Dr. Homa Hoodfar, a highly respected university professor at Concordia University, Montreal has been arrested and detained in Iran's notorious Evin prison on Monday 6, June 2016. She is an anthropologist who conducts ethnographic research across the Middle East, as well on Muslims living in the West.

In March 2015, a violent, hysterical mob beat, torched, and killed a woman, ran her over with a car, made her face unrecognizable, and threw her corpse in the Kabul river. Thousands of onlookers watched on like it was a spectacle to be enjoyed, not intervening, and hence, adding to the brutality.

The woman’s crime? “Burning the Quran”—which, as substantial evidence proved later, was an entirely false allegation.

Le Dr Homa Hoodfar, professeure dûment respectée de l’Université Concordia, à Montréal, a été arrêtée et détenue à la fameuse prison Evin, le lundi 6 juin 2016. C’est une anthropologue qui mène des recherches ethnographiques au Moyen-Orient, aussi bien qu’auprès des musulmans vivant en Occident. Sa recherche est connue pour être équilibrée et plusieurs de ses études mettent l’accent sur les opportunités et le statut élevé offerts aux femmes dans de nombreux pays musulmans, y compris en Iran.

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Source: Women’s Political Participation Committee in Afghanistan

January 21, 2016- Kabul, Afghanistan 

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عرائس السلام فيلم قصير يحكي قصة فتيات سوريات تظاهروا بسلام لإيمانهم بأن التظاهر السلمي هو الطريق لسقط النظام السوري، لكن تم اعتقالهن لمدة شهرين. بعد شهرين إعتقالهن خرجوا ورأوا أن سلمية التظاهر قد إانتهت وأن ثورتهن اصبحت مسلحة، حرب للبقاء.

The issue of women’s subordinate legal, social and political position in Afghan society and the failure of the government to meet its obligations to ensure gender equality and address discriminatory social attitudes forms the basis of this report. Cultural, religious and social norms are at the root of the various kinds of abuse experienced by women human rights defenders.

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