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Inter-Parliamentary Union frustrated by behavior of Afghan parliament regarding Malalai Joya’s case

Resolution adopted unanimously by the IPU Governing Council at its 187th session (Geneva, 6 October 2010)

IPU, 14/10/2010

The Governing Council of the Inter-Parliamentary Union,

Referring to the case of Ms. Malalai Joya, a member of the House of Representatives of Afghanistan, as outlined in the report of the Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians (CL/187/12(b)-R.1), and to the resolution adopted at its 186th session (April 2010), Noting that, at its session held during the 123rd IPU Assembly, the Committee held a hearing with the leader of the Afghan delegation,

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شایعه در مورد پناهندگی جویا به کانادا دروغ محض است

جویا هیچگاهی در هیچ کشوری تقاضای پناهندگی ننموده و نخواهد نمود

کمیته دفاع از ملالی جویا، ٢١ میزان ١٣٨٩ – ١٣ اکتوبر ٢٠١٠

خبرگزاری پژواک و تعدادی از مطبوعات افغانستان به نقل از امان الله پیمان نایب دوم ولسی جرگه گزارش دادند که چهار زن عضو پارلمان افغانستان به کشورهای غربی پناهنده شده اند. وی از ملالی جویا نیز از جمله غیرحاضران دایمی پارلمان که در کانادا پناهندگی گرفته نام برده است.

"کمیته دفاع از ملالی جویا" این اظهارات پارلمان افغانستان در مورد جویا را که از زبان آقای پیمان بیان شده اند دروغ محض و توطئه خوانده شدیدا تقبیح میکند.

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Malalai Joya returns for Pan-Canadian tour

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Malalai Joya speaks at Canadian Boat to Gaza fundraiser in Vancouver

"This war is a disaster for both the Afghan and the Canadian people," Joya says.

By Canadian Boat to Gaza, Rabble.ca, October 12, 2010

Joya at Canadian Boat to Gaza fundraiser

Malalai Joya, the woman the BBC has called "the most famous in Afghanistan", is in Vancouver to headline a benefit evening for the Canadian Boat to Gaza tonight: Tuesday, Oct. 12, 7pm at W2 Storyeum, 151 W. Cordova. The event at W2 will also feature Victoria-based Gaza flotilla activist Kevin Neish, as well as live music and other speakers. A share of the proceeds will also go to support a free medical clinic in Farah, Afghanistan.

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Afghan activist calls for end to NATO ‘occupation’ of her country

Joya asked Canadians to join antiwar organizations.

By Lea Storry, Postmedia News, The Vancouver Sun, October 11, 2010

Joya speaks at the University of Calgary
Malalai Joya, an outspoken critic of the war in Afghanistan and the youngest woman elected to that country's parliament speaks at the University of Calgary on Sunday October 10, 2010.
Photograph by: Gavin Young, Calgary Herald

CALGARY — The youngest woman ever elected to Afghanistan's parliament told a Canadian audience Sunday that the NATO occupation of her homeland is supporting a puppet government and making Afghanistan a haven for terrorists and drug-trafficking.

Malalai Joya, an outspoken critic of NATO and the U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, was invited to speak at the University of Calgary on Sunday by the Afghan Canadian Students' Association.

On her first visit to Calgary, the 32-year-old said Afghanistan called on Canadians to support the fight for a lasting democracy in Afghanistan.

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A Woman Among Warlords book signing with Malalai Joya

Malalai Joya was invited to speak at the University of Calgary by the Afghan Canadian Students' Association. Calgary, Canada. 10/10/2010

Tory Ansuwan, Co-Founder FAREopp.ca, Demotix News, 11/10/2010

Malalai Joya University of Calgary

Malalai Joya is an Afghan politician who has been called "the bravest woman in Afghanistan." As an elected member of the Wolesi Jirga from Farah province, she has publicly denounced the presence of what she considers warlords and war criminals in the parliament. She is an outspoken critic of both the Taliban as well as the present Afghan government of Karzai and its western supporters.

Emotions filled the room as Malalai Joya (this petite and seemingly quiet woman) gathered her notes from the previous television interview and made her way to the lonely desk I was anxiously waiting at.

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Afghan women's rights leader says Obama no better than Bush

Joya is starting on a speaking tour of Canada, underlining the need to support democratic groups in Afghanistan

The Canadian Press, October 6, 2010

Malalai Joya

OTTAWA - Malalai Joya, a rights activist and former Afghan MP, says U.S. President Barack Obama's policies in Afghanistan are as bad as those of his predecessor, George W. Bush.

She says Obama's surge of troops into her country has made things worse for ordinary Afghans.

Joya says Canada has been following the wrong policy for nine years, going along with what she calls American war crimes.

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Friends: Malalai Joya and Tal Haran

Young woman like Malalai Joya can daily confront so powerful enemies

Toni Álvarez, Catalunya, September 2010
Translated from Catalan by Maria Romano


It is well known that women have been, again and again, the main figures in the armed conflicts that have occurred in the course of modern history (a well as in not so modern history).

Most of the times, women have been triple victims, as mothers, partners or just by themselves. Sometimes, they have also been decisive opponents to the wars that were slaughtering them.

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Joya came to world attention with her scathing short speech at the historic Loya Jirga assembly in 2003

By Habib Shaikh, The Saudi Gazette, September 27, 2010

Raising my voice - Malalai Joya

Someone once said “Speak so that I may see thee.” But at times, especially when one speaks about bringing to light the misdeeds of those in power, there is no end to threats urging that person from speaking.

