We don't have to dig too deep into the Afghan culture to find out that it is often its women that face restrictions within the family and wider community and that their role in society is very limited. For a long time I have been searching for a book about the women of Afghanistan, then I came across Dear Zariby Zarghuna Kargar.
Babar Ahmed is still fighting extradition to the USA, under the controversial no-evidence-required Extradition Act 2003, a legislation that allows the US to seek extradition of British citizens without having to provide any evidence first. This is all despite the fact that the UK Crown Prosecution Service declared in July 2004 and December 2006, as did the UK Attorney General Lord Goldsmith in September 2006, that there was 'insufficient evidence' to charge Babar Ahmad with any criminal offence under UK law.
The native indigenous people of the Xingu river of the Amazon Rainforest are being threatened with destruction. These people have lived in Xingu river for thousands of years in a sustainable manner with the beautiful rainforest which they co-exist with and provides them with what they need. They depend on fish from the Xingu river and from the lands which surround it to grow their crops. We would be taking away the ability of these people to feed themselves, and destroying their traditional way of life as they have lived for thousands years.
Chaupadi pratha is a tradition practiced for centuries that banishes females during their menstruation period from the house. Despite a ban being imposed by the Supreme Court on the chaupadi tradition in 2004, it is a practice that is still heavily widespread in the mid and western regions of Nepal.
Its history is said to be from religious practices where it was believed to that Gods and Goddesses were angered at women staying in the family house at such a time. According to religious folklore, Indra, the King of Heaven was accused of killing a Brahmin and because of the illicit acts with women that Indra committed during his quest to redeem his sin, for these acts all women were said to be punished through menstruation.
Restless Beings were notified by the Montagnard Foundation of the recent attack on Degar Christians in Vietnam. This is yet another case of the vicious acts of the brutal Vietnamese security forces against innocent civilians chosing to practice their religion.
16 Degar Montagnard victims, 12 beaten unconscious,
victims include teenage boys and girls:
Last week as the new moon was sighted, the holy month of Ramadan was eagerly welcomed by Muslims across the world. However, for some it sparked the beginning of more fear and violence, oppression and danger. For the Uighur Muslims living in the Xinjiang province of China, the start of this month was marked by the death of innocent locals and greater restriction on their rights to practice their religion freely.
The end of July saw attacks, where at least 18 people were killed in the region, and then a further 11 the day before the start of Ramadan. A female resident of Xinjian, Yang Hongme exclaimed "There were cries and blood everywhere... Terrified people flooded into our office to hide," according to the official Xinhua news agency.
"Everybody here knows that Jewish and Polish were killed in the war, but nobody ever says anything about the Roma who were murdered" says 65 year old Krystyna, a Polish Roma (Gypsy). She survived a massacre, several years in hiding and the Plaszow concentration camp in Krakow. Despite all her suffering, Krystyna only received compensation 2 years ago. She is not complaining, she is happy she finally got something - but it annoys her that's she doesn't have the same status as the other...
June 2011, 3 years later, despite various petitions and political pressure to release her, her case is suppressed by a heavy silence, a silence commonly endorsed by the Vietnamese authorities on such cases, and nothing is known of her wellbeing.
What was her crime?
She had been leading prayer services for Christians in her house in the Ploi Ban village, in the Gia Lai province.
Her actions of practicing her religion freely, something that should be a given right, but which is increasingly challenged in politically tenuous countries, is the cause of her arrest.
Bride Kidnapping: A Tradition Or A Crime?
Although bride kidnapping is officially a crime in Kyrgyzstan, few cases reach the courtroom (illustrative photo from the Kyz Korgon Institute, an Kyrgyz NGO that campaigns to eliminate the practice).
May 21, 2011
Some 200 people took to the streets in a northern Kyrgyz province earlier this week to protest the longstanding practice of bride kidnapping.
The custom -- in which single young men kidnap their bride of choice and pressure...