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Avaaz Petition for the Refugees in Afghanistan

July 28, 2007

Avaaz has is taking an interesting approach to action on the hostage situation please take time to spread the word and sign the petition:

On Wednesday, the Taliban killed Bae Hyung-kyu. It was the day of his 42nd birthday. But they’ve pushed back their deadline on the other hostages, and talks have begun with local tribal elders and the government–so there’s hope the other 22 could make it out alive.

The key to our efforts is Pashtunwali, an ancient moral system that remains a powerful force among the Pashtun people–including the Taliban. Pashtun are bound to practice “melmastia,” or generous hospitality, to all visitors who intend them no harm.

We’ve begun a massive effort to send word of the petition to reporters, bloggers, and NGOs throughout Afghanistan and Pakistan, to make sure that the Taliban know the world is watching to see if they will live up to the Pashtunwali code. The Taliban know that if the Afghan people see them as betraying this revered tradition, they will lose public support. We must shame them into releasing the hostages–every signature counts. So please–think of people who will care, and ask them join us in this last-ditch effort by clicking:


3 Comments leave one →
  1. Elizabeth Clapp permalink
    July 28, 2007 1:25 am

    I feel ashamed of the Taliban who killed Bae Hyung Kyu yesterday. He was an innocent man and as are the other prisoners. These men are angry teenages, hoodlums and a shame to the spiritual principles of the Pashtunwale Code. They are not men to be proud of. Is this what they would want for their own families? Revenge is never honorable. It is action of ignorance. Animals behave better than that.

  2. July 30, 2007 6:03 pm

    I agree with you Elizabeth. It’s all such a disgrace.


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