Friday Links | April 6, 2012

Anneke’s still in the process of moving, so I’m sorry for the shorter-than-usual list of links again this week!  Looking forward to having her back next Friday, insha’Allah.

Palestinian Hana Shalabi has ended her hunger strike, but will be exiled to Gaza for the next three years.  Some human rights groups argue that this is simply a new form of imprisonment.

The Indonesian religious affairs minister’s recently declared that miniskirts are “pornographic.” In response, the head of the national commission on violence against women denounced the minister’s suggestion, and argued that “This country must stop criminalising women’s bodies and blaming women’s clothing for inviting sexual assault.”

The president of the Russian republic of Ingushetia has proposed that couples be required to be tested for HIV before getting married.

Recent reports suggest that the murder of Shaima Alawadi was not a hate crime.

A new documentary looks at Afghan women who have set themselves on fire because of extreme domestic abuse.

Four women were allegedly beaten and sexually harassed by police at a rally in the Maldives on March 19.

Twenty years after the war in Bosnia began, women who survived rape and torture are still seeking justice and support.

A 12-year-old girl and her 15-year-old male friend were both killed last week in an acid attack in Afghanistan.  May they rest in peace.

Two daughters of Osama bin Laden, and his three widows, have been sentenced for living in Pakistan illegally.

Some Hindu girls in Pakistan have been kidnapped and forced into converting to Islam; the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan estimates that this happens to 20-25 girls each month.

TrustLaw profiles Afghan girls who are raised as boys so that they can take advantages of some of the freedoms that boys have.

A Dutch designer has designed a safe sports hijab so that more women will be able to play soccer.


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