Zare Bahari, Iran's representative to the Miss Intercontinental pageant in
2018. (Courtesy: eventservice.tn)
• Philippines Approves Asylum
Request of Detained Iranian Beauty Queen, Bahareh Zare Bahari
• 15 Women in New Omani State
• Young Muslim Women Surge to
Success in American Elections
• First Muslim Woman in Virginia
Senate from Teaching Family
• Bangladeshi Women Recount
Stories of Abuse In Saudi Arabia
• Wife, Daughter of Dead ISIS Leader
Baghdadi Captured, Senior Turkish Official Says
• Sri Lanka Elections: Muslim Women
Asked To Remove Veil
• ISIS Fighters Disguised As Women
Caught By Afghan Forces in Nangarhar
• In Reversal, Saudi Court Grants
U.S. Woman Shared Custody of Daughter”'
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Women From Marrying Is A Crime: Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Commission
– Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Commission emphasized that the cases of Adhl
(preventing women from getting married) practiced by some parents is considered
as a crime that violates human rights as well as women’s dignity and the right
to form a family.
is a religiously forbidden practice that contravenes all laws and regulations,”
the HRC said in a statement on Wednesday.
situation where women are prevented from getting married is one of the forms of
abuse criminalized under the Law to Protect against Abuse, the statement said
while pointing out that HRC is following up with the competent authorities to
address such cases so as to ensure their protection and address such issues
Commission stressed that the Saudi laws criminalizes Adhl, saying: “Article 39
of the Legal Procedures Law stipulates that the woman who has been prevented by
her legal guardians from getting married is entitled to file a lawsuit against
called on women who are victims of Adhl to follow the regulations to restore
their legitimate and legal rights, emphasizing that the cases of Adhl,
practiced by males on women who are under their guardianship, is a form of
abuse and oppression against women.
crimes signal the poor level of awareness in this respect, especially awareness
about its humanitarian and social dangers,” the Commission said while urging
the relevant stakeholders to intensify awareness campaign about the grave risks
involving the crime and the consequent penalties.
Approves Asylum Request of Detained Iranian Beauty Queen, Bahareh Zare Bahari
Philippines has approved the asylum application of Former Miss Iran, Bahareh
Zare Bahari, Justice Undersecretary and spokesperson Markk Perete said on
Friday, almost a month after the beauty queen was arrested at Manila's Ninoy
Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
arrived in Manila from a two-week vacation in Dubai on October 18 but was
barred from leaving the airport due to what authorities said was an
International Police (Interpol) red notice.
can confirm that her [asylum] application has been approved as of Tuesday,"
Perete told Arab News.
added that he had yet to verify if Bahari had been allowed to leave the airport
and admitted into the Philippines, adding that "as of Tuesday evening, the
BI [Bureau of Immigration] has started processing her papers pursuant to the
ruling on her [asylum] application."
Bureau of Immegration said last month that Bahari was intercepted at NAIA's
terminal 3 following an Interpol red notice against her for an assault and
battery case allegedly committed in Dagupan City in the Philippines.
denies any wrongdoing, saying the cases against her are fake. She has also said
she would be killed or imprisoned if deported to Iran where the Tehran
government is allegedly targeting her for supporting an opposition politician,
violating traditional values by taking part in beauty pageants and speaking for
January Bahari appeared at a beauty pageant carrying a picture of Reza Pahlavi,
an Iranian opposition leader and founder of the National Council of Iran.
they (Philippines) deport me (back to ) Iran, (they will) at least give me 25
years in jail if they do not kill me," Bahari said in an interview with
Arab News last month.
Women in New Omani State Council
Sultan Qaboos Bin Said issued a Royal Decree on Thursday appointing members of
the State Council, considered the highest legislative body in the Sultanate,
formed by 86 members including 15 women.
Council includes two former state officials in addition to social and academic
State Council, or Majlis al-Dawla and Majlis Al Shura (also known as the Shura
Council or Consultative Council) constitute together the Council of Oman, and
they advise the ministries and government bodies on several issues based on the
responsibilities assigned to the members of the councils.
members of the Majlis Ad Dawla are picked by Sultan Qaboos, the Majlis Al Shura
consists of 86 members elected from the various Wilayats across the Sultanate’s
Oct. 27, Oman witnessed the election of members for the 9th term of Majlis Al
Shura, in which 637 candidates, including 40 women, competed and 86 members
won, including two women.
