Friday, February 1, 2008

Petition to save Afghan journalist sentenced to death for blasphemy

The British newspaper The Independent has an online petition designed to pressure the British Foreign Office to apply pressure to have the Afghan government reverse a three-judge panel's decision to sentence an Afghan journalist to death for blasphemy.

In the latest developments in the Sayed Pervez Kambaksh case

Afghanistan's President, Hamid Karzai, has been inundated with appeals to save the life of Sayed Pervez Kambaksh, the student journalist sentenced to death after being accused of downloading an internet report on women's rights.

While international protests mounted over the affair, with the British Government saying it had already raised its concerns, hundreds of people marched through the capital, Kabul, demanding Mr Kambaksh's release.

The CBC is reporting that the Afghan Senate has reversed its statement earlier this week supporting the death sentence.

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