Articles Tagged with human rights

Vicious Flogging Verdict Upheld For Saudi Blogger

Saudi blogger Raif Badawi has had his sentence upheld by the Saudi Supreme Court.

Saudi Arabia has upheld the verdict passed on 31-year-old blogger Raif Badawi on May 7, 2014, of 1000 lashes and 10 years in prison despite international pressure, the BBC reports. Raif received his first 50 lashes earlier this year in front of hundreds of spectators in Jeddah, western Saudi Arabia. The case was sent to… Read more »

Muslim Scholar’s Tweets Causes A Stir In Saudi Arabia

Muslim leader sparks controversy when he says women are not required to cover their faces in public.

Saudi cleric caused a stir and received death threats after posting comments about women’s veils on Twitter. Muslim scholar Ahmad Aziz Al Ghamdi was recently asked by a woman if she had to wear the traditional face veil when sharing a picture of herself on social media. Being the former head of the Commission for… Read more »

Saudi Arabia: Women Arrested For Violating Driving Ban

Activist filmed herself driving in Saudi Arabia before her arrest.

In Saudi Arabia, where it is illegal for women to be behind the wheel, two women have been arrested for driving their cars. Two activists for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia were arrested for violating the ban against female drivers in the muslim nation, and authorities have extended their time in jail. One of the… Read more »

Anonymous Releases Video, Claims It Shows Warrantless Wiretapping By Police

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A video released by hacker collective Anonymous purports to show evidence of warrantless wiretapping in Chicago during a #blacklivesmatter protest. According to the video, a vehicle moved through the streets during protests, listening in on conversations. The video (shared in its entirety below) opens with a scene of President Barack Obama addressing the nation. “Nobody… Read more »

Accused Witch Burned At The Stake In Paraguay

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The latest incident in the spreading number of witch hunts occurred last week when a 45 year old woman was burned alive at the stake after she was accused of practicing witchcraft in the nation of Paraguay. The victim, Adolfina Ocampos, was sentenced to death by the local chief of the Mbya Guarani community after… Read more »

Witches Fire Back At TIME Magazine And Demand An Apology

Witches and Pagans demand an apology after a TIME Magazine article compares witches to terrorists.

Witches speak out after TIME Magazine posts an offensive article on their website maligning the growing masses of self-proclaimed witches with rhetoric that harkens us back to the propaganda of the McCarthy era. Prejudice and negative portrayal of anyone that is different, especially of those in the occult or alternative world, is nothing new. From… Read more »

Saudi Arabia Warns Women Not To Protest Driving Ban

Women in Saudi Arabia photograph themselves behind the wheel in protest of the ban that does not allow women to drive there.

Saudi Arabia is warning women im their country not to protest the ban on female drivers. In a statement released by the Interior Ministry for Saudi Arabia, Saudi officials warned that they would punish women who attempt to drive in their country as well as the men who allowed them to do so. “Female drivers… Read more »

ISIS: Yazidi Women Held Captive By The ‘Hundreds’

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ISIS kidnapped “hundreds” of Yazidi women and is holding them captive. The Islamic militant group has rounded up women below the age of 35, and is keeping at least some of them at schools in Mosul, according to the Iraq Human Rights Ministry. Mosul is the second largest city in the Middle East country. Yazidis… Read more »

Burger King Pride Campaign Claims ‘We’re All The Same Inside’

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Burger King has joined in the trend of chain restaurants offering their non-food-related opinions, adding to their menu a burger called “The Proud Whopper.” USA Today reports that the burger, clad in a rainbow wrapper, was sold for just under one week at one Burger King restaurant in San Francisco for their 44th annual Pride… Read more »

Ban On Face Veils Is Upheld By European Court Of Human Rights

A woman wears a burqa and veil to cover her face in public.

France’s 2010 law banning burqas in public places has been upheld by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Advocates in France claimed the prohibition of face veils in public encourages citizens to “live together.” According to the Guardian, the law not only bans the wearing of face veils, but also balaclavas and hoods. Essentially,… Read more »

20-Year-Old Pakistani Woman Raped, Hanged From A Tree

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In what has been seen as a disturbing trend emerging from South Asia of late, a 20-year-old woman was kidnapped, gang raped, killed, and hanged from a tree in Pakistan. The incident was reported from the district of Layyah in the Punjab province of Pakistan. According to The Tribune Pakistan, the 20-year-old lady has been… Read more »

Tiananmen Square 25 Years Later: Mourning, Struggle, But Little Progress

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The Chinese government tightened security in and around Beijing this week, in anticipation of the 25 year anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protest of June 3-4, 1989. Fox News reports that the government’s tight security affected not only mourners who traveled to the public square, but also the friends and family of many of the… Read more »

Sri Lanka Denies War Crimes, Denounces UN’s Call For Investigations

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Sri Lanka was the center of human rights controversy this week when the government blatantly rejected UN’s call to investigate the country for alleged war crimes. Insisting that there were no war crimes committed during the three-decade civil war in Sri Lanka, the island country’s government refused to acknowledge UN Human Rights chief Navi Pillay’s… Read more »