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French President vows support for Sudan trouser journalist

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August 6, 2009 (PARIS) — French President Nicolas Sarkozy, today, pledged to Thursday that France would continue to support a "courageous" Sudanese woman who faces 40 lashes for wearing trousers.

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy gestures as he speaks during a ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of the the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Monday, Dec. 8, 2008 (AP)

Sarkozy made his solemnly promise in a letter he wrote in response to a query from the leader of the French Communist Party, Marie-George Buffet, who had drawn his attention to the subject and asked him to intervene to protect the Sudanese journalist.

"We will continue to work with her to help in her struggle which is the struggle of all women and which honours her," Sarkozy wrote, in a letter made public by his office on Thursday.

President Sarkozy spoke of his "emotion" and "deep concern" for the fate of Lubna Ahmed Al-Hussein, whose trial on public indecency charges is "an intolerable attack on women’s rights".

"Like you, I can only have profound admiration for the courage and the determination of young Lubna," wrote the French President. "Her battle is a just cause," he added.

The president disclosed that he had instructed the French ambassador to Sudan to "invite" Loubna at the Residence de France in Khartoum.

He recalled that at the request of the journalist, the representatives of the EU and France were on the benches of the court to show their support.

Earlier this week, a Sudanese court adjourned for one month the case of Lubna whose case become of national and international interest.
On Tuesday some hundred of women rights activists protested outside the court holding signs protesting the ’indecency’ law provisions.

The Sudanese journalist who is also UNMIS media department officer was charged with public indecency after she was arrested last month along with 12 other women who were wearing trousers at a Khartoum restaurant.

Hussein has said she wants to be tried to challenge a law that decrees a punishment of whipping for people wearing "indecent" clothes, and told a hearing last week that she wished to waive her UN immunity.

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  • 7 August 2009 04:26, by oshay

    We do not need any support from this racist big nosed vulture. This opportunist fool who has a whore of a wife that thinks it is "sexy" to appear naked in magazines has no right to speak of supporting freedom while at the same time his society pimps women for the visual sexual pleasure of men.

    This idiot said that "France never exploited an Africa country" and referring to all Africans as peasants.

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  • 7 August 2009 05:46, by Kur

    All civilized people around the world should support the women of Sudan in their quest for freedom. The women in Sudan need to be liberated from the yoke of enslavement, torture, rape, and expliotation. The NIF regime has become the worse nightmare for the Sudanese women.It is therefore important that we join President Sarkozy to halt the progress of the demoniac idealogy pursued by the nave islamists in Khartoum. These people have taken the country back to the level of medieval period. So please join me and other Sudanese to remove this disease in our society.

    Kur

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  • 7 August 2009 06:49, by Biliu

    Absolutely correct brother, those naive Islamists in Khartoum are not yet aware that the enslavement era is gone for good, they are not just backward Sudan to level of medieval period, they are taking it further to the darkest dawns of the mankind.

    I 100% support and praise Lubna and the other courageous women on their stand to defend their rights, watch out oppressors, your time is ticking to an end.

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    • 7 August 2009 06:56, by oshay

      What are you talking about backward, you act like the South is the Tokyo of Africa. Take a look at this video and see the reality of the situation on the ground before you start talking about people being backward and stuck in medevil era.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZY-bqsxC1AA&feature=channel_page

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      • 7 August 2009 10:43, by Abuk D- Nhial

        Dinka cow stipulation is not so bad like what you are doing in Northern Sudan called Jihad. Where men claims to sex them selves saying that they would give birth to Mohamed !!

        Yah according to film you promised us to look,didn’t mean the young boys were hungry but they were joking but it entertain cow to accept the calf of the dead mother. Even me I did it with intention of allowing cow to accept feeding the calf of the dead cow.
        Yah, a hyena might kill the cow and left it calf alone,so we never want to let calf die but we do that process of the film in order to let cow allow other calf to suck milk.

        Apart from that,did any man produced mohamed without wife ?!! if no,then why since 12 AD ?

        Ha ha ha ha !

        Aahh ha ha haaa.!!

        I laugh at the lost sheep.

        Thanks.
        Awuok_nguan.

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      • 7 August 2009 16:30, by Kur

        Mr. Oshay,
        The video shows the natural freedom of Dinka people as they use their resources. If it offends you, then you’re of little mind that understands nothing. So those people are using their natural skills and intelligence to get most out of their animals. Yes, they are doctors in nature. Hence, if you come to their camps, they will treat the chronic disease that you have. They will clearly tell you that you have a mental problem and they will help you with how to get over it.

        But remember, they’re free and happy. None of them will flog women for wearing trousers because they know that it dose not make sense to do so.

        Kur

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  • 7 August 2009 07:00, by jalabi

    French president you are a liar and morally dishonest, before you talk about supporting the sudanese trouser journalist lady you should first allow muslim girls to wear hijab at schools and at other places in France, why you prevent muslim grils from wearing Hijab? that doesn’t count on personal freedom??!! stop being liar french president!! justice is justice.

