Subject: [fem-women2000 759] 国連・米国政府への書簡の書き方(サンプル)
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Date: Fri, 07 Dec 2001 01:11:52 +0900
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Joyce E. Braak さんがまとめた国連・米国政府への書簡の書き方(サンプル)

---------------- Original message follows ----------------
 From: "Leslie Wright"
 Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2001 10:02:44 -0500
 Subject: Fw: How to email UN and US officials

The following information is courtesy of NGO CSW member Joyce Braak:
Please feel free to distribute this letter as a model for others to use, quote, cite, or whatever in writing their own letters.

The convention for UN official email addresses is: last name lower case followed by (there are some exceptions where the first letter of the first name follows the last name, such as for Amina Adam -- used when there is more than one person with the same last name!)

Lakhdar Brahimi <>  
Francesc Vendrell <>  
John Prendergast <>  
Angela King   <>  
For the USA State Department, the convention is: lastname followed by first initial of the first name then
Ambassador John Negroponte (USUN MISSION) is:
NGO USUN Liaison:
Peggy Kerry <>  
She should be copied on letters sent to USA officials from NGOs or individuals.  
Hope this helps.  Joyce
Joyce E. Braak, M.D.
President, Institute for Research on Women's Health <>  

----- Original Message -----  
>From: Joyce E. Braak, M.D. <>   
To: Francesc Vendrell <>   
Cc: Jeanne Raven <>  ; Joan Ruddock <>  ; Peggy Kerry <>  ; Pamela Schifman <>  ; Marcia M. Brewster <>  ; Annette Lawson <>  ; Angela King <>  ; Fahima Vorgetts <>   
Sent: Thursday, November 29, 2001 12:16 AM
Subject: Mandate for Afghanistan

