I don't see any justificastion of your explanation but utter ignorance and misunderstanding ...
Just to keep you in the know .. I assure you that Microsoft is already officially doing business in Libya..
And the rules you put in your contest are unfair .. just for the
sake of argument rephrase your rule number 5
to read as follows:
"5) ELIGIBILITY: This Contest is open to individuals 13 years of age or older at time of entry. Void where prohibited by law, including the countries of Germany, Italy, France , Malta and Mexico . etc...."
I'm sure that such a rule would be considered unfair and unjust.
And another argument is that any person above 13 years may participate .. So let's assume that some-one under 16 was considering participation .. According to you rules he'll be accepted if he is above 13 .. In other words such a person would fall in the age
range of 13 to 16 .. and hence he would be considered as a child ..
And this rule would be a violation to his right because someone from the mentioned countries would not be allowed .. in contrary to the
"United Nations General Assembly adopted Convention on the Rights of the Child" and specifically Article 2 which states:
1. States Parties shall respect and ensure the rights set forth in the present Convention to each child within their jurisdiction without discrimination of any kind, irrespective of the child's or his or her parent's or legal guardian's race, colour, sex,
language, religion, political or or other opinion, national, ethnic or social origin, property, disability, birth or other status.
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SO I would kindly ask you to remove rule number (5) from your contest rules which I consider offensive and unfair ..
May be such a rule slips un-noticed due to the frequent usage in various instances, but for me I do recognize it's negative impact on many people...
Thanks for your Reconsideration ..
Noting that I had been a regular visitor to your excellent Channel9 site