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  • Wednesday, January 05, 2005

    Some notes on the Afghan Constitution

    The Afghan Constitution can be viewed by clicking here 1 - The constitution doesn't make a distinction between church and state: Article Two Ch. 1, Art. 2

    The religion of the state of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is the sacred religion of Islam. Followers of other religions are free to exercise their faith and perform their religious rites within the limits of the provisions of law.
    Article Three Ch. 1, Art. 3
    In Afghanistan, no law can be contrary to the beliefs and provisions of the sacred religion of Islam.
    Many Bush regime supporters use the fact that Islamic law was imposed upon the Afghans under the Taliban as a reason for invading the country. Seems that one theocracy has merely been replaced by another. 2 - The historic struggles
    While acknowledging the sacrifices and the historic struggles, rightful Jihad and just resistance of all people of Afghanistan, and respecting the high position of the martyrs for the freedom of Afghanistan
    I wonder if the Bush regime realised these "historic struggles" included assisting Bin Laden in his "rightful Jihad" when fighting against the Soviets, when they decided to support this constitution? 3 - The national flag
    The national insignia of the state of Afghanistan is composed of Mehrab and pulpit in white color.
    Two flags are located on its two sides. In the upper-middle part of the insignia the sacred phrase of "There is no God but Allah and Mohammad is his prophet, and Allah is Great" is placed, along with a rising sun. The word "Afghanistan" and year 1298 (solar calendar) is located in the lower part of the insignia. The insignia is encircled with two branches of wheat.
    I seem to recall many of the right wing extremists objecting to similar language on another country's flag. Article Twenty-Nine Ch. 2, Art. 8
    Torture of human beings is prohibited. No person, even with the intention of discovering the truth, can resort to torture or order the torture of another person who may be under prosecution, arrest, or imprisoned, or convicted to punishment.
    An investigation by the Guardian found that torture and humiliation were routinely used by US troops in Afghanistan.


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