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UPDATE Sudan: Jalila Khamis released

January 20, 2013

Update: After 10 months in the detention Jalila Khamis, the Nuba woman activist, had been released today for lack of evidents after the charges against her were dropped today. Jalila had been detained on March 14th , 2012 for her in helping the IDPs from her home region in Nuba mountains, and was formally charged in December 2012.

Act Now to Oppose Russian Resolution on Traditional Values: Universality of Human Rights at Stake!

September 6, 2012

At the current session of the UN Human Rights Council, Russia has tabled a resolution seeking to promote “traditional values” as a basis for human rights. Numerous UN experts have emphasised that traditional values are frequently invoked by States to justify human rights violations, such as family violence, marital rape, and forced marriage. A preliminary report of the Advisory Committee is highly critical of a traditional values approach to human rights, calling traditional values “vague, subjective and unclear” and noting that “those most marginalized and disenfranchised have the most to lose from a traditional values approach to human rights”.

Iraq: Don’t Legalize Marriage for 9-Year-Olds

March 14, 2014

Draft Law Huge Step Back for Women, Girls, says Human Rights Watch 

MARCH 12, 2014

! الافراج عن ليلى ابراهيم عيسى ! وقف الرجم في السودان

July 21, 2012

We are grateful to everyone who took part in this action, and extend thanks on behalf of our Sudanese sisters as well, who believe the international advocacy by the diverse groups and individuals who joined to call to action had a huge and positive impact on the Court’s decision.

Thank you for your support! Together we do make a difference!

September 12, 2012

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Sudan: Layla Ibrahim Issa - Another woman sentenced to death by stoning. Take action now!

July 21, 2012

Update: Layla has been released!

The Court of Appeals handling Layla’s case has dropped the sentence of stoning, and changed the charge to “egregious acts”, for which it was determined Layla had spent enough time in prison. Our Sudanese networkers are still monitoring the situation, in order to ensure that the changed charges do not result in further violations of Layla’s rights, or those of her child. For now, Layla Ibrahim Issa is free, and not facing any further prison time. We will continue to keep you posted on any developments for Layla, or other similar cases in Sudan. We are grateful to everyone who took part in this action, and extend thanks on behalf of our Sudanese sisters as well, who believe the international advocacy by the diverse groups and individuals who joined to call to action had a huge and positive impact on the Court’s decision.

Thank you for your support! Together we do make a difference!

Update: Intisar Sharif Abdallah Released Unconditionally without Further Charge

June 22, 2012

Earlier this month we issued an action alert to stop the stoning of Intisar Sharif Abdallah* in Sudan. We are pleased to share the news from our Sudanese sisters who report that as of 21 June 2012, Intisar was released unconditionally and without further charges. Please see SIHA's press release below.

Rights Must Be At the Center of the Family Planning Summit: Civil Society Declaration

June 4, 2012

Violence is Not our Culture has joined numerous rights groups, including Amnesty International, the Center for Reproductive Rights, DAWN, the International Women's Health Coalition and RESURJ in supporting the following statement "Rights must be at the centre of the Family Planning Summit", to be presented to the organizers of the DFID/Gates Family Planning Summit which will be held in London on 11 July 2012.

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Sudan: Stop Stoning of Intisar Sharif Abdallah

June 1, 2012

Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) and the Violence Is Not Our Culture (VNC) campaign call on Sudanese authorities to stop the execution of a woman condemned to stoning for alleged adultery. Intisar was accused of having a relationship and becoming pregnant by a man who was not her husband. She was found guilty after an “admission of guilt” following torture and brutal beatings by her brother who instigated the case. According to reports, Intisar did not have access to a lawyer during her trial, and her accused lover remains un-convicted and walks free. To take action, please write immediately in Arabic, English or your own language to the authorities listed below.

The Vatican's Crackdown Against the Nuns Is Unacceptable and Deplorable

April 30, 2012

We, the Violence is not our Culture Campaign, stand in solidarity with the US-based Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) who has been the target of an unprecedented crackdown by the Vatican.

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.

We Condemn Renewed Threats to Ugandan LGBT Rights Defenders

February 16, 2012

The Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) international solidarity network and the Violence is not our Culture (VNC) Campaign condemn the recent police raid on a workshop for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) human rights defenders in Entebbe, Uganda. This act is an outright violation of the fundamental rights and freedoms of human rights defenders, which are guaranteed under the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the African Charter, both of which the Uganda government has signed and ratified.

There is No Honour in Killing - VNC Statement on the Shafia Murders in Canada

February 2, 2012

Last week, a Canadian court found a Montreal couple and their son guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths of four female family members; Zeinab, Sahar and Geeta Shafia, as well as Rona Mohammad Amir. Mohammad Shafia, his wife Tooba Yahya and their son Hamed, were each handed an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years.

Justice For Iran: Ratification of the Islamic Penal Code; Iran to Continue Passage of Laws to Violate Human Rights

January 19, 2012

The Violence is not our Culture Campaign is concerned with the latest news that the Guardian Council of Iran has ratified the final text of the new Islamic Penal Code upholding, once again,  the supremacy of the Islamic Shari’a law in its jurisprudence.  The new Islamic Penal Code will impose new and more severe code of punishments that will entail repercussions to the rights of women.

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