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Malalai Joya speaks in Toronto

November 6th, 2007     by Nicole Cohen     Comments

Malalai Joya has been called “the bravest women in Afghanistan.” At 28, she is the youngest member of the Afghan Parliament and has been an outspoken critic of the occupation of Afghanistan and warlords and drug lords in the government.

“Today we need security and liberation, but in the name of security, the foreign troops deprived us of our liberation. We need international support, but we don’t want occupation,” she has said.

Joya was expelled from parliament in May, which Canada and its NATO allies have remained silent about, despite pre-occupation propaganda about women’s rights and democracy.

Joya is speaking in Toronto tonight, and a day of action is planned for tomorrow to demand her reinstatement.

Details of the event below.

Public forum WOMEN AND WAR IN AFGHANISTAN

Tuesday, November 6, 7:00pm Steelworkers’ Hall 25 Cecil Street (1 block south of College, 1.5 blocks east of Spadina)

Speakers: MALALAI JOYA Member of the Loya Jirga, Afghanistan’s parliament PEGGY NASH Member of Parliament for Parkdale-High Park (New Democratic Party) CAROLN EGAN President, Steelworkers’ Toronto Area Council AUSMA MALIK Vice-president Equity, University of Toronto Students’ Union (2006-07)


Wednesday, Nov. 7: Day of Action to reinstate and defend Malalai Joya!

Phone, Email, or Fax Foreign Affairs Canada and the Afghan Ambassador this Wednesday. Even if you can’t make the picket against Stephen Harper (see details below), take a few minutes to communicate your opposition to the Harper government’s silence.

It is unacceptable that the Government of Canada, which as part of the NATO occupation of Afghanistan backs the corrupt and repressive government of Afghanistan, has remained silent and complicit with efforts to marginalize and ultimately eliminate Malalai Joya’s voice of opposition.

Across Canada, we are asking you to take a few minutes to show your support for Malalai Joya by phone, email or fax: Demand that Joya be reinstated to her elected position and that her security be assured. Let Harper and company know that people in Canada and the world are watching!

Prime Minister, Stephen Harper Office of the Prime Minister 80 Wellington Street Ottawa K1A 0A2 Fax: 613-941-6900 email:pm@pm.gc.ca

Afghanistan’s Ambassador to Canada, Omar Samad 246 Queen Street, Suite 400 Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5E4 Tel: (613) 563-4223 / 65 Fax: (613) 563-4962 email: contact@afghanemb-canada.net

The Hon. Maxime Bernier Minister of Foreign Affairs Lester B. Pearson Building, Room A-10 125 Sussex Drive Ottawa ON K1A 0G2 Phone: Phone: (613) 995-1851 Fax: (613) 996-3443 Email: maxime.bernier@international.gc.ca

Background: In May of this year, Stephen Harper was in Afghanistan the day after the popular and outspoken 29 year-old Malalai Joya was unjustly suspended from the Afghan parliament. Joya has faced assassination attempts and constant threats and abuse ever since she gained prominence at the 2003 Constitutional Assembly where she denounced the presence of warlords and war criminals. Joya was elected to parliament in 2005 and has continued to speak out. She has been suspended on the pretext that she had insulted fellow MPs by criticizing them in a television interview.

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