Libya: Eman al-Obeidi in-person interview on CNN

On Wednesday, Eman Al-Obeidi, the woman who attempted to tell foreign journalists of her abuse and rape by regime forces but was taken away by security, appeared on camera in a CNN interview. The interview was arranged by Saadi Qaddafi, the son of the Libyan leader, but transmission was held up for 18 hours by Libyan officials who wanted to review the tape. The video --- unaltered, according to CNN --- was finally transmitted yesterday afternoon.

UPDATE: Malaysia: Caning sentence of Kartika upheld

The International Solidarity Network, Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML), and the Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women! (SKSW) are greatly concerned that the caning of Madam Kartika will shortly take place, possibly in secret.
Action needed: 
Please write to, fax and telephone the Malaysian authorities urging them to IMMEDIATELY overturn the sentence of caning on constitutional as well as judicial and religious grounds, reminding them that it is in breach of several international laws:

Below is a sample letter:

[Dear Sir/Madam/Your Excellency]

I am deeply concerned to learn that an application for revision of the sentence in the case of Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno, submitted by Sisters in Islam (SIS) was turned down by the Assistant Registrar of the Kuantan Syariah High Court on 2 October. This unprecedented action from the office of the Registrar is a clear violation of the court process as all applications filed and duly paid must be accepted and heard. Madam Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno, 32, married with two children, has been sentenced to six strokes of the rotan in Pahang state. We fear the implementation of this sentence would set a very dangerous precedent for women (both citizens and non-citizens) to be caned in Malaysia in contravention of Malaysia's own constitutional law. Such precedent would be set irrespective of whether Madam Kartika herself accepts the sentence imposed on her. The urgency of a government review of the caning penalty for alcohol consumption has been underlined by further cases in which the same judge passed this sentence on five Muslim men and women, including Nazarudin Kamaruddin, 46, also in Pahang state.

In early August, the chief judge of a state Sharia appeals court ordered the sentence to be deferred pending the review, and the Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil was quoted as saying, “The overriding view was that the sentence meted out was too harsh and is not commensurate with the offence,”. In the meantime, Syariah prosecution head Datuk Abdul Rahim Jaafar said the department would not announce when 32-year-old Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno would be caned, scheduled for after the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, to avoid a "media circus". The department would only announce it after the punishment had been carried out.

Madam Kartika was sentenced by the Pahang Syariah Court to be lashed six times and fined RM 5000 as punishment for drinking beer with her husband in a hotel nightclub in Cherating (Pahang state) on 12 July 2007. The mother of two was charged under Section 136 of the Pahang Islamic and Malay Traditional Practices Enactment (Amendment) 1987. The sentence was expected to be carried out on 4 August 2009. However, the Syariah High Court then sentenced Madam Kartika to an even harsher punishment by ordering her to be detained for seven days. Judge Datuk Abdul Rahman Yunus also approved another two applications by the state Religious Department to allow the prison's director to carry out the caning and release Madam Kartika after the punishment was served. Following national and international condemnation, the sentence was indefinitely suspended, pending review. Sisters in Islam (SIS) of Malaysia submitted an application for revision and stay of execution of the caning sentence passed on Madam Kartika. SIS and other members of the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) also held a press conference on 30 September expressing concern when the media reported that the Pahang Syariah Chief Judge had reviewed the revision that was filed by himself earlier. The media reported that the revision was heard in a departmental meeting between the Pahang Religious Department (JAIP) and the Pahang Syariah Chief Judge on 28 September and it was later announced that the whipping sentence for Kartika would proceed. Section 168 of the Pahang Syariah Criminal Procedure Enactment 2002 states that only the Syariah Court of Appeal has the power to review a Syariah High Court decision, not a departmental meeting.

I am deeply concerned about the increased state-imposed violence exemplified by Madam Kartika’s case. As a member state of the United Nations, Malaysia has agreed to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). By detaining and caning Madam Kartika, I believe Malaysia violates the following articles of the UDHR:

• No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks (Article 12).
• No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (Article 5).

