Thursday, May 31, 2007

Honor killing in Iraq

The above linked CNN video of the stoning to death of a young Iraqi woman because she wanted to marry a man from another tribe is a chilling reminder of the lack of human rights -- especially for women -- that persist throughout the world.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Bangladeshi asylum seeker faces death

Interesting story about a former Bangladeshi diplomat seeking asylum in the U.S. He was charged and tried -- found guilty of complicity in a coup d'etat that resulted in the murder of a former Bangladeshi President and his family.
The U.S. asylum seeker claims that he wasn't involved in the killing of the President or his family - just in manning the road block to his house.
The asylum seeker's family is trying to get Canada to accept him as a third country alternative to being sent back to Bangladesh and his certain death by hanging.
Interesting dilemma. According to asylum law, an asylum seeker cannot avoid prosecution as opposed to persecution. However, he will most certainly face the death sentence. Canada is opposed to the death sentence, and hence there is a possibility that Canada could accept "Ahmed".
The other element is the REAL ID Act -- which will not give refuge to anyone who is a "terrorist" or who has provided material support to a terrorist organization -- which the U.S. 9th circuit court states is the case.
So what do you think should be done with Ahmed?