Posts Tagged ‘Sharia law’

Pakistan court rules men can marry underage girls after first period Comments 0

Monday, February 17th, 2020

A high court in Pakistan has ruled that men can marry underage girls, under Sharia law, after they have experienced their first menstrual cycle. Sharia law is the religious law of Islam derived from the teachings of the Quran, which acts as a divine code or guide for living. The ruling was made by the Read more

George Clooney and Elton John help change gay death penalty Comments 0

Thursday, May 9th, 2019

George Clooney and Elton John are among a number of celebrities who convinced the Sultan of Brunei to drop the death penalty provisions in incoming legislation prohibiting gay sex. Brunei was widely criticised after it announced its interpretation of Islamic laws, or sharia, early last month, which involve punishing sodomy, adultery and rape with death, Read more

Five men beheaded for being gay Comments 0

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

Five men beheaded by Saudi Arabia were gay, according to a confession heard by the Sharia law court. The country sparked outrage several days ago for the mass execution of 37 men, who were mainly minority Shia Muslims. Human rights groups have complained that confessions of terrorism and spying for Iran were obtained through torture. Read more

New Brunei law will see gays stoned, thieves’ hands amputated Comments 0

Monday, April 1st, 2019

Brunei plans to implement Islamic criminal laws such as stoning to death for LGBTQ sex, and amputation for theft. Brunei, which is a tiny nation on the island of Borneo, has adopted a more conservative form of Islam in recent years. In 2013 it announced its intention to introduce sharia law, the Islamic legal system Read more

Men and women forbidden to dine together Comments 0

Thursday, September 6th, 2018
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Men and women in the Indonesian province of Aceh are no longer allowed to dine together unless they are married or related. Under the latest regulation in Bireuën district on Sumatra island, men and women will not be able to dine together at restaurants and coffee shops unless they are accompanied by their husband or Read more

Public caning for Malaysian Muslim lesbians Comments 0

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Two Malaysian Muslim lesbians received a public caning after being convicted under Islamic laws of attempting to have sexual relations. Lawyers and activists say the women, aged 22 and 32, were seated on stools facing the judges and given six strokes from a light rattan cane on their backs by female prison officers. More than Read more

North Aceh’s new bylaw separates male and female students Comments 0

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

The north Aceh district of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam (NAD), a predominantly Muslim province in Indonesia that has implemented sharia law since 2001, has passed legislation ordering separate classrooms for male and female students from secondary school level through university. The bylaw, or qanun, was approved on April 30 by district legislators. According to Fauzan Hamzah, Read more

Death-row mother meets Pope Francis after fleeing Sudan Comments 0

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Pope Francis has met Meriam Ibrahim and her family at the Vatican after they fled Sudan, where she recently faced a death sentence. Pope Francis praised Mrs Ibrahim for her steadfast witness to Christ, in refusing to renounce her faith, despite facing a death sentence for apostasy against Islam. The Pontiff spent 30 minutes with Ibrahim, her husband Read more

NZ Bishops urge Sudan to remove apostasy provision Comments 1

Friday, June 27th, 2014

The Catholic bishops of New Zealand have strongly urged the government of Sudan to remove the charge of apostasy from its penal code in order to align the code with its Constitution and international commitments. They did this in a letter to the Sudanese ambassador to New Zealand His Excellency Mr Abd Al Rahim Al Siddig Read more

Christian mother facing execution gives birth in Sudan prison Comments 0

Friday, May 30th, 2014

A Sudanese Christian mother sentenced to hang for apostasy has given birth to a baby girl in a Khartoum prison. Meriam Yehya Ibrahim was last month sentenced to death after refusing to renounce her faith. Mrs Ibrahim was raised as an Orthodox Christian by her mother, but her absent father was Muslim. The Public Order Read more