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Friday 7th March 2014, Emma Bath - LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After Iranian film actress Marzieh Vafamehr appeared with her head uncovered in My Tehran for Sale, an Australian film critical of her home country, she was sentenced to three months in jail and a hefty fine.

When Iran banned lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh from flying to Italy to receive a human rights prize, she sent a video-taped acceptance speech and was promptly fined for not wearing a hijab in the recording.

The actress and lawyer are among hundreds of thousands of girls and women who have fallen foul of Iran’s strict dress code. More than 30,000 have been arrested over the last decade for violating the law, according to a report published on Friday which calls for an end to forced hijab. Some of those detained were as young as 12 years old.

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiam, who is worth $20 billion, ominously said people will be sorry they criticized the plan once Sharia law is in place.

UPDATE:

Zainab Al-Khawaja was released from prison on 16 February 2014. She still has many open cases against her, and is scheduled for her next court hearing on 19 February 2014.

Main Findings
 
[Trigger warning: details of sexual assault and torture]
 
This report documents abuses to which the criminal justice system subjects women during arrest, interrogation, trial, and imprisonment. Between December 2012 and April 2013, Human Rights Watch interviewed 27 women and 7 girls, Sunni and Shia; their families and lawyers; medical service providers in women’s prisons; civil society representatives; foreign embassy and United Nations staff in Baghdad; Justice, Interior, Defense, and Human Rights ministry officials, and two deputyprime ministers. We also reviewed court documents, lawyers’ case files, and government decisions and reports.

In September, Iranian President Rouhani granted amnesty to 12 political prisoners as he made his way to an annual session of the United Nations General Assembly. But former Evin prison inmate and 2009 IWMF Courage in Journalism Awardee, Jila Baniyaghoob, cautions this isolated act does not signify democratic momentum.

Source: FLD

16/10/2013

Dans la matinée du 15 octobre 2013, la police kényanne a arrêté sept membres de Bunge la Mwananchi car ils sont soupçonnés d'avoir participé à un rassemblement illégal, alors qu'ils-elles protestaient contre l'augmentation de 16% de la taxe sur les biens courants.

Les personnes arrêtées sont Mme Ruth Mumbi et messieurs Francis Sakwa, John Koome, Winfred Olal, Chris Michael, Frederick Odhiambo et John Korir, l'actuel président de Bunge la Mwananchi.

Les manifestants ont été passés à tabac sur les lieux du rassemblement et placés en détention pendant près de quatre heures, avant d'être libérés sans charge.

Ruth Mumbi milite au sein de la communauté ; elle est fondatrice et actuelle coordinatrice nationale de Bunge la Wamama (le Parlement des femmes), une section féministe du mouvement Bunge la Mwananchi (le Parlement du peuple). Les deux groupes mènent des campagnes et plaident au sujet des questions liées à la justice sociale. Ruth Mumbi était aussi finaliste du Prix Front Line Defenders 2013 pour les défenseur-ses des droits humains en danger.

Our Sudanese allies have come together to denounce the violence perpetrated by the Sudanese government.  Below you will find their message and petition. Please sign and circulate widely amongst your respective networks.

September 2013 saw hoards of people taking to the streets of Sudan in protest, sparked by the government’s lift on fuel subsidies in the already impoverished country.  Sudanese police and intelligence forces shot more than two hundred people dead.  The fact that the authorities’ guns were aimed at people’s chests and heads indicates that the aim was to "shoot to kill."  

On Monday October 21st Elsafie DafAllah and Hyatham Karar will hold a hunger strike in front of the White House (October 21st-25th).

Saudi women’s rights activists Thursday posted photographs and videos of themselves behind the wheel on social media websites, defying a de-facto ban on women driving in the kingdom.

The social media flurry came two days after three female members of Saudi Arabia’s Shura Council requested that the issue be discussed in the forum.

According to Al Arabiya, the women who took part in Thursday’s campaign were welcomed by some onlookers.

One video posted on YouTube showed a Saudi mother capturing footage of her daughter “Azza” driving a car.

An appeal court in Dammam has confirmed the sentences of two women’s rights activists convicted in an unfair trial for attempting to help an abused woman. Wajeha al-Huwaider and Fawzia al-Oyouni were sentenced to 10 months in prison followed by a two-year travel ban.

تدين شيكة "النساء في ظل قوانين المسلمين" ومنظمة آري ومجموعة نساء النوبة ن قتل مئات المحتجين السودانيين وجرح العديد منهم، نتيجة استخدام قوات الأمن السودانية للقوة المتعسفة وغير القانونية المستخدمة ضد موجة من الاحتجاجات في الخرطوم والعديد من المدن الأخرى في البلاد.

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