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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful
1. Kenya Muslims Object to U.S. Military Presence
2. Rule of the rapists
1. Kenya Muslims Object to U.S. Military Presence
Did we know the existence of this letter?
Well, so much happens which is hidden from our view
it is us who are asleep. Full of trust in our backstabbing friends!!
There were fervent Duas, Qunuts when both the US invasions started,
but as soon as the capitals felled and the American started to rule these Countries
our duas stopped � we gave up our trust in getting heard bi Him, Who controls
the universe. Well, is the war over - ??? No, they fight on albeit without our duas
and moral support. At we should remember those who oppressed in our duas. JazakaAllah.
OPEN LETTER TO HEADS OF ALL DIPLOMATIC CORPS IN KENYA 15th December 2003 YOUR EXCELLENCIES AMBASSADORS AND HIGH COMMISSIONERS TO THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA NAIROBI. SUB: THE NORTH EASTERN PROVINCE (NEP) RESIDENTS OBJECTION TO THE US MILITARY PRESENCE IN NEP Your Excellencies are surely aware of the security concern expressed by the residents of NEP of Kenya since presence United States of America military was first noticed in Wajir a few months ago and the local peoples' resentment of the human and veterinary medical care the said American Djibouti based military personnel has volunteered to administer throughout the province. While the American government might be trying to score some public relations victory in this region to facilitate her underlying mission in the Horn of Africa, the residents of NEP are apprehensive of any US miIitary presence for the foIlowing reasons: 1) The residents of NEP of Kenya are aware that American forces in Djibouti have a dec1ared mission of striking assumed terrorist celIs inside Somalia and generally uprooting so called terrorism from the Horn of Africa. Therefore, there is no doubt that due to NEP being so close to the Horn of Africa, any military engagement that takes place in the Horn will spilIover to our part of Kenya. 2) Our Province is enjoying an unprecedented atmosphere of security with no terrorism incident occurring here; unlike Nairobi area and the Kenyan Coast, and while the residents would like to maintain that peace, any US miIitary presence here can lead to AI-Qaedah operatives coming in to engage the US miIitary. 3) The Muslim residents of the adjacent Coast Province are being subjected to a lot of harassment, arbitrary arrests, unlawfuI detentions and prosecutions for alleged involvement in terrorism activities on mere suspicions and circumstantial evidences. Relatives of suspected terrorists-have been arrested such as a grandmother aged over 80 years. The Cause of the Coastal Muslims suffering are as a result of the presence of American and Israeli interest, hence the NEP peoples concern that any foreign presence particularly of military nature wilI bring them uncalled for security problems and the sufferings that come with it. 4) Since its launching, the US led so-called Global war on Terrorism had serious ramifications on the residents of this region, and they now need redress before any relationship can be forged with the US. Some of the injuries and inhuman treatment are as folIows: i) In 2002 Sheikh Ahmed Mursal (Al-Sudan) was arrested in Mandera, taken to Nairobi and interrogated by US agents for two weeks just because, (as it turned out later) his name bore similarities with a Sheikh Ahmad Al-Suweidan sought by the FBI for the 1998 Nairobi bomb blast. ii)In June this year Mohamed Naveed Anwar an orphan under the care of Garissa Muslim Children's Home was arrested, detained and interrogated by US agents for almost a month on terrorism suspicion merely for his Pakistani origin. iii) Sheikh Khalif Abdi Hussein who comes from Ijara District in tbis Province was abducted by US agents from his home in Malawi where he taught at a Madrasa, held in Zimbabwe and later ditched in the Sudan after a kidnap and detention ordeal that lasted more than a month. In all the above cases there was no US acknowledgement, no apology and no compensation! iv) Early this year most likely due to American government recommendations and influence, an anti-terrorism police office has been opened in Garissa which is one of the only three offices to be established in the whole country after Nairobi and Mombasa. The establishment of an anti-narcotics police office in Garissa would have been the most appropriate thing to do if the interest of Garissa residents was to be given a priority. We believe this office is here to intimidate and spy on Muslims only. v) The residents of tbis province being predominantly Muslim will bear the brunt of the Anti-Terrorism Bill if enacted by the Kenyan parliament. Most Kenyans are convinced that this BiII, being a version of the US PATRIOT ACT, has been recommended and is being forced on Kenya by the US government. AIready Kenyan Muslims are being subjected to arbitrary arrests, unlawful detentions and fictious prosecutions even before the Anti-Terrorism Bill has been passed and so we expect worse scenarios once it is passed. vi) The conspiracy to remove the existing Kadhi's Court from the Kenyan constitution currently being reviewed is a project of the American Churches and