So far in Finland, this has not been reported on in any meaningful way, nor has there been any statement issued on Abdul Rahman’s behalf. KGS
WASHINGTON, March 23 /U.S. Newswire/ — Amnesty International USA Executive Director Dr. William F. Schulz released the following statement today in response to the trial of Abdul Rahman, an Afghan citizen charged with converting to Christianity, for which execution could be a possible punishment:
“No individual should ever be persecuted — let alone executed — for his or her religious beliefs. The freedom to practice one’s own faith without fear of retribution is one of humanity’s most sacred rights. If Rahman has been imprisoned solely because he converted to Christianity, he must be immediately and unconditionally released. Afghanistan has come a long way in terms of respecting and codifying human rights principles, but it must commit itself anew to judicial reform and the upholding of international standards.”
The Washington Post : Rice Presses Karzai on Convert’s Life
“Rejecting Islam is insulting God. We will not allow God to be humiliated. This man must die,” said cleric Abdul Raoulf, who is considered a moderate and was jailed three times for opposing the Taliban before the hard-line regime was ousted in 2001.
The trial, which began last week, has caused an international outcry. President Bush has said he is “deeply troubled” by the case and expects the country to “honor the universal principle of freedom.”
The religion of ‘tolerance’……
“We will invite him again because the religion of Islam is one of tolerance. We will ask him if he has changed his mind. If so we will forgive him,” the judge told the BBC on Monday.”