Target: President Hamid Karzai
Goal: Reject proposals to restore stoning in Afghanistan’s penal code
The Afghan government is considering a proposal that will restore stoning as punishment for adultery. Stoning is a form of capital punishment where a group of people throw stones at the victim until they die. An excruciating way to die, this execution is also considered torture and violates international human rights standards. The proposal should be rejected immediately as it is heinous and inhumane.
Stoning was used by the Taliban government until 2001, where the organization was removed from power along with the punishment. Since its downfall, the new government pledged to protect human rights, including women’s rights and follow international human rights standards. The current penal code in Afghanistan does not include stoning as a form of punishment and despite the country supporting human rights, there is growing support for it to be restored.
The new draft states that if a a court proves that a couple is found to have engaged in sexual intercourse outside of a legal marriage, both the man and woman will be stoned to death if the adulterer or adulteress is married. The punishment will take place in public at a predetermined location and if the adulterer isn’t married, the couple will instead receive 100 lashes.
The act of stoning is not only cruel and agonizing to the victim, but to the participants as well because they are involved in the act of torturing and killing someone. This disturbing form of punishment must not be reinstated and it must be immediately rejected. Sign this petition and tell the president of Afghanistan that stoning violates the international human rights standards and contradicts what the country stands for, which is supporting human rights for all.
Dear President Hamid Karzai,
I understand that there is a proposal to reinstate stoning as a form of capital punishment in your country. I also understand that for more than a decade your nation has not supported such a cruel and agonizing punishment and I cannot comprehend why anyone would support it. I am begging you to ensure that this proposal does not get made into law, as it violates international human rights standards. Stoning is not only an excruciating way to die, but it is considered torture.
A couple should not be stoned to death because of adultery. If the death penalty is used, it should be for much more severe cases than this. Your nation has pledged to support human rights, and by making this law you going back on this promise. I urge you to do everything in your power to reject this proposal.
[Your Name Here]
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