Women's rights

MP calls for inquiry into sex abuse in Muslim families

Radio Netherlands Worldwide 10 December 2010

A Dutch Labour MP has called for an inquiry into sexual abuse in Muslim families. The appeal by Khadija Arib comes after Radio Netherlands Worldwide published a report on the sexual abuse of four


Polygamy's many wives don't capture 'market value'

Vancouver Sun 10 December 2010
By Daphne Bramham

Economist Shoshana Grossbard admits she was naive when she did her doctoral thesis on polygamy more than 30 years ago at the University of Chicago. Then, she believed that a simple


Commission backs partial burka, niqab ban

World Radio Switzerland 09 December 2010

A government appointed committee has given its support to a partial ban on the traditional Islamic burka and the niqab. The Federal Commission on Women’s Issues is calling for the traditional full


Muslim dentist who refused to treat women without headscarves is let off again

MEN 09 December 2010

A dentist who lost 10,000 confidential patient files has been told he can work freely. Omer Butt, 33, moved out his filing cabinets and computer during refurbishment work at the Unsworth Smile Clinic


• Challenging freedom of speech

EuropeNews 7 December 2010

This is the speech held by MP Peter Skaarup in the Danish parliament building, invited by the Danish Free Press Society, at the event "The Fight Against the New Totalitarianism", November 27th 2010.

First of all, I would like to thank the Danish Free Press Society for inviting me here today to speak on the topic of ”The fight against totalitarianism”.


Cleric puts price on head of Pakistani woman

The Guardian 07 December 2010
By Declan Walsh

Concern mounts among human rights groups for Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy. Fears are growing for the safety of Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman


Pleaded guilty in order to protest what he said was an unfair law

The Copenhagen Post 07 December 2010

Jesper Langballe, church spokesperson for the Danish People’s Party (DF), was on Friday convicted of making defamatory statements about Muslims. Langballe pleaded guilty to the charge of


Polygamy an issue for immigration officials

Winnipeg Sun 07 December 2010
By Brian Lilley

OTTAWA — The Conservative government is quietly reminding embassy and consular staff around the world that Canada doesn't accept immigrants who plan to practise polygamy


Iraqi Kurdistan Confronts Female Genital Mutilation

Hudson New York 07 December 2010
By Irfan Al-Alawi

As reported to the Centre for Islamic Pluralism by the non-governmental organization Stop FGM in Kurdistan, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq, on 25


Sex abuse in Muslim families goes unreported

Radio Netherlands 06 December 2010
By Belinda van Steijn

Four Dutch-Moroccan women, Rabea, Zohra, Ibtisam and Saïda, were all sexually abused by members of their families: their fathers, uncles, brothers or cousins. After years of silence, they have decided to


Malaysian 14-year-old's marriage sparks debate

France24 06 December 2010

The public marriage celebration in Malaysia between a 14-year-old girl and a 23-year-old teacher has triggered a call for a fresh debate on child marriage. On Saturday, schoolgirl Siti Maryam Mahood and Abdul


He said it: German imam recites Quran's wife-beating verse while beating wife

Jihad Watch 03 December 2010

Yes, Qur'an 4:34 really does say "beat them." Perhaps if Muslim apologists -- professional and amateur -- and spokespeople spent less time trying to convince Western audiences that the Qur'an doesn't


Iman who Beat His wife faces jail

German Herald 03 December 2010
By Allan Hall

A MUSLIM Imam who lectures on non-violence and advises the German government on interfaith issues has been arrested in Germany for beating up his wife. She was allegedly assaulted so badly that she suffered


Muslim imam Sheikh Adam who lectures on non-violence arrested for wife beating

Daily Mail 03 December 2010
By Allan Hall

A Muslim imam who lectures on non-violence and advises the German government on interfaith issues has been arrested in Germany for beating up his wife. Sheikh Abu Adam, 40, is now on remand in Munich while


Government Says 41 Percent of Kurdish Women Are Circumcised

Rudaw 02 December 2010

ERBIL, Iraqi Kurdistan: A survey by the Kurdistan Minstiry of Health shows that 41 percent of women have gone under the practise of female genuital mutilation (FGM). The survey was carried out in July this


Burka Is Now Swimwear in Australia

The New American 02 December 2010
By James Heiser

If you think the Muslim burka is about as far from looking like “swim wear” as you can imagine, think again. Some Muslim women in Australia beg to differ. And the West Australia Health Department and Office


Daniel Pipes: “You can’t fight Islamism with ideas coming out of Europe”

Citizen Times 1 December 2010

Daniel Pipes is one of the best known American writers on Islam and Islamism. He is the founder and director of the Middle East Forum, a conservative think tank, and was a political advisor to Rudolph Giuliani. Citizen Times spoke with him about the difference between Islam and Islamism, integration of Muslims in Europe and Muslim reformers.


• ESW: Standing Against the New Totalitarianism

Save Free Speech 28 November 2010

Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff delivered the following speech at a conference held on November 27th 2010 in Copenhagen, sponsored by the International Free Press Society.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I stand here before you in the city of Copenhagen in the year 2010. This is widely considered to be an enlightened country in the heart of an enlightened continent.


Want Human Rights? Leave the United Nations

Sultan Knish 26 November 2010
By Daniel Greenfield

Good news everybody. Saudi Arabia now has a seat on the women's board at the United Nations. That's right, a regime where it's illegal for women to drive or leave the house without being accompanied by a


• Latest news from the trial of Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff

SaveFreeSpeech.org 24 November 2010

The first hearing in Elisabeth’s case will take place in the court of Vienna on November 23rd, starting at 9:00 CET. In collaboration with EuropeNews and Tundra Tabloids, we will be live blogging the event from the morning, aiming to decipher exactly what is the offense Elisabeth is charged with.

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