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SIGN THE PETITION: President Hamid Karzai: We call on you not to sign the new Law on Criminal Procedures

February 12, 2014

The law would prohibit the justice system to question relatives of criminal defendants. It will deprive Afghan women and girls access to justice against relatives who commit domestic violence, forced them to marry or even sell them. Only the President can stop this law that has already been passed by the Parliament from being enforced, and he is due to sign it in the coming days.

Brunei Darussalam: Fundamental Rights and Freedoms Violated under the new Shari’a Penal Code

October 30, 2013

 

The groups here listed are deeply concerned by the Sultanate of Brunei Darussalam’s announcement of a new penal code based on a strict interpretation of Shari’a law.  We add our voices to the growing concerns of the international community that this move towards stricter Shari’a law demonstrates a disturbing disregard of basic civil and political rights of the people of Brunei.   

 

Paquistán: ¡Firma la Petición! Protege a las Defensoras de los Derechos Humanos de las Mujeres en Paquistán, especialmente, en las áreas tribales bajo administración federal (FATA)

July 9, 2012

Es extremadamente grave que se permita a las fuerzas regresivas extremistas perpetuar el reino del terror sobre la población tribal, especialmente, sobre las mujeres que se desempeñan en servicios públicos. Además del hecho de que estos elementos son identificables, las autoridades de gobierno han fallado totalmente en hacer valer y respetar el Estado de Derecho. Las omisiones del Estado y su inactividad de cara al asesinato y a las amenazas en contra de las personas han resultado en la completa impunidad para aquellos que cometen este tipo de actos terroristas, con consecuencias fatales para sus víctimas.

Pakistan: Signez la pétition soutenant les femmes défenseures des droits humains au Pakistan

July 9, 2012

Le 4 Juillet 2012, cette jeune femme de 25 ans a été prise en embuscade et abattue devant sa résidence à Hayatabad, Khyber Agency, une zone tribale de la région FATA. Selon les rapports de presse, il parait évident que Farida Afridi a été assassinée parce qu'elle était une femme défenseure des droits humains qui s’impliquait dans une organisation non gouvernementale (SAWERA) travaillant pour le bien-être des femmes des communautés tribales.

Pakistan: Killing of NGO worker Farida Afridi in Jamrud Tehsil of Khyber Agency

July 9, 2012

Women's Action Forum (WAF) Lahore is deeply disturbed by the shocking news of the killing of Ms. Farida Afridi in the Khyber Agency. It is evident from news reports that she was killed because she was a woman human rights defender associated with a non-government organization working for the welfare of tribal women. This is not the first killing of a human rights defender in the tribal area and it sends a chilling message to the whole community of civil society organizations working for people’s rights and for their development and welfare.

Turkey: No a la prohibicion del aborto

June 2, 2012

Las declaraciones del Primer Ministro Ergodan la última semana de mayo del 2012 revelan que planes para prohibir el aborto andan dando vueltas desde hace tiempo. La experiencia global indica que este atentado letal, que no tiene respaldo científico, no reducirá las tasas de aborto; sino que llevará a más abortos peligrosos y un aumento de la mortalidad materna. EL ABORTO NO ES UN ASESINATO, PERO PROHIBIRLO SÍ LO ES!

Turkey: Say No to Abortion Ban!

June 2, 2012

TO THE POLICIES OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND THE GOVERNMENT OF TURKEY THAT TARGET GENDER EQUALITY, WOMEN'S BODIES, REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS, AND SEXUALITY, OUR RESPONSE IS A RESOUNDING "NO!"

We demand that the process to ban abortion be ceased IMMEDIATELY!

Banning abortion or further limiting the duration and conditions under which it can be performed;

Turquie: Dites NON a l'interdiction de l'avortement!

June 2, 2012

Les dernières déclarations du Premier Ministre ont rendu évident que le projet d’interdiction était planifié depuis quelques temps. Cette initiative funeste qui ne repose sur aucune donnée scientifique ne fera pas baisser le recours à l’IVG mais va entraîner des IVG dans des conditions insalubres et occasionner des décès de femmes comme cela a été démontré à travers le monde. L’IVG n’est pas un assassinat, son interdiction l’est!

