Saturday, March 03, 2007

A Brave Bangladeshi Writer Who Needs Your Help

Readers of this weblog will know that I routinely give out of myself about Sallah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, editor of the Weekly Blitz in Dakha, Bangladesh. He is facing charges of treason and blasphemy, and if he's convicted he faces a life sentence and possibly the death penalty.

We've had reasons lately to be hopeful about Shoaib's case. But last week, matters took a bad turn.

Scholars for Peace in the Middle East has just set out on an ambitious effort to get 10,000 signatures on a petition, before the end of the month, calling on the Bangla government to drop the charges. You don't have to be a teacher or a student to sign it. If you sign you will be doing a brave comrade a small kindness.

5 Comments:

Blogger Blazing Cat Fur said...

For what it's worth, I will link to this, but have also sent the link on to someone I know who may be able to get additional visibilty in the blog world.

6:55 AM  
Blogger Bill Horne said...

I think old-fashioned letters on paper & sent by mail have far more impact than petitions, especially online ones, so I encourage readers to write to the officials listed at http://transmontanus.blogspot.com/2006/10/chaudhury-my-fate-is-in-extreme-dark.html

Just update the Opposition Leader to Stephan Dion ;-)

Most federal politicians can be written to c/o the House of Commons, Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6. Or look up their office's address here: http://webinfo.parl.gc.ca/MembersOfParliament/MainMPsCompleteList.aspx?TimePeriod=Current&Language=E
You don't need a stamp to mail a letter to an MP.

It doesn't really take much longer, and unlike petitions, you might even get a reply.

10:02 AM  
Blogger Blazing Cat Fur said...

You are welcome Terry ;)

3:34 PM  
Blogger Transmontanus said...

Thanks Cat.

I was nervous when I was signature # 5. In two days we're up to 850.

Cheers,

T

4:10 PM  
Blogger Blazing Cat Fur said...

No problemo, I know Kathy Shaidle (by blog connection)she was kind enough to post it on SDA, my buddy at Confessions of a Closet Republican took it up as well - not sure who she is but her dad was in US Diplomatic Corp and she sent it to her mailing list. She seems to have a lot of friends.

By the way are you following the Robert McClelland fiasco?

5:29 PM  

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