AMERICANS AGAINST ABUSES OF POLYGAMY, STOP POLYGAMY IN CANADA SOCIETY
CHILD PROTECTION PROJECT
K. Dee Ignatin
AAAP, SPICS & CPP RESPOND TO DISCOVERY OF MURDERED IRANIAN WOMEN'S RIGHTS ACTIVIST IN HOUSTON MONDAY
Austin, Texas - Board members and the executive director at Americans Against Abuses of Polygamy, STOP Polygamy in Canada and the Child Protection Project have sent a letter to Houston Mayor Annise Parker expressing both shock and disappointment that Houston police have discovered the body of a slain civil rights activist in Houston.
30-year-old Gelareh Bagherzadeh, a medical student who was studying molecular genetic technology at a Texas medical center was found shot to death Monday, near the home she shared with her parents. Law enforcement officials say they do not believe she was “targeted,” however there have been no reports of anything taken from the car, and initial reports indicate an unknown gunman approached the car, a little after midnight, and killed Ms. Bagherzadeh with a gunshot through the passenger side window.
Americans Against Abuses of Polygamy, STOP Polygamy in Canada Society and the Child Protection Project have been made aware that Ms. Bagherzadeh was a vocal advocate for the rights of women in her native country of Iran, and was known for her open defiance against the current Iranian regime, which continues to violate the human rights of its own people, especially women, in the name of religion.
We beseech the leadership and law enforcement authorities in Houston to leave no stone unturned to find the person or persons responsible for the assassination of an international human rights advocate, ironically no less, on MLK Day.
News reports are now incorrectly stating this woman had “no known enemies.” On the contrary, those with the CPP, SPICS and the AAAP believe Ms. Bagherzadeh was a woman with many enemies, and we hope that the City of Houston and Mayor Annise D. Parker will provide law enforcement with all the resources necessary to successfully bring her killer[s] to justice.
Americans Against Abuses of Polygamy is a non-profit, conservative feminist, human rights organization, based in Texas. The AAAP is dedicated to educating the public on the human rights abuses inherent within the cultural practice of polygamy, worldwide and within the United States, and the potential dangers of decriminalization of the felony practice. www.PolygamyIsAbuse.com
Child Protection Project is dedicated to raising awareness about issues of child abuse within polygamy and other religious organizations. We are particularly interested in how institutions, especially churches, ignore child abuse reporting requirements; and thus cause unnecessary suffering and pain to children and families. Our religious institutions must be good corporate citizens because their mandate as tax-exempt beneficial, charitable organizations requires that children entrusted to their care be safe. http://www.childpro.org/
Stop Polygamy in Canada Society (SPCS) advocates for women, children and young boys caught in the clutches of polygamy. Polygamy is the practice of one man taking more than one wife. Section 293 of the Criminal Code of Canada bans the practice of polygamy. Sections 15 & 28 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms give equality rights to women.http://