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Panel Discussion and Book Launch: Zina Laws, Human Rights and State Accountability

Zina Laws, Human Rights and State Accountability

Panel discussion and book launch of “Control and Sexuality: The Revival of Zina Laws in Muslim Contexts “

Friday, 11 March 2011, 12-2:00 p.m.
Room XXV, Building E, Palais des Nations


•    The nexus between freedom of religion and religious beliefs and women’s rights.  
      Prof. Heiner Bielefeldt, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief

•    Why Zina laws? Why now?
     Ziba Mir-Hosseini,  Legal Anthropologist, London Middle East Institute

•   Contemporary Zina Laws and their Implications for Gender Justice. 
     Vanja Hamzic , Researcher at School of Law, King's College London

•   The Lived Realities of Women under Zina 

             Iran - Ziba Mir–Hosseini

     Pakistan - Khawar Mumtaz, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Shirkat Gah

     Turkey - Seval Yildrim, Law professor at Whittier Law School.

•   Violence Against Women, Human Rights and Culture
     Zarizana Abdul Aziz, Chair, Women Living Under Muslim Laws and Adviser, VNC Campaign

Moderator:  Madhu Mehra
IWRAW Asia Pacific and Executive Director, Partners for Law and Development (India)

Refreshments will be provided.

The Violence is not our Culture Campaign (VNC) is supported through the MDG3 – funded Women Reclaiming & Redefining Culture Program, a partnership project between Women Living Under Muslim Laws and the Institute of Women’s Empowerment.