidin, NY USA
250. Maryjane Dougherty, Long Beach NY
251. Solomon J. Policar, Bayside, NY USA
252. Besnik H. Dervishaj, L.I.C, NY USA
253. Ibadet Dervishaj, L.I.C, NY USA
254. Ewelina Lomecka, NY USA
255. Marta G., NY USA
256. Anna P., Corona USA
257. Ashley K. O., Elmhurst, USA
258. Sarah M., Ont., Canada
259. Liz M., ont., canada
260. Faye Tarzwell, Ont, Canada
261. Pat McGregor, Ont, Canada
262. Annette Reynolds, Ont. Canada
263. Teresa Collins, Valdosta, Ga. USA
264. Denise Cooke, Oxly, MO, USA
265. John B. Langston, Mt. Enterprise, TX USA
266. Lee Holbert, Nacogdoches, TX USA
267. Jim Sheehan, St. Paul, MN. USA
268. Laura D'Ambrosio, Eagan, MN USA
269. Margene A. Bauhs, Wichita, KS USA
270. Lynn Gitelis, Minneapolis, MN USA
271. Denise Stewart, Fremont, CA USA
272. Marnie Schwartz, Walnut Creek, CA USA
273. Elizabeth Kelchner, Denver, Colorado USA
274. Marie-Antoinette Sossou, Denver, Colorado, USA
275. Laura Hebert, Denver, Colorado, USA
276, Leanne Bowden, Eugene, Oregon, USA
278. Alex Shepperd, Washington, DC, USA
279. Nicolas Mudge, Chicago, IL, USA
280. Gabrielle Perisho, Chicago, IL, USA
281. Amelia Biagi, Catheys Valley, CA, USA
282. Wendy Bauckham, Kailua, HA. USA
283. Pat McCully. Australia
284. Alec Kennett. Australia
285. Don Moore, MD USA
286. Marvetta Mayo, NM, USA
287. Pam Olsen, NC, USA
288. Dana Edson, USA
289. Lillian Decker, USA
290. Teresa Decker, USA
291.Laura Fahr, USA
292.  Candy Johnson, USA
293.  Peggy Hall, Otisville, USA

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