20 years jail for student in Bush’s ‘new’ Afghanistan

This video is called Free Sayed Parwiz Kambakhsh.

By Amir Shah, Associated Press Writer:

Afghan Journalism Student Sentenced to 20 Years

Afghan Court Sentences Journalism Student to 20 Years in Prison for Blasphemy

KABUL, Afghanistan October 21, 2008

An Afghan appeals court overturned a death sentence for a journalism student accused of blasphemy and instead sentenced him Tuesday to 20 years in prison.

The death sentence against 24-year old Parwez Kambakhsh came to symbolize Afghanistan’s slide toward an ultraconservative view on religious and individual freedoms.

Prosecutors alleged that Kambakhsh disrupted classes by asking questions about women’s rights under Islam. They also said he illegally distributed an article he printed off the Internet that asks why Islam does not modernize to give women equal rights. He also allegedly scribbled his own comments on the paper.

The head of Tuesday’s three-judge panel, Abdul Salaam Qazizada, struck down the lower court’s death penalty but still sentenced Kambakhsh to 20 years behind bars.

So much for George W. Bush’s talk about “bringing democracy” to “his” “new” Afghanistan. Like with Afghan women’s rights.

More Afghan journalists jailed: here.

Afghan refugees’ poverty: here.

What is behind US-Taliban talks? Here.

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  3. Taliban killed Afghan asylum seekers that Australia sent back, report claims

    * Matthew Weaver
    * guardian.co.uk,
    * Monday October 27 2008 11.51 GMT

    The Australian government today said it would investigate reports that up to 20 rejected asylum seekers from Afghanistan were killed after being sent back.

    Under the former government of John Howard, about 400 asylum seekers were denied entry to Australia after it was deemed safe for them to return home.

    Their fate was traced by the Edmund Rice Centre humanitarian agency, which says it has documentary evidence that nine were killed by the Taliban. The organisation estimates a further 11 people died.

    The Australian immigration minister, Chris Evans, told the Sydney Morning Herald he was “taking the claims very seriously”.

    Evans has asked for more information about the process of detaining asylum seekers on the Pacific island of Nauru. The so-called Pacific solution was scrapped after the Labor prime minister, Kevin Rudd, came to power in December.

    The Edmund Rice Centre said other asylum seekers rejected under the policy had been forced into hiding in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

    Its investigation is featured in a documentary entitled A Well-Founded Fear to be broadcast next month.

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    Payador holds up a photograph, taken on Nauru, of himself and two other people, both of whom are now dead, according to the Herald.



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    Jolie said: ‘Since the fall of the Taliban in 2001 more than five million Afghans have returned home. Afhanistan has been struggling to absorb these massive returns.

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