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Islamic Clerics Oppose Child Bride Ban - Government to Decide

“More than a quarter of Yemen's females marry before age 15, according to a report last year by the Social Affairs Ministry. Tribal custom also plays a role, including the belief that a young bride can be shaped into an obedient wife, bear more children and be kept away from temptation... A February 2009 law set the minimum age for marriage at 17, but it was repealed and sent back to parliament's constitutional committee for review after some lawmakers called it un-Islamic.” In September, a 12-year-old Yemeni child-bride died in childbirth after struggling for three days in labor. Now, Islamic leaders are declaring supporters of the 2009 ban on forced child marriage to be apostates.

The Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women
March 26, 2010
Sana'a, Yemen

Some of Yemen's most influential Islamic leaders, including one the U.S. says mentored Osama bin Laden, have declared supporters of a ban on child brides to be apostates.

The religious decree, issued Sunday, deeply imperils efforts to salvage legislation that would make it illegal for those under the age of 17 to marry.

The practice is widespread in Yemen and has been particularly hard to discourage in part because of the country's gripping poverty — bride-prices in the hundreds of dollars are especially difficult for poor families to pass up.


Urgent Appeal: A 15-Year Old Indigenous Girl Gang-Raped

Bangladesh is now 90% Muslim. There are thousands of cases every year that involve Hindu and Christian “indigenous” women and girls being gang-raped. In this particular instance, five Bengali leaders repeatedly raped a 15-year-old until she was unconscious. When her family tried to report the case, they were dismissed by local police. As of now, none of the perpetrators have been arrested. Global Human Rights Defence (GHRD) has provided steps in this article to help us take action.

Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights
March 1, 2010
Bandra, Bangladesh

Dear Friends,

Global Human Rights Defence (GHRD) is very concerned regarding the news we received from the Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) about the gang-rape of an indigenous 15-year old girl.

The girl was abducted outside of her home, on the 26th of February, by five local Bengali leaders at Bandra village in Moddhonagar police station under Sunamgong district, according to their investigation. The girl was taken to a nearby river where she was repeatedly raped until she became unconscious. When she was found later that evening she was still unconscious. On the 27th February the girl’s family tried to lodge a complaint against the perpetrators at Moddhonagar Police station, but the officer in charge refused to file it. However, later with the help of a community leader, they managed to file a complaint and a case was registered against the five perpetrators, on the 27th February. Until this date none of the perpetrators have been arrested and the girl and her family are now being threatened to withdraw the case by a local influential Bengali community leader. When BIHR spoke to the local Officer in Charge he said that there was no incident regarding the rape of a Hazong girl since no case had been filed under his jurisdiction. He also refused to give any additional information regarding the incident.


Muslim Women Protest Policies at Islamic Center of Washington

Female worshipers protested the separation of the sexes at the Islamic Center of Washington by praying in the main hall. They were soon asked to leave by police. Women are often forced to sit in a small, adjacent room where they cannot see the imam. "We have this generation of American Muslim women who are saying look you want us to go to Harvard, to rise to the highest level of Wall Street firms and you want us to sit where in the mosque?" says Asra Nomani, a Muslim woman who led a similar protest in West Virginia.

American University Radio
February 22, 2010
Washington, D.C.

Some women who protested at the Islamic Center of Washington, wanting to be able to worship in the main prayer hall with their male counterparts, were asked to leave by the police. But they say their struggle will continue.

Carpets with intricate designs cover the floors of the main prayer hall and turquoise tiles line the walls. But the source of contention is a small room created with seven foot high wooden walls. Jannah B'int Hannah describes how she feels in there where she cannot see the imam, or leader of the mosque, speak.

"Boxed in, stifling, suffocating and totally a second class citizen," says Hannah.

Over the weekend, Hannah and approximately 20 other women prayed in the main hall, but D.C. police were called. They asked them to leave or be arrested.


Women Beaten in Malaysia Under Shariah Law

Women are being jailed and caned in Malaysia for “crimes” such as “fornication” and drinking beer. Malaysia, a country that guarantees freedom of religion under its constitution, is now under the thumb of its strict Shariah Courts that now have the power to overrule verdicts made in civil court.

Family Security Matters
February 20, 2010
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

As a result of Shariah law being imposed in Malaysia, Muslim women were caned on Tuesday for engaging in illicit sex, a serious crime under strict Muslim law.

The three women are reportedly the first to receive such a brutal punishment under Shariah law. According to the Home Minister, Datuk Hishmmudin Hussein, two of the women were struck six times while the third was hit four times with a "cane" or "rotan." The punishment was meted out at Malaysia's Kajang federal prison.

Under Islamic rule, Malaysians have witnessed an increase in canings as a result of the nation moving from a secular legal system to one based on the Koran and the teachings of radical imams. Many were shocked to learn that last summer, a 32-year-old woman – Kartika Shukarno – was sentenced to be caned for the crime of consuming an alcoholic beverage. While the violent sentence created a firestorm in the country, Shukarno is still awaiting the execution of the caning sentence.

Originally, Malaysia was a federal constitutional elective monarchy. The system of government in Malaysia was closely modeled on that of Westminster parliamentary system, a legacy of British colonial rule. Since independence in 1957, Malaysia has been governed by a multi-party coalition known as The Alliance.


Arizona – Noor Almaleki “Honor Killing”: Father Won’t Face Death Penalty for 1st Degree Murder

Shariah faithful father who murdered his "westernized" daugher in an honor killing in Arizona by running her over in his jeep will not face the death penalty after the judge was asked by the Public Defender to take special precautions because the father is a Muslim and this must not be a sentence based on religion. His fear is that it may appear that a Christian judge is seeking to "execute a Muslim for racial, political , religious or cultural beliefs".

Responsible for Equality And Liberty
February 19, 2010
Arizona, U.S.

A Glendale man accused of killing his daughter in an “honor killing” will not face the death penalty.

After sparring with the suspect’s defense attorney over its death-penalty-review process, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office has said it will not seek death for Faleh Almaleki, 49.

The Iraqi immigrant is accused of killing his daughter, 20-year-old Noor Almaleki, for being “too Westernized.”

Police say he used his Jeep Cherokee to run down his daughter and another woman in a Peoria parking lot Oct. 20. Noor later died of her injuries.

Almaleki is charged with first-degree murder, aggravated assault and two counts of leaving the scene of a serious accident. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

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