Pakistan: Protect Pakistan’s leading human rights activist Asma Jahangir from state agency plots to assassinate her

June 12, 2012

Security leaks have brought to light a plot to kill human rights defender Asma Jahangir - former UN Special Rapporteur for Religious Freedom and the President of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan. Jahangir has been a vocal and outspoken leader of the human rights movement in Pakistan for over 30 years and is respected both within Pakistan and the international community. Sign the petition here: http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Protect_Pakistans_leading_human_rights_...

Afghanistan: End the Unlawful Criminalisation of Women and Girls Based on ‘Moral Grounds’

April 6, 2012

The Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) international solidarity network and Violence is Not Our Culture Campaign (VNC) strongly condemn the imprisonment of women and girls in Afghanistan (approximately 400 of them) for so-called “moral crimes”, including running away from home. The new study released by Human Rights Watch (HRW), “I Had to Run Away”: The Imprisonment of Women and Girls for “Moral Crimes” in Afghanistan[1] documents the phenomenon of these “crimes”, which often involve flight from early forced marriages or domestic violence.

Guarantee Afghan Women’s Rights in Peace Talks with the Taleban

November 17, 2011

Ten years ago, the Afghan government and its international allies pledged to advance women’s rights following the military intervention to oust the Taleban. But many Afghan women now fear their rights will be sacrificed as the Afghan government and its international partners seek a political settlement with the Taleban

Kyrgyzstan: Call to End Bride Kidnapping

November 15, 2011

In 2009, on her way home from university, Vulkan was abducted by a man who wanted her for his wife and imprisoned in his house. When she tried to escape, a female relative of the “groom” threatened that she would be cursed if she dared step over the threshold to leave. Vulkan now reluctantly lives with her abductor as his wife, having been forced to give up university and any thought of a job, and is determined never to allow any sons she may have to kidnap a bride.

Indonesia: Government regulation on female circumcision must be repealed

August 4, 2011

VNC is supporting the demand by Indonesian women's groups that the Indonesian government repeal the recent regulation issued by the Ministry of Health which allows female genital circumcision to be carried out by medical professionals.

Malaysia: The Obedient Wives’ Club Signals State’s Failure to Uphold Women’s Rights in the Family

June 13, 2011

The ASEAN Progressive Muslim Movement (APMM), a network of twenty one (21) non-governmental organizations working for the protection and promotion of women’s rights in the ASEAN region, jointly with Women Living Under Muslim Laws and the Global Campaign to Stop Violence Against Women in the name of "Culture" (Violence is Not our Culture Campaign), view the recent formation of The Obedient Wives’ Club (OWC) in Malaysia as disturbing and offensive.

Pakistan: Ensure safety of Asia Bibi and her family and repeal Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws

November 19, 2010

The International Solidarity Network, Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) is deeply shocked that a court in Nankana Sahib, Pakistan, has sentenced a 45-year-old Christian woman, Asia Bibi, to death on the charge of having committed “blasphemy”. Although illiterate, she has been accused of denying the institution of prophet-hood by citing copious examples from the key texts of Islam. We join local human rights organizations, international women’s groups and religious minorities in calling for Pakistan to urgently repeal its Blasphemy Laws. We also appeal to the authorities to guarantee the safety of Asia Bibi and her family from the rage of local extremists, as well as investigate the violent persecution of the Christian community in the Punjab.

Aceh: Caning of Two Women for Selling Rice during Ramadan

October 15, 2010


The Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women! (SKSW) and the International Solidarity Network, Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) are outraged by the caning of two women in Aceh for selling cooked rice during Ramadan.

Please find sample letter attached at the bottom of this page.

The sentence was carried out on October 1st, 2010 to Murni binti Amris (27) and Rukiah binti Abdullah (22). The caning took place outside the Munawwarah Mosque in Jantho, Aceh Besar after the Friday prayers and was witnessed by the public.

URGENT: PAKISTAN: Shirkat Gah Appeals for Support in Relief Work

August 19, 2010

URGENT Action: Shirkat Gah Appeals for Support in Relief Work

Pakistan is facing yet another emergency situation due to severe flooding caused by heavy rainfall. According to the Pakistani government, this has affected twenty million people so far. After visiting the flood stricken areas, a visibly upset UN General Secretary, Ban Ki Moon, said “This has been a heart-wrenching day for me. In the past, I have visited many natural disasters, but I have never seen anything like this.”