NGO's who most likely have the support of the Bush administration. This conspiracy against the Muslim faith has created mistrust and religious animosities among the Kenyan Muslims and some Christian churches. Both faiths have co-existed peacefully for the last 100 years with the existence of this very Kadhi's Court. vii) It is unfortumate and unfair that the US government has targeted to stifle the Arabian Gulf countries and some American Muslim charities in the so-called war against terror and as a result has affected a number of humanitarian projects in Kenya and particularly in NEP. For example, AI-Najah Islamic Centre in Garissa town is definitely going to cIose come January 2004 because the Qatar Charitable Organization has not been able to remit the center's sponsorship funds due to US pressure to investigate its possible terrorism links. 150 orphans, 12 teachers and 10 subordinate staff will be denied their source of livelihood if these funds are not sent promptIy. This will cost the local economy 3 million Kenyan shillings per annum. The closure of AI-Haramain Islamic Foundation office in Nairobi has led to the dosure of 20 centres and the loss of 200 jobs that cost the local economy Ksh. 13.2 millions per annum which catered for the up keep and education of more than 1000 refugee and Kenyan orphan and destitute children at Dadaab, Ifo Dagahle and Hagardeera campo We learnt that the US has pressurized the Saudi government to close the operations of the foundations offices in a number of countries for alleged security concerns. But what we would like to ask here is, "Why are our local orphans and workers being harmed economically when these organizations did not commit a crime in Kenya?" The World Assembly of Muslim Youth is yet another very old Islamic organization with an office in Nairobi since the seventies. It has now been banned from helping Muslim Students. Already AI-Haramain Islamic Foundation, AI-Ibrahim foundation, Wakalatul-Rahmah offices in Nairobi have closed and its expected that the few remaining Islamic international organizations are likely to follow in due cause. Having mentioned the negative impact on the Muslim charitable work due to the so called fight against terrorism, we foresee even bigger problems since institutions which have been in existence for the last 30 years and have been providing valuable education, social welfare and child care activities are likely casualties of the so caIled campaign against terrorismo Muslims view the US policy of encouraging and abetting (the unlimited American charity support for Israel and Churches out to convert Muslims particularly in the Horn of Africa (including NEP), Mghanistan and Iraq (TIME pg 47, 41h August 2003) while incriminating any Muslim to Muslim charity as financing terrorism as an American double standard which will only increase Muslims hate for anything American. viii) The American government's frequent and arbitrary travel advisories warning Americans against visiting our peaceful country is having an adverse economic impact on aIl Kenyans, the Muslim population of this region being no exception. 5) The Muslims of this region are part and parcel of 1.3 billion Muslim population of the world and are therefore adversely affected by the negative and sometimes hostile publicity against Islam being waged by America. A special report entitIed The Legacy of 9/11 (THE SAUDISWHOSE SIDE ARE THEY ON IN THE WAR ON CRIME?) by the TIME magazine of September 15th, 2003, was such a hate and malicious article against the Sunni Muslim faith which the Muslims of this province adhere to. Several top US officials such as President Bush, Attorney General Ashcroft, Lt. Gen. Boykin Deputy under secretary for inteIHgence, a high ranking US army Christian chaplain and others are quoted saying very provocative and unacceptable outbursts about Islam, the Koran and the Muslims. The Time, magazines, ACMTC (the un-gunned Anny) of Berino, USA who (authored BLOODY ISLAM) and a host of many other publications and TV channels alI originating from the US are demonising Islam systematicalIy and trying to equate it with terrorism. The US government often complains that AI-]azeera and AI-Arabia channels are giving negative publicity against its so-called war against terror, so let her be aware. While Muslims worIdwide surely take great exception to such hate overtures, we NEP residents are most concerned with the recent remarks of the US Defense Secretary Mr. Donald Rumsfeld who is on record to have said that, "The Madrasas (which are the religious schools in the Islamic worId) are recruiting young militants". He added by posing a very dangerous question asking, "are we capturing, killing or deterring and dissuading more terrorist every day than the (Islamic schools) and the radical cIerics are recruiting, training and deployJn-g against us?" (E. A STANDARD 251h and 291h October 2003). Of course, we get very much concerned, disturbed and horrified when we hear such wild allegations coming from high ranking US officials and we have no otherwise but to perceive the US led war on terror as nothing but a crusade war to eradicate Islam, hence our genuine suspicion of any US military presence in our area Barbara - an American Christian evangelist - is quoted by the Time of 4th August 2003 as describing Islam