At its 61st Annual General Meeting (17 March 2007), the Malaysian Bar called for the abolition of whipping as a punishment for any offence as it is “anachronistic and inconsistent with a compassionate society.”

Furthermore, I maintain that being sentenced to caning violates Madam Kartika’s right to physical and mental integrity. I find the punishment of Madam Kartika to be disproportionate to the crime committed, and strongly protest the use of violent punishment in this and all other pending cases. For these reasons, I urge for this case to be suspended.

Yours sincerely,

[name/organisation]

Addresses: 
Embassies

You can find the embassy of Malaysia in your country here: http://www.embassiesabroad.com/embassies-of/Malaysia

The government of Malaysia

Dato' Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak,
Prime Minister of Malaysia,
Prime Minister's Office,
Main Block, Perdana Putra Building,
Federal Government Administrative Centre,
62502 Putrajaya, Malaysia
Fax: +603-88883444
E-Mail: ppm@pmo.gov.my

Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail
Attorney-General of Malaysia
Attorney General's Chambers of Malaysia
No. 45, Persiaran Perdana, Presint 4,
62100 Putrajaya, Malaysia
Tel : +603 - 8872 2000
Fax : +603 - 8890 5670
E-Mail: ag@agc.gov.my

Y.B. Senator Dato' Sri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil
Minister of Women, Family and Community Development
Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development
Aras 1-6, Blok E,
Kompleks Pejabat Kerajaan Bukit Perdana, Jalan Dato' Onn
50515 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +603 - 2693 0095
Fax: +603 - 2693 8564
E-Mail: shahrizat@kpwkm.gov.my; roses@pmo.gov.my; harjeet@kpwkm.gov.my; eikmarr@yahoo.com

Inspector-General of Police
Tan Sri Dato' Seri Musa Bin Dato' Hj. Hassan
Ibu Pejabat Polis Diraja Malaysia,
50560 Bukit Aman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tel: +603 - 2262 6222
Fax: +603 - 2070 7500

UPDATE: Malaysia: Contradictory statements over caning sentence

Sisters in Islam (SIS) of Malaysia has submitted an application for revision and stay of execution of the caning sentence passed on Madam Kartika. SIS is asking the court to revise the sentence on several grounds, reminding the Malaysian government of its obligations under international law, constitutional and legal issues, and sentencing guidelines. Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno was sentenced by the Pahang Syariah Court to be lashed six times and fined RM 5000 as punishment for drinking beer with her husband in a hotel nightclub in Cherating (Pahang state) on 12 July 2007. The mother of two was charged under Section 136 of the Pahang Islamic and Malay Traditional Practices Enactment (Amendment) 1987. We have recently learned that the same judge has passed five other sentences on Muslim men and women for alcohol consumption.
Source: 
WLUML networkers
Action needed: 
Below is a sample letter:

[Dear Sir/Madam/Your Excellency]

I am deeply concerned to learn that Madam Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno, 32, married with two children, has been sentenced to six strokes of the rotan in Pahang state. We fear the implementation of this sentence would set a dangerous precedent for women (both citizens and non-citizens) to be caned in Malaysia in contravention of Malaysia's own constitutional law. Such precedent would be set irrespective of whether Madam Kartika herself accepts the sentence imposed on her. The urgency of a government review of the caning penalty for alcohol consumption has been underlined by further cases in which the same judge passed this sentence on five Muslim men and women, including Nazarudin Kamaruddin, 46, also in Pahang state.

In early August, the chief judge of a state Sharia appeals court ordered the sentence to be deferred pending the review, and the Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil was quoted as saying, “The overriding view was that the sentence meted out was too harsh and is not commensurate with the offence,”. In the meantime, Syariah prosecution head Datuk Abdul Rahim Jaafar said the department would not announce when 32-year-old Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno would be caned, scheduled for after the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, to avoid a "media circus". The department would only announce it after the punishment had been carried out. The issuance of such contradictory and inflammatory statements causes distress to the defendant and makes a mockery of the review process and judicial transparency.