Sunday, Khalid bin Hilal Al Mawali was re-elected as the chairman of Oman's
Shura Council for the third consecutive term.
secured 47 out of 86 votes, while his nearest rival, Yaqoub Al-Harthy, received
17 of the State Council and the Shura system stipulates that Majlis Ad Dawla
does everything possible to assist in the implementation of development plans
and contribute to the consolidation of the inherent values of the Omani society
and preserve the achievements and reaffirm the principles enshrined in the
Basic Law of the State.
18 of the same system gave the Council several powers, including the
preparation of studies that help in the implementation of development plans and
programs and contribute to finding appropriate solutions to the economic and
social constraints, the making of proposals that would encourage investment in
various productive and service sectors and the development of economic
resources, the provision of studies and proposals in the field of human
resource development and the reviewing of bills.
of the Council are mainly former ministers, undersecretaries and their
equivalents, former ambassadors, former senior judges, retired senior officers,
dignitaries and businessmen and persons who have performed distinguished
services to the Nation. On Thursday, Sultan Qaboos also issued a decree on the
appointment of Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Nassir al-Naddabi as Secretary
General of Majlis Al Shura.
Muslim Women Surge To Success In American Elections
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Rashida Tlaib has lent her support to the 26 Muslim candidates emerged
victorious in Tuesday's off-year US elections, tweeting news of their
election wins brings the total number of Muslims elected to office in the
States this year to 34. Fifteen of the candidates were newly elected. Muslim
advocacy groups have described the results as a blow against Islamophobia and a
triumph for community organization.
is one of four Democrat congresswomen who have shot to prominence thanks to
their demagogic support for minority rights. Describing herself as a
Palestinian American, she regularly uses Twitter to attack Israel.
a video by minorities-supporting campaign group "She The People" on
election day, Tlaib commented: "Get out of the way. We are here and more
the winners was 23-year-old Safiya Khalid, who took her seat on Lewiston City
Council with nearly 70 percent of the vote.
who arrived in America as a Somalian refugee aged seven and was dogged by
online abuse throughout her campaign, told supporters that the win proved
“community organizers beat internet trolls.”
Mohamed, 23, was another former Somalian refugee to win a city council
position, in St Louis Park, Minnesota. She replaced the outgoing Democrat with
63 percent of the first-choice votes.
I close my eyes and think of an elected official, I get a different image
that’s been in the history books,” she said.
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Virginia, four Muslim women won their races. Democrat Ghazala Hashmi unseated
incumbent Republican Glen Sturtevant in a surprise victory to take a State
celebrating in Virginia were Lisa Zargarpur, elected to the Prince William
County School Board, Buta Biberaj, who became Loudoun County’s new
commonwealth’s attorney in a tight race against the incumbent Republican
candidate, and 24 year-old Abrar Omeish, who took a place on the Fairfax County
School Board making her both the youngest person to hold elected office in the
do Muslim Americans do during a time of heightened Islamophobia under a
xenophobic administration? We run for office and win," said Linda Sarsour,
executive director of Muslim-American advocacy group MPower Change.
Missouri, Director of JetPac, an organization that trains American Muslims to
run for office, concurred, saying: "the surge in Muslim candidates running
for office in recent years is, in part, a direct response to open expressions
of Islamophobia in the U.S., including White House policies that critics see as
Meagher, a political science professor at Randolph-Macon College in Virginia
said the results should make pundits question their assumptions. “We always
hear about electability concerns, but women of color are not just electable,
they’re the next generation of leaders for the Democratic Party of Virginia,”
Hashmi’s success in part to a district that was undergoing change, he added:
“Chesterfield is the leading edge of the urbanization of the suburbs. We’re
used to suburbs voting with rural districts, but they’re becoming more like the
Muslim woman in Virginia Senate from teaching family
Nov 7 (IANS) Ghazala Hashmi, who made history by becoming first Muslim woman to
be elected to Virginia State Senate, hails from a family of educationists in
to the United States with her family when she was just four, the
Indian-American scored a stunning victory over sitting Republican Senator Glen
55-year-old, a Democrat, was elected from Virginia''s 10th Senate District to
become the first Muslim-American woman to serve in the State Senate.
