Resources updated between Monday, May 26, 2014 and Sunday, June 01, 2014
May 30, 2014
"A Pakistani man demanding justice after his pregnant wife was murdered outside Lahore's high court this week admitted yesterday to strangling his first wife...
Muhammad Iqbal, the 45-year-old husband of Farzana Parveen, who was beaten to death by 20 male relatives on Tuesday, said he strangled his first wife in order to marry Parveen. He avoided a prison sentence after his family used Islamic provisions of Pakistan's legal system to forgive him – precisely those he has insisted should not be available to his second wife's killers...Police confirmed the killing happened six years ago and he was released after a 'compromise' with his family."
May 29, 2014
Uganda's foreign minister Sam Kutesa is currently running unopposed for the post of UN General Assembly President. Not only does Kutesa have close professional and personal ties to Uganda's brutal 28-year dictator Yoweri Museveni, but he is directly linked to numerous corruption scandals.
Kutesa, Museveni's "top advisor and spokesperson," is reputed to be one of "the most corrupt and wealthiest Ugandan politicians". He has so far survived trial and conviction due to his close ties with Museveni. His daughter is married to Museveni's son, Brigadier Muhoozi Kainerugaba, who commands the feared Presidential Guard.
The Huffington Post reports:
"A pregnant Pakistani woman beaten and stoned to death by her own family for marrying against their wishes was buried before dawn Wednesday as police pressed a manhunt for those who took part in the so-called 'honor killing' outside a courthouse in downtown Lahore. Her father was arrested shortly after the killing on Tuesday, and confessed to having killed his daughter because she had married a man of her choice, defying the family's wishes and conservative norms in the Muslim-majority country. Farzana Parveen, 25, was buried in the presence of some 100 mourners from her husband's family at around 2 a.m. in a village graveyard in Pakistan's eastern Punjab province, her husband Mohammad Iqbal said. He said his family had chosen to bury her at night because of the gruesome state of her remains.
Iqbal, 45, said they had gone to the high court in Lahore on Tuesday to contest a criminal complaint filed against him by his father-in-law, Mohammad Azeem, who accused him of abducting his daughter. The couple was attacked as they approached the courthouse. Authorities say the father described the attack as an 'honor killing,' a term used for the murder of women accused of violating the sexual mores of conservative societies. 'We loved each other. We got married on January 7, 2014 and my wife was three months' pregnant,' Iqbal told The Associated Press. 'My wife wanted to tell the court that I had not kidnapped her. We were going to the court with our lawyer Mustafa Kharal, and we were near the court when three dozen people suddenly attacked us,' he said in a telephone interview from his village. '... I tried to save my wife's life, but I failed,' he said."
May 28, 2014
"The Revolutionary Court in Tehran has sentenced eight Facebook users to a total of 123 years in prison on charges of 'propaganda against the state' and 'insulting the Supreme Leader.' The ruling by Judge Mohammad Moghiseh, which is harsher than what the law allows, is clearly intended to spread fear among Internet users in Iran, and dissuade Iranians from stepping outside strict state controls on cyberspace. According to the Kaleme website , the eight accused had been arrested during the late summer and late fall of 2013 by the cyber crime intelligence unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards. Their names and sentences are as follows:
Roya Saberinejad Nobakht, 20 years in prison. Amir Golestani, 20 years and one day. Masoud Ghasemkhani, 19 years, 91 days. Fariborz Kardarfar, 18 years, 91 days. Seyed Masoud Seyed Talebi, 15 years, one day. Amin (Farid) Akramipour, 13 years. Mehdi Reyshahri, 11 years. Naghmeh Shahsavandi Shirazi, 7 years and 91 days.
In addition to the above-mentioned charges, the individuals were also charged with 'assembly and collusion against national security,' 'blasphemy,' 'creating public anxiety,' and 'spreading falsehoods.'"
"Qatar has issued a decree advising tourists that leggings are not considered pants and are not modest enough to wear in public.
Leggings have been singled out in pamphlets distributed by the Gulf state as inappropriate attire for tourists in the notoriously strict Islamic country.
The Reflect Your Respect campaign, launched by the Qatar Islamic Cultural Center, has listed some advice and tips for tourists on how to dress modestly in preparation for the 2022 Football World Cup it is hosting."
While the European Union artificially distinguishes between a good and bad Hezbollah, and refuses to designate the Hezbollah that is part of Lebanon's government as a terror organization, it turns out that Hezbollah may have been responsible for the recent murders at the Jewish Museum in Brussels - heart of the European Union.
