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> Subject: 	[Wluml-news-en] WLUML Website Summary for December 2008
> Date: 	Tue, 23 Dec 2008 14:40:29 -0000
> From: 	WLUML <wluml at wluml.org>
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> Dear friends,
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> Here is an alphabetical summary of items posted on the English section 
> of the Women Living Under Muslim Laws website during December 2008.
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> We hope that our monthly summaries continue to be of use and interest 
> to you. If you have any questions or comments please do not hesitate 
> to contact us.
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> Happy holidays and best wishes for the New Year,
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> In solidarity,
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> *Algeria: Human Rights Defender Cherifa Kheddar wins International 
> Service Award* (WLUML)
> 11/12/2008 We are delighted to announce that Ms. Cherifa Kheddar is 
> the recipient of the 2009 International Service - Human Rights Award 
> for the Defence of the Human Rights of Women. In 1996, in the middle 
> of Algeria's violent civil war - or 'Dark Decade' - Cherifa Kheddar 
> witnessed the torture and murder of her family and loved ones, and she 
> narrowly escaped an attempt on her own life. Forming the Djazairouna 
> ('Our Algeria') Association, of which she is also the President, 
> Kheddar united with the survivors and victims of terrorism.
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> http://www.wluml.org/english/newsfulltxt.shtml?cmd%5B157%5D=x-157-563265
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> *Bahrain: Urgent measures required to combat discrimination against 
> women* (Coalition for Equality Without Reservation)
> 1/12/2008 "The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against 
> Women, a UN monitoring body composed of independent experts, has 
> called on the government of Bahrain to adopt urgent measures to end 
> serious discrimination and violence against women." 
> http://www.wluml.org/english/newsfulltxt.shtml?cmd%5B157%5D=x-157-563135
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> *Bahrain: WPC Statement on International Human Rights Day* (WPC)
> 18/12/2008: A Statement by Women's Petition Committee (Bahrain) on the 
> 60th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human 
> Rights.
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> http://www.wluml.org/english/newsfulltxt.shtml?cmd%5B157%5D=x-157-563299
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> *Bangladesh: High Court Orders on Jahagirnagar University* (ASK)
> 2/12/2008 Press release: human rights defenders ask the High Court to 
> explain why a university teacher was exonerated of sexual harassment. 
> "The High Court today asked Jahangirnagar University Authorities to 
> show cause why its decision dated 13.9.2008 to exonerate Sanower 
> Hossain Sunny, a teacher of the Department of Drama and Dramatic 
> Theory, of charges of sexual harassment should not be declared to be 
> without lawful authority, why a fresh inquiry should not be held into 
> the matter, and why a Commission of Inquiry under a former Supreme 
> Court Justice should not be established in this connection. "
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> http://www.wluml.org/english/newsfulltxt.shtml?cmd%5B157%5D=x-157-563148
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> *Egypt: Did Housing Policy Reforms Curb the Delay in Marriage Among 
> Young Men in Egypt?* (Middle East youth Initiative)
> 1/12/2008 "A series of reforms in Egypt has reduced barriers to young 
> people entering the rental housing market...This has led to a reversal 
> in delayed marriage among young men, beginning with those born after 
> 1972."
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> http://www.shababinclusion.org/content/document/detail/1226/
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> *Egypt: Speaking Out Against Sexual Harassment* (LA Times)
> 17/12/2008: In a society where police are indifferent and relatives 
> fear scandal, the abused have suffered the taunting and groping in 
> silence. A landmark court case may change that.
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> http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-harassment17-2008dec17,0,6756136.story 
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> *France: European Court of Human Rights upholds secularism in veil 
> court case* (ECHR via WUNRN)
> 16/12/2008: Presently aged 21 and 22, two young women were expelled at 
> the beginning of 1999 from the school of Flers, in l'Orne, France 
> after having refused to remove their headscarves during physical 
> education class, despite repeated requests by their professor.
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> http://www.wluml.org/english/newsfulltxt.shtml?cmd%5B157%5D=x-157-563335
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> *India: Joint statement against the attacks in Mumbai* (SACW)
> 2/12/2008 The following Joint Statement was released to the press 
> simultaneously in Pakistan and India on November 30 2008. "We are 
> deeply shocked and horrified at the bloody mayhem in Mumbai, which has 
> claimed more than a hundred and ninety lives and caused grievous 
> injuries to several hundred people, besides sending a wave of panic 
> and terror across South Asia and beyond. We convey our profound 
> feelings of sorrow and sympathies to the grieving families of the 
> unfortunate victims of this heinous crime and express our solidarity 
> with them."
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> http://www.wluml.org/english/newsfulltxt.shtml?cmd%5B157%5D=x-157-563149
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> *India: A women's mosque in Shillong* (TwoCircles)
> 9/12/2008 "The Masjid was inaugurated on August 29, 2008 and about 150 
> women took part in prayer on the very first day. 'It's a gift to our 
> mother and sisters for the Ramadan', said Sayedullah Nongrum, MLA and 
> Secretary of the Shillong Muslim Union since 1982."