Madam Kartika was sentenced by the Pahang Syariah Court to be lashed six times and fined RM 5000 as punishment for drinking beer with her husband in a hotel nightclub in Cherating (Pahang state) on 12 July 2007. The mother of two was charged under Section 136 of the Pahang Islamic and Malay Traditional Practices Enactment (Amendment) 1987. The sentence was expected to be carried out on 4 August 2009. However, the Syariah High Court then sentenced Madam Kartika to an even harsher punishment by ordering her to be detained for seven days. Judge Datuk Abdul Rahman Yunus also approved another two applications by the state Religious Department to allow the prison's director to carry out the caning and release Madam Kartika after the punishment was served. Following national and international condemnation, the sentence was indefinitely suspended, pending review. Sisters in Islam (SIS) of Malaysia has now submitted an application for revision and stay of execution of the caning sentence passed on Madam Kartika.

I am deeply concerned about the increased state-imposed violence exemplified by Madam Kartika’s case. As a member state of the United Nations, Malaysia has agreed to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). By detaining and caning Madam Kartika, I believe Malaysia violates the following articles of the UDHR:

• No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks (Article 12).
• No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (Article 5).

At its 61st Annual General Meeting (17 March 2007), the Malaysian Bar called for the abolition of whipping as a punishment for any offence as it is “anachronistic and inconsistent with a compassionate society.”

Furthermore, I maintain that being sentenced to caning violates Madam Kartika’s right to physical and mental integrity. I find the punishment of Madam Kartika to be disproportionate to the crime committed, and strongly protest the use of violent punishment in this and all other pending cases. For these reasons, I urge for this case to be suspended.

Yours sincerely,

[name/organisation]

Addresses: 
Embassies

You can find the embassy of Malaysia in your country here: http://www.embassiesabroad.com/embassies-of/Malaysia

The government of Malaysia

Dato' Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak,
Prime Minister of Malaysia,
Prime Minister's Office,
Main Block, Perdana Putra Building,
Federal Government Administrative Centre,
62502 Putrajaya, Malaysia
Fax: +603-88883444
E-Mail: ppm@pmo.gov.my

Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail
Attorney-General of Malaysia
Attorney General's Chambers of Malaysia
No. 45, Persiaran Perdana, Presint 4,
62100 Putrajaya, Malaysia
Tel : +603 - 8872 2000
Fax : +603 - 8890 5670
E-Mail: ag@agc.gov.my

Y.B. Senator Dato' Sri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil
Minister of Women, Family and Community Development
Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development
Aras 1-6, Blok E,
Kompleks Pejabat Kerajaan Bukit Perdana, Jalan Dato' Onn
50515 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +603 - 2693 0095
Fax: +603 - 2693 8564
E-Mail: shahrizat@kpwkm.gov.my; roses@pmo.gov.my; harjeet@kpwkm.gov.my; eikmarr@yahoo.com

Inspector-General of Police
Tan Sri Dato' Seri Musa Bin Dato' Hj. Hassan
Ibu Pejabat Polis Diraja Malaysia,
50560 Bukit Aman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tel: +603 - 2262 6222
Fax: +603 - 2070 7500

Indonesia: New law in Aceh makes adultery punishable by stoning

The Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) international solidarity network and the Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women (SKSW Campaign) are gravely concerned to learn of a set of regressive new laws introduced in Aceh, Indonesia on 14 September 2009. Indonesia's province of Aceh has passed a new law that imposes severe sentences for consensual extra-marital sexual relations, rape, homosexuality, alcohol consumption and gambling. Previously, Aceh's partially-adopted Sharia law enforced dress codes and mandatory prayers. "This law is a preventive measure for Acehnese people so that they will avoid moral degradation," said Moharriyadia, a spokesman for the Prosperous Justice Party.
Action needed: 
The latest news (17 September 2009) is that the national government of Indonesia may review this new law in Aceh. The immediate priority is to ensure that this review is undertaken. International support calling for this is very much needed. Please support this call by writing a letter to the President of Indonesia to call on him to stand firm on his commitment to women's rights and human rights. Please also send letters to other Indonesian authorities.

