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Oman: End the Detention of Women Human Rights Defenders

June 26, 2012

On 19 June 2012, due to their deteriorating health, women human rights defenders Basma Al-Keumy, lawyer, and Basma Al-Rajehy, writer and TV broadcaster, ended their hunger strike aimed at their administrative detention which continued until 24 June 2012 and the lack of access to their families and lawyers. Both women were arrested on 11 June 2012 along with approximately 20 other protestors when security forces and anti-riot police broke up a three-day protest held in front of the General Police Headquarters in the capital of Muscat. The protestors demands included, respect for human rights and the release of all detained human rights defenders in Oman.

Open Letter to Kenneth Roth of Human Rights Watch

February 9, 2012

Dear Kenneth Roth, In your Introduction to Human Rights Watch’s World Report 2012, “Time to Abandon the Autocrats and Embrace Rights,” you urge support for the newly elected governments that have brought the Muslim Brotherhood to power in Tunisia and Egypt. In your desire to “constructively engage” with the new governments, you ask states to stop supporting autocrats. But you are not a state; you are the head of an international human rights organization whose role is to report on human rights violations, an honorable and necessary task which your essay largely neglects.

Justice For Iran: Ratification of the Islamic Penal Code; Iran to Continue Passage of Laws to Violate Human Rights

January 19, 2012

The Violence is not our Culture Campaign is concerned with the latest news that the Guardian Council of Iran has ratified the final text of the new Islamic Penal Code upholding, once again,  the supremacy of the Islamic Shari’a law in its jurisprudence.  The new Islamic Penal Code will impose new and more severe code of punishments that will entail repercussions to the rights of women.

Guarantee Afghan Women’s Rights in Peace Talks with the Taleban

November 17, 2011

Ten years ago, the Afghan government and its international allies pledged to advance women’s rights following the military intervention to oust the Taleban. But many Afghan women now fear their rights will be sacrificed as the Afghan government and its international partners seek a political settlement with the Taleban

Manifesto For A Secular Middle East And North Africa

November 17, 2011

76 secularists and human rights campaigners, including Mina Ahadi, Nawal El Sadaawi, Marieme Helie Lucas, Hameeda Hussein, Ayesha Imam, Maryam Jamil, Maryam Namazie, Taslima Nasrin, Farida Shaheed, Fatou Sow, and Stasa Zajovic have signed on to a Manifesto for a Free and Secular Middle East and North Africa.

[Update] Saudi Arabia: Al Sharif released, 17 June Women2Drive campaign continues

May 31, 2011

Saudi authorities on Monday freed a woman jailed nine days ago for her role in promoting the right to drive for Saudi women. Manal Al Sharif, a 32-year-old computer security specialist employed by the oil giant ARAMCO, was detained May 22 after she defied the kingdom's ban on female drivers and posted a video of her action on YouTube, as part of a national campaign.

Saudi Arabia: Call for release of activist challenging ban on women drivers

May 30, 2011

The international solidarity network, Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) calls for the immediate release of Manal Al-Sharif. Saudi authorities have arrested an activist who launched a campaign to challenge a ban on women driving in the conservative kingdom. The media spokesman of the Directorate General of Prisons in Saudi Arabia, Colonel Dr Ayoub Ben, has confirmed that Manal Al-Sharif has been charged with breach of public order and security, and with ‘deliberately inciting the media and other Saudi women’ to drive cars.

[Update] Iran: Adoption of Restrictive NGO LAW postponed

April 18, 2011

A draft law which would limit the existence and activities of independent NGOs and civil society organizations has been sent back to a committee for a further three months' study. If it is passed, many more civil society activists in Iran could face prosecution for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of association and assembly.

IRAN: New NGO law would greaten risks for activists

April 11, 2011

The Iranian parliament is set to approve a law which will limit the independence of civil society organizations in the country. If passed, many more civil society activists in Iran could risk prosecution for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom association and assembly.

Urgent Appeal from International Civil Society: International Community Must Ensure Rights of Egyptians are Upheld

February 1, 2011

We, civil society organizations from across the world, strongly urge all governments, as well as regional and international organizations, to clearly and unequivocally denounce the ongoing violent crackdown against the public protests and demands for democratic reform and government accountability that have been occurring across Egypt since the 25th of January.

Iraq: An Underground Railroad for Iraqi Women

December 10, 2010


MADRE
 and the Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq (OWFI) work together to meet the needs of survivors of gender-based violence and to empower Iraqi women to defend their rights.
 

IRAN: Nasrin Sotoudeh


Nasrin Sotoudeh was born in 1963 to what may be considered a religious middle class family in Iran. She completed her studies in International Law in Shahid Beheshti University in the early 90s. Married to Reza Khandan in 1994, with whom she has two children, Nasrin regards her husband, Reza, as very committed to her work as a women’s rights activist. After completing her Masters degree in International Law, Nasrin took and passed the bar exam successfully in 1995 to become a lawyer. However, her permit to practice law was not granted to her until eight (8) years later.

Iran: Call for Release of Human Rights Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh

November 25, 2010


On September 4th, 2010 Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested and charged with "propaganda against the state" and "conspiracy to disturb order" by Iranian officials and taken to Evin prison. These vaguely worded charges are among several articles in the Islamic Penal Code in Iran relating to “national security” that criminalize the peaceful exercise of rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly. Such provisions have previously been exercised to prosecute lawyers for statements they had made or and activities they had conducted in defence of their clients.