very awfulIy by saying, "Islam is the terrorist". "We pray that the weapon of mass destruction, Islam be tom down". We deduce from this that when American president Bush says he' s out to wage a crusade war on terrorism or to destroy weapons of mass destruction he actualIy means Islam. Evangelist Franklin Graham describes Islam as "A very evil and wicked religion". The Time of 41h August 2003 wrote that Graham is actualIy a Bush favorite who preached a Good Friday sermon at the Pentagon and will be the provider of aid and the gospel to the "liberated" Iraq. 6) It's therefore our sincere appeal that the US foremost corrects its antagonistic policies towards Islam and its institutions, compensates the Muslim individuals whose human rights have been violated by the US and its agencies and lifts the financial remittance restrictions put on Arabian Gulf charitable organizations who were hitherto funding the local Muslim projects. 7) The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the cradle of Islam and the custodian of the two most Holy Mosque of Islam. Therefore, Saudi Arabia is to Sunni Islam what the Vatican is to Catholism. Saudi Arabia has a religious obligation to Sunni Muslims to assist them with the construction of Mosque, schools, colleges and Islamic centers. Likewise the Vatican is doing similar assistance for Catholics worldwide. It is then the height of hypocrisy, malice and anti-Islam propaganda to claim that Saudi Arabia is spreading extremism and laying the ground work of terrorism when she executes her religious obJigations towards Muslims, yet the Vatican or Americans cannot be accused to be spreading Catholic and evangelical extremism when establishing Christian churches, schools, colIeges and universities all over the worId. The articIe of Time, September 15,2003 was basicaIly aimed at discrediting the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, criminalizing her and trying to put on her al sorts of blame as regards to fuelling terrorism yet no evidence that can hold water was presented except very subjective and biased reports based on assumptions, hearsay, rumors and sheer hatred against Islam. 8) While we weIcome any humanitarian assistance from any friend of Kenya we feel such assistance should be channeled through our government or existing NGOs and be focused on vital and durable projects that will improve our basic infrastructures like the road network, schools and hospitaIs. For instance, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has financed the Thika - Garissa Road and the Garissa Water Projects which cost billions of Kenyan Shillings and Mikono(which is a ]apanese Charity) has constructed a number of schools, water welIs and dispensaries. 9) We Kenyans have often expressed our candid opinion regarding the origin of terrorism in the modern worId as resulting from the partial policy of the US government towards Israel and its tolerance of the immense human rights violations of the Palestinian people. Many people of the worId share with us the same opinion. The US government wilI therefore save itself and the whole worId a lot of trouble if it develops an impartial approach to the solution of the Israeli-PaIestinian problem and solves it once and for alI. 10) Many people of the worId induding Americans and Europeans do not support the US led war in Mghanistan and Iraq which has kilIed more people than those kilIed in the 9/11 terror attack and has killed or injured and is continuing to kilI and injure many innocent victims particularIy very vulnerable people like women and children (during two days in December 2003 (15) children were kilIed by US military in Afghanistan) yet no socaUed terrorism master-minders were apprehended and no weapons of mas s destruction were discovered. With such record, what moral justification does the US have to continue with these in-human wars even for one more day? The people of NEP of Kenya join the voices of reason which demand that these wars be caUed off immediately to stop the daily human suffering of both the US military and the Mghani and Iraqi people. 11) We sincerely believe that it is imperative that the people of NEP be consuIted adequately both by the NARC government and the US government before any policy is impIemented in their region as demanded by democracy, transparency and openness. 12) Let it be weU known byaU and sundry that our Muslim religious institutions and cultural vaIues are untouchable, nonnegotiable and cannot be compromisable issues and any encroachment on them will be met with resentment and resistance. 13) LastIy but not the least, the people of NEP are categoricalIy opposed to any US or any foreign military base or exercises in this region and perceive the so caUed US military humanitarian assistance as a pre-cursor to other plans like interfering with our Islamic institutions, checking our religious freedom, converting us to Christianity by force after failing for the past 40 years or putting up military bases or conducting military exercises which had negative repercussions on the communities who hosted thern before such as the Maasai and the Samburu or countries like lapan, South Korea and the Philippines Moreso that the US military personnel can comrnit any crime with impunity since they enjoy irnrnunity against foreign prosecutions.
