Women were warned to 'respect the hijab' more than
ever during Ramadan
in Islam Urge Kelantan Religious Authorities to Stop Policing the Way Women
Women Accuse Amazon of ‘Harassing and Hostile’ Work Conditions
Muslim Women Concerned Over Growing Antifeminist Movement
Chinese Nationals Sent To Jail in Fake Marriages with Pakistani Women and
Forcing Them into Prostitution after Taking Them to China
Clash over Hijab at Tehran University
Leaders Back Muslim Lawmaker after Holocaust Comments
Women Defying Menace and Mistrust to Rid Pakistan Of Polio
Students Protest Mandatory Headscarf Rule
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Bans Men from Looking At Women during Ramadan
has ordered its men to stop looking at women during the Muslim holy month of
with banning men from looking at women, the Iranian government also announced
bans on eating in public, and playing music in cars, as part of a new social
crackdown, The Telegraph reported Saturday.
personal advice to women is to respect the hijab even more than before and
gentlemen must avoid looking directly at female passersby,” Gholam- Hossein
Esmaili, a judiciary spokesperson said.
ignoring these instructions during the Ramadan will be committing an offense
and should expect some punishment from the law enforcement units.”
who break the rules will be punished, from fines to arrest and imprisonment,
depending on the crime.
strict new rules are said to be a product of Iran’s increasing civil unrest,
allowing the government to maintain some semblance of control over its
authorities are also investigating viral videos of Iranian schoolgirls and some
teachers smiling while dancing to a pop song by U.S.-Iranian rapper Sassy.
Officials have deployed specialist teams to determine the source of the video.
enemy is trying different ways to create anxiety among the people including by
spreading these disturbing videos,” Iran’s Education minister Mohammad Bathaei
said, according to The Daily Mail. “I’m certain there’s some kind of political
plot behind the publication of these devious clips in schools.”
Guardian Councilmember Ayatollah Abbas Ka’bi called the videos fuel for “the
enemy’s cultural war” against Iran.
society has felt the pressure from the collapsed currency, the rial, which has
nearly collapsed while inflation has risen to nearly 40 percent.
civil unrest has taken place in the form of protests and strikes, as labor and
civil service strikes have been underway, along with women’s rights demonstrations.
Iranian male and female students have been protesting Iran’s mandatory
1980 Iranian women have been required to wear a headscarf in public at all
times while in Iran, and if found violating those rules, they are subject to
two months in prison or a $25 fine, the Associated Press reported.
protests against headscarves have intensified since 2017, Iranian law
enforcement have toughened their stance against dissidents. One such example is
human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoude, who received a seven-year prison sentence
just for defending women’s rights activists.
LUMPUR, May 13 — Muslim women’s rights group Sisters in Islam today demanded
that Kelantan’s Islamic Affairs and Religious Department (JAHEAIK) to stop
policing women for their clothing choices after 39 women were slapped with
notices for dressing sexily and behaving indecently in public during the
obsession to control what women wear needs to stop.
only does this practice humiliate and degrade the value of women, but the
compulsive need to control what women wear also implies that she is mentally,
physically and spiritually defective and a danger to the moral order of
society,” SIS said in a statement.
group also said they were concerned that the operation carried out in Kota Baru
unfairly targeted Muslim women as no summons were issued to men who fail to
guard their modesty by lowering their gaze as commanded by Islam.
discrimination unfairly suggests that women are exclusively to be blamed for
social and moral ills within the community.
said that JAHAEIK should make the effort to understand the realities of the
community which they serve, as well as the systemic causes of social ills,
which does not stem from how women choose to dress.
the operation yesterday, JAHEAIK assistant chief director (Shariah law
division) Mohd Fadzuli Mohd Zain told reporters that the women were slapped
with the notices during a nine-hour operation.
said 70 enforcement officers from several agencies such as JAHEAIK, Kota Baru
Municipal Council (MPKB), state Welfare Department and the police took part in
the operation which ended about 7pm last night.
women were slapped with the notices and need to attend counselling sessions in
stages as set by the department while eight others were given a warning not to
repeat their act.
said the eight women were also warned not to wear sexy attires in public.
said during the operation two men were caught at a restaurant for not fasting.
said the department would continue to carry out similar operations from time to
time to nab those who breached provisions in the Shariah law.
is being accused of religious discrimination and retaliation by three Muslim
workers in Minnesota who say the tech giant denied them time and space to pray
and routinely assigned them less favorable work than their white counterparts,
according to a federal complaint filed last week.
workers, all black women from Somalia, say Amazon created a hostile environment
for Muslim workers at its warehouse in Shakopee, Minn. They also allege that
Somali and East African workers were denied promotions and training that went
to white workers and were relegated to more difficult tasks, like packing heavy
is one of the largest employers in Minnesota and it relies on these workers to
make billions, but it is withholding these basic accommodations as required by
law,” said Nabihah Maqbool, an attorney for Muslim Advocates, a nonprofit
organization that is representing the women. “Our clients are being monitored
in their warehouses in such a way that they fear each day that they will be
fired when they go to work.”
added that many of the facility’s workers are from East Africa, while the “vast
majority” of managers are white.
