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Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA)

RAWA Resolution on the Occasion of International Human Rights Day,
December 10, 2000

The Criminal Taliban and Jehadis,
Sworn Enemies of Human Rights

At a time when people the world over are marking December 10 with high
hopes of achieving human rights in the shadow of peace, democracy and
progress, these very same ideals are being brutally trampled in
Afghanistan by Taliban and Jehadi fundamentalist bands in a way that has
no parallel anywhere in the world. Afghanistan is languishing in the
throes of rabid assaults on human rights and women's right as an
inalienable part of human rights.

On the occasion of December 10th, International Human Rights Day, RAWA
makes the following statement:

1- The world community needs to know that since the coming to power of
fundamentalist extremists after the collapse of the Najib puppet
government, human rights in Afghanistan have been treated with
increasing contempt and disdain. The Taliban lied shamelessly to the
world community in regard to the presence of Osama bin Laden in
Afghanistan; a blatant lie which was exposed when it was subsequently
proved beyond doubt that he was living in Afghanistan under Taliban
protection. In like manner, they lie when they put up a show-albeit
petty and inconsequential-- of "flexibility" in regards to human rights
and women's right. The Taliban's condescension to human rights and
women's rights is nothing but a gambit to shed their pariah status.

2- In conditions where the bare basic prerequisites of life and survival
have been made well nigh impossible in many parts of the country by
Jihadi and Taliban criminals, the closure of the border in the face of
Afghan refugees by the Pakistani government is another lethal calamity
added to the unending multitude of disasters afflicting the Afghan
nation. It is an outright denial of basic human rights. As mentioned in
a RAWA statement on this issue, Pakistan should seek terrorists and
terrorist lairs in the houses and offices of associates of the likes of
Gulbaddin Hekmatyar, Rabbani, Massoud, Sayyaf, and the Taliban, and not
amongst devastated Afghan refugees who for over two decades have been
ravished and terrorized by these criminal bands. The Pakistani
compliance with the Taliban proposal to set up refugee camps inside
Afghan territory is entering into a conspiracy to use the hapless
refugees as hostages exposed to unfettered tyranny and atrocities while
at the same time providing the Taliban with an abundant source of cannon
fodder in their dog-fighting with Rabbani, Massoud & Co. Pakistan must
re-open its borders to refugees before it is too late.

3- An attack on Afghanistan, under whatever pretext it may be
undertaken, whether by one country or by a group of countries, can only
bring one calamitous consequence to our devastated people: the
consolidation of the situation in favour of the criminal Jihadis, paving
the way for the Taliban arch traitors to pose as "nationalist" and
"patriotic" victims of aggression, and thereby reaping the public
sympathy and support that they have always craved in vain. The Taliban
capitalised on the unbounded anger and hatred of the people of
Afghanistan toward Jihadi murderers to come to power. They will
capitalise on an upsurge of popular emotions any attack on Afghanistan
will entail to consolidate and perpetuate their inhuman rule.

4- We have time and again reiterated that any effort by the United
Nations or any country or international entity to bring peace to
Afghanistan and an end to the Afghan conundrum, which does not provide
for the disarming of the Jihadi and Taliban criminal bands would be
worthless and inexorably doomed to failure from the very outset. If the
United Nations, the European Union, the United States or any other
country or group of countries honestly and sincerely wish to find a
solution to the Afghan conflict, they need to begin by prosecuting the
leaders of the Jihadi and Taliban gangs as war criminals and murderers,
and impose severe economic sanctions on countries supplying their
respective belligerent cronies in Afghanistan with arms and money to
continue the human tragedy in our country. Only thus can the war machine
of the two terrorist-fundamentalist adversaries be disabled.

5- Neither the Taliban nor the Jihadis, both extremely dangerous
terrorists and violators of human rights, have any right to represent
Afghanistan at the United Nations. By accrediting the Rabbani-Massoud
clique to hold the Afghanistan representation seat, the United Nations
has grossly insulted the people of Afghanistan because it chose to
disregard the fact that the hands of the Jihadis are stained with the
blood of the people of Afghanistan more than the hands of the Taliban.

6- The people of the world need to know that by wielding a sword in one
hand and the Holy Writ in the other, the Taliban are wrapping their
crimes and human rights violations in religious garb. Their ultimate aim
is, on the one hand, to intimidate the people and silence any voice of
protest with the dreaded threat of takfir (excommunication and eternal
damnation), and on the other hand to pretend that their actions are
rooted in Islam and in our cultural traditions, and are, therefore,
infallible and inviolable.

No religion in the world can ever condone the Taliban's inhuman,
misogynist, science-hating, technology-hating liberty-hating and
democracy-hating values and practices. Amongst criminal fundamentalist
regimes in the world, the Taliban excel marvellously in execrable misuse
of the people's religious beliefs. They can in no way qualify to be
guardians of our noble culture and traditions. To the Taliban and those
who believe in their pretensions, we issue the challenge to answer a
simple question: In the past, were Afghan women totally alien with
vestiges of human rights and freedoms including the right to education,
the right to work, the right to choose their clothing, etc.? Do the
annals of history in any land ever have on record such a shameful,
miserable farce played out on a national-historical-ideological scale in
regard to women's apparel and men's beards and whiskers!? Can such
burlesque, medieval edicts and restrictions in any way help in providing
food, shelter, work, security, progress and happiness to a people
ruthlessly and relentlessly being driven with each passing day to the
depths of pauperisation, starvation, desperation and degradation? Is it
possible to abstract Afghanistan from the real, living world, from the
enlightenment, progress and aspirations of the twenty first century, and
to deprive the Afghan people forever from liberty and democracy, the
vital breath of life for any nation on the face of the earth?

7- The criminal Zardad, the epitome of the revoltingly putrid Jehadi
character, who takes pride in labelling himself and his degenerate
associates "dogs" and in worrying his victims to death in canine manner,
was recently exposed on an international level and is living as a
"refugee" in the U.K. We call on all countries and governments, in
particular the government of the U.K., and on all organisations and
individuals upholding human rights, justice and democracy to focus their
energies and activities in exposing and bringing to justice not only
Zardad but first and foremost his director and political godfather,
Gulbaddin Hekmatyar, who is the incontestable perpetrator of
blood-curdling atrocities which make Zardad's infamy pale in comparison.
No effort must be spared in bringing Gulbaddin Hekmatyar, who is living
in comfortable refuge in the lop of the criminal regime of Iran, and his
monster associates to justice. In this regard RAWA offers to provide
more than adequate number of witnesses and proof for indictment.

8- We hereby give notice to all champions of human rights and women's
right, to all organisations and individuals upholding justice and
democracy, that the Taliban and the Jihadis are hell-bent on silencing
RAWA, the only intrepid feminist, pro-democracy and anti-fundamentalist
voice emanating out of Afghanistan. RAWA affirms its full solidarity
with people's liberation and women's emancipation movements in Iran,
Palestine, Kurdistan, Kashmir and elsewhere around the world. We call on
the world community to support RAWA in word and deed and to raise voice
and hand to restrain the Jehadis and the Taliban from the pursuit of
their cowardly conspiracies against us.

Down with fundamentalist domination in Afghanistan and in other

Long live the unity of all pro-democracy, and pro-women's rights forces
in defence of human rights!

Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA)

December 10, 2000

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