Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Woman's Rights Activist in Jeopardy

“You can cut the flower, but you cannot stop the coming of spring"

The life of influential Afghan MP Malalai Joya may be in jeopardy. This woman’s rights activist has spoken out strongly against the Mujahideen, the most powerful yet corrupt institution in Afghanistan. In December, members of parliament witnessed an outburst against the Majahideen by Joya, one that some felt was too forward and indecent. The meeting left her without regret, but with many death threats. Those who fear for Joya’s safety wish for her to stop. Others hope she will continue to push her voice against the “criminal warlords,” in the hopes of gaining more rights for women and a safer country overall.

As far as Joya is concerned, she will continue to speak out, adamantly stating, “They will kill me but they will not kill my voice because it will be the voice of all Afghan women. You can cut the flower, but you cannot stop the coming of spring.” For more on this story click here:


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