Why are YOU Paying to Support an Evil Oppressive Abusive Foreign Regime?

Following on from my post yesterday regarding the stoning of women in Iran, comes the following stories

 

Sudan police arrest women protesting at flogging video

Tue Dec 14, 2010 1:17pm GMT
 KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudanese police arrested dozens of women protesting on Tuesday against laws they say humiliate women after a video of a woman being flogged in public appeared on the Internet.Floggings carried out under Islamic law are almost a daily punishment in Sudan for crimes ranging from drinking alcohol to adultery.

But vague laws on women’s dress and behaviour are implemented inconsistently. One case sparked international furore when Lubna Hussein, a Sudanese U.N. official, invited journalists to her public flogging for wearing trousers.

The video, which was removed by YouTube, showed a crying Sudanese woman being lashed by two policemen in front of onlookers in a public place. She was made to kneel and the police laughed during the punishment.

“Humiliating your women is humiliating all your people,” the women shouted as they were being arrested on Tuesday.

Around 50 women sat down outside the justice ministry holding banners and surrounded by riot police telling them to move.

Three plain-clothed security men threw the BBC correspondent to the ground, confiscating his equipment.

All the women were arrested and taken to a nearby police station. Their lawyers were prevented from entering, but senior opposition politicians were allowed to go inside.

The women said they had tried to get permission for the protest but had been refused. The police declined to comment.

“The authorities here take the law into their own hands. No one knows what happens inside these police stations,” said one of their lawyers, Mona el-Tijani. “This video was just one example of what happens all the time.”

Sudan’s justice ministry said it would investigate whether the punishment was administered properly.

It was not clear what offence the woman being lashed had committed. Officials from the ruling National Congress Party offered conflicting explanations in the local press.

So there we have it – another progressive muslim regime. You know a religion that claims to respect women and the minorities.

Women protesting about other women being flogged randomly in the street are locked up and denied access to lawyers at a police station. We do in this country have the right to protest and the right to legal advice whilst in police custody. Despite what you read in the Media, the right to protest and the right to legal advice are sacred cows in our society.

Sudan’s justice ministry said it would investigate whether the punishment was administered properly.

Does this remark not cause a shudder to run down your spine. It seems to be accepted the police have the right to issue summary justice in the form of sadistic and cruel floggings. No trials, chance of mitigation or anything else. The only issue for the Sudan justice ministry is whether the punishment was properly administered. From reading the accounts of the flogging in other media sources, it appears to have been a total of 53 lashes carried out in the most sadistic way.

Three plain-clothed security men threw the BBC correspondent to the ground, confiscating his equipment.

So, protesting against cruel abusive treatment results in arrest and detention without access to legal advice. Filming the protest results in being assaulted and having your recording equipment seized.

 

If this was not enough, then this from Amnesty International

Sudan: Children sentenced to death

On 21 October ten individuals were sentenced to death by hanging for their reported involvement in an attack on a government escorted convey in Southern Sudan. The trial was flawed and the detainees were denied access to their lawyers and families, except for one occasion when they met with their lawyers for half an hour.

Four of the defendants are believed to be children. They were placed in adult detention facilities and tried together with the adult defendants. Only two of the four are thought to have been sent for medical inspections – in Sudan, many people do not have birth certificates, so courts sometimes rely on medical examinations to establish people’s ages. One of the young defendants, Idriss Adam Abbaker, was confirmed to be under 18 by medical examination and had his death sentence commuted.

The court did not look for further medical expertise to verify why Abdallah Abdallah Daoud was found to be under 18 by his first medical examination but not the second, and did not allow Ibrahim Shareef Youssif and Abdelrazig Daoud Abdessed to undergo the examination at all. This raises concerns about the arbitrariness of the process of determining the age of the defendants by the court.

The adults sentenced to death are Altayib Mohammed Yagoub, Abdelgasim Abdallah Abubaker, Hassan Ishag Abdallah, Adam Altoum Adam, Mohammed Adam Hasballah and Alsadig Abbakar Yahya. The defence lawyers submitted an appeal on behalf of the defendants before the Chief Justice for South Darfur.

Background

According to UN estimates, around 300,000 people have been killed and more than 2.7 million displaced since 2003 as a result of the Darfur conflict. The conflict has been marked by large-scale violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, including war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The practice of arbitrary arrest and detention of Darfurians by law enforcement agencies such as the National Intelligence and Security Service has been rife in Darfur. Amnesty International has documented cases of prolonged detention without trial of Darfurians. Detainees have been subjected to torture and other forms of ill-treatment, unfair trials, enforced disappearance and death in detention.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, all of which were ratified by Sudan, prohibit the passing of death sentences against juvenile offenders. Although Sudan’s 2009 Child Act changed the definition of a child to a person under 18 of age, it is of concern that the practice of medical examinations and the way they are conducted by courts in Sudan would still allow for suspected juvenile offenders to be sentenced to death.

http://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions_details.asp?ActionID=731

Now, would it surprise you to learn that between 2004 and 2007 the British government gave the oppressive regime in Sudan over £300 million in aid. That is from YOUR hard earned taxes. You are working to support evil corrupt regimes. WHY? For what reason are we giving monies to support evil oppressive regimes? The USA in the same period gave around $2,200 million in aid to this repressive regime. WHY?

If like me, you are appalled at this, then take action. Complain to your MP about the foreign aid being given. Join the Amnesty International campaigns following the link above. Don’t sit back and do nothing. A couple of emails can make a difference. You don’t even need to buy a stamp or print out a letter.

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