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Monday, March 27, 2006

Case Suspended for Afghan Christian Convert
March 27, 2006

Kabul – Afghanistan’s Supreme Court suspended the case against Abdul Rahman, the Christian who converted from Islam. The case was sent back to the prosecutor’s office after family members testified that Rahman was “mentally unstable.”

Agence France-Presse reported: “‘[Rahman] himself has said that he hears strange voices in his head. His files have been sent back to the prosecutor-general for further investigation,’ said court spokesman Wakil Omari.”

Due to the immense pressure the courts have been getting from Western nations, a quick release for Rahman is expected.

Many people still hope for Rahman’s death, like Mohammad Salam, who said, “If we are Muslims, then we should kill him. If we don't, we have stood against the will of God.”

Click here for the full story.

Afghan Cabinet Rejected by Women’s Rights Group
March 27, 2006

Kabul – Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported that women’s rights activists on Saturday rejected the new Afghan parliament because it has too few women. A member of the Committee for Women’s Political Partnership, Najia Hanifi, told RFE/RL, “The new cabinet has not been chosen on the basis of meritocracy, but on the basis of the population size of different provinces like Mazar-e Sharif, Paktia, or Heart. That is why gender is of no concern to the government of Afghanistan. She said the only woman minister appointed by Karzai was in charge of women’s affairs. Hanifi added that there is not a single woman in the High Judiciary Council of the Supreme Court. “Parliament is the symbol of the people’s determination,” said Hanifi, and women should be given more posts.

Arranged Marriages Examined in New Book by an Afghan Woman
March 25, 2006

New York – Masuda Sultan is an Afghan woman who grew up in Queens, New York. Her book, My War at Home tells how Afghan customs still affected her life in the U.S. She discusses topics ranging from her failed arranged marriage, to others’ successful arranged marriages, and the “simplistic idea” Americans have toward Afghan customs. To read Joseph Berger’s book review in The New York Times click here.


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