Sunday, February 11, 2007

Do Appeal Now

Dear friends,
Sorry for not writing every day or at least every week.. The situation is too painful that could not be described. Yet I received the following letter from a friend; please do read it well and raise your voice; do appeal. Read it well to discover that JUSTICE in Iraq is not but a BAD JOKE.

the following is the letter:
Below is disturbing information we received from Iraq . The imminent execution of three Iraqi women: Wassan, Zainab and Liqa, without a fair trial, is expected to take place on March 3.

The executions of what they call " Terrorists" and " criminals" in their dozens have been going on over a year now. A public execution took place in Mosul City , North of Iraq, two months ago. however, this is the first time we hear about sentencing women to death. Amnesty International has led the way demanding an end to this practise in the " new Iraq ".

According to Mohamed Khorshid, head of Human rights orgs in Iraq in his statement to Asharq Al Awsat newspaper on 6th April 2006, there are over 2000 women classified as " security detainees " under the supervision of both the occupation and the Iraqi puppet regime, in various prisons, camps and detention centres.

In a recent statement at the Parliament, the Iraqi Minister of Human rights, said that there are over 1000 women security detainees, only to deny her own statement within a day after a public outcry.

This is the signal of the opening of an era of "legal" executions in Iraq . It is a horrible proof that the illegal executions of Saddam Hussein and other Baath leaders were not "isolated" or "exceptional" incidents, but that they laid the groundwork for employment by the Iraqi ruling clique of "judicially sanctioned" executions as a legitimate "measure" against those who oppose their puppet regime and the illegal US occupation.

We believe it is vitally important to protest and take action, to compel the Iraqi authorities to revoke this sentence. Do appeal to relevant institutions and ask them to intervene to stop this. Send your protest letters to Iraq ’s Justice minister: Hashim al Shilbi: head-minister@iraqi-justice.org.

Let’s all raise our voices. NOW !!

Abdul Ilah Al Bayaty, Member BRussells Tribunal advisory committee.
Ayse Berktay, World Tribunal on Iraq organiser.
Dirk Adriaensens, Member BRussells Tribunal executive committee.
Hana Al Bayaty, Member BRussells Tribunal executive committee.

Helped to write this appeal: Haifa Zangana. Additional comments from Abdul Ilah Al Bayaty –in French-, Tahrir Numan and the appeal of Amnesty International underneath.

The Supreme Iraqi Criminal Court sentenced the death by hanging of three women, on charges of complicity in the murder of Iraqi police loyal to the occupation in Baghdad and participation in what the Court considered Terrorism.

News from a source in the Iraqi Lawyers Union :

The three women are:

- Wassan Talib (31 years old). The charge is killing five police officers through the participation with gunmen in an attack on police.

- Zainab Fadhil (25 years). The charge is attacking a joint patrol of the Iraqi army and the the American army last September with her husband and Her cousin in Baghdad .

- Liqa Omar Muhammad (26 years old). The charge is the participation with her husband and her brother in the killing of an official from the Green Zone.

Walid Hayali, lawyer and member of The Iraqi Lawyers Union, said the Court issued a ruling against the three women under item 156, without allowing them to engage counsel from a lawyer.

The lawyer asks the whole world to move to stop the execution of the three women and to Condemn the Court's ruling.

He points out that Liqa Omar Muhammad gave birth to her daughter in prison a few months ago and is still nursing the child, and

Wassan Talib has a three-year-old daughter. He explained that the three women are now in "Kazimiah prison" in the Kazimiyah region.

The execution is scheduled for 3 Mars and the trial was not revised in appeal as there was no lawyer to ask for this.

Dear all,

It seems such a terrible crime to execute women who have allegedly killed members of the Iraqi police, when the story of Luana Martiri, a 22-year-old Christian student in Iraq tells us what members of the police and the army are capable of. Two months ago she was raped by an Iraqi soldier following a raid at her home. http://www.irinnews.org/report.asp?ReportID=57547&SelectRegion=Middle_East&SelectCountry=Iraq
This must be the good US training.

http://web.amnesty.org/library/Index/ENGMDE140052007
URGENT ACTION
Iraq: Fear of imminent execution/death penalty
PUBLIC AI Index: MDE 14/005/2007 09 February 2007UA 33/07 Fear of imminent execution/death penalty IRAQ Samar Sa’ad ‘Abdullah (f), aged about 25Wassan Talib (f), aged 31Zeynab Fadhil (f), aged 25Liqa’ Qamar (f), aged 25The four women named above have been sentenced to death, and at least one of them is in imminent danger of execution. The president has the power to pardon them, or commute their sentences.Samar Sa’ad ‘Abdullah was sentenced to death by the Central Criminal Court of Iraq (CCCI) on 15 August 2005 for the murder of her uncle, his wife and three of their children in the al-Khudra’ district of Baghdad. She reportedly blamed the killings on her fiancé, who, she said, had carried them out in order to rob her uncle. Her fiancé was said to have been arrested, but Amnesty International does not know what charges, if any, have been brought against him. Samar Sa’ad ‘Abdullah's death sentence was upheld on appeal, and she is facing imminent execution.In a separate case, Wassan Talib and Zeynab Fadhil were sentenced to death by the CCCI on 31 August 2006 for the 2005 murder of several members of Iraqi security forces in the Baghdad district of Hay al-Furat. Both women denied they had been involved, and Zeynab Fadhil reportedly claimed that she was abroad at the time of the killings. Liqa’ Qamar was sentenced to death on 6 February 2006 by the CCCI, for a kidnapping which reportedly took place in 2005. Her husband is said to have been detained and accused of the same crime. No further details are available.All four women are held at Baghdad 's al-Kadhimiya Prison. Two have young children with them: Zeynab Fadhil her three-year-old daughter, Liqa' Qamar her one-year-old daughter, who was born in prison.

