High Court rejects Sisters In Islam’s challenge against ‘deviant’ fatwa and directs group to Shariah courts

The High Court in Malaysia has announced it does not have jurisdiction to hear SIS’ judicial review application in response to the 2014 Selangor fatwa which declared the organisation ‘deviant’. SIS will either appeal this decision or pursue the challenge in the Shariah courts. Written by Ida Lim, Malay Mail Kuala Lumpur, Aug 27 —…

Bangladesh to remove the word ‘virgin’ from Muslim marriage certificates

Verdict from country’s top court will see ‘virgin’ replaced with ‘unmarried’ in landmark victory for campaigners. Written by Agence-France Presse, The Guardian The word “virgin” must be removed from Muslim marriage certificates in Bangladesh, the country’s top court has said, a landmark verdict after campaigners challenged the “humiliating and discriminatory” term. Under the South Asian…

Myanmar military committed ‘routine, systematic’ sexual violence against ethnic minorities, UN experts find

Myanmar’s military must stop using sexual and gender-based violence to terrorize and punish ethnic minorities, according to a new report released on Thursday by the United Nations Independent International Fact-Finding Mission. Written by Vincent Tremeau, UN News “Extreme physical violence, the openness in which it is conducted … reflects a widespread culture of tolerance towards humiliation…