Women Human Rights Defenders

Iranian women are exposed to a variety of discriminations with charges ranging from gender-related and ethnic issues over religious and political beliefs to the defense of their own rights and those of underprivileged groups within the Islamic Republic of Iran.On the occasion of the 100th International Women’s Day we publish a list of imprisoned Iranian women to expose the extent of this discrimination. As to the prisoners of conscience the two most vulnerable groups are the religious minorities of Baha’i and Christians, both persecuted relentlessly as they pose a serious challenge to the autocratic Islamist system. With regards to ethnic discriminations members of the Kurd and Baluchi minorities are most endangered.

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 استغل عدد من عضوات مجلس الشعب عن مقاعد الكوتة الحلقة النقاشية، التى عقدها المجلس القومى للمرأة السبت، حول نظم وأساليب العمل البرلمانى، لطرح ما يجول بخاطرهن حول كيفية القيام بدورهن، والمشاكل التى يعانين منها. سألت الكاتبة الصحفية أمينة شفيق، العضوة المعينة فى المجلس: «هل من الضرورى أن تتفرغ عضوة مجلس الشعب للعمل البرلمانى، وهل يسمح لها بالمشاركة فى المظاهرات والوقفات الاحتجاجية، لاسيما إن كان عملها هو الصحافة»، وأجاب عن السؤال المستشار سامى مهران، أمين عام مجلس الشعب، الذى حضر الحلقة بقوله: «الصحفى غير معنى بالتفرغ للعمل البرلمانى، ومن حقه الالتحام بالشعب ما لم يكن عملاً يعاقب عليه القانون».

Lawyer Amie Bensouda on Thursday accused Madam Begonaballes Teros Sanchez, director of Yolocamba Solidaridad, a Spanish-based NGO, of fundamental rights violation for instigating the prosecution of the two top officials of Gamcotrap, local women's rights NGO. Gamcotrap executive director Dr Isatou Touray and programme coordinator Amie Bojang Sissoho are standing trial at the Banjul Magistrates' Court for allegedly stealing 31, 000 Euros from the Spanish NGO. Update to Gambia: Trial of Dr. Isatou Touray & Amie Bojang-Sissoho adjourned to 22 December

Other nations and the UN should speak out against a wave of executions in Iran, the Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi and six human rights organizations said today. Shirin Ebadi and the human rights groups called on the Iranian Judiciary and Parliament to institute an immediate moratorium on all executions. At least 86 people have been executed since the start of 2011, according to information received by the six organizations. The groups are Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Reporters without Borders, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, the International Federation for Human Rights, and its affiliate, the Iranian League for the Defence of Human Rights. At least eight of those executed in January were political prisoners, convicted of “enmity against God” (moharebeh) for participating in demonstrations, or for their alleged links to opposition groups.

خطابات الي ملك مملكة البحرين الخطاب الأول ليعاد لشعب البحرين أعتباره وحقوقه الي جلالة ملك مملكة البحرين حمد بن عيسى آل خليفة تحية مملؤة باحساس المواطن يحملها بين ذراعيه طالبا الأصلاح في هذا الوطن , تحية تحمل معاني الصدق وتتشوق نحو آفاق الحرية . تمر على المواطن البحريني أيام صعبة وقاسية يعاني فيها من ضيق الرزق , وقلة فرص العمل ومنافسة الأجنبي وتضييق في الحريات وتقليص للحقوق , وإنتظار لبيت العمر الذي ينقضي نصفه قبل الحصول عليه . جلالة الملك ذاك عهدا وعد شعبنا فيه بالديمقراطية العريقة , عهد نسي فيه شعبنا الأحقاد حينما حمل جلالتكم شباب سترة على الأكتاف متناسين الأمهم وجراحهم , شعب أستبشر خيرا بكل كلمة قلتموها , في كل محفل طرقتموه , عندما تعهدتم بحماية الوطن وصيانة الحريات .

The life of Nasrin Sotoudeh, an Iranian human rights lawyer and women's rights activist, is in danger. Nasrin was arrested by Iranian authorities on 4th September 2010 for her activity in defending human rights in Iran, and has been held in prison for more than 103 days. The prosecutor has charged her with propaganda against the state and also for actions against national security. Under Iranian law the accused can only be held in custody for a maximum of seven days without charge after the preliminary investigation has taken place. 

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Lamin Manneh, a security officer, yesterday testified in the trial of Dr. Isatou Touray, the Executive Director of Gambia Committe on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Girls, and Amie Bojang-Sissoho, Programme Coordinator of the same organisation at the Banjul Magistrates' Court.

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