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Brazil raped for one month
by Thanos Kalamidas
2007-11-24 10:33:43
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Speechless and in real anger were my reaction a few hours ago after reading what happened in a Brazilian prison with a 15-year-old girl. The young woman was put in the same cell with 20 to 30 men and for one month she was repeatedly sexually abused in order to obtain food. According to human and women rights organizations in Brazil, this was not the first time something such as this has happened; perhaps what brought so much publicity was the age of the victim. I presume when President Da Silva was talking about the greater Brazil that’s exactly what he meant!

This disgusting and embarrassing event for the whole human race has no end because the girl was imprisoned without charges - she was a suspect of theft and when the barbaric news reached the media the police and the prison director using every force – President Da Silva gave them this power – they tried to make her father to fake a birth certificate for the girl that says she is 20! What was the police’s excuse? They didn’t understand that the girl was under age!!! So bloody what? How much more does Mr. Da Silva need to build the greater Brazil?

Oh no, Brazil is no different from Saudi Arabia where another woman was convicted to six months in prison plus 60 lashes because she accused six men of rape; she was raped while meeting a man who was not a relative without the presence of any relative. The reason for all that was that she is a woman! The reason the girl had to suffer in Brazil? She was a woman! Saudi Arabia, just like Brazil, has signed the 2001 UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

To quote and remind President Da Silva and King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz: "...any distinction, exclusion or restriction made on the basis of sex which has the effect or purpose of impairing or nullifying the recognition, enjoyment or exercise by women, irrespective of their marital status, on a basis of equality of men and women, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural, civil or any other field".

By accepting the Convention, States commit themselves to undertake a series of measures to end discrimination against women in all forms, including:
• To incorporate the principle of equality of men and women in their legal system, abolish all discriminatory laws and adopt appropriate ones prohibiting discrimination against women;
• To establish tribunals and other public institutions to ensure the effective protection of women against discrimination; and
• To ensure elimination of all acts of discrimination against women by persons, organizations or enterprises.

I presume words like ‘human rights’ are unknown to people like President Da Silva and King Aziz. For them all fingers are equal, just some of them are …taller!!! Women don’t count. Blimey, I feel so angry even while writing these words and think it is only one day till the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and politicians all around the world will dare stand and preach! Da Silva included!

How he will dare say anything I have no idea. How Da Silva will stand in front of the people who voted for him hoping for a better tomorrow and tell them that anything has changed, while a fifteen year-old girl will spend the rest of her life with the memories of this month I have no idea. I only hope she will become his constant nightmare. Is he going to apologize? Why? Did he do anything similar for everything that has happened to this country over the last years while being President? The only thing he did was to blame the governments before his. He will do exactly the same now, adding a new promise to clean a corrupt state of which he is a part.

I want to finish this article quoting a bit more from the CEDAW hoping that President Da Silva might remember it: The Convention is the only human rights treaty which affirms the reproductive rights of women and targets culture and tradition as influential forces shaping gender roles and family relations. It affirms women's rights to acquire, change or retain their nationality and the nationality of their children. States parties also agree to take appropriate measures against all forms of traffic in women and exploitation of women.

Countries that have ratified or acceded to the Convention are legally bound to put its provisions into practice. They are also committed to submit national reports, at least every four years, on measures they have taken to comply with their treaty obligations.

Da Silva’s new Brazil and greater Brazil was raped every bloody minute for one month and what Da Silva’s great Brazil gave to the whole world is just the embarrassment!

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Sand2007-11-24 19:12:03
It's a commonplace in almost every prison system that prisoners do horrible things to each other. It seems strange that when people are put under total control of officials the officials seem helpless to keep order. There is something vitally basic wrong with all prison systems.

Alexandra Pereira2007-11-25 22:26:16
It's a complete SHAME, and Lula should dismiss himself.

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