Below is a sample letter setting out the demands of women's rights and civil society groups in Indonesia:

Subject: URGENT review of new Qanun Jinayah (Islamic Criminal Legal Code) in Aceh

[Dear Sir/Madam/Your Excellency],

I am gravely concerned to learn that on Monday 14 September 2009, in the Indonesian province of Aceh, the Aceh Legislative Council (DPRD) passed a law that expands the range of violent punishments for alleged moral and sexual transgressions, including stoning to death for “adultery” and 100 lashes for homosexuality.

This legislation has been passed despite protests from the Governor of Aceh and civil society. There are thirty days from 14 September until this law comes into effect.

I believe that these new laws are in violation of several Articles of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, particularly:

• Article 3: Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
• Article 5: No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
• Article 7: All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.

These Articles were elaborated in major international human rights conventions – specifically, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, both of which Indonesia has signed and ratified and is therefore obligated to respect, protect and fulfil in its domestic laws and in practice.

No ‘religion’, ‘culture’ or ‘tradition’ should be used to excuse killing and maiming for alleged moral transgressions. We maintain that stoning to death is a grave and serious violation of international human rights law, and one that should not be overlooked by the international community.

Stoning is not prescribed in the Quran, and some Muslim-majority nations such as Malaysia, Tunisia and Algeria have banned death by stoning. Even in Indonesia, where over 90% of the population is considered to be from Muslim communities, stoning is prohibited as a form of torture by the national Constitution.

According to Komnas Perempuan (the National Commission on Violence Against Women), the most controversial point of the legislation passed by the Aceh Legislative Council is that for the first time stoning to death would be codified in the Indonesian legal system and Islamic jurisdiction would be expanded into criminal law when in fact national law should carry legal authority.

I also wish to point out that apart from the sentence of stoning to death, the new Qanun Jinayah (Islamic Criminal Legal Code) will bring about the following problems:

• Rape cases will be lumped with cases of consensual sex outside marriage, i.e. zina.
• Marital rape will be legalised.
• The victim of rape will be accused of being the guilty party in the case where the victim reports her rape but is unable to provide four male witnesses.
• Impunity will be given to rapists who rape at the command of superiors with authority
• There will be harsh criminalisation of alleged ‘homosexual behaviour’ based on dress and mannerisms

I join Komnas Perempuan and allies in Indonesia in appealing to the following decision-makers:

• We call on the Indonesian Constitutional Court (MK) to undertake a judicial review of Law No. 11/2006 of the Government of Aceh (LOGA) concerning the sources the Aceh Legislative Council has used to pass the law.
• We call on the Governor of Aceh to take serious action to postpone the implementation of this legislation which incorporates certain interpretations of sharia law, and to support an open and comprehensive judicial review.
• We call on the Minister of Domestic Affairs to improve the effectiveness of the Department of Domestic Affairs in preventing the creation of discriminatory local regulations that are against the national Constitution.
• Most important of all, we encourage the President of the Republic of Indonesia to stand firm in his commitment to women’s and human rights, and to take political action by issuing a Presidential Instruction for all government officials in the ministries and local government to conduct a comprehensive review of and repeal discriminatory and unconstitutional regulations, especially the new law in Aceh.