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> http://www.wluml.org/english/newsfulltxt.shtml?cmd%5B157%5D=x-157-563193
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> *International: Vacancy: Programme Coordinator, "Women reclaiming and 
> re-defining cultures"* (WLUML-IWE)
> 1/12/2008 Job Advertisement: Programme Coordinator: "Women reclaiming 
> and re-defining cultures: Asserting rights over body, self, and public 
> space" Women Living Under Muslim Laws international solidarity network 
> (WLUML) and the Institute for Women's Empowerment (IWE) are calling 
> for applicants for the post of Programme Coordinator to lead and 
> manage a new joint programme /*Women reclaiming and re-defining 
> cultures: Asserting rights over body, self, and public space*/. This 
> is a 3-year programme funded by the MDG3 Fund of the Dutch Ministry of 
> Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation.
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> http://www.wluml.org/english/newsfulltxt.shtml?cmd%5B157%5D=x-157-563134
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> *International: Genocide Prevention Task Force Delivers Blueprint for 
> U.S. Government to Prevent Genocide and Mass Atrocities* (USHMM)
> 9/12/2008 Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former 
> Secretary of Defense William Cohen and other leading figures call on 
> new administration and Congress to make preventing genocide and mass 
> atrocities a national priority. "The Genocide Prevention Task Force 
> today released its final report on the eve of the 60th anniversary of 
> the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of 
> Genocide. The report makes the case for why genocide and mass 
> atrocities threaten core American values and national interests, and 
> how the U.S. government can prevent these crimes in the future."
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> http://www.wluml.org/english/newsfulltxt.shtml?cmd%5B157%5D=x-157-563195
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> *International: "Medica mondiale", working with survivors of sexual 
> violence in war *(Democracy Now!)
> 13/12/2008: Gynecologist Monika Hauser receives recognition for her 
> work with survivors of sexual violence in war. Read the full interview 
> here:
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> http://www.democracynow.org/2008/12/8/gynecologist_monika_hauser_receives_right_livelihood
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> *Iran: Closure of Human Rights Defenders Center led by Nobel Prize 
> Laureate Shirin Ebadi* (Washington Post / iranhumanrights.org)
> 23/12/2008: Iranian authorities on Sunday closed the office of the 
> country's main human rights organization, headed by Nobel Peace Prize 
> winner Shirin Ebadi.
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> http://www.wluml.org/english/newsfulltxt.shtml?cmd%5B157%5D=x-157-563331
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> *Italy: Proposed ban on building new mosques* (New York Times)
> 11/12/2008 Interior Minister Roberto Maroni met with protests on 
> Thursday after proposing a moratorium on the building of mosques in 
> the wake of arrests on Tuesday of two Moroccans suspected of plotting 
> terrorist attacks. The left-wing opposition and Italian Muslim leaders 
> criticized the proposed legislation, which would halt the building of 
> mosques without state oversight.
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> http://www.wluml.org/english/newsfulltxt.shtml?cmd%5B157%5D=x-157-563261
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> *Kenya: Committee Against Torture's recommendations to Kenyan state* 
> (OMCT)
> 1/12/2008 The UN Committee Against Torture issues recommendations 
> addressing the economic, social and cultural root causes of violence 
> in Kenya as well as specific forms of torture and ill-treatment 
> against women and children. The Committee Against Torture (CAT) has 
> concluded its 41st session and issued recommendations to the 
> Government of Kenya aimed at addressing torture and reducing levels of 
> violence.
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> http://www.wluml.org/english/newsfulltxt.shtml?cmd%5B157%5D=x-157-563130
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> *Kenya: Girls flee female genital mutilation in Kenya* (BBC News)
> 8/12/2008 At least 300 girls in south-western Kenya have fled from 
> home and sought refuge in churches in a bid to escape forced female 
> genital mutilation (FGM). The girls, some as young as nine, are at two 
> rescue centres in rural Nyanza province, police told the BBC.
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> http://www.wluml.org/english/newsfulltxt.shtml?cmd%5B157%5D=x-157-563190
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> *Morocco: Publication: "Conditions, Not Conflict"* (Global Rights 
> Morocco)
> 2/12/2008 "Conditions, Not Conflict: Promoting Women's Human Rights in 
> the Maghreb through Strategic Use of the Marriage Contract" Click here 
> to download the full report from Global Rights Morocco: 
> http://www.globalrights.org/site/DocServer/Conditions_not_Conflict_Marriage_Contract.pdf?docID=10183 
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> http://www.wluml.org/english/newsfulltxt.shtml?cmd%5B157%5D=x-157-563147
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> *Morocco: Morocco withdraws reservations to CEDAW* (Magharebia / ADFM)
> 18/12/2008: The women's movement welcomed a move by Morocco to 
> withdraw its reservations regarding the Convention on the Elimination 
> of all forms of Discrimination against Women.
