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Barrett808 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 12:32 PM
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Lawyers Killed in Iraq for Defending Women's Rights
Since October 2005, some 38 lawyers in Iraq have been killed, many of whom were defending women's rights. IRIN News, a United Nations humanitarian news and information service, reports that at least 120 lawyers have fled to surrounding countries since January because of the threats to their safety.

Lawyers at special risk for death threats and murder are those who take cases involving violations of Islamic law, such as adultery, so-called honor killings, and cases of women asking for custody of their children. In July, Iraqi lawyer Salah Abdel-Kader was found murdered in his office with a note that read, This is the price to pay for those who do not follow Islamic laws and defend what is dreadful and dirty, according to IRIN. He frequently took on cases involving custody disputes and honor killings.

The threat of violence has had a chilling effect on lawyers willing to take these cases. We are afraid and terrified by such killings, and many of my colleagues have stopped accepting such cases even if it could bring good money because our lives could be in serious risk, said Iraqi lawyer Qusay Ahmed, according to IRIN News.

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acmavm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 12:36 PM
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1. Quick, call Laura. This is her particular area of expertise isn't
it?
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LisaM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 01:26 PM
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2. You're right! Now that women's rights are secure in Afghanistan
she should go apply her talents in a new space.
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Rambis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 02:39 PM
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3. building a democracy is hard work
I am worried about over-committing our military around the world. I want to be judicious in its use. I dont think nation-building missions are worthwhile.

Source: Presidential Debate at Wake Forest University Oct 11, 2000
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NewYorkerfromMass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 03:21 PM
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4. Isn't murder itself against Islamic law?
Somebody got their priorities screwed up.
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MasonJar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 03:48 PM
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5. Under Sadaam's secular government women did as they wanted
Now we have helped create another wave of "honor" killings. I lay this at the door of the five Supreme Court justices and the cheaters in Florida and Ohio and beyond, like Jeb and Katherine and Blackwell. Al Gore and John Kerry both won their respective elections. So what did we get? Thoughtful, intelligent & caring progressives? No, we got a pea-brain who rules by the gut.
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