In the name of Almighty Allah
Civil Society & Human Rights Network’s (CSHRN)
declaration On prevention of an artistic program in Herat province
Kabul , Afghanistan
End of Aug 2012 (Sunbula 1391)
Official of Herat province have prevented a musical program of Shafiq Mureed a young and talented singer of the country. This decision was taken when a person by the name of Maulawi Mujibrahman has called the initiation of this art program «promotion of prostitution» in Herat society and considered that program against religious values.
The publication of this news in media has seriously amazed the civil society & human rights network of Afghanistan. What we concerned about is that, how can the government ignore the cultural right of the young generation and prevent them from their useful and valid programs.
Based on the constitution & international commitments of Afghanistan , the government is responsible to initiate useful programs in order to defend and appreciate freedom of expression and promotion of cultural rights of Afghan citizens, and never let these values to be ignored.
The civil society & human rights network of Afghanistan insistently ask ministry of information and culture to investigate the case in Heart province and give its result to the civil society and media.
Civil society and human rights network of Afghanistan asks the governor of Herat province Dr. Daud Saba who is one the activists of civil society and human rights values, to specify the reasons of this decision to the people of Afghanistan and the civil society and ensure them based on constitution of Afghanistan, article no 19 of universal human rights declaration and article no 20 of international convention of civil & political rights for being committed to the human rights values of Herat citizens.
The civil society and human rights network of Afghanistan sincerely request religious scholars to play their role and fulfill their responsibilities by promoting religious values and programs which are not against the generalization of national culture and human rights values.
The civil society and human rights network of Afghanistan is appreciating from the opportune and on time reaction of Herat youths, national and international media and civil society of Herat regarding the prevention of the mentioned musical program, and want civil activist and human rights advocates in the country to express their correlations with Herat youths.
Expecting the rule of law and human rights