The Supreme Court of Iran should immediately reverse the apostasy conviction and death sentence of Christian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani and release him from prison, theInternational Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. The judiciary should also release another pastor, Behrouz Sadegh-Khanjani, who faces a similar prosecution.

The Bahrain Center for Human Rights expresses deep concern about the Bahraini authorities persistence in targeting and harassing human rights defenders, which was shown recently in the ill treatment inflicted upon the president of BCHR, Mr. Nabeel Rajab, through selective security measures practiced against him. Mr. Rajab was detained for about one hour by national security agents upon his departure to Greece through Bahrain National airport, after being threatened, his personal laptop and mobile phone were forcibly confiscated (in addition to the rest of the electronic devices that were in his possession), all files and information on these devices were copied, even family pictures and files related to his human rights work.

Un colloque international, organisé par quelques associations féministes algériennes agrées par l'Etat sur le thème : « Stop à la violence : les droits des femmes maintenant »  devait se tenir ce 25 novembre à Alger. Ce colloque a été interdit par les autorités algériennes le jour de son ouverture dans le mépris le plus total sans qu’aucune raison n’ait été avancée officiellement. Cette nouvelle atteinte aux libertés fondamentales de réunion et d’expression est le marqueur d’un autoritarisme politique qui  foule aux pieds le droit des  citoyens et fait dans l’excès de zèle et le cynisme lorsqu’il s’agit de celui des FEMMES ?

Pakistan Supreme Court Bar Association President Asma Jahangir has denounced the stay granted by the Lahore High Court against any action leading to a presidential pardon for Christian woman Aasia Bibi, who was sentenced to death by a district judge on charges on blasphemy. Jahangir expressed surprise that a stay had been granted on an action that was yet to take place, and disapproved of the idea of suspending the constitutional prerogative of the Executive, the Dawn reported. Update to Pakistan: WLUML statement: Ensure the safety of Asia Bibi and her family and repeal Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws

During the day, election-related violence claimed at least eight lives. Early results from the poll – described by domestic and international observers as "breathtaking" in its levels of fraud – suggest that the ruling National Democratic party (NDP) has captured 96% of the seats, while the 88 opposition members from the Muslim Brotherhood, could be erased to zero. 

Les associations de femmes signataires, réunies autour de l’AAPF, ont pris acte de la « non autorisation » qui leur a été signifiée oralement et tardivement, le 24 novembre 2010 pour la tenue de la commémoration de le journée mondiale contre les violences faites aux femmes, à l’hôtel Es Safir d’Alger. Elles tiennent à réaffirmer leur volonté à se battre contre les violences que, comme femmes elles subissent avec toutes les algériennes.

From 8 am to 10 am on Election Day, monitors from the Independent Coalition for Elections Observation reported the following: The Interior Ministry refused to legalize candidates’ proxies (representatives who enter the polling centers). Moreover, representatives of the Muslim Brotherhood and other opposition candidates who did receive accreditation, were not allowed in the polling stations.  Meanwhile, supporters of the National Democratic Party (NDP) continued advertising for their candidates inside the polling centers, even though campaigning is forbidden on Election Day. 

On the occasion of 29 November, International Day of Women Human Rights Defenders, the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition calls on the Iranian authorities to release Nasrin Sotoudeh, a lawyer and defender of women’s human rights, detained since 4 September 2010 in Evin Prison, Tehran. Sotoudeh has been held in solitary confinement where she is at risk of torture or other ill treatment, since her arrest. In protest at her detention and treatment, Sotoudeh went on hunger strike between 31 October and 15 November 2010.

يتابع مركز البحرين لحقوق الإنسان بقلق شديد التدهور الأمني الخطير الذي يأتي في إطار الحملة القمعية المتواصلة التي تشنها السلطة ضد النشطاء السياسيين والمدافعين عن حقوق الإنسان وكافة القرى والمناطق الشيعية، وانعكاس ذلك على وضع حقوق الإنسان في البلاد ولاسيما الأطفال منهم، الذين كانوا من ضحايا هذه الحملة لتشملهم موجة الاعتقالات التعسفية الواسعة والاختطافات المتكررة والإخفاء القسري والتعذيب الجسدي والنفسي والإساءة الجنسية، والذي يعتقد أن جهاز الأمن الوطني يقف وراء غالبيتها، وكذلك الاعتداءات الجسدية المتكررة على أبناء وأطفال القرى البحرينية من قبل القوات الخاصة التي يتم جلبها كقوات من المرتزقة الأجانب. وهناك 76 طفل معتقل من بين معتقلي الحملة الأمنية الأخيرة بما نسبتهم 21% من مجموع المعتقلين الذين وصل عددهم إلى 355 ، وهو الأمر الذي يرفع مؤشرات القلق حول مصير ومستقبل هؤلاء الأطفال الذين نتيجة هذه الأوضاع يحرمون من تعليمهم الدراسي لينتظرهم مستقبل مجهول أسوة بمئات من الأطفال الذي حرمتهم السلطة من تعليمهم المدرسي والجامعي إبان فترة أحداث المطالبة بالبرلمان في التسعينيات من القرن الماضي.

On 23 November the UN human rights chief called for the release of Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh. This followed the first trial session on 15 November. She has now been held for 80 days, following her arbitrary arrest on 4 September 2010. Amnesty International considers her to be a prisoner of conscience, held solely in connection with her work as a lawyer. 

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