R.E.A.L. News

Responsible for Equality And Liberty organization (R.E.A.L.)-- website: http://www.realcourage.org/

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Italy: Al-Qaeda threat against MP sparks Muslim support -- Souad Sbai-- "she received threats in an Internet video message by an alleged Al-Qaeda supporter in Italy"http://www.adnkronos.com/AKI/English/Politics/?id=3.0.3511422226---

- June 18, 2009: "Italian Muslim Women's Rights Leader Souad Sbai in Court Over Islamic Supremacist Death Threats to Her"http://www.realcourage.org/2009/06/threats-to-souad-sbai/

Pakistan: "122 cases of women being burnt were reported in Lahore" -- just from April to June 2009http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/13+domestic+violence-za-02

UK: Report on Sharia courts state women's word not sufficient - even in abuse caseshttp://www.realcourage.org/2009/07/uk-report-on-sharia-courts/-- Daily Mail: "Sharia law UK: Mail on Sunday gets exclusive access to a British Muslim court"-- "If the husband has disputed his wife's word, the court demands her account is corroborated by otherwitnesses - preferably male.

If the wife refuses to agree to give the husband access to their children, even incases of possible child abuse, the divorce is stalled until that issue is resolved."--

"Dr Hasan tells them that in every part of the world, there can be only one authority."-- "'In Britain, the ultimate authority is the Prime Minister. In an army, it is the commander-in-chief. On the bus, it is the bus driver. And in the house, the smallest unit of society, sharia says authority must be with the man to maintain the house."-- "'The woman's duties are much harsher. Biologically, she differs,' he says. Her duties lie with the cleaning and childcare."-- "

The mood turns black as Dr Hasan continues that under Islam, the woman is seen as someone who needs theprotection of a man. In matters of divorce, the right of ending a marriage lies with the man because 'women haveemotions, whereas a man thinks first before he speaks'. "http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1197478/Sharia-law-UK--How-Islam-dispensing-justice-side-British-courts.html

IPT: "Soraya's Warning to the Mullahs (A Film Review)"

Jordan: Man who kills raped sister in "honor killing" gets jail time cut in half http://www.realcourage.org/2009/07/jordan-honor-killing-sentence/ Jordan; Court halves man's jail term for 'honour' killing

-- "A court on Tuesday halved the jail term of a 29-year-old Jordanian man who shot his raped sister 12 times "in the name of honour",a judicial official said."

-- "The criminal court initially sentenced the man to 15 years with hard labour for killing his sister in 2008 in Mowaqqar, southeast of the capital Amman, but immediately reduced it to seven-and-a-half years."--

"'The woman disappeared from home for six months after she was raped last year,' the official said."-- "Police kept the woman in custody for protection and later handed her over to the family, but the brother shot her 12 timesin different parts of her body once she arrived home, killing her immediately."--

"The man told police that he committed the crime 'in the name of honour,' according to the official."

(Pakistan) "Honour killings in Sindh rise in second quarter: report"


-- Sindh: Last three months: 416 cases of violence against women in Sindh

(Pakistan) "Newly-wed girl strangled to death" - by husband


(Pakistan) Punjab: ICC Report: "Police Brutalize Christians after Robbing their Homes" - in Punjab's Wazirabad-- ICC reports on brutalization of Christians and attacks on Christian women



(Pakistan) Punjab: ICC Report: "Update: Jihad Attack on over 100 Christian Homes in Pakistan"-- ICC reports on mob violence and attacks on Christian women



Saudi Arabia: Brother kills two sisters in Social Affairs shelter over "honor"


-- Arab News: "Man in "honor killing" may face death penalty"--- "A man may face the death penalty if found guilty of gunning down his two sisters as they were being dischargedby Social Affairs officials into the custody of their father."---

"The two women had been caught in suspicious circumstances with two unrelated men on Thursday."---

"Police believe the brother murdered his two sisters to save the family honor. The names and ages of the young womenand their brother were not made public."---

"According to Riyadh police, the man followed his father to the social protection home and then waited until the women came out. He reportedly shot one sister in the head and discharged three bullets into the other. He then tossed the gun near the bodies.

Guards at the Social Affairs shelter quickly apprehended the man."--- "The man will face the death penalty unless his family forgives him. If he is spared capital punishment he will still facejail time served in the name of the public right."---

"Women are usually turned over to Social Affairs shelters if they are caught with unrelated men until their guardianscan get them out of custody."

Saudi Arabia: Abused woman flees shelter; shelter "accused of helping woman flee"
-- Saudi Arabia: Shelter accused of helping woman flee

--- "The woman ran away while police were preparing to take her to jail in line with a court order while it examined her case. Samar fled her parents' home after accusing them of abusing her and sought refuge at the shelter."--- "A source closely involved with her case told Arab News that the father is mentally unstable and that he would beat herand take away her salary."---

"He added that there are two lawsuits relating to her filed in court. The first case was filed by Samar’s father who accused her of running away and disobeying her parents.

The second was filed by Samar herself against her father demanding that he be removed as her guardian."---

"The source also said Samar has been called to court five times and that she has failed to appear each time."--- "The source criticized the shelter, accusing it of accepting cases without proper investigation, something that he said has caused 'chaos.' He accused the shelter of helping the woman flee."

Iran: Concerns Over Detained Iranian Christian Women Amid Political Turmoil - may face execution for religious freedom

-- Concerns Over Detained Iranian Christians Amid Political Turmoil-- "two detained Christian women are 'in danger of being forgotten' amid concerns they may face execution, Iranian Christians said Tuesday,

July 7"-- "Marzieh Amirizadeh, 30, and Maryam Rustampoor, 27, have been held for over four months in Tehran's notorious Evin prison apparently for converting to Christianity from Islam"



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