literature professor and former director of the Center for Excellence in
Teaching & Learning at Reynolds Community College, Richmond, she served
as an educator for more than two decades.
dedicated her win to her supporters with a tweet saying it belonged to all
those who believed in the need for "progressive change in Virginia".
victory, is not mine alone. It belongs to all of you who believed that we
needed to make progressive change here in Virginia, for all of you who felt
that you haven''t had a voice and believed in me to be yours in the General
Assembly," she tweeted. In another tweet, she also admired the state''s
willingness to make the change. "Today we sent a message that the status
quo is no longer accepted," wrote Hashmi, whose campaign focused on
education, healthcare, gun violence prevention and environmental protection.
was born in 1964 in a highly-educated family. Her parents Zia Hashmi and
Tanveer Hashmi obtained higher education degrees from reputed institutions.
Hashmi did MA and LLB from Aligarh Muslim University, where he was also the
president of Student Union in early 1950s. Tanveer Hashmi is an alumnus of
Osmania University''s Kothi Women''s College. She did BA and B.Ed.
Hashmi later did PhD in International Relations from University of South
Carolina. He retired as the Director of Centre for International Studies at the
to Ghazala Hashmi''s relatives, she was a bright student right from her school
days. She earned a bachelor''s degree from Georgia Southern University and a
PhD from Emory University in Atlanta.
elder brother Dr Sohail Hashmi, who did PhD in International Relations from
Harvard University is a Professor at Massachusetts while younger sister Dr.
Saira Ali Khan is a physician based in Florida.
shifted to Virginia in early 1990s with her husband Azhar Rafeeq, who is
Associate Professor in School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University.
couple has two daughters. Elder one, Yasmin, who has done Masters in Public
Health Administration, is working in Washington while Noor is doing
Women Recount Stories of Abuse In Saudi Arabia
Bangladesh - Shirina Begum was no stranger to sleeping on an empty stomach. For
days on end, she had to consume 'bhater mar' (the starchy water poured off
cooked rice) to quell her hunger after feeding her two children and ailing
up in a small Bangladeshi village called Namorikari in Lalmonirhat, which often
faces seasonal famines, 29-year-old Begum struggled to make ends meet.
no cultivable land at her disposal and living in a house made of straw, she
seemed destined to live her life on subsistence.
one day, she heard that one of her neighbours was going to Saudi Arabia to work
as a housemaid.
was told that she would make around
20,000 taka ($235) a month and only needed to spend 40,000 taka ($471)
to go to Saudi Arabia," she told Al Jazeera.
decided to borrow money from a local money lender and go to Saudi Arabia to
work there," she said.
In May this year, she started her journey,
leaving behind her family. Her agent told her that she would only need to cook
for a family of four in the city of Al-Kharj.
later found out that the family had six members and her duties also included
cleaning, washing and other household chores.
was a tough job for $235 a month. I needed to work for 14 -15 hours straight.
It was hard for me to understand their language [Arabic]. I also couldn't cook
to their taste buds. I didn't have any access to phone, so I couldn't talk to
my family back home," she said.
also beat me with a stick sometimes."
said she was also sexually attacked by the eldest son of the family, which led
to her escape from the place.
was sleeping in the kitchen. Suddenly I realised someone was trying get on the
top of me. I screamed loud but he shut my mouth with his hand. Then he molested
me. At one point, I applied all my force and he was compelled to leave
me," she said.
next day, she mustered the courage, and
fled and went to the nearest police station. As she did not have proper
immigration papers, she spent nearly four weeks in prison until she was able to
return to Bangladesh with 20 others in late October with the help of
Bangladeshi embassy in Saudi Arabia.
was treated like an animal inside the prison," she said.
was able to work for only four months and I got salary of just two months. Now
I am in debt as I can't pay back to my loan sharks."