Mr. Francesc Vendrell
Personal Representative of the Secretary-General
and Head of the Special Mission to Afghanistan
Dear Mr. Vendrell,
    This copy of my letter to Mr. Brahimi is provided to you in the hope that the facts and information it contains will be helpful to you in fulfilling your mandate and discharging your responsibilities.
to: Mr. Lakhdar Brahimi
Special Representative of the Secretary General
The United Nations
RE:Mandate for Afghanistan
Dear Mr. Brahimi,
    The Secretary General has placed human rights at the core of your mandate  
and responsibility to manage and facilitate the establishment of a fully  
representative government.  Women have high expectations that you will adhere  
to the standards set by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN  
Charter itself, and the Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of  
Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and implement them at every point in the  
    In the litany of human rights abuses documented, the most egregious and  
destructive violations of human rights are those begun, sustained, and  
brutally executed systematically by the Taliban against the women of  
Afghanistan.  The Taliban Edicts of 1997 stripped Afghan women of their  
previously enjoyed human rights with disastrous physical and mental health  
consequences.  Violating, as they have, the human rights of over half the  
population, the female half, this is clearly the greatest human rights abuse  
by the Taliban, an atrocity that must not be trivialized or marginalized or  
otherwise rendered secondary.  This atrocity against human beings who are  
women is primary, and ensuring the restoration of the rights of Afghan women  
must also be primary at every point in the processes toward peace, freedom  
and stability for the Afghan people.  The principle of  non-discrimination  
must be fundamental and articulated specifically.
    Repressive regimes commonly claim "protection" as the justification for  
their violations of human rights.  The Taliban have often used that claim,  
while the women they violated fled as refugees, were imprisoned by terror,  
and an extraordinary number, refusing to live as dictated by the Taliban and  
seeing no hope of freedom, took their own lives (16% in Taliban-controlled  
areas, PHR, 2001).
rights given them by the prior Afghanistan Constitution, Article 27  
(guaranteed non-discrimination between women and men) particularly, restored  
to them.  Afghan women need the restoration of their pre-Taliban freedoms,  
exactly as enjoyed under their own Constitution.
    Given the composition of the "Six-Plus-Two", uniform, complete, and  
sincere support for the full participation of women in peace, political,  
transition, and financial negotiations cannot be assumed.  Your  
responsibility to ensure the FULL participation of women will be  
proportionally a heavier burden, but essential to prevent the erosion of   
those human rights that are at the core of your mandate.   
    Many arguments may be presented to prevent the full participation of  
women in the processes you convene and conduct.  A popular one is the claim  
of "deference to culture and tradition."  The culture and traditions of  
Afghanistan have no similarity to those of the Taliban and its brutality  
toward women.  A few facts for your reference:
    1.  Afghan women had the vote one year before American women had the vote.
    2.  The Constitution of Afghanistan, Article 27, guaranteed full  
participation in public life without discrimination between women and men.
    3.  Research done by Physicians for Human Rights(PHR) and published in  
1998 cites the facts that women were 70% of the teachers, 50% of the civil  
servants, 40% of the physicians prior to the Taliban Edicts of 1997.  In  
Kabul, girls and women were 50% of the students.
    4. "More than 90% of Afghan women and men sampled (sample=1 % of the population of  
Afghanistan) in PHR's population based surveys claimed to strongly support  
the rights of women to have equal access to education and work opportunities,  
freedom of expression, legal protection for women's human rights and  
participation in government." (published August 2001)
These are the facts of the "culture and traditions" of Afghanistan.  They  
bear no resemblance to those of the Taliban or like-minded groups.  There is  
danger that foreign culture could be imposed once more on the Afghan people,  
once more robbing Afghan women of their freedoms.  These facts may be helpful  
in protecting the Afghan people, especially women, from foreign imposition.
    Many international organizations have worked to ensure the restoration of  
the human rights of women for many years.  For example, the Medical Women's  
International Association (MWIA) published its first statement of  
condemnation of the Taliban in 1998, and its members have continued to  
support Afghan women fully and unflinchingly in their efforts to gain the  
restoration of their human rights.  The most recent MWIA position statement  
(April, 2001) is particularly relevant to your responsibility, and to UN  
Security Council Resolution 1325 and states, "MWIA demands that women shall  
be proportionally represented by women at any peace plans and negotiations  
for Afghanistan and that full and immediate restoration of human rights and  
fundamental freedoms for girls and women...and the restoration of free and  
unfettered access to health care and health services and to education be a  
precondition to the initiation of any international peace or financial  
development process."
    For those who commit to a broad-based government based on proportional  
percentages, please remind them the women are more than 50% of the Afghan  
population and should be proportionally represented by women.  Women must be  
participants at the decision-making tables.  Women must also be protected  
>from the insult of tokenism, and/or other means of excluding them from full  
participation.  Educated women, who have experienced freedom and enjoyment of  
full human rights, are available to participate and await the opportunity to  
do so.  That opportunity MUST be provided.
    Women have suffered severely under the Taliban.  Stripped suddenly of  
their human rights, the physical and mental health impact has been  
disastrous.  The current situation offers new possibilities that the  
devastating health impact of the Taliban human rights abuses can be reversed.  
  Your efforts open a window of opportunity for the Afghan women.
    Afghan women, and the women of the world who stand in solidarity with  
them, now have new hope and high expectations that you will successfully  
fulfill your mandate, with human rights at the core of all undertakings  
(UDHR,CEDAW), and restore to the women and girls of Afghanistan the full  
enjoyment of their human rights, fundamental freedoms, and full participation  
in public life without discrimination between women and men.  Perhaps the  
cruelest prospect of all would be for the women of Afghanistan to be betrayed  
and violated once again and their human rights pushed to the periphery of the  
agendas, or bargained away to pacify competing political or personal goals.   
Women are more than half of the human beings that make up the population of  
Afghanistan, a fact that should be reflected in any fully representative  
process or government.
    It is hoped that these facts, shared freely with your colleagues, will be  
helpful in providing a firm reality basis for all of your efforts to  
discharge your duties as Special Representative of the Secretary General.
Yours truly,
Joyce E. Braak, MD
cc: John Prendergast, UnderSecretary
Department of Political Affairs
The United Nations
Joyce E. Braak, M.D.
President, Institute for Research on Women's Health <>  
Joyce E. Braak, M.D.
President, Institute for Research on Women's Health <>  

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