Signed at Garissa By:
SHEIKH HUSSEIN IBRAHIM BURALE CHAIRMAN - SUPREME COUNCIL OF KENYA MUSLIMS GARISSA DISTRICT
SHEIKH MUAWIYAH MAHMOOD CHAIRMAN - COUNCIL OF IMAMS & PREACHERS GARISSA DISTRICT
cc The President - Republic of Kenya
Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
Minister for Internal Security
All Members of Parliament
SUPKEM National Office Council of Imam of Kenya
The Speaker, Kenya National Assembly
Kenya Human Rights Commission
Law Society of Kenya
Leader of the Official Opposition in the Parliament
Kenya National Commission on Human Rights
Coalition for National Unity
Kenya Human Rights Network National Council of NGOs
AII the Media Houses
Internal Commission of Jurist
Femnet Islamic Human Rights Cornmission
The Wisdom Fund Africa Watch
2. Rule of the rapists
When the US began bombing Afghanistan on October 7 2001, the oppression of Afghan women was used as a justification for overthrowing the Taliban regime. Five weeks later America's first lady, Laura Bush, stated triumphantly: "Because of our recent military gains in much of Afghanistan, women are no longer imprisoned in their homes. The fight against terrorism is also a fight for the rights and dignity of women".
Rule of the rapists in AfghanistanSunday
February 15, 2004 (1722 PST)
Britain and the US said war on Afghanistan would liberate women. We are still waiting
The following correction was printed in the Guardian's Corrections and Clarifications column, Tuesday February 17 2004
In the article below we wrongly described Zarmeena, a woman publicly executed by the Taliban in Kabul in 1999, as a leader of the Revolutionary Association of Women of Afghanistan (Rawa). Zarmeena had been found guilty of killing her husband and her death was recorded on film, later passed to the BBC and other broadcasters. A Rawa leader called Meena was assassinated in Pakistan in 1987.
When the US began bombing Afghanistan on October 7 2001, the oppression of Afghan women was used as a justification for overthrowing the Taliban regime. Five weeks later America's first lady, Laura Bush, stated triumphantly: "Because of our recent military gains in much of Afghanistan, women are no longer imprisoned in their homes. The fight against terrorism is also a fight for the rights and dignity of women."
However, Amnesty International paints a rather different picture: "Two years after the ending of the Taliban regime, the international community and the Afghan transitional administration, led by President Hamid Karzai, have proved unable to protect women. The risk of rape and sexual violence by members of armed factions and former combatants is still high. Forced marriage, particularly of girl children, and violence against women in the family are widespread in many areas of the country."
In truth, the situation of women in Afghanistan remains appalling. Though girls and women in Kabul, and some other cities, are free to go to school and have jobs, this is not the case in most parts of the country. In the western province of Herat, the warlord Ismail Khan imposes Taliban-like decrees. Many women have no access to education and are banned from working in foreign NGOs or UN offices, and there are hardly any women in government offices. Women cannot take a taxi or walk unless accompanied by a close male relative. If seen with men who are not close relatives, women can be arrested by the "special police" and forced to undergo a hospital examination to see if they have recently had sexual intercourse. Because of this continued oppression, every month a large number of girls commit suicide - many more than under the Taliban.
Women's rights fare no better in northern and southern Afghanistan, which are under the control of the Northern Alliance. One international NGO worker told Amnesty International: "During the Taliban era, if a woman went to market and showed an inch of flesh she would have been flogged; now she's raped."