Justice minister: Hashim al Shilbi: head-minister@iraqi-justice.org
Talabani's office: http://www.iraqipresidency.net/greetings_send.php?language=arabic
regards

13 Comments:

Blogger WashingtonIrving said...

My sister, I cannot express how sorry I am for the hell we have enabled in your country.
I am an American, and I joined the
Army in 1996... please do not hate me (though I understand if you do, it is your right) -- at that time, naive 17 years old, I wanted to "do something" and "make a difference" -- I hoped to be part of missions that prevented genocide as happened in Rwanda... at the time, the big conflict was Bosnia, and from where i sat as a girl, the military seemed the best way to be able to go help out. I saw soldiers on tv giving candy and shelter to Bosnian children and believed my purpose lay there.
Then I was privileged to study your country (in an overall conflict/refugee program) in England and began to doubt that the goodwill of most Americans (those who ever see beyond their own front door, that is) actually translated to the results of our policy. I was shocked and heartbroken when US attention turned to talk of war on Iraq.
And then we were sent there in 2003, my husband and me, both of us horrified at what we were doing, considering the US' general lack of understanding of any peoples within your region.
But we went out of duty and loyalty to our soldiers (most of whom are good-hearted, and at that time not so hard), and hoping we could make our own areas as good as possible. My soldiers (well, 80% of them or so) were such good people, I hope you believe most want to do what is right. Of course, that doesn't help if our policy is fatally flawed at the top, wearing us down and facilitating more bloodshed in Iraq in spite of hopes.

Now... I would give my life to make this terrible thing go away, to rewind to 2002/3 and through any act of desperation, make our leaders choose a wiser path. I have so many nightmares from my (short) time in Najaf/Hillah/Karbala and Baghdad, I cannot imagine what you deal with each day.
Please, please know there are many here who care about you. That doesn't help you since we have no power, and and I don't even know anymore, if anyone hears my prayers for you or anyone else. But I pray for your safety and to find some peace of mind through some miracle.
I pray for your country -- and for mine. Many dear people here have lost their way, mislead into believing the easy answers of our politicians.
Maybe with more info, my country will wake up and find its heart also. If not, I don't know what to do. PLEASE let me know of any ideas you think for us "normal people" here to do, anything that might help at all.
Until then-- you are in my heart, and I will forward this to as many like-minded people as i can think of, in hopes of raising awareness and getting action. ("in sha All*h"?) I will encourage friends to read the blogs of you and other Iraqis. (They say more than a whole month of our stupid "news" channels)

God bless you for writing about what you see. I pray all peace and protection to you and your children.

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Blogger the woman i was said...

Washingtonirving,
Thanks for your comment and sorry for being late in replying; there was some thng wrong with my PC. Your comment made me feel you. I do not know if I hate you or not. Yet let me ask you what would be your feeling when tens of thousands of highly equipped soldiers come to destroy your country? Supposing I would be among them; could you like me? Putting in mind that USA is not Iraq. USA became a country after genociding the natives by criminal whites. Iraq is the cradle of the civilization. It was like a dream; a beautiful dream turned into bloody nightmare because of the lies of your stupid Bush the second. I could understand that you were young and touched with distributing candies; yet had you ever red the history of former Yugoslavs before being divided by the Black (White) House? Could believe that America led NATO in Bosnia to save Moslems minority? The Black House tried to plant a Moslem entity in the heart of the united Europe; in the same way through which the ugly Zionist entity was planted in the heart of the Moslem and Arab World. If you could remember; Alija Izetbegovic the late Bosnia president visited "Israel" three days after the war was finished; indeed after the American mission was accomplished!
You, the American young generation, should read more and more to discover the lies of the American Administration, whoever the president is. Again I am advising the Americans to read "The Cultural Cold War" to see what the administrations committed against the Americans under the cold war to make them so selfish and so naïve.
However; thank you for your awaken conscious. Do not ask me what to do there. Do what your conscious is telling to do. Try to convince your friends to go through our blogs; to go through UN sites to know that America since August 1990 until now killed more than 2 million adult Iraqis and more than 2 million Iraqi children under 5. I am not exaggerating; go to:
www.countercurrents.org
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15499.htm.http
http://esa.un.org/unpp
and go to:
http://www.preventgenocide.org/law/convention/text.htm
to know what GENOCIDE means.
Again thank your conscious; it is never too late to begin a work against stupid Bush and the bunch of bloodies around him. At the I like to tell you may 80% of the American troops in Iraq have good intention as you confirming; yet those 20% are so awful and bloody. They are killing the civilian Iraqis with cold blood, raping, torturing and committing unbelievable crimes.
All the best

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Blogger the woman i was said...

sink sink socks,
DO NOT VISIT MY BLOG. YOU ARE NOT WELCOMED. STOP COMMENTING ON MY POSTS. YOU ARE NOT BUT A BAD UNPOLITE GUY.

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Blogger fedIraqi said...

Hi Iraqi Tear,
Iraqui women and children are in our hearts and minds. Your blog is my link to my beloved country. Keep blogging, it might help other simple minded americans realize what their elected and reelected commander and chief / Adminstration did to peacefull people thousands of kilometers away, just for oil. Some americans still in denial and beleive that they are doing us a favour by occupying us, huh. Stay safe and bring the truth in their face. So are the americans happy now that we have a monstereous democratically elected goverment?raping and lenching women.

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Blogger the woman i was said...

sink sink socks
do not comment on my posts
i hate your comments and being so unpolite

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