Fundamentalisms

Omar al-Bashir, the Sudanese president, said the country would adopt an Islamic constitution if the south split away in next month's referendum, in a speech today in which he also defended police filming a woman being flogged. "If south Sudan secedes, we will change the constitution and at that time there will be no time to speak of diversity of culture and ethnicity," Bashir told supporters at a rally in the eastern city of Gedaref. "Sharia [Islamic law] and Islam will be the main source for the constitution, Islam the official religion and Arabic the official language," he said.

Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr called on Friday for the closure of bars and liquor shops in Iraq following a renewed campaign by authorities in Baghdad to shut down nightclubs and shops selling alcohol.

It's not known exactly how many Ahmadis have settled in Britain - because many are too fearful to even admit they belong to the religion. They are a small, peaceful community who came here after fleeing persecution in Pakistan. But many Ahmadis are now living in fear for their lives - because they claim a campaign of hatred against them by other, extremist Muslims, is being exported from Pakistan onto the streets of the UK. 

Analyzing Religious Fundamentalist Strategies and Feminist Responses by Cassandra Balchin. This publication is one in a series of products based on collaborative research under AWID's multi-year Resisting and Challenging Religious Fundamentalisms Initiative.

قالت هيومن رايتس ووتش في تقرير أصدرته اليوم إن قانونين للشريعة في منطقة آكيه بإندونيسيا يخرقان حقوق الإنسان وعادة ما يتم تطبيقهما بشكل مسيئ من قبل مسؤولي الشرطة ومن قبل الأفراد. وقالت هيومن رايتس ووتش إن الحكومة المركزية الأندونيسية وحكومة منطقة آكيه عليهما اتخاذ الخطوات اللازمة لإلغاء هذين القانونين.

Deux lois locales de la charia, dans la province indonésienne d'Aceh, bafouent les droits des habitants et sont régulièrement appliquées de manière abusive par des représentants de l'État et même par des particuliers, a déclaré Human Rights Watch dans un rapport publié aujourd'hui. Le gouvernement central du pays et celui de la province d'Aceh devraient agir pour abroger ces deux lois, a préconisé Human Rights Watch.

Two local Sharia laws in Indonesia's Aceh province violate rights and are often enforced abusively by public officials and even private individuals, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The country's central government and the Aceh provincial government should take steps to repeal the two laws, Human Rights Watch said.

Zarghoona* has completed her three-month sentence at a prison in Kandahar Province, southern Afghanistan, but she is not allowed home because no male relative has shown up to guarantee that she will not run away from home again. “All my family has abandoned me. I am dead for them but they [prison authorities] say they will only release me to a man from my family,” the woman told IRIN in a phone interview facilitated by an official who preferred anonymity. 

Pour la première fois dans l’Algérie indépendante, une formation politique, le Parti pour la Laïcité et la Démocratie (PLD), a rendu publique cet été une charte relative à la nécessaire instauration de la laïcité, en Algérie. Une charte qui vient à point nommé, tant méconnaissance et confusions de cet ordre institutionnel ou juridique sont grandes, même en France pourtant berceau de la laïcité.

The Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) international solidarity network expresses concerns and reservations regarding the decision of the Centre for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to represent the Yemen-based radical Anwar al-Awlaki's interests pro bono, in response to the US decision to authorise the targeted assassination of Awlaki.

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