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    • 7 August 2009 08:44, by Abraham Agoth HOl

      Hahaha......

      Shame on you those who support the false and wrong misdoings,

      I wonder why Arabs and Arabs-related people defend themselves even when they are aware that this person is guilty?

      What I meant is this; " Don’t just support everything you are not sure of,this will prove that your laws and beliefs are fake"
      These are the freedoms that people talk about all over the world, don’t think that you will still oppressing people like in the past by forcing citizens into your bullshit Islam and sharia law which are not applicable any longer,
      Please, leave us alone, be mindful of others’ rights before the world judge you.
      Lubna Hussein is a faithful Sudanese who didn’t fear your foolish thoughts of forcing all the arabs into Islamic religion which sounds as a terrorized religious belief.

      Take care!!!!!!

      Time has come for getting rid of your fake laws and beliefs.

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      • 7 August 2009 09:58, by Aparana

        Currently in Juba, women are being arrested and lashed for wearing trousers what can you say about this? Is it islamic or christian shria?

        Aparana.

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        • 7 August 2009 12:07, by budi 23rd journalist

          Aparana.

          What do you want to demonstrate here, since yesterday you open your dirty stinky mouth talking about Juba gals being detained coz of trausores, while I wakeup this morning seeing everybody with trausores, where did you witness that?
          Dont mistake the raiding of school gals and boys Niggers here in town and compare it to khartoum stupid Mohhammed laws called sheria.
          FYI we dont have xtian sheria, we dont bomb to pleased God, we dont oppress human diginity therfore we have no vocabulary in South called sheria.
          Know your ground and study your location before commenting.

          Budi locia eet.
          Chukudum Raaass

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  • 7 August 2009 12:55, by Lok T Simon

    Thank Mr President Nicolas Sarkozy for your support on woman who had been suffered from 40 lashes in Sudan court just because she wore trouser. so, you world community, you have seen how the citizen of Sudan suffered in the hand of Bashir regime. Bashir doesn’t believes that there would be "human rights existing in Sudan or elsewhere in the globe".He thinks that what comes out in his regime is the final and he hardly believes ideas of other Nations.
    Bashir must go to ICC to face his crimes and no doubt, rhather than that, sudan will not stable with Bashir regime.
    our eyes are on doors waiting for you as our world communiy rescuer.

    Thanks.

    Lok T. Simon.

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    • 7 August 2009 15:30, by Wudutman

      Dear Lok T Simon:
      Yesterday I told these are somebody belong, what do you mean if two people comment on the same website with the same Name? Please avoid these names and create your new name. if you are still accessing immediately to terminate your password and user name that you are using ,thank your understanding.
      by wudutman.

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      • 7 August 2009 15:34, by Wudutman

        Dear Lok T Simon:

        Yesterday I told you these name are somebody belong, what do you mean if two people comment on the same website with the same Name? Please avoid these names and create your new name. if you are still accessing immediately I will terminate your password and user name that you are using ,thank you for your understanding. By wudutman.

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        • 7 August 2009 18:51, by Lok T Simon

          Dear Wudutman I could remember yesterday, I gave you full information clearly that the name call Lok T. Simon are pure my name and whereever you get that name in anywebsite or this website where you are, then make sure no anyanother Lok T. Simon, it is only my name. It is me who is commenting always both websites, i.e. one of mine and website where you are in. if you are doubt then check the name on website and compare them you will find no different and even the password are the same and they are all mine.
          Thank you for your keen enough to monitor and your co-operation.
          Thanks.

          Lok T. Simon.

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  • 8 August 2009 01:14, by David Glenn

    Brothers and Sisters
    If i were you,i would rather view Prsident Sarkozy’s pronouncements is a different perspective.Notice that ever since the election of President Obama,Mr Sarkozy has been galloping to be the first in every occasion,from Iran to the DPRK,to Africa,and now to Lubna.Sarkozy is just too little to be Degaulle or Chirac.Lubna has a genuine case,which we all support,i sincerely hope she would not defeat her own case by accepting to be used by the likes of Sarkozy.Lubna’s case is a Sudanese case.Lubna’s future is in the Sudan.Fight your case in the Sudan with your kith and kin.Your constituency is in your country,your constituents,are your country women and men.God blessed you with a leadership position,live up to it,and dont end up yet another political refugee in Paris or London,we have enough of them,but little can they do for the bleaguered country,i hope you heed my words.

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    • 9 August 2009 18:24, by john ring

      let talk as we are sudanese in general,infact it is not all sudanese women bieng in rapes,or abuses even homsexcual in khartoum, is the abusing human right.
      khartoum government out of road,seen 2005 up today in 2009 the alway need to find a way backing people into conflic which lost the lives of many milions people in sudan,and yet khartoum regime never certfy about the fat of its by killing women and children,darfur, south sudan.
      khartoum authority never know how the important of human being,alway tutoring the school children,journlists plus women rapes,

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