North Africa

 Originally published on "Peace is Loud" website: here 

Gain some insight into the troubles currently facing Egypt with this feature doc that showcases conversations between 4 Egyptian women of different political and religious stripe. Whether Muslim, Christian or non-religious, the women are first and foremost friends, and their confrontation redefines tolerance. How do we get along when our views collide? A universal and very timely question.

هذا الفيديو يعرض ما تتعرض له مصر من مشاكل من خلال اربعة سيدات من مختلف الخلفيات السياسية والدينية. هم أصدقاء سواء كانوا مسلمات أو مسيحيات أو غير متدينات؛ صداقتهن فوق كل شئ.

تظل قضايا الصحة والحقوق الجنسية والانجابية في الشرق الأوسط وشمال إفر يقيا قضايا اشكالية لعدد من الأسباب. أولا، هناك غياب للمعلومات الدقيقة عل المستوى الوطني بشأن تلك القضايا إما بسبب عدم قانونية بعض الممارسات مثل الاجهاض أو بسبب الوصمة الاجتماعية المصاحبة للبعض الآخر مثل الأمراض المنقولة جنسيا أو فيرس نقص المناعة البشرية/الإيدز.


The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the judicial harassment of Ms. Azza Soliman, human rights lawyer and founder of the Centre for Egyptian Women Legal Aid (CEWLA).

12th March 2015

Today, just one day after we delivered a tribute women human rights defenders attacked for their activism, we received news from Algerian activist Cherifa Kheddar that she was assaulted by police and arrested along with several other members of her organization while trying to demonstrate in front of the Central Post Office on International Women's Day in Algiers.  

As a member of the Women Human Rights Defender International Coalition (WHRDIC), WLUML condemns the killing of Shaimaa El Sabbagh and calls on the Egyptian government to investigate her murder, and to drop charges against all witnesses.

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.

Since 21st June 2014 Yara Sallam, WLUML networker and award-winning human rights defender has been held under the unconstitutional 'Protest Law', along with six other women arrested on the same occasion.  Countless more are being held on similarly spurious charges in a wave of crackdowns on civil society and dissenting voices in Egypt.  On 26 October 2014, a Cairo Misdemeanours Court sentenced Yara  - along with 22 other human rights defenders and protesters - to three years' imprisonment, a further three years' police monitoring, and a fine of 10,000 Egyptian Pounds each.  An appeal has been launched to overturn the sentence, but they remain behind bars.

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