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Letter: A Letter Written by Assemblyman Lavine to the Republic of Sudan

Dear Charge d’Affaires Khoc:

I write to protest the atavistic treatment meted out to the 13 young women arrested at a Khartoum café for wearing trousers, 10 of whom were publicly flogged and fined.

The Republic of Sudan will never be a great nation so long as such bizarre, demeaning and humiliating punishments are imposed in purported courts of law. If, however, the objective is to perfect a national image that is rife with intolerance, misogyny, cruelty and masochism, then such protocol has attained its goal.

I ask that you refer this letter to President al-Bashir and Dr. al-Turabi.

Thank you for your consideration respecting this matter.