Yours sincerely,

[name/organisation]

Addresses: 
• His Excellency The President of the Republic of Indonesia
Dr. H. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
State Secretariate
Jalan Veteran No. 17-19
Jakarta
Republic of Indonesia
Fax: +62-21-3502285
Ph. +62-21-34830724


• Governor of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam
Jalan Tjut Nyak Arief 219
Banda Aceh
Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam
Fax. +62-651-7553621
Ph. +62-651-7551377

• Mr Hadi Utomo
Chairperson
Democratic Party (Partai Demokrat)
Jl. Pemuda No. 712 Jakarta Timur 13220,
Fax. +62 21 4757957

The Indonesian Ambassador in your country: http://www.embassiesabroad.com/embassies-of/indonesia#2369

UPDATE: Pakistan: Investigation into massacres of Christians

For the first time the Pakistani assembly has discussed the need to amend the Blasphemy Laws, and there's a constitutional review committee in the parliament. Many civil society groups are pushing for a secular basis to the constitution. On August 28, 2009, the investigation report of 48 detained accused were submitted before the Anti-Terrorism Court. All the detained accused in Korian case will be produced before court again on Sep 11, 2009.
Source: 
NCJP
Action needed: 

Please write to authorities in Pakistan demanding that they repeal its Blasphemy Laws. These laws have become instruments of creating hatred and abuse of religion and law, justifying violence against others, as well as spreading disharmony and intolerance.

Addresses: 

ADDRESSES

Please send letters to:

Mr. Asif Ali Zardari
President of Pakistan
President House, Islamabad, PAKISTAN.
Fax: +92-51-9207458 Email address: ppp@comsats.net.pk or publicmail@president.gov.pk

Send copies to:

1. Mr. Yousaf Raza Gillani,
Prime Minister of Pakistan,
Prime Minister Secretariat, Islamabad, PAKISTAN.
Fax: + 92-51-9204632, 9221596 or Fax: +92-51-9206907

2. Mr. Shehbaz Sharif,
Chief Minister of Punjab,
Chief Minister Secretariat,
90 – Shahrah-e- Quaid-e-Azam,Lahore, PAKISTAN.

3. Mr. Syed Masood Kausar,
Federal Minister for Law and Justice,
Pak – Secretariat, Islamabad, PAKISTAN.

4. Diplomatic representatives of Pakistan in your countries: http://www.embassiesabroad.com/embassies-of/pakistan

Also send a copy to the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief
Asma Jahangir
OHCHR-UNOG
8-14 Avenue de la Paix
1211 Geneva 10,
Switzerland
Fax: 00 41 22 917 9006
E-mail: urgent-action@ohchr.org

UPDATE: Sudan: Flogging sentence dropped and fine paid against Hussein's will

Lubna Hussein had been released after a day in prison after the government backed Journalists Union paid her fine. They did so without her consent. It is believed the government hopes that by closing this case, the pressure to repeal the discriminatory laws with die down. The sentence of flogging was dropped in the case of Lubna Hussein who was charged under article 152 (Indecent and Immoral Acts) of the 1991 Sudanese Penal Code for wearing trousers in a public place. However, the guilty verdict has not been overturned and she had to choose between paying a fine of 500 Sudanese pounds or facing one month in jail. On Monday evening, Lubna Hussein was taken to jail to begin her sentence. Ms. Hussein did not want to lend any legitimacy to the verdict by paying the fine, and had intended to appeal the guilty verdict in both the Court of Appeal and the Constitutional Court. Lubna Hussein had previously pointed out that this charge falls under ‘immoral’ or ‘indecent behaviour’, a charge which will remain on her record and that of the other women arrested. Although she she will not be flogged, this offence on her record is associated with prostitution and other 'immoral' behaviour.
Source: 
WLUML networkers

UPDATE: Saudi Arabia: Court ratifies guilty verdict on 75 year old women

On 25 August the court of Al-Shamli, north of Hail, found Mrs Khamisa Sawadi guilty of the charge of "khilwa" (mingling with two young men to whom she was not immediately related), and the higher court in Riyadh ratified their verdict. One of the two young men who was tried alongside Sawadi may face additional charges for filing a law suit against the religious police. This is in spite of the fact that in May the Court of Cassation refused to ratify the verdict and returned the case to Al-Shamli court with several observations on the previous verdict, including the rejection of her breastfeeding claim and the fact that she is old.
Source: 
WLUML networkers
Action needed: 

