Dozens of women’s and human rights groups condemn the recent arrest and imprisonment of Iranian women’s rights activist Alieh Eghdamdoust. She will serve a sentence of three years imprisonment for participating in a lawful and peaceful demonstration in June 2006/1385 in Haft-e Tir Square in Tehran.
Front Line reported, on 17 January 2009, that Ghada Jamsheer, a woman human rights defender in Bahrain, had become the target of a harassment campaign. Ghada Jamsheer and her family have received threats, including many threatening text messages, and have been followed in a car.
The leader of a polygamous community in western Canada who has admitted having numerous wives and dozens of children was arrested Wednesday [7 Jan. 2009] and charged with practicing polygamy, according to court documents and local officials.
13-year-old Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow was killed on Monday, 27 October 2008, by a group of 50 men who stoned her to death in a stadium in the southern port of Kismayu, Somalia in front of around 1,000 spectators. She was accused of adultery in breach of Islamic law but, her father and other sources told Amnesty International that she had in fact been raped by three men, and had attempted to report this rape to the al-Shabab militia who control Kismayo, and it was this act that resulted in her being accused of adultery and detained. None of men she accused of rape were arrested.
La cour de Biskra examinera aujourd’hui le cas d’une femme condamnée, il y a un mois, à 10 ans de prison ferme par le tribunal de première instance pour avoir porté atteinte au Coran. Dans son réquisitoire, le représentant du ministère public a requis la confirmation de la peine en application de l’article 160 section 4, stipulant que « toute profanation ou dégradation du Livre Saint est punie de 5 à 10 ans de prison ». Condamnée à 10 ans de prison ferme lors du précédent procès qui s’est déroulé en septembre dernier, sans que l’accusée ne puisse bénéficier de l’assistance d’un avocat, la mise en cause, qui purge une peine d’emprisonnement dans un établissement pénitentiaire de Biskra pour une affaire civile indépendante de celle-ci, a été défendue par maître Houda Talha.
According to Algerian Newspaper El Watan, last September a young women aged 26 was sentenced to 10 years in prison in Biskra, southern Algeria, where she is already detained for previous offence. She is accused of having damaged a Quran.
On 29 September, a court in Biskra sentenced 6 men to 4 years in prison and a 1000 euro fine, for eating in public during the fasting hours of Ramadan. The verdict has since been overturned and the prisoners have been freed.