Daily Archives: Monday, January 19, 2015

Women’s Rights Campaigners Meet with the Law Society on BME Women’s Rights and Sharia in UK

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Nari Diganta's representative demonstrating at One Law for All demo in April 2014. Courteasy: Counterview, news and views from alternative quarters. Nari Diganta’s representative demonstrating at One Law for All demo in April 2014. Courteasy: Counterview, news and views from alternative quarters.

On Tuesday 13th January, women’s rights groups, including Southall Black Sisters, One Law for All, Nari Diganta and the Iranian & Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO), met with Mark Stobbs, the Law Society’s Director of Legal Policy at the SBS office. Our organisations welcomed the Law Society’s decision to withdraw its guidance on ‘Sharia’ compliant wills that endorsed discrimination against women and children. We also thanked the Law Society for making a public apology. The Law Society showed that it had listened to the voices of BME women’s rights campaigners and other secular organisations that had been alarmed by the original decision.

At our meeting, we raised our growing concerns, shared both by ourselves and the Law Society, about the devastating impact of the legal aid cuts…

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Human Rights News You May Have Missed (10 – 16 January)

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 Participants march towards Mnazi Mmoja grounds during Tanzania Albino Day celebrations in Dar es Salaam.  Photo Credit: Voice of America Participants march towards Mnazi Mmoja grounds during Tanzania Albino Day celebrations in Dar es Salaam. Photo Credit: Voice of America

A roundup of some of the human rights news stories (both good and bad) that I am following this week.

TANZANIA declared a ban on witchcraft in an effort to halt deadly attacks on albinos. The move follows mounting pressure on the government to protect albinos, who lack pigment in their skin and hair, and whose body parts are used by witch doctors in so-called magic potions thought to bring power and wealth.  The U.N. human rights agency says more than 70 people with albinism have been killed for body parts in Tanzania since 2000. Minister for Home Affairs Mathias Chikawe said on January 13 that the government has formed a task force that will investigate killings and review court cases for accused attackers, some of whom have gone free. Ernest Kimayo, chairman…

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#GlobalJusticeWeekly – Prosecutor opens preliminary examination in Palestine

Men inspect the rubble of a destroyed building in Gaza in summer 2014. © Getty Men inspect the rubble of a destroyed building in Gaza in summer 2014. © Getty

ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced today that she has opened a preliminary examination into the situation in Palestine since 13 June 2014. This follows Palestine’s declaration accepting the Court’s jurisdiction since that date and its accession to the ICC Rome Statute earlier this month.

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