is among the nearly 50,000 women who went to the Gulf country for work until the
end of September this year.
to government figure, more than 300,000 female workers have travelled to Saudi
Arabia since 1991, but many of them return with stories of abuse and
the last four years, at least 66 Bangladeshi female workers died in Saudi
Arabia, 52 of them committing suicides.
story of Dalia Akhter, another migrant who worked in Saudi Arabia, ended with a
a resident of Gendaria outside of the capital Dhaka, w as told that she needed
to take care of an elderly lady in the town Ad-Dilum in Saudi Arabia in
exchange of $266 a month.
she woke up to the harsh reality when she reached there in July, 2018. Long working hours, rude
behaviour and physical abuse were every day experiences in that house.
had to work from 5am to 10pm every day without a break," she said.
Malkin (woman houselord ) used to beat
me with a stick when I could not understand her instructions. I felt helpless
and trapped," she said.
she refused to work for that family, she was "sold" to another
family, Akter says. Under the Saudi
"kafala," or visa sponsorship, system a migrant worker's
residency permits is tied with the "sponsoring" employers, whose
written consent is required for the worker to change employers or leave the
country under normal circumstances.
condition got worse. The new family was even harsh er on her than the
previous one, she says. She jumped from the roof of the three storied house in
an attempted suicide and broke her leg after which the houselord left her with
the Bangladeshi embassy in the capital, Riyadh.
living in a safe home in Riyadh run by the Bangladeshi embassy for three weeks,
Akhter was sent back to Bangladesh with a permanent broken leg this September.
going to Saudi Arabia, I used to work in garment sector. Now with a broken leg,
I have become a burden to my family," said Akhter.
garment sector, the South Asian nation's biggest export earner, employs
millions of women.
of a cruel system
Begum and Akhter were victims of a system in which employers confiscate
passports, withhold wages, and force migrants to work against their will.
Workers who leave their employer without their consent can be charged with
"absconding" and face imprisonment and deportation, the Human Rights Watch said .
a seven-year long employment ban on
Bangladeshi migrant workers, Saudi
Arabia started taking workers from the South Asian nation of nearly 160 million
through a bilateral deal signed in the end of 2015.
to BRAC, a non-governmental organisation working on Bangladeshi migration
workers, last year a total of 1,353 female workers had come back to Bangladesh
from Saudi Arabia because of the inhuman working condition there.
they came back, they reported of mental, physical and sexual abuse," said
Shariful Islam Hasan of the migration programme
at BRAC .
said 66 female workers have died in the last four years in Saudi Arabia, 52
being suicide cases.
haven't found a single case where the employers have been punished. So the
Saudi employers think they can do whatever they want with these workers without
facing any consequences," Hasan told Al Jazeera.
ministry of expatriates , which previously denied allegations of sexual abuse
of female workers in Saudi Arabia, also admitted the abuse of its workers this
government report said many women who
went to the kingdom to work as domestic help returned after sexual and other sorts
of the 111 women who returned to Bangladesh from Saudi Arabia on August 26, 38
were abused physically or sexually, 48 others were deprived of their regularies
salary and allowances, according to the report.
Moshi, ambassador of Bangladesh to Saudi Arabia, also admitted the
ill-treatment of some of the female migrant workers at the hands of Saudi
the female returnees comprised of less than 10 percent of the total workforce,
the rest are still working," he told Al Jazeera, referring to about 2
million Bangladeshi expatriates in the kingdom.
partially blamed "greedy manpower agents" for the situation, saying
they spread out across the impoverished parts of the country to lure poor women.
are untrained and unprepared for a foreign land and culture," he said,
"Thus most of them get mentally traumatised and homesick when they start
working here in Saudi households."
to the ministry of expatriates, there are 1,221 registered agencies and over 80
percent of them send workers to Saudi Arabia.
Ahmed, managing partner of BS International, said they only send
"willing" people abroad after
telling them their future duties in Saudi Arabia.
told Al Jazeera: "It's hard for us to understand what will happen to them
from afar. We take measures whenever we receive any complaints. We try to bring
them (the workers) as soon as possible."
