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AHA Foundation applauds passage of amendment making it illegal to take girl out of US for FGM

The AHA Foundation applauds passage of the “Transport for Female Genital Mutilation Act”, which makes it illegal to knowingly transport a girl out of the United States in order to commit FGM.

This amendment was designed to address the all-too-common practice of “vacation cutting”, in which girls living in the United States are taken to their parents’ country of origin during school breaks to undergo the procedure. Those found guilty under the new legislation will be sentenced to up to five years imprisonment, the same penalty imposed on those who commit FGM within the United States.

A bipartisan group of legislators, Senator Harry Reid and Representatives Joseph Crowley and Mary Bono Mack, spearheaded the Transport for Female Genital Mutilation Act. The AHA Foundation commends their efforts, and applauds the President for signing this bill into law.

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Implications of new anti-FGM law

TrustLaw, a leading legal news source, analyzes the new law against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and cites the AHA Foundation’s work in this area.

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali criticizes Egypt President’s poisonous rhetoric against Jews

In the New York Times, Ayaan Hirsi Ali criticizes Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi for his vitriolic rhetoric against Jews.

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Swedish court sentences teenager in “honor” killing case

A Swedish court has sentenced a 17-year-old boy to 8 years in prison for stabbing his sister to death in an “honor” killing. The 19-year-old sister had been stabbed more than 100 times with two knives and a pair of scissors in April 2012. In misplaced sympathy, the teen’s defense attorney called the sentence for the killer “incredibly harsh”.

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Court in Georgia (United States) Upholds “Honor” Killing Sentence

The Supreme Court of Georgia has upheld the murder conviction and life sentence of a Georgia man accused of slaying his daughter in a so-called honor killing.

Chaudry Rashid was accused of strangling his 25-year-old daughter because she planned to divorce her husband from an arranged marriage.

Following an interview at the police department, Rashid asked to speak with his family. He spoke in Punjabi and Urdu and talked about his daughter’s death. During the conversation he said: “I put the rope around her neck and squeezed her.” “She disgraced our family.”

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British Member of Parliament says aid professionals too reluctant in combating FGM

A British Member of Parliament has said too many British professionals, fearful of being accused of racism, are reluctant to take action to stop female genital mutilation.

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Victims of “honor” violence in Wales are being let down because police and prosecutors do not understand the “shame culture” in Muslim cultures

Victims of “honor” violence are being let down by the Welsh justice system because police and prosecutors do not understand the “shame culture” in Muslim communities, an expert has claimed.

Shahien Taj, the executive director of the Henna Foundation, said the legal system in Wales is repeatedly failing victims of child abuse, rape and domestic violence.

And she said compared to England, those involved in the justice system in Wales are not using the guidance available to them and are unable to recognise cases where honour based violence (HBV) may be present.

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Olympian swimmer seeks asylum in UK to escape forced marriage to 60-year-old man

An Olympian fears she will be killed if deported from Britain after living on the streets to escape an arranged marriage. Swimmer Ayouba-Ali Sihame, 18, represented the tiny African island nation of Comoros during the London Games. But she ended up in a prison cell after fleeing the athlete’s village in a desperate bid to avoid being wed to a twice-married 60-year-old man. Her mother told her she was being sold and must give up her sporting career just days before she flew to London. She said the sportswoman’s ‘celebrity’ status had pushed up her value in the poverty-stricken strict Islamic community.

Read Ayouba-Ali’s story here.

Naomi Conrad explores the Salafist scene in Bonn, Germany

Bonn, Germany, has a thriving Salafist movement that threatens women’s rights. Read Naomi Conrad’s investigative report here.

German police arrest 2 suspects after woman attacked in acid attack

German police have arrested two suspects after a young woman of Turkish origin suffered serious burns in an acid attack in western Germany.

The victim had reported the suspected attacker three times to the police for threatening her and using physical violence.

Authorities said the young man had been ordered to stay away from her.

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Swedish government seeks Kurdistan co-operation in “honor” killing cases

Swedish police are seeking the cooperation of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to hand over the father of a Kurdish 19-year-old, Maria Barin, who was the victim of an “honor killing”, as well as suspects in other similar crimes.

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Success story of girl who escapes forced marriage

An Indian girl who fled a forced marriage has become a millionaire entrepreneur. Read Chanda Zaveri’s success story here.

Pakistani-born human rights activist Sabatina James explains dire situation of non-Muslims in Pakistan

Pakistani-born human rights campaigner Sabatina James explains the dire situation for those in Pakistan who do not accept Islam as their religion.

Watch Sabatina here.

British human rights campaigner Maryam Namazie lectures at the University of London on the threat of Sharia law to women’s rights.

Watch Maryam’s lecture here.

Israeli police under scrutiny for doing too little to combat ‘honor’ killings

The recent murder of a 16-year-old Israeli Arab girl by her brother for the sake of “family honor” has many criticizing the Israeli Police for doing too little to eliminate the phenomenon of so-called “honor killings.”

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Suspect indicted in Israeli “honor” killing

An indictment has been filed with the Beersheba District Court against Ahman Alasam, 24, for killing his 16-year-old sister Aisha.

According to the indictment, Aisha moved out of the family home to reside with her partner in the city of Tayibe, but returned upon her family’s request. Some three weeks ago, Ahman slashed her throat with a knife and then reported the crime to the police.

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Qatar bans women from working in boys’ schools; confusion ensues

An unexpected decision on ban women from working in boys’ schools in Qatar has left the establishments, teachers and staff struggling to readjust.

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70-year-old Saudi man’s attempted wedding to unwilling 15-year-old girl sparks condemnation

The recent attempted marriage of a 70-year-old Saudi man to a 15-year-old girl has sparked condemnation from human rights and social media activists in the kingdom.

Read about the girl’s plight here.

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas backs away from tougher “honor killing” laws

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has pivoted away from earlier promises to amend laws that offer leniency to men who use the “honor killing” defense.

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Tanzania government claims it is powerless to stop FGM

In the face of circumcision of thousands of girls last month, the Tanzanian government claims it is powerless to end the complex traditional practice that has led to untold pain and even death for the victims.

Cracking down on the perpetrators was made even more difficult by a conspiracy between heads of clans and village leaders, who are paid for looking the other way as the traditionalists round up girls for the cut.

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In Senegal, grandmothers are taking the lead in fight against FGM

In Senegal, like other West African countries, grandmothers are generally the ones who decide girls should be circumcised. Now the Grandmother Project is harnessing the support of grandmothers to stop female genital mutilation.

Read about the grandmothers’ efforts here.

Indonesia government told to do more to stop FGM

The Indonesian government has been told by humanitarian groups it must do more to stop Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

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Indonesia sees a rise of laws inspired by Shariah law

In recent years Indonesia has seen a rise of laws inspired by Shariah law, hurting women’s rights.

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Afghan inmate kills wife during prison visit in “honor” killing

An Afghan prisoner murdered his wife when she went to visit him, allegedly because she had been unfaithful after he was jailed for killing her relatives, police said.

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