On Friday 9th April, 2010 Amnesty International announced Gita Sahgal's departure from Amnesty International. You can read her statement in full here. On 29 March 2010, the initiators of “The Global Petition: Restoring The Integrity of Human Rights” responded to Amnesty International's letter in which Claudio Cordone, InterimSecretary General of Amnesty International (AI), stated "Moazzam Begg and others in his group Cageprisoners also hold other views which they have clearly stated, for example on whether one should talk to the Taleban or on the role of jihad in self-defence. Are such views antithetical to human rights? Our answer is no, even if we may disagree with them...". Reiterating the imperative today for the public accountability of an organization such as Amnesty International, the initiators of the Global Petition set out why they believe that AI's attitude to defensive jihad raises very serious concerns: "The call for ‘defensive jihad’ is a thread running through many fundamentalist and specifically ‘salafi-jihadi’ texts. It is mentioned by Abdullah Azzam, mentor of Osama bin Laden, and founder of Lashkar e Tayyaba. It is the argument of ‘defensive jihad’ that the Taleban uses to legitimise its anti human rights actions such as the beheading of dissidents, including members of minority communities, and the public lashing of women..."
Mohamed Sifaoui, journaliste, écrivain et réalisateur Algérien exilé en France a été violemment agressé par des islamistes à Paris le vendredi 13 juin. Depuis 2003 il bénéficiait d'une protection policière mais depuis 6 mois elle le lui a été retirée. M. Sifaoui, défenseur bien connu des droits humains et des droits humains des femmes, mérite la protection permanente de la France.
Mohamed Sifaoui - an Algerian journalist, writer and director living in exile in France - was violently attacked by Islamists in Paris on Friday, June 13th 2008. Why? For his tireless and courageous struggle against fundamentalisms and his defence of secularism. Since 2003 he has benefited from police protection, but since January 2008 it has been withdrawn.
Mohamed Sifaoui, journaliste, écrivain et réalisateur Algérien exilé en France a été violemment agressé par des islamistes à Paris le vendredi 13 juin. Motif? Son inlassable et courageux combat contre les intégristes et pour la laïcité. Depuis 2003 il bénéficiait d'une protection policière mais depuis 6 mois elle le lui a été retirée.
Many thousands in the Muslim community in Britain as well as non-British spouses of British Muslims may be in marriages or undergo divorces whose legal validity is doubtful in the eyes of the English courts and authorities such as immigration and pensions. This leaves them in a ‘married/un-married’ limbo, often referred to in legal terms as ‘limping marriages’. This publication includes articles on: British Law; Laws in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan; and European and International Law.
Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) is a term referring to women who individually or with others, act to promote and protect everyone’s human rights and any individual working specifically to promote women’s rights.
Le terme Femmes Défenseurs des Droits Humains (FDDH) désigne des femmes qui, à titre individuel ou en groupe, agissent pour promouvoir et protéger les droits humains des personnes, ainsi que toute personne oeuvrant particulièrement à promouvoir les droits des femmes.