Fwd: KARTINI: Appeal Pending, but Stoning Sentence still stands

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Subject: Fwd: KARTINI: Appeal Pending, but Stoning Sentence still stands
From: Human Rights School (hrschool@ahrchk.org)
Date: Wed Mar 22 2000 - 09:33:36 EST

>AHRC UA Index: 000322 22 March 2000
>UPDATE UA 16/00: No fair trial; sentenced to death by stoning
>INDONESIA/UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Kartini sentenced to death by stoning
>We have received news of Kartini (full name Karteen Karikander), the
>Indonesian domestic worker who was sentenced to death by stoning for
>adultery in the United Arab Emirates. Our reliable contact visited Kartini
>in the United Arab Emirates, as well as her lawyer (she now has one), the
>attorney and the judge.
>Kartini's sentence is now due to be appealed in a higher court in Fujairah,
>but to date her sentence to death by stoning still stands.
>Kartini was actually raped by an Indian national Mohammed Sulaiman
>Frangoan. Kartini was apparently so ashamed and degraded by the rape that
>she was ready to give up and die, believing she could never have a normal
>life. However the enormous response to this appeal from around the world
>has convinced her to fight this unjust sentence and reclaim her life.
>RECOMMENDED ACTION: If you have not yet written to the President and the
>Minster of Justice, please do so as soon as you can. We believe that your
>letter, joined to the many others that have come in, have a good chance of
>convincing the President to overturn the sentence. If you have written,
>you could add to your action by notifying your national embassy in the UAE,
>or by organising a small gathering outside the UAE embassy or other
>symbolic location in your city.
>----------------------------- SAMPLE LETTER ----------------------------
>HH President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan,
>President, Supreme Council of United Arab Emirates
>Presidential Court
>280, Abu Dhabi
>---- March 2000
>Your Excellency
>I am writing to urge you to overturn the death sentence that has been
>handed down on the Indonesian domestic worker, Kartini (full name Karteen
>It has come to my attention that, after being accused of adultery and
>detained for some time, Karsini was taken before the Syariah Fujairah
>Municipal Court and tried without any legal assistance, or even an
>interpreter to allow her to defend herself. I am certain you are unhappy
>with this process, as are many people around the world as they learn of the
>plight of this woman. Basic human rights standards demand a fair trial,
>which is obviously not possible without understanding what is happening or
>having access to legal representation.
>For a nation seeking to engage in freely with the rest of the world, it may
>be inappropriate to continue the practice of the death sentence,
>particularly in the circumstances surrounding Kartini's trial. Death by
>stoning would be viewed by most nations and most people in the countries
>with which you seek to engage as brutal and inhumane. There are many

>ancient practices and traditions that add value and meaning to a modern
>society - the death penalty by stoning for adultery is surely not one of
>I know that you are a man of great faith, and once you said "Islam is the
>religion of tolerance and forgiveness....of dialogue and understanding. It
>is Islamic social justice which has asked every Muslim to respect the
>other. To treat every person, no matter what his creed or race, as a
>special soul is a mark of Islam." I humbly ask you to think of Karsini as a
>'special soul', and to show great tolerance and understanding of her
>situation. Please overturn her sentence and let her get on with her life.
>I have alerted my national embassy in your country to the situation of
>Kartini, and am assured that they will monitor the case closely. We all
>expect and hope that you will find it in your heart to overturn Karsini's
>death sentence.
>Yours sincerely
>HH President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan,
>President, Supreme Council of United Arab Emirates
>Presidential Court
>280, Abu Dhabi
>TEL: 971-2-652000
>SALUTATION: Your Excellency
>H.E. Mohammed Nakhira Al Dhahiri
>Minister of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Awqaf
>P.O. Box 753
>Abu Dhabi, U.A.E
>Telephone: 971 2 652224
>SALUTATION: Dear Minister
>Please remember to send a copy of your letter to AHRC: ua@ahrchk.org
>AHRC Ugent Appeals Programme
>Asian Human Rights Commission
>Unit D, 7th Floor, Mongkok Commercial Centre,
>16 - 16B Argyle Street, Kowloon, HONGKONG
>Tel: +(852) - 2698-6339
>Fax: +(852) - 2698-6367
>E-mail: ua@ahrchk.org
>If you need to contact the AHRC Urgent Appeal Coordinator.
>Send message to: Mr.sinapan samydorai <samysd@pacific.net.hk>
>AHRC has an Urgent Appeal Programme which operates around the clock.
>AHRC issues urgent appeals on behalf of persons or groups of persons
>whose human rights have been violated. All urgent appeals released
>by the AHRC since late 1997 can be accessed at our website:

Lin Chew
Human Rights School <hrschool@ahrchk.og>

Asian Human Rights Commission
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16-16B Argyle Street
Kowloon Hong Kong
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