14 March 2012: International Day of Action to Defend Blasphemers and Apostates

Countless individuals face threats, imprisonment, and execution because of their criticism of religion and religious authorities. Blasphemy and Apostasy laws as well as uncodified rules imposed by both state and non-state actors aim primarily to restrict thought and expression and limit the rights of Muslims, ex-Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

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Campaign of Iraqi gay killings by smashing skulls with concrete blocks

New barbaric attacks started against the Iraqi lgbt in many cities like Baghdad and Basra while using inhumane methods such as hitting the head and body parts of gay victims with building concrete blocks repeatedly till death or by pushing them over high building roof which took place in Basra city.

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Open letter to the Saudi Embassy in London-UK: We demand immediate freedom for Hamza Kashgari!

To Whom It May Concern: We are outraged to learn that 23 year old writer Hamza Kashgari is in prison after being deported to Saudi Arabia from Malaysia where he had fled in fear of his life. T he deportation of a person with a well-founded fear of persecution is a violation of human and …

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Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq – OWFI: Stop mass executions in Iraq.

We at the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq are very concerned and dismayed by the wave of executions which are taking place in the so called “new Iraq”.  We have learnt through new reports published by Human Rights Watch, that since the beginning of 2012, Iraq has executed at least 65 prisoners, 51 of …

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Freedom, corruption and terror

Houzan Mahmoud born in Kurdistan-Iraq in 1973; she is a socialist campaigner, activist for women’s rights in Kurdistan, Iraq and Middle East. When you meet an extraordinary person, it can be in the most mundane of places. Our interview with Houzan Mahmoud, of the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI) and Socialist- Feminist activist, …

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Fighting for Gender Equality in Iraq

Yanar Mohammed says the U.S. invasion and occupation hurt women’s rights. As President Obama hailed the “extraordinary achievement” of U.S. troops withdrawing from Iraq in December, continuing protests against government repression and abysmal basic services undermined the narrative of a successful democratic transition.

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Kurdish Activists: Women’s Abuse Under-Reported

RUDAW — Nearly 4,000 cases of violence were recorded in Iraqi Kurdistan in 2011 including 720 cases of systematic torture, the government reported last week, but women’s activists say the numbers are severely under-reported.

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‘Hükümetimiz kadın karşıtı’

Irak ve Güney Kürdistan’da kadının içinde bulunduğu durum her gün iç kanatmaya devam ediyor. İslamcı köktendinciliğin sarmalında yaşayan Irak ve Güney Kürdistanlı kadınlar için gelecek, belirsizliklerle dolu. 2003 yılında Saddam rejiminin yıkılması kadınlara yeni bir şey getirmediği gibi, Irak anayasasını kendisine referans alan Yerel Hükümet de, muhafazakar ve gerici gelenekleri teşvik eden bir politika izlemekten …

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This government of ethnic and sectarian divisions does not represent Iraqis in any way.

Yanar Mohammed, one of Iraq’s most prominent feminists, speaks to Ceasefire deputy editor Musab Younis about the Arab Spring, the withdrawal of US troops and the prospects for democracy and equality in her country.

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Campaigning for women’s rights in Iraq

When you meet an extraordinary person, it can be in the most mundane of places. Our interview with Houzan Mahmoud, of the Organisation of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), a socialist-feminist activist, was carried out in a softly-lit, sleek little café, not far from Hampstead station.

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Building Feminist Resistance and Hope in Iraq

Whereas the world in 2011 has heard of the Arab Spring and the thousands who gathered in Tahrir Square in Cairo, very few have heard of the Day of Anger – 25 February.

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Iraqi Women’s Activist Rebuffs U.S. Claims of a Freer Iraq: “This Is Not a Democratic Country”

Yanar Mohammed, president of the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq, joins us to discuss the impact of the nearly nine-year U.S. occupation, particularly on Iraqi women. “The Iraqi cities are now much more destroyed than they were, I would say, like five years ago,” Mohammed says. “In the same time, we have turned to …

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Iraqi voices: For women, freedoms under fire

When I first met Yanar Mohammed in 2003, she was holding a megaphone and leading a women’s rally in Baghdad’s Firdos Square, standing in the shadow of a pedestal where a statue of Saddam Hussein had stood until U.S. tanks dragged it to the ground a few weeks earlier.  With a head of uncovered dark …

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Message of Solidarity to Occupy Wall Street from the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq

Dear Occupy Wall Street, The people of the world are watching you, following your news and hoping that – rather than just vent your anger and frustration – you achieve all of your dreams. While democracy should guarantee all people an equal say in the decisions that affect their lives, you find yourselves forced to …

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