Hossain, the owner of agency Concord Apex said: "Most of them are working
happily and sending valuable remittance to their family. I don't deny that few
of them are coming back. But the success rate is way higher than the
Munirus Saleheen of the ministry of
expatriates told Al Jazeera that the
institution has a special arrangement with the Saudi government for expatriates
subjected to torture.
try to keep them in the safe houses in Riyadh, Madina or Jedda in Saudi Arabia
and later try to bring them back as soon as possible after completing necessary
procedures," he said.
added that the victim has to stay in safe homes in Saudi Arabia if she wants to
file a complaint.
it's a legal procedure, it takes a long time to complete the investigation and
other formalities. As a result, most of the victims are unwilling to lodge
complaints and simply wish to return home," he added.
daughter of dead ISIS leader Baghdadi captured, senior Turkish official says
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wife and daughter of former ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi were among a group
of ISIS suspects detained by Turkish police in June 2018, after weeks of
round-the-clock surveillance, a senior Turkish official has said.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan first announced Wednesday that Baghdadi's wife
had been captured. Baghdadi, who died during a US raid on his compound in
northern Syria late last month, was believed to have had several wives.
senior Turkish official said the woman was Asma Fawzi Muhammad Al-Qubaysi,
Baghdadi's first wife. She was found in Hatay, southern Turkey, among a group
of 11 ISIS suspects: four women, one man and six children. She had falsely
identified herself as Rania Mahmoud.
discovered her real identity pretty quickly. At that point, she volunteered a
lot of information about Baghdadi and the inner workings of ISIS," the
senior official said. "We were able to confirm a lot of things that we
already knew. We also obtained new information that led to a series of arrests
detainees are currently being held at a deportation center in Turkey, according
to the official.
DNA test confirmed that another suspect, who identified herself as Leila
Jabeer, was Baghdadi's daughter. The senior official said Baghdadi's DNA sample
was provided to Turkish authorities by the Iraqi government.
this week, Turkey said it had captured Baghdadi's sister, Rasmiya Awad, in the
northern Syrian town of Azaz. A senior Turkish official shared an image of
Awad's falsified identity card exclusively with CNN.
much is known about Awad, 65, but Ankara hopes her capture will lead to a
wealth of intelligence about the militant group. She is currently being questioned
kind of thing is an intelligence gold mine. What she knows about ISIS can
significantly expand our understanding of the group and help us catch more bad
guys," the Turkish official said.
was detained in a raid on a metal container housing unit in Azaz, Aleppo
province, part of a region that has been administered by Turkey since it
carried out an operation to clear the border of ISIS militants in 2016.
was taken into custody alongside her husband and daughter-in-law, who were also
being questioned by Turkish authorities. Five children were found with them
during the raid, the official said.
shared by Turkish officials showed Awad dressed in a black abaya headscarf and
loose, blue patterned clothing.
has described the discovery of Baghdadi's relatives as a boon for its
intelligence about ISIS, saying that it will help the country better protect
itself and Europe from terrorists.
the elusive and highly secretive leader of ISIS, died during a raid conducted
by the US military in close coordination with American intelligence and the
Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in northwest Syria.
suggested on Wednesday that Turkey's fight against ISIS was "more powerful
than ever," and that, unlike the US, its security officials "did not
make a fuss" about it.
US said that Baghdadi killed himself in a tunnel and started a serious PR
campaign. We captured his wife but we didn't make a fuss, I'm declaring this
for the first time," Erdogan said, referring to US President Donald
Trump's televised address in which he revealed details of the mission. Trump
said two of Baghdadi's wives were killed during the operation.
said that Baghdadi "blew himself up" after he was cornered by US
forces in a tunnel within his compound. His identity was later confirmed by DNA
world's most wanted man oversaw the militant group's transformation from a
ragtag insurgency to a global terror network that attracted tens of thousands
of fighters to its so-called "caliphate" in Iraq and Syria.
the group's height, Baghdadi reigned over a territory the size of Britain, from
which ISIS orchestrated attacks carried out in countries around the world.
story has been corrected to reflect that the ID card belonging to Baghdadi's
sister was falsified.
