Filed under Human Rights

Iran hangs 26-year-old woman

Reyhaneh Jabbari is 967th person to be executed since Hassan Rouhani became Iran’s president in August last year Iran has executed Rayhaneh Jabbari despite an international campaign Photo: REUTERS By David Blair Amnesty International denounced “another bloody stain” on Iran’s human rights record on Saturday when a 26-year-old woman was executed for allegedly killing a man … Continue reading

7 arrested in Egypt for homosexuality

Court orders suspects be physically examined, accuses them of ‘debauchery,’ after video emerges of same-sex wedding CAIRO — Egypt’s top prosecutor ordered Saturday seven men detained and physically examined over accusations of “debauchery,” a charge often leveled at gays, after a video emerged of a same-sex wedding party, the state news agency reported. A statement … Continue reading

Hamas Terrorists Charges with Babies in Hand

By Shimon Cohen, Maayana Miskin   Children in Gaza Wounded soldiers have given shocking testimony regarding Hamas’ use of young children as human shields. Parents of wounded soldiers spoke to Kol Yisrael on Tuesday and shared some of the disturbing stories they had heard from their sons. They said soldiers have repeatedly seen young children … Continue reading

Islam and Human Rights

by Majid Rafizadeh Recently, I met a Syrian Salafist while speaking to Leaders of Democracy Fellows about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Islam and human rights violations in Syria. The individual who lives in Syria, and who seems to sympathize with Jubhat Al- Nusrah (Al-Nusrah Front), drew several distinctions between Islamic objectives of the global … Continue reading

Egypt court sentences homosexuals to prison

By AFP AIRO — A court in Egypt sentenced four men to up to eight years in prison on Monday for practicing homosexuality, a judicial official said. Prosecutors had accused the men of holding “deviant parties” and dressing in women’s clothes. Three were sentenced to eight years and the fourth to three years in prison. … Continue reading

Iraqi Law Would Legalize Marriage for 9-Year-Old Girls

Photo by ssoosay (CC BY 2.0) It’s nearly incomprehensible for people living in a modern, civilized society to fathom there are still countries where it’s perfectly acceptable for a 40-year-old man to marry a 10-year-old girl. Yet, it’s happening in India, Ethiopia, Nepal and dozens of developing countries. Iraq has recently put forth a controversial … Continue reading

Sri Lankan Army admits torture of female recruits

Sri Lankan police stand guard as pro-government activists take part in a demonstration against a proposed US-led UN resolution to investigate Sri Lanka for alleged war crimes outside the US embassy in Colombo, in this March 8, 2014 photo. (AFP) COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s military admitted on Saturday soldiers had abused and tortured female recruits, a … Continue reading

4 accused gays whipped in Nigeria court

By MICHELLE FAUL Associated Press LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) – Four young men were convicted of gay sex and whipped publicly as punishment Thursday in an Islamic court in northern Nigeria, a human rights activist said. The four were among dozens caught in a wave of arrests after Nigeria strengthened its criminal penalties for homosexuality with … Continue reading

The Islamic State of Iran and Gender Discrimination

by Majid Rafizadeh Only a few days after a United Nations Special Rapporteurs announcement on the situation of human rights in Iran, a woman was hanged by the Iranian regime in the Lorestan province, as the local media reported. Even with the seemingly moderate President Hassan Rouhani leading the Islamic Republic of Iran, no action has been … Continue reading