By Bintari Hamza Zafar



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Human rights groups have warned about the safety of a prominent Bangladeshi lawyer after Islamist leaders threatened to “break every bone” in her body for defending the installation of a Lady Justice statue outside the country’s supreme court.


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Women Living Under Muslim Laws is nominating WLUML board member Ms. Zarizana Abdul Aziz from Malaysia as the most knowledgeable and experienced candidate for the Asia representative of the UN Working Group on Discrimination against Women in Law and Practice. 

You can find both a detailed and a short endorsement below, as well as how to make your endorsement.

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After months of hard work, Musawah’s  Arabic website is now live.

Retired Concordia University professor describes terrifying experience in Tehran prison

By Susan Ormiston, CBC News Posted: Oct 05, 2016 6:36 PM ET Last Updated: Oct 06, 2016 8:04 AM ET



Homa Hoodfar’s Iranian captors never succeeded in breaking her spirit — not when they confined her to a tiny cell without a bathroom, not when they interrogated her for hours on end, not when she endured countless sleepless nights in a brightly lit cell with no pillow.



An Iranian-Canadian academic recently released from more than three months of detention in Iran said on Thursday that "it's wonderful to be home".

Shortly after landing in Montreal on Thursday morning, and tightly clutching her niece's hand, Homa Hoodfar spoke briefly with the media and thanked Canadian and Omani officials, civil society groups, and academics who pushed for her release.

"It's been a bitter seven months and the detention has made me weak and tired," she said.


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In light of new details that have emerged about Professor Hoodfar's arrest and detention, her family has released a statement. Please read and share the following statement widely.

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Last week’s decision by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards to charge British-Iranian charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe with plotting to overthrow the regime when she had been told she was about to be released seems particularly cruel and arbitrary. It is also an alarming development for another woman of dual nationality currently held incommunicado in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison.

June 9, 2016 - Scholars at Risk (SAR) is gravely concerned over the arrest and detention of Dr. Homa Hoodfar, who is reportedly being held in Evin Prison, Iran.
Professor Hoodfar, a dual citizen of Canada and Iran who is a professor of social anthropology at Concordia University in Canada, traveled to Iran in February to visit relatives and conduct research.