The Egyptian Government is proposing a new draft law to ban child marriage, amending the previous 1992 law in order to have a larger impact on decreasing child marriage. The new draft law will enforce new punishments on parents who force their children into early marriage; namely that the father will be deprived of guardianship over the children and their property, as seen on Egypt Today. In Egypt a father cannot be deprived of guardianship of his children who are minors unless he has been found unfit.
Neville Teller May 14, 2018 despotism and repression, human rights violations, human rights violations not well recorded, Israel's human rights record, old UNCHR condemning Israel, problems of the UNHRC, reform of the Human Rights Council, reforming the prerequisites for UNHRC membership, some of the world’s worst human rights abusers in the Human Rights Council, the mistakes of the UNCHR, the UN Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR), UN Commission on Human Rights rejecting criticism, UN Human Rights Council, UNHRC's condemnatory resolutions against Israel, violations of the UN Charter by UN member states
Comparatively speaking, the UN Human Rights Council is still in its infancy. Set up only twelve years ago by the UN General Assembly, it had one over-riding purpose – to rectify the egregious faults of its predecessor body, the UN Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR). The UNCHR had been a working body of the United Nations virtually from its foundation in 1946, but over its 60 years of existence it had accrued a raft of objectionable practices which finally made the organization totally unacceptable to many governments, activists and eventually to the UN itself.
Neville Teller June 18, 2018 Abbas's departure, dissatisfaction with Abbas in the Palestinian population, Fatah party members, Follower of Abbas?, health problems of Mahmoud Abbas, Mohammed Yusuf Dahlan as political rival of Abbas, new Palestinian party, next presidential election in Palestine, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas, potential successors to Abbas, successor to the Palestinian President, the grand political Palestinian Derby
Reaching the age of 83 is no big deal these days. Centenarians abound. But Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas is 83 with a long history of health problems. Some twenty years ago he underwent an operation for prostate cancer. Subsequently, as a heavy smoker, he has struggled against a succession of health issues, many connected with his heart.
James M. Dorsey April 3, 2018 #Where_Have_All_the_Young_Ones_Gone?, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi again president, anti-government demonstrations, ban on public attendance of soccer games, discontent in Egypt, Egyptian Football Association (EFA), Egyptian militant soccer fans, Egyptian ultras, elections in Egypt 2018, Mousa Mostafa Mousa, student protests in Egypt, worst repression in Egypt
Egyptian general-turned-president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi won a second term virtually unchallenged in what is widely seen as a flawed election. The run-up to the poll, including a soccer protest, suggests, however, that it will take more than a democratic whitewash to get a grip on simmering discontent.
James M. Dorsey June 15, 2018 2018 World Cup in Moscow, Al Jazeera, Arab vote in world soccer body FIFA’s ballot, beOutQ, broadcasting soccer matches in Saudi ARabia, Morocco and Saudi Arabia in the World Cup, politics and sport, regional disputes in the Arab World, Saudi Arabia and Mr. Al-Sheikh, Saudi Arabia First approach, Saudi Arabia in the World Cup finals, Saudi Arabia launching the South West Asian Football Federation (SWAFF), Saudi Arabia's international sports policy, Saudi Arabia's national soccer team, Saudi Arabia's spat with Morocco, The Confederation of African Football (CAF)
Saudi Arabia has much at stake when its national soccer team enters the pitch for the opening match of the 2018 World Cup in Moscow.
Masih Alinejad June 5, 2018 activism of women, compulsory hijab, hijab laws, Iran facing economic sanctions, Iranian theocracy, Islamic republic, morality police, oppression of women, quiet rebellion of women, restrictions for women in Iran, the ruling mullahs in Iran, unveiled Iranian women, US exercising pressure on Iran, US pullout from the nuclear deal, White Wednesday, women removing their headscarves in Iran
With the US pullout from the nuclear deal, Iran will soon face renewed economic sanctions, compounding a crisis that has seen its currency go into free-fall. On top of that, the Trump administration has signalled its readiness for political and perhaps even military confrontation with the Islamic Republic. These are very real pressures, but I would argue that they don’t threaten the ruling mullahs nearly as much as a growing domestic development: the prospect of unveiled Iranian women.
Abhishek Mohanty June 5, 2018 Arab Majority World, arab spring, incorporation of egalitarian practices, Indonesia as the largest Muslim-dominated nation, Indonesia recognising 6 religions, Indonesia's democratization procedure, Indonesian Nationalism, interfaith marriages in the Arab majority world and in Indonesia, Islam in Indonesia, learning from Indonesia, melange of religion and state in Arab speaking countries, Pancasila as a nationalist ideology, progressive Indonesian Muslim thinker-activists, reforms in the Arab majority world, secular Indonesia
The Arab majority world in contemporary times is being pugnacious to delineate the linkages between the state, creed and the civil society. From the time when the so-called Arab Spring broke out in the Middle East in 2011, this has turned out to be the prevalent concern for monarchs in the region. The agitations have altered the political scenarios of the Arab majority world and have sent a caveat to dictatorial regimes that they need to discover a middle ground and reach a decision to incorporate egalitarian practices if they desire to remain in power.
Tim Fitzsimons June 22, 2018 abolishment of the death penalty, COLIBE report, Decriminalizing Homosexuality in Tunisia, discrimination based on sexual orientation in Tunisia, forced anal examinations still allowed in Tunisia, gay sex punishable in Tunisia, human rights in Tunisia, LGBTQ Rights, recommendations of the COLIBE committee in Tunisia, Tunisia's Individual Freedoms and Equality Committee recommending the decriminalization of homosexuality, Tunisia's penal code
Homosexuality may soon cease being a crime in the North African country of Tunisia, where gay sex is currently punishable by up to three years in prison.
James M. Dorsey June 4, 2018 China and Russia less concerned by the US sanctions, countering US sanctions, G-7 meeting to discuss about Iran, how confronting Iran?, Iran becoming a full member in the SCO?, Iran-related activities, Iranian exile group the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK), membership in the SCO, mullah's regime in Iran, salvage of the nuclear deal, Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit, solidarity with Iran of the China-led Shanghai Cooperation Organization, strategy of US and Saudi Arabia to change the Iranian regime, Trump's economic pressure on Iran, US and Saudi policy towards Iran, US sanctions against companies doing business in Iran, US withdrawal from the nuclear agreement with Iran, US working together with MEK
A planned China and Russia-led show of support for Iran at next month’s Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit is likely to be primarily symbolic unless the group opts to honour the Islamic republic’s bid to be upgraded from observer to full member. How much solidarity with Iran can the China-led Shanghai Cooperation Organization afford?