Please send a letter to the relevant authorities in Saudi Arabia:

Addresses: 

ADDRESSES

His Majesty, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud


Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Tel: +966 1 488 2222
Fax: +966 1 491 2726

Dr. Bandar bin Abdullah El Aiban
President
The Human Rights Commission
P.O. Box 58889 Riyadh 11515
King Fahed Street
Building 373, Riyadh
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Fax: +966 14 612 061
Email: shakwa@haq-ksa.org

His Excellency Dr. Muhammad bin Abdul Elkarim Abdul Azziz El Issa
Minister of Justice
University Street, Riyadh 11137
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Fax: +966 1 401 1741

HRH Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf
Ambassador to the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland
Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia
30 Charles Street
London
W1J 5DZ
Tel: +44 (0)20 7917 3000
ukemb@mofa.gov.sa

HRH Prince Saud bin Abdelmuhsin Al Saud
Governor of Hail Region
Fax: +966 6 5336668
Phone: +966 6 5331813
hail@hail.gov.sa

Bandar al-Hajjar
Chairman
National Society for Human Rights
+966 – 1 – 2102223 – phone
info@nshr.org.sa

Saudi embassy in your country: http://www.embassiesabroad.com/embassies-of/SaudiArabia

UN Representatives

Ms. Rashida Manjoo
The Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women
OHCHR-UNOG
8-14 Avenue de la Paix
1211 Geneva 10,
Switzerland
Fax: 00 41 22 917 9006
E-mail: urgent-action@ohchr.org

Mr. Manfred Nowak
Special Rapporteur on Torture
c/o Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
United Nations Office at Geneva
CH-1211 Geneva 10
Switzerland
E-mail: urgent-action@ohchr.org

Please continue to check for address updates...

UPDATE: Malaysia: Caning of Kartika deferred indefinitely pending review

Malaysia said Tuesday a caning sentence handed to 32 year old Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno for drinking beer would be reviewed because it was “too harsh” and could damage the nation’s reputation.
Action needed: 
Please send your message to the Malaysian authorities, embassies in your country, and UN representatives via fax, email, telephone or letter.

Below is a sample letter:

[Dear Sir/Madam/Your Excellency]

I am deeply concerned to learn that Madam Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno, 32, has been sentenced to six strokes of the rotan. We fear the implementation of this sentence would set a dangerous precedent. Madam Kartika is married with two children. The Malaysian government is currently reviewing the sentence, and unless it overturns it, the religious department have threatened to carry out the sentence of caning in secret after Eid, the end of the Muslim religious holiday, Ramadan.

Madam Kartika was sentenced by the Pahang Syariah Court to be lashed six times and fined RM 5000 as punishment for drinking beer with her husband in a hotel nightclub in Cherating (Pahang state) on 12 July 2007. The mother of two was charged under Section 136 of the Pahang Islamic and Malay Traditional Practices Enactment (Amendment) 1987. The sentence was expected to be carried out on 4 August 2009. However, the Syariah High Court then sentenced Madam Kartika to an even harsher punishment by ordering her to be detained for seven days. Judge Datuk Abdul Rahman Yunus also approved another two applications by the state Religious Department to allow the prison's director to carry out the caning and release Madam Kartika after the punishment was served. Following national and international condemnation, the sentence was indefinitely suspended, pending review.

We are deeply concerned about the increased state-imposed violence exemplified by Madam Kartika’s case. As a member state of the United Nations, Malaysia has agreed to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). By detaining and caning Madam Kartika, we believe Malaysia violates the following articles of the UDHR:

• No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks (Article 12).
• No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (Article 5).

Furthermore, we maintain that being sentenced to caning violates Madam Kartika’s right to physical and mental integrity. We find the punishment of Madam Kartika to be disproportionate to the crime committed, and strongly protest the use of violent punishment in this case. For these reasons, we urge for this case to be suspended.

