OK friends, here we go...
In the best tradition of the Make Poverty History campaign, lets fire up an email campaign with the goal of encouraging the Government of Pakistan to end the detention of and all travel restrictions on Mukhtaran Bibi.
As further background the Asian-American Network Against Abuse of Women has compiled an exhaustive resource page, as well as sample email text. (In fact the ANAA was arranging a trip to the United States when these latest actions by the government of Pakistan occurred.)
We don't have the technical abilities of a large campaign, so this is going to require just a little bit of work on your part.
First, our friend Robert has come up with this text:
As a citizen of the world I am writing to you to express my outrage at the scandalous treatment and detention of Mukhtaran Bibi by the governmental authorities of Pakistan. This poor woman has suffered enough. This outrage must be not permitted to continue and creates a blight on the reputation of Pakistan. I demand her immediate release and removal of any restrictions on her travel or communications.
Your email address
1. Use this web page to send your email to the office of General Pervez Musharraf, President of Pakistan.
2. Send the same text in a second email, addressed to President Musharraf and Other Interested Parties (or something like that) to any and all of the following people and organizations:
His Excellency Mr. Shahid Malik
High Commissioner of Pakistan to Canada
The Consul General of Pakistan- Toronto
The Consul General of Pakistan- Montreal
Ambassador Jehangir Keramat
Embassy of The Islamic Republic of Pakistan
DAWN - email@example.com
Daily Times - firstname.lastname@example.org
The News - email@example.com
Asian-American Network Against Abuse of Women
3. Get everyone you know involved.
4. Leave a comment here and let us know what you're up to.
Thanks to Erin for a lot of the email addresses. Obviously many of these are Canadian, but that shouldn't stop you. And if you can provide me with further addresses I'll keep the post updated. (I also haven't activated the email address hyperlinks. Hopefully that makes it easier for you to cut and paste them into one email. If anyone has any better ideas please let me know.)
Let's get going.
UPDATE: for those of you just tuning into thios story for the first time, click here for the good news that all restrictions on Mukhtaran Bibi have been lifted!!
UPDATE: Spoke too soon. Keep sending those emails.