[Stop-traffic] More on the beheading of prostitutes in Iraq

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Subject: [Stop-traffic] More on the beheading of prostitutes in Iraq
From: Joshi, Aiko (Aiko.Joshi@usdoj.gov)
Date: Mon Nov 06 2000 - 09:17:27 EST


I received this from another listserv I am a member of.

Aiko Joshi
       
       
       
       
 From: "secr(MG!)" <secr@unitedpeoples.net>
 To: "mobilize-globally@egroups.com" <mobilize-globally@egroups.com>

 Subject: [GSN] URGENT: Condemn the beheading of Iraqi women accused
          of prostitution
 Date: Sat, 04 Nov 2000 01:50:53 +1100
 From: Lynette Dumble <ljdumble@connexus.net.au>
  Reply-To: GSN@egroups.com
       
 FROM THE COMMITTEE IN DEFENSE OF IRAQI WOMEN'S RIGHTS
 November 3, 2000.

 In recent weeks the Iraqi regime has beheaded at least 60 women accused of
 prostitution. Ali Hassan Al-Majeed, a military commander,began the campaign
 by killing 10 women suspected of prostitution in the city of Mousil.
 Subsequently, special military forces led by U'day, the older son of Saddam
 Hussein, killed another 50 women, all charged with prostitution, in Baghdad,
 the Iraqi capital. The governmental women's organisation, known as the "
 General Union of Iraqi Women" played a major role in this sadistic operation
 by informing authorities of the women's prostitution. The killings were
 unimaginably barbarous. All 60 women were decapitated with swords, and their
 heads then publicly displayed on the door at the entrance of their home for
 several days.

 There are also reports that women, including a woman doctor just three days
 ago, are being falsely accused of prostitution to legitimize their political
 execution.

 The Committee in Defense of Iraqi Women's Rights asks that individuals
 and/or organizations worldwide join them in condemning this sadistic
 campaign by forwarding the below statement to "CDIWR" <tomah@ihug.com.au>

 .......................................................................

 I/We strongly condemn the beheading of women accused of prostitution in
 Iraq, and demand that the Iraqi authorities:
 1- Immediately end the brutal slaughter of women accused of prostitution
 2. Bring those involved in this vile campaign to justice.
 3. Allow women working as prostitutes to organize a union for their own
 protection
 4. Actively assist prostitutes, individually or via their union, to find
 alternative means of livelihood.

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