Yours Sincerely,

[name/organisation]

Addresses: 
Embassies

You can find the embassy of Malaysia in your country here: http://www.embassiesabroad.com/embassies-of/Malaysia

UN Representatives

Ms. Rashida Manjoo
The Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women
OHCHR-UNOG
8-14 Avenue de la Paix
1211 Geneva 10,
Switzerland
Fax: 00 41 22 917 9006
E-mail: urgent-action@ohchr.org

Ms. Asma Jahangir
Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief
c/o Office Of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
United Nations at Geneva
8-14 Avenue de la Paix
1211 Geneva 10
Switzerland
Fax: (+41 22) 917 90 06
E-mail: freedomofreligion@ohchr.org or to urgent-action@ohchr.org (please include in the subject box: Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief)

Mr. Manfred Nowak
Special Rapporteur on Torture
c/o Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
United Nations Office at Geneva
CH-1211 Geneva 10
Switzerland
E-mail: urgent-action@ohchr.org

The government of Malaysia

Dato' Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak,
Prime Minister of Malaysia,
Prime Minister's Office,
Main Block, Perdana Putra Building,
Fax: 03-88883444
Federal Government Administrative Centre,
E-Mail: ppm@pmo.gov.my
62502 Putrajaya, Malaysia

Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail
Attorney-General of Malaysia
Fax : 03-8890 5670
Attorney General's Chambers of Malaysia
E-Mail: ag@agc.gov.my
No. 45, Persiaran Perdana, Presint 4,
62100 Putrajaya, Malaysia
Tel : 603 - 8872 2000,

Y.B. Senator Dato' Sri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil
Minister of Women, Family and Community Development
Fax: 03-2693 8564
Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development
E-Mail: shahrizat@kpwkm.gov.my; roses@pmo.gov.my; harjeet@kpwkm.gov.my; eikmarr@yahoo.com
Aras 1-6, Blok E,
Kompleks Pejabat Kerajaan Bukit Perdana, Jalan Dato' Onn,
50515 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: 03-2693 0095

Inspector-General of Police
Tan Sri Dato' Seri Musa Bin Dato' Hj. Hassan
Ibu Pejabat Polis Diraja Malaysia,
Fax: 03 - 2070 7500
50560 Bukit Aman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tel: 03 - 2262 6222

Pakistan: Urgent need to repeal Blasphemy Laws

Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) International Solidarity Network calls for the government of Pakistan to repeal its laws on blasphemy. The urgent need for law reform has been highlighted by the recent deadly attacks on a Christian community in Punjab, Pakistan, whose members were accused of desecrating the Qur'an. Members of a banned Islamist group, Sipah-i-Sahaba, took the law into their own hands and it is reported that policemen present did not try to control the mob and protect the citizens.
Action needed: 

Please write to authorities in Pakistan demanding that they repeal its Blasphemy Laws. These laws have become instruments of creating hatred and abuse of religion and law, justifying violence against others, as well as spreading disharmony and intolerance.

Addresses: 

Please send letters to:

Mr. Asif Ali Zardari
President of Pakistan
President House, Islamabad, PAKISTAN.
Fax: +92-51-9207458 Email address: ppp@comsats.net.pk or publicmail@president.gov.pk

Send copies to:

1. Mr. Yousaf Raza Gillani,
Prime Minister of Pakistan,
Prime Minister Secretariat, Islamabad, PAKISTAN.
Fax: + 92-51-9204632, 9221596 or Fax: +92-51-9206907

2. Mr. Shehbaz Sharif,
Chief Minister of Punjab,
Chief Minister Secretariat,
90 – Shahrah-e- Quaid-e-Azam,Lahore, PAKISTAN.

3. Mr. Syed Masood Kausar,
Federal Minister for Law and Justice,
Pak – Secretariat, Islamabad, PAKISTAN.

4. Diplomatic representatives of Pakistan in your countries: http://www.embassiesabroad.com/embassies-of/pakistan

Also send a copy to the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief
Asma Jahangir
OHCHR-UNOG
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