Posts tagged "human rights"

Desperate Pleas For Help From Factory Workers Are Turning Up In Shoppers’ Clothes

A desperate note from a factory worker has been found in a pair of pants from discount retailer Primark, making even more of a case for steering clear of our fast fashion addictions whenever possible. Karen Wisínska bought the pants in a Belfast Primark in 2011 and hadn't worn them until recently. When she discovered…
By: Claire Hannum / June 27, 2014

Sudan Frees Woman Sentenced To Death For Refusing To Renounce Christianity

Sudan has freed Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman who was sentenced to 100 lashes and death by hanging for not renouncing her Christian faith. Ibrahim was born to a Muslim father but was raised Christian, and then married a Christian man. Sudan lives under Sharia law and considers women the same religio…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 23, 2014

This Pregnant Sudanese Woman Was Sentenced To Death Because Of Who She Chose To Marry

Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman who is eight months pregnant, was sentenced to death last week for marrying a Christian man. In Sudan, a woman is considered to be of the same faith as her father, but 27-year-old Ibrahim's Muslim dad abandoned her family when she was six, and she was raised with the…
By: Claire Hannum / May 22, 2014

6 Young Iranians Arrested For “Happy” Music Video Finally Freed

Police in Iran arrested six young adults over the weekend for posting a music video on YouTube in which they dance and lip synch to "Happy." Tehran's police chief reportedly called the video "obscene" and said it "offend[ed] public morals." Particularly problematic was how the women were not wearing headscarves and men and women are show…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 22, 2014

Matthew Shepard’s Mother Judy Shepard Releases Statement Regarding Fred Phelps’ Death

"Regarding the passing of Fred Phelps, [husband] Dennis and I know how solemn these moments are for anyone who loses a loved one. Out of respect for all people and our desire to erase hate, we’ve decided not to comment further." Judy Shepard is more gracious than most parents would have been following the death…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 21, 2014

Pussy Riot Is Headed To Brooklyn!

Just two months after being released from a Russian penal colony, members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot are coming to America. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina will appear at an Amnesty International event called Bringing Human Rights Home, taking place in Brooklyn on February 5th. …
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 22, 2014

Today’s Lady News: Iranian Woman Might Be Hanged Instead Of Stoned To Death

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, an Iranian woman who was sentenced to death by stoning for adultery, may be hanged instead. She was allegedly complicit with her lover in murdering her husband, although her supporters say she was forced to confess under duress. Ashtiani, a mother of two, has been imprisoned since 2006 and her impending…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 27, 2011

Transsexual Inmate Has A Beef With The System

Here’s a brainteaser: If someone is born a man, but becomes legally female aside one special male part, and then they kill someone, which prison should they be held in—male or female? Well, according to a transsexual inmate in this specific situation, she says she should be hanging with the ladies. Currently held in a…
By: Daniela Guernica / July 24, 2009

Saudi Arabia: Where The Recession Is A Real Slap in The Face

Have you ever spent so much money you wanted slap yourself? Well, now you don’t have to! Thanks to a Saudi Arabian court, if a wife spends too much of her man’s dough, he can put her in her place for her. What a savings! Many of the local men, and now the courts, have…
By: Simcha / May 11, 2009

Death By Firing Squad For Pregnant British Woman

A pregnant woman awaiting trial doesn't usually make international headlines. But add the fact that the woman is facing death by firing squad, and you've got a story that's getting attention in Britain and the U.S. This is the fate of Samantha Orobator, a 20-year-old British woman suspected of drug trafficking in Laos. Orobator wa…
By: Annika Harris / May 4, 2009

What A Dame!

The founder of The Body Shop, an international chain of bath & beauty products, Dame Anita Roddick, has sadly passed, but she also passed on an estimated 100 million dollars to charity. That’s a whole lotta bars of soap! Dame Roddick was suddenly struck with a brain hemorrhage last September, a complication of the Hepatiti…
By: Simcha / April 16, 2008