Lanka Elections: Muslim Women Asked To Remove Veil
authorities in Sri Lanka requested veiled Muslim women to show their face at
polling centers when they go to cast their vote in the presidential election on
top contenders are ruling party candidate Sajith Premadasa and opposition
candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
Sri Rathnayake, commissioner general of the Sri Lanka Elections Secretariat,
told Anadolu Agency that it was mandatory for veiled women to show their face
when they go to cast their vote.
assured that there was no ban on veils but this was a formality to ensure the
holder of the identity card was the same person who will be casting the vote.
face cover or niqab practiced by a small minority of Muslim women has been at
the center of controversy since the Easter terror attacks in April this year
which claimed 250 lives.
after the blasts, the government announced a complete ban on all types of face
covers including the niqab worn by Muslim women to quell growing mistrust among
the multi-ethnic communities and to help security forces who were carrying out
investigations and spot checks.
ban was however lifted with the withdrawal of the emergency law in August.
Muslim women fear backlash from hardline Buddhist groups who continue
campaigning against the niqab.
Lanka’s Muslim community accounts to nearly 10% in the predominantly Buddhist
Fighters Disguised As Women Caught By Afghan Forces in Nangarhar
Afghan forces arrested four ISIS Khurasan militants who had disguised as women
and were attempting to escape the operations in Nangarhar province.
to a statement released by Governor’s Office in Nangarhar, the Afghan forces arrested
the ISIS fighters in Achin district.
statement further added that the Afghan forces arrested the ISIS fighters in
Achin district on Wednesday.
ISIS sympathizers have not commented in this regard so far.
is among relatively volatile provinces in East of Afghanistan where both
Taliban and ISIS Khurasan groups have presence in some of its remote districts.
Taliban and ISIS Khurasan militants often attempt to carry out attacks in this
the Afghan forces routinely conduct counter-terrorism operations against the
anti-government armed groups in this province.
U.S. forces also conduct regular airstrikes in restive parts of the country to
suppress Taliban and other anti-government militants.
Reversal, Saudi Court Grants U.S. Woman Shared Custody of Daughter”'
American woman trapped in a prolonged custody battle with her Saudi ex-husband
over their 4-year-old daughter said Thursday that a Saudi court had reversed
its previous ruling, granting the couple shared custody and giving her the
right to take the child abroad.
a post on Facebook, the woman, Bethany Vierra, wrote that she and her
ex-husband had “worked out a custody agreement centering around her and us.”
she did not provide all of the agreement’s details, she said she had been
afforded a number of rights that “seem basic elsewhere but are so difficult
here,” calling the new custody agreement “a revolution.”
Vierra’s case drew attention to the range of legal barriers that women in Saudi
Arabia face after getting divorced, although her situation was further
complicated by her American citizenship.
kingdom has long been known as one of the world’s most restrictive places for
women, although its powerful crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, has pushed
reforms to change that, including allowing women to drive and travel abroad
without the permission of a male relative.
Vierra moved to Saudi Arabia in 2011 and married a Saudi businessman two years
later. The couple soon had a child, Zaina.
the marriage soured, Ms. Vierra accused her husband of being abusive and the
after the divorce, she ran into legal problems because her ex-husband remained
the sponsor of her residency in Saudi Arabia as well as the legal guardian of
their daughter, which meant he could bar Ms. Vierra from taking the child
abroad even though Zaina was a dual Saudi-American citizen.
Vierra went to court to try to win custody, but in July a Saudi judge named her
ex-husband’s mother as the child’s legal guardian, in part to keep the girl
from being raised by a Westerner.
the mother is new to Islam and a foreigner in this country and embraces customs
and traditions in the way she was raised,” the judge wrote, “we must avoid
exposing Zaina to these traditions.”
new legal ruling was issued on Wednesday.
its details were not made public, Ms. Vierra wrote that it had granted her the
right to travel with her child and to remarry without losing custody of her
Vierra declined to comment beyond her Facebook post. Her ex-husband did not
respond to a request for comment.
plans to take her daughter to the United States soon.
in America y’all, God willing,” Ms. Vierra wrote on Facebook. “It will be the
most emotional homecoming of my life.”
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