Amazon has repeatedly come under fire for its treatment of workers,
particularly at its 110 warehouse facilities, where physical demands can be
year, it raised starting wages to $15 an hour following criticism from Sen.
Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and others that too many of its workers were relying on
food stamps, Medicaid and other government programs to make ends meet. Amazon
has more than 250,000 hourly workers at its U.S. warehouses, making it one of
the country’s largest employers. (Amazon’s founder and chief executive, Jeff
Bezos, owns The Washington Post.)
complaint in Minnesota comes on the heels of another recent report that at
least seven women have filed lawsuits against Amazon accusing the company of
pregnancy discrimination and retaliation. The workers allege that Amazon did
not make accommodations for requests such as longer bathroom breaks and fewer
continuous hours on their feet, according to CNET, which reviewed the lawsuits.
All seven women were also fired after informing managers about their
pregnancies, CNET said.
has disputed those claims: “It is absolutely not true that Amazon would fire
any employee for being pregnant,” a spokeswoman told CNET. “We are an equal
Minnesota, workers say they worried about taking breaks to pray or go to the
bathroom because they were under pressure to meet certain quotas. Failing to
make those “rates,” they said in their complaint, could result in a written
warning that could eventually lead to their firing. The women also said the
lack of air conditioning at the warehouse made it difficult to fast during
of the three women who filed the claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission continue to work at Amazon; one was “constructively discharged” at
the end of December.
heavy items make it so difficult to make the rate,” one of the women said in an
email. She spoke on the condition of anonymity because she still works at the
company and fears reprisal. “I don’t have even a second to speak with the
associate next to me, or take a break, or drink water. When I go to pray I
worry what will happen with the rate.”
spokeswoman Ashley Robinson said prayer breaks shorter than 20 minutes are
paid, as required by law, and that employees can request longer unpaid prayer
breaks “for which productivity expectations would be adjusted."
workers also accuse Amazon of illegally retaliating against them after they
participated in a December event protesting discrimination at the warehouse.
All three women said they “noticed a campaign of retaliatory harassment” that
included more difficult assignments and increased surveillance. One worker said
supervisors began recording her day-to-day conversations on video.
message to Somali workers has been clear: Since they protested Amazon’s
discriminatory actions, Amazon management would now create an environment so
harassing and hostile that they would be forced to quit,” Muslim Advocates
wrote in a letter to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
women are not alone,” the letter continued. “The conditions described in their
charges reflect a broader pattern and practice of unlawful employment
discrimination against Muslim, Somali, and East African workers at Amazon.”
rise of a religiously conservative women’s movement has raised concerns among a
few prominent Muslims who believe that feminist principles do not contradict
Islamic values. A relatively new campaign, which called itself the Indonesia
Without Feminists movement, has recently been rolled out, promoting illiberal
messages to challenge budding feminist thoughts in the predominantly Muslim
nation. The movement's members generally promote the belief that feminism is a
Western ideal that is not compatible with Islamic values. Renowned feminist
Muslims were quick to refute this notion, arguing that Islam is actually a
"feminist religion" that endorses gender equality. Muslim
intellectual and women’s rights activist Musdah Mulia explained in a discussion
recently that Islam strongly promoted gender equality as Prophet Muhammad once
fought for equal treatment...
A judicial magistrate on Monday sent 11 Chinese citizens to jail on judicial
remand and directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to submit a
charge-sheet against them.
suspects are allegedly involved in contracting fake marriages with Pakistani
women and forcing them into prostitution after taking them to China.
investigating officer (IO) produced the Chinese nationals before the court on
expiry of their two-day physical remand and stated that further custody of the
suspects was not required.
said there was no possibility of more disclosures or recovery by the suspects.
this, magistrate Amir Raza Bittu sent the suspects to jail on judicial remand
for 14 days directing the IO to ensure submission of the challan within the
suspects include Hongfa Yang, Libing Liu, Bo Wang, Chuanjia Liu, Gongze He,
Tianyyi Liu, Feng Xnu Yang, Chan yen, Song Guoqian, Liu and Wei Linping.
FIA accused the suspects of contracting fake marriages with Pakistani women
with the help of local facilitators and then forcing them into prostitution
after reaching China. The agency also accused the suspects of using them for
Lu Yaff and some other Chinese nationals approached the Lahore High Court
against the alleged harassment caused by FIA and police.