Iran: Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani - Update on her latest televised confession

November 18, 2010

The Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women (SKSW) and Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) are gravely concerned over the recent announcement made by the official Iranian television channel on alleged self-incriminating statements by Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani and several others on state TV last 15 November. We join the rest of the international community in denouncing this latest move by the Iranian authorities which adds more injustice to the case of Sakineh Mohammadi–Ashtiani.

IRAN: The Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani case: another test of Iran's extremely flawed justice system

November 12, 2010


The Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women (SKSW) and Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) are deeply concerned over the continued denial of human rights in Iran in light of the Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani case. Lack of due process and the right to a fair trial, arbitrary detention, torture, and restrictions of freedom of information, of the press, and of association sadly constitute the status quo in the Islamic Republic.

Update: Iran: Release of Shiva Nazar Ahari

September 17, 2010

The Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) international solidarity network and the Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women (SKSW campaign) welcome the news that Shiva Nazar Ahari was released from prison on Sunday 12 September 2010.

Iran and Turkey: Mohammad Mostafaei Arrested in Istanbul, Family Detained

August 4, 2010


The Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women (SKSW Campaign) and Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) are seriously concerned about the reported arrest of the wife and brother-in-law of human rights lawyer, Mohammad Mostafaei. They were arrested on 24 July 2010 and are being held in the infamous Evin Prison in Tehran. His wife, Fereshteh Halimi, called her parents to confirm her arrest and detention.

IRAN: Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani faces imminent death by stoning

July 6, 2010

The Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women (SKSW) and the International Solidarity Network, Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) urge all concerned to immediately contact the Iranian officials to express their concern over the planned stoning to death of Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani. Under Iranian law, execution by stoning is prescribed for adultery. Stoning is one of the most brutal punishments; the Islamic Penal Code of Iran states that the stones used should “not be large enough to kill the person by one or two strikes” – clearly aiming to inflict a slow and painful death.

IRAN: Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh sentenced to 2 ½ years in jail and 30 lashes for 'acts against national security'


The Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) International Solidarity Network and the Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women (SKSW) are deeply concerned by the sentencing meted out to our colleague and friend, Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh, in May by the Iranian Revolutionary Court for exercising her constitutional right to peaceful assembly.

Please see attached our sample letter .
 

IRAN: Imprisoned activist Shiva Nazar Ahari to go on trial for 'acts against national security'

In March 2010, Women’s human rights defender and WLUML council member, Shadi Sadr, took the extraordinary step of dedicating her International Women of Courage Award to Shiva Nazar Ahari, a young human rights activist and a member of the Committee of Human Rights Reporters (CHRR), currently imprisoned in Iran for ‘acts against national security’.

URGENT: Iran: Stop the Stoning to Death of Zohreh and Azar Kabiri!

14/02/2008: ایران: حکم سنگسار زهره و آذر کبیری را متوقف کنید (WLUML Networkers)

شبکه جهانی "زنان متأثر از قوانین اسلامی" و کمپین جهانی قانون بدون سنگسار ا شهروندان آگاه و نگران میخواهد تا از طریق تلفن و یا فکس فورا با مقامات رسمی ایرانی تماس گرفته و خواستار لغو مجازات سنگسار زهره و آذر کبیری در ایران شوند.

ايران: أوقفوا الرجم حتى الموت ضد زهرة وآزار كابيري

شبكة تضامن نساء في طل قوانين المسلمين الدولية والحملة الدولية لوقف قتل ورجم النساء تدعو كل المواطنين المهتمين للاتصال العاجل بالمسئولين الايرانيين سواء بالتليفون أو بالفاكس كي تطلب منهم وقف حكم الرجم حتى الموت الصادر ضد كلا من زهرة وآزار كابيري في ايران (WLUML Networkers)

Iran: La Cour suprême confirme des peines de lapidation pour deux sœurs

05/02/2008: La Cour suprême iranienne a confirmé des peines capitales par lapidation pour deux soeurs reconnues coupables d'adultère, a rapporté leur avocat cité lundi par le quotidien Etemad. «La branche 23 de la Cour suprême a confirmé la sentence de lapidation», a déclaré Jabbar Solati, alors que cette peine n'a été appliquée officiellement qu'une fois depuis 2002. Le Réseau international de solidarité Femmes sous Lois Musulmanes et la Campagne mondiale « Arrêtons de tuer et de lapider les femmes !

Irán: Zohreh Kabiri-niat y su hermana Azar (conocida normalmente como Akram) podrían ser lapidadas por “adulterio"

ruary 18, 2008

Público: Índice AI: MDE 13/033/2008 (6 de febrero de 2008)
AU 33/08 Pena de muerte / lapidación

IRÁN Zohreh Kabiri-niat (m), de 27 años Azar Kabiri-niat, conocida como Akram, hermana de la anterior, de 28 Zohreh Kabiri-niat y su hermana Azar (conocida normalmente como Akram) podrían ser lapidadas por “adulterio".

URGENT: Iran: Stop the Stoning to Death of Zohreh and Azar Kabiri!


The Women Living Under Muslim Laws international solidarity network, and the Global Campaign Stop Killing and Stoning Women! urges all concerned citizens to immediately contact the Iranian officials by phone and/or fax to request them to stop the scheduled stoning to death of Zohreh and Azar Kabiri in Iran.