August 2010

Bangladesh - High Court Rules that Burqa Cannot Be Forced

Publication Date: 
August 22, 2010
Source: 
Daily News
Burqa

 

Dhaka, Aug 22 (bdnews24.com)—The High Court has ruled that no women can be forced to wear burqa at work and educational institutions. 

In it's ruling The High Court on Sunday in a suo moto order directed the government to ensure that no women were forced to wear veil or religious dress in the educational institutions and offices.

The court also ordered the government to ensure that the cultural activities and sports in the educational institutions are not restricted.

Crime (Sex) and Punishment (Stoning)

Publication Date: 
August 21, 2010
Source: 
New York Times
New York Times

 

It may be the oldest form of execution in the world, and it is certainly among the most barbaric. In the West, death by stoning is so remote from experience that it is best known through Monty Python skits and lurid fiction like Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery.”

Yet two recent real world cases have struck a nerve: a young couple were stoned to death last week in northern Afghanistan for trying to elope, in a grim sign of the ’s resurgence. And last month, an international campaign rose up in defense of an Iranian woman, , who had been sentenced to death by stoning on adultery charges.

Shariah in Aceh: Eroding Indonesia’s Secular Freedoms

Publication Date: 
August 18, 2010
Source: 
Jakarta Globe
A woman is caned and shamed in Aceh’s Pidie Jaya district for breaking Shariah bylaws.


A woman is caned and shamed in Aceh’s Pidie Jaya district for breaking Shariah bylaws. It is unclear who was actually behind the implementation of Shariah and resistance to the controversial code is growing.  (Antara Photo/Rahmad)

PAKISTAN: Rapes of Christian girls reflects tactic

Publication Date: 
August 16, 2010
Source: 
Compass Direct / Human Rights Without Frontiers (HRWF)
Pakistan

 

The vulnerability of Christian girls to sexual assault in Pakistani society emerged again last month as a Muslim landowner allegedly targeted a 16-year-old and a gang of madrassa (Islamic school) students allegedly abused a 12-year-old in Punjab Province.

IRAN: Prosecutor urges tighter checks for women's Islamic dress code

Publication Date: 
July 18, 2010
Source: 
Reuters


TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's prosecutor called on Sunday for tighter checks on women who fail to observe Islamic dress code in public, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported.

Under Iran's Sharia law, imposed after the 1979 Islamic revolution, women are obliged to cover their hair and wear long, loose-fitting clothes. Violators can receive lashes, fines or imprisonment.

"Unfortunately the law ... which considers violation of the Islamic dress code as a punishable crime, has not been implemented in the country in the past 15 years," said general prosecutor Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei.

"Under the law, violators of public chastity should be punished by being sentenced to up to two months in jail or 74 lashes."

SOMALIA: UN Independent Expert on Somalia calls for protection of civilians & accountability for human rights perpetrators

Publication Date: 
August 10, 2010
Source: 
UN OHCHR


GENEVA (10 August 2010) – The UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia, Shamsul Bari, today urged the international community to provide due attention to the protection of civilians in Somalia and ensure accountability for perpetrators of gross human rights and International Humanitarian law violations.

“I am deeply disturbed by the continuing endless reports of civilian casualties- many of them women and children- caused by ongoing fighting in South-Central region and in Mogadishu,” said Mr. Bari, who has just completed his fifth country visits to Kenya, Somalia and Uganda (26 July-6 August). “One Mogadishu hospital alone reported that it had treated 1,400 war-wounded persons in the first six months of the year.”

PAKISTAN: Women's Trauma of Floods & Conflict Displacement

Publication Date: 
August 13, 2010
Source: 
Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre


Pakistan’s most severe monsoon floods in 80 years have  more than four million people in north-western and central Pakistan, including 1.6 million in Punjab. Many people already displaced by conflict in the region have been forced to flee again. The floods now threaten Balochistan and Sindh, where more than 500,000 people have been evacuated to safer areas. The flooding has caused food prices to , while 39 per cent of houses have been destroyed or .

A Statement of Concern Regarding the Televised ‘Confession’ by Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani

Publication Date: 
August 19, 2010
Source: 
SKSW Campaign


The Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women and the Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) International Solidarity Network deplore the staging of a ‘public confession’ on Iranian television by Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani, who is awaiting execution in Iran by stoning for adultery. 

The ‘confession’, done in an interview format, was broadcast on Wednesday 11th August on the '20:30' television program by Seda va Sima, the government broadcasting station. The ‘confession’, showed Sakineh implicating herself in the murder of her husband. However, as we have noted, Sakineh speaks Azeri (a Turkic language) but the interviewer narrated and spoke in Farsi drowning out Sakineh’s voice in her own language.

AFGHANISTAN: Stop stoning and other forms of cruel punishments by the Taliban

Publication Date: 
August 18, 2010
Source: 
SKSW Campaign
Violence is not our culture


The Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women and the Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) International Solidarity Network condemn the recent incidents of violent punishments by the Taliban in Afghanistan.   

On Sunday 15 August, a couple in their twenties were publicly executed by stoning by the Taliban in a village controlled by their forces in Kunduz, northern Afghanistan.The couple had eloped to Pakistan, although they were reportedly engaged to other people, but later returned to their village of Mullah Qulli in the Archi district of Kunduz. Some reports indicate that their families had agreed to marry them, while others conclude that a jirga had ruled they would be pardoned if the accused male paid compensation. However, the Taliban arrested and stoned to death the two young people in a bazaar of Dasht-e Archi district on the accusation of committing an act of adultery, as confirmed by Mohammad Omar, the governor of Kunduz.

Egypt play seeks to smash social taboos

Publication Date: 
August 9, 2010
Source: 
AFP
A group of amateur actors perform at the Cairo Opera House

 

CAIRO — He wants to have phone sex, she wants to leave her house without a headscarf: a Cairo play seeks to confront Egypt's social taboos by laying bare the sexual frustrations and harassments that beset daily life.