Fourteen-year-old Malala Yosafzai recently became a notorious victim of Taliban oppression when gunmen opened fired on her bus on her route home from school in Mingora, Pakistan. Spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan acknowledged Taliban responsibility for the shooting and claimed that Malala would be targeted again if she survived. Her crime? As an outspoken advocate of education for girls, the Taliban claimed Malala was opposing mujahideen and propagating against Islam, actions they deemed, in this case, worthy of assassination.
An argument can be made that continual infringements upon the freedom of expression might warrant outside intervention. Malala’s story provides a classic, and tragic, example of sheer disregard for the right to peacefully protest against government. Will the international community continue to let this type of abuse go unnoticed?