Appeal on Behalf of A. Rahman
General John P. Abizaid, Commander
U.S. Central Command
7115 South Boundary Boulevard
MacDill, AFB, FL 33621-5101
Fax: (813) 827-2211
24 March 2006
The religious and human rights community are greatly alarmed by the trial and threatened execution of Abdur Rahman, an Afghan citizen arrested last month and charged with apostasy. The case reveals serious defects in the judiciary of the reconstructed Afghanistan government that threatens the new-found freedoms of Afghani citizens and the support of the American people.
The U.S. government has much invested in seeing that democratic institutions that promote universal human rights develop successfully in Afghanistan. The president of the United States should do all in his power to encourage the Afghan government to dismiss the charges against Mr. Rahman and to promote religious freedom and universal human rights at every level of Afghan society.
We are writing to you on humanitarian grounds as the commander of the theater of operations for US and Coalition forces in Afghanistan. We request that you direct a military Christian chaplain to visit Mr. Rahman in the Kabul prison where he is presently incarcerated and to report back to you concerning his treatment, nourishment, and access to spiritual and legal counsel. Please insure that Mr. Rahman and other Christian prisoners are provided with a Bible, cross, and are afforded the opportunity to worship on Sundays during incarceration. If there are any irregularities in regards to the provision of basic humanitarian and spiritual needs, we respectfully ask you to direct this to the attention of the President of the United States so that he may intercede with President Karzai.
While we are hopeful that there will be a successful political resolution to this incident, we are concerned that in the duration of that process Mr. Rahman and other Christian prisoners be afforded humane treatment and security. Your positive response to this request will help to insure that indeed is the case.
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