Fundamentalisms

La laïcité est mise à l’épreuve dans plusieurs États d’Afrique subsaharienne qui l’ont gardé comme principe de gouvernance. Or sa préservation est importante pour les femmes, car elle permet de protéger leurs droits citoyens de toute intervention religieuse qui n’a jamais été aussi conservatrice et liée à la ‘droitisation’ complice du politique.

Secularism is being challenged in several Sub-Saharan African states which have long guarded it as a principle of governance. Its preservation is important for the protection of women's rights from religious interventions.

OPEN LETTER TO THE LEFT AND FAR LEFT 

If you would like to sign on to this letter, please email Fatou Sow at fatou@wluml.org 

Fatou Sow, Directrice International, WLUML
 
Les attentats des 7 et 9 janvier 2015 contre la rédaction de Charlie Hebdo et un supermarché juif et à Paris ont causé de profondes émotions et affecté toutes les sensibilités. 

We are facing a political threat, a totalitarian Islamist threat that manifests in terrorism. Journalists are defending something which is elementary to our democracy: our freedom to breathe and to laugh.

Militant group Boko Haram killed between 150 and 2,000 civilians in Baga on 3rd January but Nigerian politicians appear more focused on their election campaigns than on security issues, according to the BBC.

La Rencontre Africaine pour la Défense des Droits de l'Homme (RADDHO) organisait, le 31 décembre 2014, une Conférence de presse pour rendre compte de la situation des Droits humains en Mauritanie, suite à l'arrestation et à la détention arbitraires de Biram Dah Abeid, Président de l'Initiative pour la Résurgence du Mouvement Abolitionniste (IRA) et de huit (8) autres défenseurs des droits humains. La conférence a eu lieu en présence de deux membres du mouvement. Fatou Sow, Directrice internationale et Codou Bop, membre du Bureau de WLUML ont participé à la conférence pour dénoncer la fatwa qui pèse sur Aminettou Mint El-Moctar, présidente de l’Association des Femmes chefs de famille.

Pen against kalashnikov: courage against atrocity. People of Muslim heritage call for combatting Islamist ideology by political means and mass mobilisation.

On December 31st, 2014 the African Assembly for the Defence of Human Rights (RADDHO) organized a press conference to review the situation of human rights in Mauritania, further to the arrest and detention of Biram Dah Abeid, President of the Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement (IRA) and eight other human rights defenders. The conference took place in the presence of two members of the WLUML network Fatou Sow (International Director) and Codou Bop (Board member). They participated at the conference to denounce the fatwa against Aminettou Mint El-Moctar, president of the Association of the Women heads of the family.  The following statment was delivered to the conference.

French version here

A death sentence was issued in June 2014, against Ms. Aminettou Mint El Moctar, president of the Association of Women-Headed Households (AFCF) in Nouakchott. This was not an act of the Mauritanian justice system, but a fatwa from Yadhih Ould Dahi, the leader of a radical Islamist movement, Ahbab Errassoul. This fatwa was relayed in many mosques in the country and in the media, which resulted in violent threats against Ms. Mint El Moctar. The judicial authorities refused to accept the complaint she tried to file against the religious leader.  The pressure on Ms. Mint El Moctar remains very strong.

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