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Amina Lawal

Story of Amina Lawal, sentenced to be stoned for adultery in 2002, but remains free after continued appeals.
September 25, 2003
Kurani, Nigeria

In March 2002, 30-year-old Amina Lawal (sometimes called Amina Lawal Kurami), was found guilty of the crime of adultery by a court in the remote village of Kurani in Nigeria. The sentence handed down was that she be buried up to her neck and stoned to death.

In August 2002 Amina's appeal was rejected by the regional appeals court and her death sentence upheld. Her execution is to be carried out no earlier than January 2004, giving her time to wean Wasila, the child she conceived out of wedlock.

Amina's story is a sad one. She was the youngest of 13 children and was married when she was 14. That marriage lasted 12 years, and she has two children from that union. A year after her divorce, she wed again. That second marriage proved short-lived, lasting only ten months.

About five months after her second divorce, she began receiving attentions from another man, Yahay Mohammed. They were an item for about eleven months, during which time she conceived. After the baby was born, Yahay admitted paternity and agreed to help support Amina and the child. But he later recanted his admission, bending to pressure from his family, who thought such an admission would bring shame upon them.


Bloomberg: Schools Won't Close For Muslim Holidays

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg declares that New York public schools will not close for Muslim holidays, following a City Council resolution to have two Muslim holidays recognized by the Education Department.

June 30, 2009
New York, NY

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says New York City's schools can't close for Muslim holidays.

The City Council is considering a nonbinding resolution on Tuesday asking the Education Department to observe Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.

The city has the nation's largest school system. A 2008 study by Columbia University's Teachers College estimates at least 10 percent of its 1.1 million students are Muslim.


Chicago’s Moment of Freedom: Chicagoans Stand Up for Freedom Challenging Hizb ut-Tahrir

On July 19, 2009 in the Chicago suburb of Oak Lawn, Illinois, Chicagoans and other Americans defied the anti-democracy, anti-freedom Hizb ut-Tahrir organization by staging a pro-freedom, pro-democracy protest. The protest was organized by Responsible for Equality And Liberty (R.E.A.L.) founder Jeffrey Imm in response to the conference held at the Oak Lawn Hilton by Hizb ut-Tahrir to promote its vision of a global Islamic supremacist caliphate that rejects freedom and democracy.

R.E.A.L. Organization
July 22, 2009
Chicago, IL

A.  Chicago’s Pro-Freedom, Pro-Democracy Protesters Come to the Streets

Dozens of pro-freedom and pro-democracy protesters came from early morning through the late afternoon to demonstrate their support for freedom and democracy in the Chicago suburb.  In addition to handing out informational fliers about “Why We Challenge Hizb ut Tahrir,” protesters also chanted in support of democracy and freedom, and showed their commitment to universal human rights.

Responsible for Equality And Liberty’s Jeffrey Imm addressed the protesters on the background of the Hizb ut-Tahrir organization, and he and other protesters also challenged Hizb ut-Tahrir leaders inside the conference during the Question and Answer session at the conference.

Pro-freedom protesters chanted “We Support Democracy, We Support Freedom” as their message to those attending the Hizb ut-Tahrir supremacist conference.


Amnesty calls for moratorium on flogging

Amnesty International has urged the government of Maldives to impose a moratorium on flogging. Flogging is one of the sentences under hudud, the class of crimes that have fixed punishments under Sharia law. They include theft, fornication, consumption of alcohol and apostasy. “The law is specifically discriminatory against women,” said Abbas Faiz, senior researcher for South Asia . “Official figures suggest the vast majority of people who are flogged are women. This shows that the law is specifically targeting women.”

Minivan News (The Maldives)
July 9, 2009
The Maldives, Asia

Amnesty International has urged the government of the Maldives to impose a moratorium on flogging as a matter of urgency.

In an email to Minivan News today, Abbas Faiz, senior researcher for South Asia, said the international human rights organisation believed the government should act immediately to abolish this cruel, inhumane and degrading punishment altogether.

“It is the responsibility of the government of Maldives to ensure that no one is sentenced to flogging, and no one is subjected to flogging,” said Faiz. 


Sarkozy: Burqas Are 'Not Welcome' In France

President Nicolas Sarkozy of France has denounced the Islamic burqa as not being in line with French values, citing it as a symbol of female subservience which turns Muslim women into "prisoners behind a screen."

Huffington Post
By Jamey Keaten
June 22, 2009
Paris, France

President Nicolas Sarkozy declared Monday that the Islamic burqa is not welcome in France, branding the face-covering, body-length gown as a symbol of subservience that suppresses women's identities and turns them into "prisoners behind a screen."

But there was a mixed message in the tough words: an admission that the country's long-held principle of ethnic assimilation _ which insists that newcomers shed their traditions and adapt to French culture _ is failing because it doesn't give immigrants and their French-born children a fair chance.

In a high-profile speech to lawmakers in the historic chateau at Versailles, Sarkozy said the head-to-toe Muslim body coverings were in disaccord with French values _ some of the strongest language against burqas from a European leader at a time when some Western officials have been seeking to ease tensions with the Muslim world.

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