A view from the 1950’s into Sudan’s leading women’s activist

Friday, 18 August 2017

The women’s movement in Sudan first came to prominence in 1949 leading to the formation of the Union of Sudanese Women in 1952. The late Fatima Ahmed Ibrahim, a socialist leader and activist, was one of the key members involved in the formation of the women’s union. Ibrahim, who died at the age of 84 in London on August 12, was Sudan’s first female parliament member, elected in 1965. Her activism went beyond raising awareness. In 1947, Ibrahim founded the Intellectual Women ...

Travel ban a blow to Sudan refugees awaiting US resettlement

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Dozens of Sudanese activists living in Egypt as refugees, many of whom fled fundamentalist Islamist militias and were close to approval for resettlement in the United States, now face legal limbo after the Supreme Court partially reinstated President Donald Trump’s travel ban on six Muslim nations, including Sudan. Many said they are not safe in Egypt because Sudanese agents operating in the country regularly threaten them and their families, sometimes targeting them with violence. Tayeb ...

Iraq: Seven activists, who were kidnapped, freed in Baghdad

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Seven civil society activists, who were kidnapped in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, have now been freed, the country’s interior ministry said on Wednesday. So far there are no further details. Security sources and a civil society leader told Agence France-Presse on Tuesday that armed men have kidnapped seven young Iraqi anti-corruption activists in central Baghdad. “Unidentified gunmen in SUVs abducted seven university students early Monday morning,” an interior ministry ...

Death of teenage girl casts doubt on Egypt's efforts to end FGM: activists

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

The death of a teenage girl during an operation to illegally perform female genital mutilation on her in Egypt raises questions

Bangladesh teachers protest penance for 'Islam insult'

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Thousand of teachers took to the streets across Bangladesh to protest against a lawmaker’s punishment of a headmaster falsely accused of insulting Islam

Sudanese forces silence female activists with violence, rape-rights group

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Government officials have targeted women involved in protests and rights campaigns threatening to tar their reputations if they speak out

SeaWorld admits its employees spied on animal rights groups

Friday, 26 February 2016

The marine amusement park SeaWorld on admitted that its employees have posed as animals rights activists in order to spy on opponents

Thai activists urge release of man detained over Facebook post

Monday, 14 December 2015

Thai activists demanded the release of a man arrested for sharing an infographic on Facebook detailing alleged graft in an army-built park

Mauritania court upholds conviction against anti-slavery activists

Friday, 21 August 2015

A Mauritanian court upheld a two-year prison sentence against three anti-slavery activists who were arrested during a protest against bondage

Israeli navy intercepts Gaza-bound vessel

Monday, 29 June 2015

Activists said the boat had a few dozen Europeans, including politicians, on board and had been headed for Gaza

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