Thursday, March 23, 2006

Dear Mr Ambassador

The following is a copy of a letter that I wrote to the Afghan ambassador in the United States urging the release of Abdul Rahman. I would urge each of you to write to the Afghan representative in your country and do the same.

Dear Ambassador Farhadi,

I am an American citizen living in Cyprus, who is writing to you with regards to the charges of apostasy against Mr. Abdul Rahman.

I would respectfully request that you forward to President Karzai my request that all charges against Mr. Rahman be dropped and that he be freed to live his life as he chooses.

In doing so, I cite the constitution of Afghanistan, which states, in part:

Article Seven
Ch. 1, Art. 7
The state shall abide by the UN charter, international treaties, international conventions that Afghanistan has signed, and the Universal Declaration of Human

Article 18 of the Universal Declaration states:

"Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance."

Hence, the detention and trial of Mr. Rahman is an offence against his constitutionally guaranteed rights.

Yours respectfully,

Albion Land (Mr)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good job. As someone who lives in an Islamic country I want to tell you that this strikes the right tone: respectful but clear.

I wrote a peice on the Qu'ran and human rights and it's posted over at for those of you who are interested.