Sign Amnesty Intern'l petition to stop flogging of rape survivor
[from Amnesty International website]
It’s so horrific that it’s hard to believe it’s true: a 15 year old rape survivor has been sentenced to 100 lashes for "fornication" in the Maldives.
The traumatised girl was allegedly sexually abused by her step-father for many years. He has since been charged with sexually assaulting a minor. During the investigation however, authorities came across evidence to support separate charges of fornication against the girl for pre-marital sex.
Flogging sentences for fornication are all too common in the Maldives -- and the victims are almost invariably women. When visiting the country in 2011, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay called flogging "one of the most inhumane and degrading forms of violence against women". She called on the Maldives to stop this barbaric practise.
Demand the Maldivian government overturn this disgraceful sentence
With this story provoking outrage across the world, help us send a clear message that flogging is unacceptable -- regardless of the circumstances.
Add your name to the Amnesty International petition and they'll send a list of names via fax to the President of the Maldives Dr Mohamed Waheed each day.
I am outraged on hearing that a 15 year old girl, who has survived rape by her stepfather and a resultant pregnancy, has now been found guilty of "fornication" and sentenced to flogging and house arrest.
I call on you to release the girl immediately and unconditionally, and ensure that she is not flogged or otherwise punished. Survivors of rape or other forms of sexual abuse need counselling and support - not prosecution. The 15 year old girl must be provided with adequate and appropriate protective and support services.
While I welcome your statement 28 February that "the Government will facilitate and supervise her appeal of the case, via the girl’s lawyer, to ensure that justice is done and her rights are protected", I want to be assured that the offence of fornication will be removed and that flogging will no longer be used as a form of punishment in this case and all cases in the Maldives.
The Maldives must end the practice of flogging as a form of punishment and act to amend laws to remove the provisions that allow flogging, as well as those that criminalise "fornication".