In an article about Malalai Joya, Nerali magazine links to information about the Afghan heroine for whom Joya was named, whose courage inspired Afghan freedom fighters to press on until they were able to turn back the Indo-British colonizers in the Second Afghan War in the late 1880s.
The story gives me chills and brings tears of joy and rage into my eyes, particularly in that this revolutionary courage so obviously lives on in Malalai Joya and her sisters and colleagues who are leading the Afghan people in the fight against the colonizer-backed warlords in the Afghan parliament who continue to terrorize the Afghan people.
Afghan citizens have rallied in Jalalabad and Farah over the past few days carrying banners and placards and chanting slogans demanding that Malalai Joya be returned to her parliament seat and condemning the warlords.
According to this report, Shabana, one of the protestors, said:
“Joya is not only representative of the Farah people, she is representing women all across the country.”
Another protestor, Gul Makai, said Joya’s ouster from the Parliament was a conspiracy hatched by those accused of war crimes and human right violations.
“They (warlords) have hijacked the Wolesi Jirga and consider Joya’s presence in the House in tussle with their interests.”
According to a report on Joya’s website, she has the support of the majority of Afghan people. From her site:
In a press conference in Kabul, Joya announced that it is a political conspiracy against her and she will continue her fight against the warlords and enemies of Afghan people. She is ready to face an independent court and will use the opportunity to expose the enemies of Afghan people through it. Joya added, “but I am very sorry that there is no justice in Afghanistan and the judiciary is also infected with the virus of warlordism and the fundamentalists occupy it.”
Some Afghan lawyers that we approached believe that the Parliament’s decision is illegal and only a court can decide to oust an elected representative of people from the parliament.
But we are happy that majority of ordinary Afghan people strongly support Joya and she is receiving many phone calls, letters and emails full of sympathies and solidarity following the parliament decision.
WE URGE all her supporters and well-wishers to come forward and help Joya now.
YOU CAN do so in the following ways:
– Write to Afghan officials and file your protest for expelling and prosecuting Joya, while the terrorists and human rights violators in the parliament were provided immunity before any court for their past crimes last month.
– Express your concern for Joya’s security during the court sessions as the fundamentalists currently hold key positions in Afghanistan’s judiciary.
– Circulate this letter and ask lawyers and defenders of human rights in your area and country to come forward and help Joya during her court proceedings and defend her.
– Donate to Joya’s security fund online to help improve her security with necessary equipment and facilities, while she is now deprived of all official facilities.
Letters of protest can be sent to the following sources: