International Outcry Releases Sudan Woman from death row

International Outcry Releases Sudan Woman from death row

Harriet Sherwood for GDN – WNN Religion & Belief (WNN/GDN) SUDAN, NORTHERN AFRICA: A Christian woman on death row in a Sudanese prison has been released on the orders of a court in Khartoum following an international outcry over her sentence and treatment. Meriam Ibrahim, 27, had been sentenced to 100 lashes for adultery and […]

Don’t tell Muslim women what to wear

Don’t tell Muslim women what to wear

Frida Ghitis – CNN – Thursday, 07 November 2013 (originally published  04 Nov) (CNN) — When a police officer demanded that she cover her hair, Amira Osman Hamed simply refused. “I’m Muslim, and I’m not going to cover my head,” she declared. For that, the 35-year-old Sudanese engineer was arrested last August and charged with […]

South Sudan government should protect girls from early marriage

South Sudan government should protect girls from early marriage

Human Rights Watch  – WNN Improve It (WNN/HRW) Juba, SOUTH SUDAN, AFRICA: The government of South Sudan should increase efforts to protect girls from child marriage, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on the eve of International Women’s Day. The country’s widespread child marriage exacerbates South Sudan’s pronounced gender gaps in school enrollment, contributes […]

SOUTH SUDAN: News journalists show concern under restricted freedom of speech

SOUTH SUDAN: News journalists show concern under restricted freedom of speech

WNN Justice (WNN/IRIN) Juba, SOUTH SUDAN, AFRICA: Increasing reports of harassment faced by journalists and civil society in South Sudan have raised concern that the world’s newest country is curtailing the basic freedoms it spent decades fighting its northern neighbor for. South Sudan gained independence in July 2011, after decades of rebellion against Khartoum. Today, […]

Medical team helps refugees face heightened struggles in South Sudan

Medical team helps refugees face heightened struggles in South Sudan

WNN MDG Stories (WNN/IMC) Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA: The International Medical Corps is rapidly mobilizing to address urgent nutrition and disease prevention needs among rising refugee populations in South Sudan’s Upper Nile State. Since the start of 2012, the influx of refugees and returnees into South Sudan has risen dramatically, particularly in Upper Nile State, as […]

Rights groups slam death-by-stoning sentence for Sudanese woman

Rights groups slam death-by-stoning sentence for Sudanese woman

Robyn Dixon – Los Angeles Times – Wednesday,  04 June 2012 (originally published 01 Jun) JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Human rights groups have called for Sudan to abolish death by stoning as prescribed legal punishment after a young woman convicted of adultery was ordered executed by a Sudanese court. The woman, Intisar Sharif Abdallah, who […]