Pakistan: Outrage at Kala Dhaka Jirga's rajm "judgement"

July 8, 2010

 Khawateen Mahaz-e-Amal (Women’s Action Forum – National) is outraged at reports of yet another “judgement” (sic) of Rajm (stoning to death) for “illicit relations” (sic), pronounced by a self-styled Jirga in Kala Dhaka, on an accusation that a man and a woman were seen walking together in a field in Madakhail.

West Aceh, Indonesia: New regulation forbidding the wearing of 'tight clothing’ by women may be open to abuse


The Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women and the International Solidarity Network, Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) are jointly concerned about the issuance of a new regulation in the district of West Aceh, Indonesia, which strictly forbids Muslims, especially women, to wear tight clothes.

Click here to read this alert in Arabic / العربية

MALAYSIA: Silencing Freedom of Expression

The ASEAN Progressive Muslim Movement (APMM) is a civil society’s group that was formed as an outcome of a regional meeting of Southeast Asian human rights advocated held in Jakarta on 16-17 October 2009. The meeting was organized by conducted to examine how certain interpretations of Sharia laws are affecting the rights of the women in Muslim contexts in the region and undermining democratic institutions and processes in countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, the Mindanao region in the Philippines and Thailand. APMM has members or 30 person from 21 organization in ASEAN countries including some organization that are based in Jakarta such as Aceh Human’s Rights NGO Coalition, PEKKA, Solidaritas Perempuan, and SCN-CREST. We, the APMM, have noted from various media reports that on February 25th 2010, the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (MAIS) has lodged a police report against Sisters in Islam (SIS) because of SIS’ press statement on the caning of three Muslim women that was announced to have taken place on February 9th 2010. This report by MAIS is one of six lodged against SIS and also against P. Gunasegaram, Managing Editor of the Malaysian newspaper, The Star for his article ‘Persuasion not Compulsion’ on February 19th 2010.

PAKISTAN: A Hindu girl has been abducted by a landlord and forcibly converted to Islam; the authorities have refused to intervene.

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information about the abduction of a 15-year-old Hindu girl in October last year. Police and state officials refused to look into the case. After the victim was found in captivity with her parents' employer – a local landlord – they were told that she had married and converted to Islam, however they were not able to speak with her alone and she has since disappeared again without trace. There are extremely strong fears for her safety, and strong concerns that the Punjab authorities are indulging in extreme negligence of their duties to protect minors.

Aceh: Civil society groups advocate for repeal of Qanun Jinayah (Islamic Criminal Legal Code)

The Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women! (SKSW Campaign) and the Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) international solidarity network join their allies in Indonesia in continuing to call for the repeal of a law (or 'qanun') passed by the Aceh Legislative Council (DPRD) on Monday 14 September 2009, that expands the range of violent punishments for alleged moral and sexual transgressions, including stoning to death for “adultery” and 100 lashes for homosexuality.

Malaysia: Court of appeals upholds the caning sentence of Kartika

The International Solidarity Network, Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML), and the Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women! (SKSW) are greatly concerned that the caning of Madam Kartika will take place in the next few days, possibly in secret. The caning sentence was upheld in the Malaysian court of appeals on 28 September in spite of clear statements from government authorities casting serious doubt upon the wisdom of such punishments. WLUML and SKSW support the Malaysian Bar Council's call for Zero tolerance for caning as a cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment.

Indonesia: New law in Aceh makes adultery punishable by stoning

The International Solidarity Network, Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) and the Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women! (SKSW) are gravely concerned to learn of a set of regressive new laws introduced in Aceh, Indonesia on 14 September 2009. Indonesia's province of Aceh has passed a new law that imposes severe sentences for consensual extra-marital sexual relations, rape, homosexuality, alcohol consumption and gambling. Previously, Aceh's partially-adopted Sharia law enforced dress codes and mandatory prayers. "This law is a preventive measure for Acehnese people so that they will avoid moral degradation," said Moharriyadia, a spokesman for the Prosperous Justice Party.