Yanar Mohammad must be defended!
By Maryam Namazie
On January 31, 2004
Yanar Mohammad, the renowned head of the Organisation of Women's
Freedom in Iraq (OWFI) and a leading activist of the Worker Communist
Party of Iraq, was threatened to death by Jaish al-Sahaba, or Army
of the Prophet's Companions, an Islamic terrorist group. The group
warned her to cease her 'psychologically disturbed ideas of women's
freedoms', telling her to repent or else be killed for apostasy.
For those of us living
in the 21st century, Yanar's ideas and efforts and that of the Organisation
of Women's Freedom in Iraq - including the unequivocal support of
women's universal rights, secularism, and the separation of religion
from the state and educational system - are synonymous with hope
in an Iraq that is in disarray. These ideas are only deemed 'disturbed'
by groups thriving on misogyny and striving to take Iraq and women
back into the Middle Ages.
Clearly, though, the USA is responsible for the living hell it has
created in Iraq, including destroying the very fabric of civil society
and unleashing reactionary creatures large and small on the people
and women of Iraq. It is the USA appointed Ruling Council that aims
to rescind the personal status code and impose Sharia law. In fact,
Jaish al-Sahaba threatened Yanar the day after she spoke out against
the decision to impose Sharia. Clearly, their threat is more likely
because they themselves are disturbed by the immense outpouring
of support for Yanar Mohammad, her ideas and efforts as well as
for the OWFI. They think that by threatening her, they can stop
the spread of such ideas amongst the people but they are gravely
mistaken. Yanar and the OWFI will not back down and neither will
the freedom-loving people of Iraq and the world. We will stand shoulder
to shoulder with Yanar, the OWFI and women's rights campaigners
in Iraq to ensure that universal women's rights and much more are
We urge all our readers to join OWFI's international campaign to
unequivocally defend Yanar and OWFI's women's rights activists in
Iraq, secularism, namely the separation of religion from the state
and educational system and full equality for women, and strongly
denounce Islamic terrorist groups and the USA, which must be held
fully responsible for her life and safety. To sign the petition,
go to: www.PetitionOnline.com/Yanar/petition.html.
For more information,
contact Nadia Mahmood and Houzan Mahmoud at email@example.com