Sardar Ahmad Naeem took up the petition where their counsel argued that his
clients arrived in Pakistan on valid business visas.
claimed the petitioners were being harassed by the FIA and the police since the
scam of fake marriages had surfaced. He said the law-enforcement agencies
(LEAs) also interrogated the petitioners and confiscated their passports and
asked the court to restrain the LEAs from harassing the petitioners.
law officer opposed the petition and stated that the law of the land was equal
for local and foreign nationals.
assured the court that the Chinese nationals were not being harassed and the
LEAs had been taking actions strictly under the law.
judge disposed of the petition with an instruction to LEAs to act in accordance
another petition filed by a Lahore woman, Justice Shahid Karim sought replies
from the federal government and National Database and Registration Authority
(Nadra) about non-issuance of the identity card with the name of her Chinese
husband who converted to Islam.
Shahzadi pleaded through her counsel that she married Chinese citizen Wang Fai
and her husband was given an Islamic name, Abdul Rasheed.
Shahzadi said she applied to Nadra for issuance of a fresh CNIC with fresh
marital status and name of her husband. However, she said Nadra denied her new
card putting objection to the documents of her husband.
erupted between Iranian students at Tehran University on Monday during a
demonstration against the enforcement of wearing hijab or Islamic veil, media
number of students gathered... claiming that morality police and security
forces had entered the university” to warn students against failing to observe
compulsory hijab laws, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported.
agency reported that a vice president in charge of cultural affairs at the
university had attempted to speak to the students but was “physically
prevented” from doing so.
vice president, Majid Sarsangi, denied any police or security forces had
entered the university grounds.
he said, “two groups of students with opposing thoughts and ideals
unfortunately clashed with each other while we tried to calm down the enraged
published parts of a statement issued by the students protesting enforcement
methods that said female students faced “severe checks when entering the
imposition of one type of attire on students... is a direct violation of their
human rights,” it added.
news agency, said scuffles broke out between the protesters and other students
who supported the enforcement of hijab when demonstrators began marching in the
grounds and shouting what it called “law-breaking slogans”.
“were shouting slogans against attire laws and observance of hijab,” Ali
Tolouie, the head of Tehran University Student Basij Organization, told Fars,
adding the protesters' statement “shows they are against Islam itself”.
were no reports of any casualties or arrests.
(Reuters) - U.S. Democratic leaders on Monday rallied behind a freshman
lawmaker on Monday after President Donald Trump and other Republicans attacked
her over comments about the Holocaust and Palestinians.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer both issued statements on
Twitter saying Trump and other Republicans should apologize to Representative
Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian-American from Michigan and one of two Muslim women
in Congress. Presidential candidate and senator Bernie Sanders also weighed in.
the Yahoo News podcast “Skullduggery” last week, Tlaib was asked about her
support for a one-state solution to the conflict between Israel and
a rambling answer, she said: “There’s kind of a calming feeling I always tell
folks when I think of the Holocaust, and the tragedy of the Holocaust, and the
fact that it was my ancestors, Palestinians, who lost their land and some lost
their lives, their livelihood, their human dignity, their existence in many
ways, have been wiped out, and some people’s passports.
mean, just all of it was in the name of trying to create a safe haven for Jews,
post-the Holocaust, post-the tragedy and the horrific persecution of Jews
across the world at that time, and I love the fact that it was my ancestors
that provided that, right, in many ways. But they did it in a way that took
their human dignity away, right, and it was forced on them,” she said.
Republicans attacked Tlaib over the weekend, with House Republican Whip Steve
Scalise labeling her comments anti-Semitic. “More than six million Jews were
murdered during the Holocaust; there is nothing ‘calming’ about that fact,”
joined them on Monday with a tweet calling Tlaib’s remarks “horrible and highly
obviously has tremendous hatred of Israel and the Jewish people,” the president
and Hoyer said Trump and House Republicans had taken Tlaib’s words out of
context. They “should apologize to Rep. Tlaib & the American people for
their gross misrepresentations,” Pelosi wrote on Twitter.
swift defense contrasted with the Democratic party’s internal wrangling earlier
this year over whether to rebuke another Muslim lawmaker, Representative Ilhan
Omar, for remarks that were also seen as anti-Semitic by some when she
suggested that Israel’s supporters have an “allegiance to a foreign country”.
that time some Democrats warned that party leaders were playing into
Republicans’ hands. In the end, the Democratic-run House approved a broad
resolution condemning anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination and other forms
ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, on Monday called Tlaib’s
comments “grossly #antiSemitic and ignorant.”
should take some time to learn the history before trying to rewrite it,” he
said on Twitter.
began with a rumour, a breathless video circulating on Facebook saying children
in Peshawar had been taken ill after being vaccinated for polio.