“Afghanistan today is without a doubt the most dangerous place to be born,” Daniel Toole, UNICEF’s regional director for South Asia, reportedly told a news briefing in Geneva in November last year. It is also a dangerous place to grow up in as one learns from Malalai Joya’s experiences and the book ‘Raising My Voice,’ in which she talks “about the plight of the Afghan people from the perspective of a member of my country’s war generation” using her “personal “experiences as a way to tell the political history of Afghanistan, focusing on the past three decades” of what she calls “oppressive rule.”

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50 People What Matter 2010 | 45. Malalai Joya

She is one of the few symbols of hope for Afghanistan's future.

New Statesman, September 27, 2010

New Statesman

Afghan heroine.

Her enemies call her a dead woman walking, and the assassination attempts come with increasing frequency and ferocity. Life as Afghanistan's most outspoken female MP is fraught with danger.

Banished from parliament in 2007 for speaking out against the warlords, the youngest Afghan MP has since toured the world, refuting the "pack of lies" that the media tell about the "liberation" of Afghanistan and the notion that life for women there has improved since 2001.

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Female MP takes on Afghan patriarchy

She describes the Taliban and the foreign troops as “enemies” and believes both must be opposed.

Chris Sands, The National, September 5, 2010

Malalai Joya
Malalai Joya, an Afghan legislator who two years ago called powerful armed leaders “criminals” and who last week on the floor of parliament called some lawmakers warlords, now stays in a different house each night because of death threats. (Rodrigo Abd/AP Photo)

KABUL // With international forces edging close to withdrawal and Taliban violence on the rise, Afghanistan’s women appears to be facing a grim future.

A suspected poison gas attack on a girl’s school in Kabul last month highlights the dangers that exist in a society dominated by patriarchal tribal traditions. Dozens of students were injured in the kind of incident that is becoming commonplace across the country.

Faced with this climate of intimidation, women are starting to debate what role they will have in the years ahead as the political momentum at home and abroad shifts towards some sort of peace deal.

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دریچه‌ های امید افغانستان

بلی ملالی جویا تو با مبارزه‌ی بی‌امانت قهرمان دیگری تقدیم اجتماعت نمودی و بدین جهت برایت شادباش میگویم

عارف پوپل از ویرجینیا، کابل پرس، ۸/۴/۲۰۱۰

Guests applaud Samia and her groom, Faramarz, as they marry
فرامرز و سامعه در مراسم عروسی شان. (عکس از دیوید گل، منتشره روزنامه اندیپیندینت)

هموطنان دردمند مطلبی که باعث این نوشته شد، حاصل از شنیدن خبر تصویری راجع به ازدواج جوان افغان بنام فرامرز با دخت شریف و دردرسیده‌ی افغان بنام سامعه جان که قربانی تجاوز جنسی یک تعداد اوباش تربیت شدۀ دم و دستگاه متجاوزین به حقوق و ناموس ملت افغانستان که طبعاً با باندهای تروریستی، جنگ‌ سالاران و متجاوزین به حقوق بشر و جنایت‌کاران جنگی ارتباط تنگاتنگ داشتند گردید.

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قربانی تجاوز جنسی که عروس شد

فرامرز اما چند سالی است که به عنوان یکی از همراهان ملالی جویا، بر عمق شرایط زنان در جامعه سنتگرای افغان آگاهی یافته و اینک خود به یکی از فعالان حقوق زن تبدیل شده

هارون نجفی زاده، بی بی سی، ٢٦ جولای ٢٠١٠ - ٤ اسد ١٣٨٩

Faramorz, guard of Malalai Joya with Samia
فرامز و سامعه

یک روز سرد زمستانی بود كه ملالی جویا، عضو سابق پارلمان افغانستان و چند محافظش برای رساندن کمک های اولیه به مردمانی که منبع درآمد منظم ندارند، به یک منطقه فقیرنشین کابل رفتند.

بیوه های جنگ، خانواده های بی سرپرست، بازگشت کنندگان بیکار و بیجاشدگان داخلی در این منطقه زندگی می کنند.

بیش از همه اما، تنگدستی و بدروزی خانواده سامعه، دختر ١٨ ساله، یکی از محافظان شخصی ملالی جویا را متاثر ساخت.

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The Afghan love story with a happy ending

Rape victims are often violated twice: by their attackers and by society. But, as Glyn Strong reports, one girl has rebuilt her life

Glyn Strong, The Independent, July 9, 2010

Samia relaxes with her family
Samia relaxes with her family and Malalai Joya. (Photo: DAVID GILL)

The day starts at Samia's parents' home. The young woman and her sweetheart are asked by a mullah if they understand what they are undertaking. Then begins the serious task of preparing the bride. Like any Western wedding, it revolves around hair, make-up and "the dress".

Here in Afghanistan, Samia's story is typical – its happy ending is not.

Samia is a rape victim, but now it's the morning of her wedding. By late afternoon, she will be married in a private ceremony in Karte Se, Kabul. One of the 150 guests at this extraordinary marriage ceremony will be the activist and suspended MP Malalai Joya: Samia's handsome husband-to-be, Faramarz, has been one of Ms Joya's bodyguards for more than four years.

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Human Croquet in Absurdistan?

The wedding that Joya facilitated was a rare beacon of hope for women whose fate once featured so prominently in talk of Millennium Development Goals for Afghanistan.

Glyn Strong, UK Progressive, July 8, 2010

Malalai Joya with Saima, the bride (Photo by David Gill)

The ‘most famous woman in Afghanistan’, Malalai Joya, has decided not to stand for re-election to Parliament because it is too corrupt, the commander of multinational forces, General Stanley McChrystal, has been dismissed and American politicians have temporarily cut off aid to the Afghan government after it emerged that billions were being ‘redirected’. Coalition deaths are above 1,800, Afghan civilian deaths are unknown – and there are fears that Afghan women may be airbrushed out of yet another key International Conference in Kabul on 20 July. Against this depressing background a wedding took place that gave some small cause for hope.

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