Even in Kabul, where thousands of foreign troops are present, Afghan women do not feel safe, and many continue to wear the burka for protection. In some areas where girls' education does exist, parents are afraid to allow their daughters to take advantage of it following the burning down of several girls' schools. Girls have been abducted on the way to school and sexual assaults on children of both sexes are now commonplace, according to Human Rights Watch.
In spite of its rhetoric, the Karzai government actively pursues policies that are anti-women. Women cannot find jobs, and girls' schools often lack the most basic materials, such as books and chairs. There is no legal protection for women, and the older legal systems prohibit them from getting help when they need it. Female singers are not allowed on Kabul television, and women's songs are not played, while scenes in films of women not wearing the hijab are censored.
The Karzai government has established a women's ministry just to throw dust in the eyes of the international community. In reality, this ministry has done nothing for women. There are complaints that money given to the women's ministry by foreign NGOs has been taken by powerful warlords in the Karzai cabinet.
The "war on terror" toppled the Taliban regime, but it has not removed religious fundamentalism, which is the main cause of misery for Afghan women. In fact, by bringing the warlords back to power, the US has replaced one misogynist fundamentalist regime with another.
But then the US never did fight the Taliban to save Afghan women. As recently as 2000 the Bush administration gave the Taliban $43m as a reward for reducing the opium harvest. Now the US supports the Northern Alliance, which was responsible for killing more than 50,000 civilians during its bloody rule in the 1990s. Those in power today - men such as Karim Khalili, Rabbani, Sayyaf, Fahim, Yunus Qanooni, Mohaqiq and Abdullah - were those who imposed anti-women restrictions as soon as they took control in 1992 and started a reign of terror throughout Afghanistan. Thousands of women and girls were systematically raped by armed thugs, and many committed suicide to avoid being sexually assaulted by them.
But lack of women's rights is not the only problem facing Afghanistan today. Neither opium cultivation nor warlordism and terrorism have been uprooted. There is no peace, stability or security. President Karzai is a prisoner within his own government, the nominal head of a regime in which former Northern Alliance commanders hold the real power. In such a climate, the results of the forthcoming elections in June can easily be predicted: the Northern Alliance will once againhijack the results to give legitimacy to its bloody rule.
In November 2001 Colin Powell, the US secretary of state, said: "The rights of women in Afghanistan will not be negotiable." But the women of Afghanistan have felt with their whole bodies the dishonesty of such statements from US and British leaders - we know that they have already negotiated away women's rights in Afghanistan by imposing the most treacherous warlords on the people. Their pretty speeches are made out of political expediency rather than genuine concern.
From 1992 to 2001 Afghan women were treated as cattle by all brands of fundamentalists, from jihadis to the Taliban. Some western writers have tried to suggest that this oppression has its roots in Afghan traditions and that it is disrespectful of "cultural difference" to criticise it. Yet Afghan women themselves are not silent victims. There is resistance, but you have to look for it, as any serious anti-fundamentalist group has to work semi-underground. The Revolutionary Association of Women of Afghanistan (Rawa), which was outlawed under the Taliban, still can't open an office in Kabul. We still can't distribute our magazine Payam-e-Zan (Women's Message) openly. Shopkeepers are still threatened with death for stocking our publications, and Rawa supporters have been tortured and imprisoned for distributing them. People who are caught reading our literature are still in danger.
Feminism does not need to be imported; it has already taken root in Afghanistan. Long before the US bombing, progressive organisations were trying to establish freedom, democracy, secularism and women's rights. Then, western governments and media showed little interest in the plight of Afghan women. When, before September 11 2001, Rawa gave footage of the execution of its leader, Zarmeena, to the BBC, CNN, ABC and others, it was told that the footage was too shocking to broadcast. However, after September 11 these same media organisations aired the footage repeatedly. Similarly, some of Rawa's photographs documenting the Taliban's abuses of women were also used - without our permission. They were reproduced as flyers and dropped by American warplanes as they flew over Afghanistan.
This piece first appeared in New Internationalist magazine (www.newint.org)
Mariam Rawi, a member of the Revolutionary Association of Women of Afghanistan, is writing under a pseudonym
M Muneer A A Khandwalla
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