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> http://www.wluml.org/english/newsfulltxt.shtml?cmd%5B157%5D=x-157-563308
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> *Nepal: Muslim women in the streets against 'talak' divorce* (Asia News)
> 2/12/2008 Hundreds of divorced Muslim women demand the same rights as 
> men during two days of protest against 'talak'. Islamic divorce allows 
> husbands to repudiate their wives, throw them out of the house without 
> any support. In Nepalagunj 236 women have been through this 
> experience. Destitute, they are forced to go back to their original 
> family; some are even forced into prostitution.
>
> http://www.wluml.org/english/newsfulltxt.shtml?cmd%5B157%5D=x-157-563145
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> *Nigeria: Nigerian city tense after riots *(BBC News)
> 2/12/2008 At least 200 people have been killed in the Nigerian town of 
> Jos after two days of violence, officials say. A curfew has been 
> imposed by police and army officers in the worst-hit neighbourhoods, 
> and an army spokesman said the fighting was over.
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> http://www.wluml.org/english/newsfulltxt.shtml?cmd%5B157%5D=x-157-563152
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> *Oman: Oman women get equal rights to own land* (Rediff)
> 9/12/2008 In a significant move towards ensuring gender equality for 
> women, Oman has amended its land law to give women equal rights as men 
> to own residential plots. Shaikh Saif bin Mohammed Al Shabibi, 
> country's housing minister, said the recent royal decree amending the 
> government land entitlement system was part of measures to revise the 
> land law to cope with the housing development services being provided 
> to the citizens.
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> http://www.wluml.org/english/newsfulltxt.shtml?cmd%5B157%5D=x-157-563192
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> *Pakistan: Secularism is fundamental to ensuring equality* (Dawn)
> 14/12/2008: "The extent to which a woman is allowed or denied her 
> fundamental rights granted by the state is mediated by her ethnic or 
> religious group and its relationship with the state."
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> http://www.wluml.org/english/newsfulltxt.shtml?cmd%5B157%5D=x-157-563208
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> *Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia's All-Girl Rock Band* (Arab News)
> 3/12/2008 Who says Saudi girls can't rock? Four of them recently 
> struck hammer to the anvil to forge The Accolade, an all-girl rock 
> band. 
> http://www.wluml.org/english/newsfulltxt.shtml?cmd%5B157%5D=x-157-563186
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> *Saudi Arabia: Shoura Council rejects proposal to ease Saudi marriages 
> to foreigners* (Arab News)
> 5/12/2008 The Shoura Council yesterday rejected a recommendation to 
> simplify regulations governing Saudis marrying non-Saudis. However, a 
> council session, chaired by its new Vice President Bandar Al-Hajjar, 
> approved other recommendations submitted by Talal Al-Bakri, chairman 
> of the council's Committee for Social, Family and Youth Affairs.
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> http://www.wluml.org/english/newsfulltxt.shtml?cmd%5B157%5D=x-157-563184
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> *Saudi Arabia: Saudi Women's Group Wins EU Rights Prize* (Arab Reform 
> Initiative)
> 12/12/2008 A Saudi charity which helps divorced and underprivileged 
> women has won a European Union prize for human rights groups in the 
> Gulf, the Riyadh office of the European Commission said on Wednesday. 
> The Al-Nahda Philanthropic Society for Women won the first Chaillot 
> Prize over several other rights groups for its range of activities, 
> including preparing underprivileged and under-educated women for jobs, 
> setting up a school for Down Syndrome children, and assisting needy 
> families, according to the Commission.
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> http://www.wluml.org/english/newsfulltxt.shtml?cmd%5B157%5D=x-157-563334
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> *South Korea: Korean actress sentenced for adultery *(BBC News)
> 18/12/2008: One of South Korea's best-known actresses, Ok So-ri, has 
> been given a suspended prison sentence of eight months for adultery.
>
> http://www.wluml.org/english/newsfulltxt.shtml?cmd%5B157%5D=x-157-563302
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> *Syria: Growing Pressure to Tackle Domestic Abuse *(IWPR via WUNRN)
> 20/12/2008: "Throughout her 25 years of marriage, Olfat, was regularly 
> beaten and humiliated by her husband. Yet she never complained to 
> anyone for fear of tarnishing her family's reputation."
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> http://www.wluml.org/english/newsfulltxt.shtml?cmd%5B157%5D=x-157-563333
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> *UN: General Assembly to Address Sexual Orientation and Gender 
> Identity *(various)
> 15/12/2008: Statement affirms promise of Universal Declaration of 
> Human Rights.
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> http://www.wluml.org/english/newsfulltxt.shtml?cmd%5B157%5D=x-157-563301
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