EVAW Law to protect women & girls in Afghanistan stalled in Parliament

EVAW Law to protect women & girls in Afghanistan stalled in Parliament

WNN Breaking (WNN) Kabul, AFGHANISTAN, CENTRAL ASIA: Going in what numerous human rights organizations say is a ‘giant step backwards’, the Lower Afghan Parliament, known as the Wolesi Jirga, has been debating the reversal of a protective law called the EVAW – Elimination Against Violence Women Law. This Law was officially endorsed by Afghan President […]

“Adultery should not be classified as a criminal offense” says UN expert

“Adultery should not be classified as a criminal offense” says UN expert

Thalif Deen – WNN Justice (WNN/IPS) UNITED NATIONS, New York, N.Y.: When one of the Asian countries embraced Islamic Sharia law back in the 1990s, the rigidly conservative government threatened to enforce a provision that called for convicted adulterers to be stoned to death. “If this law is enforced,” a weekly magazine cynically pronounced at […]

Taking a stand for teachers on UN World Teachers’ Day

Taking a stand for teachers on UN World Teachers’ Day

Elahe Amani – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Los Angeles, California, UNITED STATES: Recognizing teachers worldwide for October 5, 2012 on the United Nations (UN) World Teachers’ Day societies around the world celebrate the vital contribution that teachers make to human development and the role teachers play in providing quality education at all levels. It’s a time […]

Breaking the myths of sharia law, women and Islam

Breaking the myths of sharia law, women and Islam

Dr. Julie Macfarlane – WNN Opinion (WNN/CGN) Kingsville, Ontario, CANADA: Recently, Florida’s House of Representatives passed a bill (which later died in the state Senate) to ban the use of “foreign law” in domestic courtrooms. Such a bill may seem innocuous but according to the Miami Herald, flyers have circulated in Senate offices describing sharia […]

Sharia (Divorce): A law unto itself?

Sharia (Divorce): A law unto itself?

Jonathan Wynne-Jones – The Telegraph – Friday, 19 August 2011 (originally published 14 Aug)   After being beaten repeatedly by her husband — who had also threatened to kill her — Jameela turned to her local Sharia council in a desperate bid for a way out of her marriage. Today she discovers the verdict. Playing nervously […]