The Sensational Story That Wasn’t: Reports Of ‘Stoning’ Death Of Ukrainian Girl Turn Out To Be False

This was written by Farangis Najibullah and originally published at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. RFE/RL's Ukraine Service correspondents Volodymyr Prytula in Crimea and Maryana Drach in Prague contributed to this report.The headlines were nothing short of chilling."Aspiring 'Miss Ukraine' Killed Under Shari'a Laws In Crimea" warned Ukrainian online newspaper "Gazeta Po-Kievski.""Radical Islamists Murder Young Girl In Crimea," screamed Russia's "Svobodnaya Pressa.""Muslim Girl,19, … [Read more...]

Gareth Compton’s Tweet: A Stone’s Throw from Islamophobia

Last month, Tory councilor Gareth Compton was arrested and later released on bail for writing a message in Twitter that said: "Can someone please stone Yasmin Alibhai-Brown to death? I shan't tell Amnesty if you don't. It would be a blessing, really."Compton has apologized for the Tweet and has declared that he was quite frustrated because Alibhai-Brown said in an interview that no British politicians are morally qualified to talk about human rights violations. Compton’s membership to the C … [Read more...]

The Stoning of Soraya M.: A Review

Before watching The Stoning of Soraya M., I had already formed an opinion of it as "objectifying" and "misrepresenting" Muslim women, as a reaction to a recent spate of "save the Muslim damsel in distress" media like that which surrounds the European burqa ban debacle. The movie, however, turned out to be powerful in its message; incredibly moving and certainly not a damsel in distress tale. Instead, it is about extraordinary womanhood and moral courage in the face of injustice.The film is … [Read more...]

Sensationalist Film Exploits Important Human Rights Issue in Iran

This was written by Elise Auerbach and originally published on Human Rights Now, the Amnesty International USA blog.Ordinarily, human rights activists would be pleased when the rare major motion picture shining a light on human rights violations comes along. In fact, aside from documentaries, it is very unusual to see issues that Amnesty International has worked on appear on film. However, sometimes a film can so distort an important human rights issue, that it may do more harm than good to … [Read more...]

The Stoning of Soraya M.

This was written by Pedestrian and originally appeared at her blog.When you come from a broken home, it’s tough to talk about your past – or present.How much do you let out? How much does the world need to know?I couldn’t help ponder the issue over and over as I was watching clips from The Stoning of Soraya M. on YouTube.At surface level, it sounds simple. Before we solve age old questions about the questions of religion and state, velayat-e faghih, the right of inheritance, etc, etc, w … [Read more...]