Communist Youth Organization

The Youth Branch of The Workers’ Communist Party of Iran

An open letter to the Tunisian Embassy in Sweden(Stockholm)

Amina should be free


To Tunisian Embassy,
The recent threats made against Amina by Islamist groups in Tunisia is a serious violation of both human rights and freedoms and the promises made by the Tunisian post-revolutionary government.
Amina's actions are by no means individualistic but speak to the inherent cries of all Tunisian women oppressed for generations, once under the El Abidine Ben Ali regime, and now intimidated by Islamic groups. People such as Amina are the brave flag bearers and the frontiers of the new Tunisia being unfolded before the eyes of all North Africa and the world. People such as Mohamed Bouazizi, who self immolated to ignite all of North Africa into a revolution that reverberate around the world till today, reincarnate and regerminate in actions such as Amina's topless protest.
The call for torture and stoning of Amina threaten not only Amina's life but the very value of the human life, human dignity, human rights and freedoms of all Tunisian women! One of the pillars of the Tunisian revolution was a cry to escape the despotic repressive spectre of Ben Ali and to build a free society for all Tunisians where free speech would not be a fabricated paper proclamation: where is that freedom today?
Ali Laarayedh, a former prisoner of the Ben Ali regime, and now the prime minister of Tunisia, must never forget that the human voice and speech, human ideas, human imagination and reach can never be silenced by tyrants or tyrannical ideologies.
There are people like Amina all across Tunisia and they demand the protection of the basic rights and freedoms denied to them by the Ben Ali regime. The very same promises they fought two years to achieve in the Tunisian revolution: the human rights and freedoms are inborn and innate and must never be subject to the negation by the intimidation of different groups, ideologies, politics and debates.
We demand the following from the Ehnahda government in Tunisia:
1. That Amina's physical and psychological well being is the responsibility of, and must be protected by, the Tunisian government from all domestic and foreign groups.
2. That Amina's freedom of speech and expression be protected by the state of Tunisia.
Today many groups and individuals across the globe stand by Amina and support her. We recognize that her demands are our demands and we accept nothing less than the complete and total rights and freedoms dignifying a human being.
The civilized world will not remain silent as these threats are made against Amina and we will take actions in protest to protect her. We request that you reflect on this grave and time sensitive matter to the Tunisian government and consider the mounting frustration and anger that is spreading among the many human rights and women’s rights organizations against the Islamist groups’ threats. If the Tunisian government does not seriously confront these Islamic groups than it displays and illuminates the Tunisian government's imprudence and indifference of the welfare of Tunisian women.
Communist Youth Organization
April 3  2013
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