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Belgium: Muslim Woman Fined for Wearing Burka in Public

A Belgian Muslim woman was ordered to pay 200 euros ($300) for wearing a burka, a Islamic outfit that covers everything but the eyes, in a public place, the La Capital paper reported on Thursday.

Arrest of Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi's Sister

Increased Intimidation, Political Violence, and Clampdowns on Iranian Human Rights Activists

December 29, 2009

Amnesty International - Iran: End slide to more bloodshed


28 December 2009

Iran: End slide to more bloodshed

Uganda bans female genital mutilation

Ugandan MPs have voted to outlaw female genital mutilation - also known as female circumcision.

Iran: Women human rights defender, Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh, has been arrested

The Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) international solidarity network is gravely concerned to learn of the arrest of our colleague, friend and networker, Ms. Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh.

Spain: Men Charged in Unofficial Islamic Court

Nine men are awaiting trial in eastern Spain after allegedly sentencing a woman to death for adultery in an unofficial Islamic law court, a police spokeswoman said Monday. The woman walked into a police station in March saying she had escaped captors who had taken her to a remote house in Catalonia where they “tried” and “convicted” her for adultery, the spokeswoman from the Catalonia regional police force said. The men were charged with illegal detention, attempted murder and forming a criminal band.

Indonesia: New Aceh law violates Islam and women's right to bodily autonomy

GAYa NUSANTARA together with the Center for Marginalized People (CMARs) and Tarbiyah Faculty of Moslem Education from IAIN Sunan Ampel University held a public seminar entitled "Qanun Jinayat: Is it still relevant for Indonesia?" More than 70 people including teachers, students and NGO representatives participated in the event that took place in IAIN Sunan Ampel University. Keynote speakers for this seminar were the Moslem thinker Guntur Romli from Jurnal Perempuan, the critical feminist Endah Triwijati and the moderator Ahmad Zainur Hamdi, professor at IAIN Sunan Ampel University.


Despite a 2006 law banning the age-old practice, most parents in rural India still want to marry off their daughters before the legal age of 18.

Update: Canadian Polygamist leader, Winston Blackmore

This is a update on the January 2009 WLUML Call for Action in the case of the Canadian Polygamist leader, Winston Blackmore

Canada - Polygamy debate far from over

By Daphne Bramham, 28 Sep 2009

There is no justice if politicians can interfere in the process, no matter how well-intentioned they may be.


By REUTERS - November 30, 2009

KABUL (Reuters) - Rape in Afghanistan is under-reported, concealed and a human rights problem of "profound proportions," the United Nations said on Monday.