by Kennedy Graham
In some parts of the world, the task of standing up for Green values can be dangerous.
It was with the deepest sadness that I was advised about the tragic killing of a Green party activist in Pakistan.
According to news reports from the Global Greens, a member of the Pakistan Green Party, Mr Shahnawaz Pahwer, was killed at Dadu in Pakistan last Sunday.
This followed threats by representatives of the outgoing government. The regime had been pushing for the local Green candidate, Mr Imtiaz Pahnwer, to withdraw from the forthcoming national elections.
It is important that the Pakistani police and justice system act to find those responsible for Mr Pahwer’s killing and to make certain that the upcoming elections in Pakistan are free from such intimidation.
The Green political movement is a truly global one. In some countries, politicians will face more than just the slings and arrows of their opponents in the debating chamber.
The Green cause will continue to strengthen around the world – of that there is not the slightest doubt. The reason, apart from the intrinsic worth of the philosophy espoused, is the commitment and courage of the people who live it, breathe it, and, every now and then, die by it.