On May 27, 2014 Israel National News reported the following:
United Nations Expert to Investigate Human Rights Abuses in Iran by Going to Sweden, Austria, and Italy
The UN expert on human rights abuses in Iran has announced that he is going to investigate human rights abuses in Iran by going to three countries none of which is Iran. That's because the Iranian government will not let him into the country. In fact, no UN Special Rapporteur on human rights abuses in Iran has been admitted into Iran since 1996.
On May 26, 2014 UN rapporteur, Ahmed Shaheed, issued a press release stating that he will "undertake his latest fact-finding mission in Sweden, Austria, and Italy."
Perhaps in a last ditch effort to obtain an invitation, Shaheed also praised Iran for its "recent progress." He said: "I am encouraged by recent conversations, statements, and overtures by Iranian officials...The mission, therefore, will provide an opportunity to accurately evaluate and analyze recent progress.
Shaheed also pointed to a forthcoming review of Iran's human rights record by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, called a Universal Periodic Review (UPR). He called the UPR "a potential major opportunity" to evaluate Iran's human rights situation.
On the contrary, the UPR is a UN procedure in which the worst violators of human rights are commended and rights abusers present themselves as human rights champions. In addition, the final product of each UPR is a report which contains no findings, no conclusions, and no decisions to take action on any of the world's appalling human rights situations.
May 27, 2014
"A pregnant woman was stoned to death by her own family in front of a Pakistani high court on Tuesday for marrying the man she loved.
Nearly 20 members of the woman's family, including her father and brothers, attacked her and her husband with batons and bricks in broad daylight before a crowd of onlookers in front of the high court of Lahore, police investigator Rana Mujahid said.
Hundreds of women are murdered every year in Muslim-majority Pakistan in so-called 'honor killings' carried out by husbands or relatives as a punishment for alleged adultery or other illicit sexual behavior, but public stoning is extremely rare."
"A new study revealed that the United Nations rejected the requests for cancer treatment of over 50 percent of refugees who escaped wars in Iran and Syria.
Researchers found out that the UN High Commissioner for Refugees turned down applications in Jordan from 2010 to 2012...
There were 1,989 requests for treatment from 2010 to 2012, with 26 percent for cancer, and the rest for cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, and war wounds. The study revealed that only around 48 percent of the treatment requests for cancer were approved. Per application, the averaged approved amount was $4,626 in 2011 and $3,501 in 2012.
The High Commissioner requested $4.26 billion for 2014 to manage 2.8 million refugees from the three-year civil war in Syria. However, they only received $1 billion."
"The two Israeli tourists killed in a shooting attack at the Brussels Jewish Museum were named on Sunday as Tel Aviv residents Emanuel (54) and Miriam (53) Riva.
The Foreign Ministry confirmed Sunday that two of the four fatalities from the shooting were an Israeli couple from Tel Aviv...
European Jewish leaders are already comparing the shooting to 2012's massacre at the Ozar HaTorah school in Toulouse, France.
The attack is being approached as racially motivated by Belgian authorities, who posited that it was motivated by anti-Semitism."
Gunmen in Pakistan shot dead a visiting American cardiologist from the minority Ahmadi sect in front of his wife and toddler son on Monday as they left a cemetery after visiting relatives' graves, police said. The two gunmen riding a motorcycle shot Mehdi Ali Qamar 10 times at close range in the central town of Chanab Nagar, police officer Shaukat Ali said, adding that Qamar's wife and son were not harmed. He is survived by two other sons. The officer said the family arrived two days ago from their home in Ohio, for a visit and that the cardiologist had planned to treat patients at the nearby Tahir Heart Institute. Ali said the killers' motive is not yet known. Jason Elsea, from the Ahmadiyaa Muslim Community in Columbus, Ohio, said Qamar was from Pickerington and had a practice in Lancaster. Qamar had recently taken a sabbatical to volunteer at the heart hospital. 'Many doctors from the U.S. have visited this hospital to help those in need,' Elsea said in a statement. He said Qamar's sons were ages 2, 6 and 16. Dr. Abdus Malik, Qamar's friend and hospital colleague in Ohio, said he had made summertime trips over the past several years to do work at the institute. 'And this time they wouldn't let him come back,' he said. 'Just because the difference in our faith, they want to kill us.'"