hours, a second video emerged showing the same children being instructed to lie
down and feign illness. But it was too late. The latest attempt to derail
Pakistan’s formidable drive to eradicate polio had already taken hold, leaving
thousands of parents panic-stricken and a government health facility partially
man who orchestrated the alarmist video was arrested, but Babar Bin Atta, the
prime minister’s focal person on polio eradication, was plainly exasperated.
man is a trouble-maker caught red-handed on video telling children to act as
though they are ill,” he said. “The real enemy is social media.”
three days to reach more than 9,000 children in the Mustafabad district of
Karachi, workers going door to door are frustrated at having to deal with yet
another swirl of misinformation. Yet, armed with essential vaccine drops and
children’s vitamins – not to mention facts, smartphone videos and the
endorsements from doctors, clerics and celebrities that have become an
essential part of attempts to eradicate the centuries-old disease in Pakistan –
they remain resolute.
a quarter of a million frontline workers are involved in efforts to vaccinate
the 40 million children in the country under the age of five. Zahoor Jah, 55, a
grandfather who lives locally, says the repeated drives can be tedious,
especially in areas that aren’t well served by health clinics. But he hopes
polio will go the way of smallpox.
a lack of education that leads to these things,” he says of the Peshawar
videos. “But these women are doing a fantastic job of convincing almost
everyone. Being local makes a big difference. Everyone recognises them and
town, Syeeda Bahuu, 40, is engaged in vaccination efforts at Karachi
Cantonment, the city’s main railway station. Originally from Quetta, she moved
south to Karachi following “some troubles”. Two of her own children have been
affected by polio. A typical shift brings in 700 rupees (£7.61) a day.
most children will be vaccinated at home, the team’s presence here, and at
tollgates into the city, reflects how mobile people’s lives can be, from
seasonal workers to those visiting family. In three hours, Bahuu has converted
16 refusals into successful vaccinations, using her personal experience and
videos from the city’s emergency operating centre. In all, 418 children have
been inoculated here this morning.
is now endemic in just three countries: Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.
Pakistan is tantalisingly close to eradication. The number of cases here has
dropped from 306 in 2014 to 13 so far this year, but environmental tests show
the virus is still present in the country.
Barki was devastated when his young son was diagnosed with polio. Now 11,
Naseebullah likes to go out with his father to support vaccination teams in
volatile Gulshan Town. He loves cricket, but says not everyone will play with
him. Naseebullah seizes the opportunity to go into bat with Jim Bailey, who is
visiting Karachi with the One Last Push campaign.
62, Bailey is a member of the last British generation living with the long-term
effects of polio. A former taxi driver from Belfast’s Falls Road, he now
teaches IT skills to school leavers.
here in Karachi to see ‘“how they are dealing with what we left in the past”.
Bailey is struck by the resilience of those affected.
a massive programme going on here,” he says. “I suppose I thought: ‘I have
polio, that’s it, done and dusted, I don’t have to be worried about it any
more.’ But polio can come back. It can affect my kids, my grandkids, unless it
is eradicated. It’s amazing, the effort the vaccinators have to go to here. They
Shirazi, 35, ensures every child entering the social security hospital in the
industrial Landhi area of the city is vaccinated. Her deft checks are fuelled
by personal involvement. In 2012, as she wrapped up for the day, she heard the
shots that killed her sister-in-law and niece, both polio prevention workers, a
few streets away. “I decided I couldn’t let their lives go to waste. It just
made my resolve stronger.”
Nasareen, 61, first got involved 22 years ago, when she was a local councillor
in Orangi Town, in the city’s north. She has been instrumental in recruiting
women from the community who have the right skills, education, trust and
access. Two health workers were killed in the area in 2012, and it wasn’t easy
to persuade parents to allow their daughters to vaccinate street to street for
was a lot of fear, but that has got better since the community-based approach
took off,” she says.
build up a relationship with families through hearing their problems, knowing
them. We can spot the extra pair of shoes by the doorstep that belong to a
61, she has taken to getting around by quad bike so that she can quickly be on
site if one of her team calls in with problems. Her diabetes means she has
numbness in one foot, but nothing will stop her. “You cannot shut the programme
until polio is eradicated,” she says. “No young child should get the virus
semi-official ISNA news agency says university students have held a campus
protest against authorities' increasing pressure on women to wear mandatory
headscarves in public.
report says the students — both men and women — briefly scuffled with another
group of Tehran University students who support the country's conservative
headscarf, or hijab, is required in public for all women in Iran. Those who
violate the rules are usually sentenced to two months in prison or less and
fined around $25.
reported in May that a prominent human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, was
sentenced to seven years in prison after defending anti-hijab protesters.
authorities have adopted a tougher approach toward such protests since 2017,
after dozens of women publicly took off their headscarves.
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