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(en) LL:AA: IWD: Save Kartini!

From margaret <margaret@rie.net.au>
Date Thu, 9 Mar 2000 16:48:46 -0500


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>From: Tom O'Lincoln <red_sites@hotmail.com>>To: <LEFTLINK@vicnet.net.au>

>> Forwarded: from Solidaritas Perempuan (Women's Solidarity), Jakarta
>>
A CALL FOR JOINT ACTION ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
SOLIDARITY TO SAVE KARTINI FROM BEING STONED TO DEATH
To our sisters all over the world:

 Kartini is a typical portrait of many Indonesian women today. Married and

 mother of two, Kartini has chosen to fight her way out of perennial
poverty
 by working overseas. One of the 25,000 legal Indonesian migrant workers in
 the United Arab Emirates, Kartini took a job as a domestic helper in the
 city of Fujairah since February 1998. The following year, she became
 pregnant and her employers accused her of adultery.

 She was handed over to the local authorities and delivered her baby while
in
 detention. Earlier this year, alone and equipped with barely any word of
the
 local language, she was summoned to face trial at the Syariah Fujairah
 Municipal Court without any legal assistance whatsoever and went through
the
 local proceedings unattended by any translator/interpreter. The court
found
 her guilty of adultery and sentenced her to death by stoning.
>
 According to reports that reached Indonesia after the death sentence, the
 Indonesian embassy for the United Arab Emirates had never been notified
 about the trial and only became aware of the case when the local mass
media
 announced the death penalty nationwide. According to the reports, the man
 responsible for the pregnancy was an Indian citizen who had disappeared
 without a trace. Although Indonesian government and non-government envoys,
 including Kartini's husband and teenage son, are rushing to the scene to
 assist Kartini in her appeal to a higher court in Fujairah, we still
 urgently need the support of our sisters all over the world to call for
 United Arab Emirates' transparency in Kartini's case and the nullification
 of her death penalty.

 If you do care about Kartini's basic human rights, let's act together in
 showing it. We urge you to take a simultaneous action on the International
 Women's Day - 8 March 2000 by approaching your local United Arab Emirates
 embassy/representative office and pass on one crucial message SET KARTINI
 FREE.

 Please distribute this urgent message as widely as possible. Kartini needs
 us now. We thank you in all our solidarity.

 Perserikatan Solidaritas Perempuan (Indonesian Women's Solidarity for
Human
 Rights)
 Jl. Rawajati Timur X - Kompleks Kalibata Baru Blok-B No.6 Jakarta 12750
 Tel/Fax: +62-21-7971849. Tel: +62-21-79198275
 mailto:soliper@centrin.net.id

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