Daily Archives: 15/08/2021

Afghanistan: As Taliban gains ground, female judges fear for their safety

14/08/21

Une femme portant un voile et prenant un égoportrait dans une voiture en Afghanistan

As the Taliban advances steadily and gains control over most of Afghanistan, many Afghans, afraid of their future, are trying to leave. The U.S. withdrawal is expected to undo much of the progress made in Afghan society over the last two decades, especially the investments made in girls’ education and the advancement of women. Christopher Booker reports on the fear among some of Afghanistan’s 250 female judges.

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https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/afghanistan-as-taliban-gains-ground-female-judges-fear-for-their-safety

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_in_Afghanistan

https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1816655/afghanistan-talibans-kaboul-craintes-juges-femmes (FRANCAIS)

Pakistan: Lawyer Khadija Siddiqui fearful for her life after shots fired by unknown persons outside Lahore home

14/08/21

Khadija Siddiqui. — Photo courtesy Shafaq n Kami Studios

Lawyer Khadija Siddiqui, who was stabbed 23 times by her classmate back in 2016, on Saturday said that she fears for her life, after shots were fired by unknown people outside her home in Lahore’s Gulberg area. 

Khadija has filed a complaint with the police, at the Gulberg police station.

“I was alone at home when I heard someone fire shots. When I went outside, I saw a bullet hole in the car’s bonnet,” she stated in the complaint.

She recalled how on May 3, 2016, she was attacked, and provided a case reference number (330/16), which was filed at the Civil Lines police station.

“My life is in danger. I demand legal action,” Khadija further said in her complaint.

Speaking to Geo News, Khadija said that the shots were loud enough for her to think that they were fired from inside her house.

The lawyer drew attention to what she said was a promise made Punjab Minister for Prisons Fayyazul Hassan Chohan that if her life is threatened, he will file a complaint himself.

Meanwhile, her father, Ahmed Siddiqui, told Geo News that he was not at home when the incident occurred.

“When I returned I saw Khadija distraught. She told me someone had fired shots at our house,” he said.

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https://www.geo.tv/latest/365348-lawyer-khadija-siddiqui-fearful-for-her-life-after-shots-fired-by-unknown-persons-outside-lahore-home

https://www.dawn.com/news/1640640/khadija-siddiqui-unharmed-after-unidentified-assailants-open-fire-at-her-car-in-lahore

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**Iran URGENT**: 6 lawyers and activists arrested

15/08/21

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https://www.forbes.com/sites/ewelinaochab/2021/08/13/more-than-500-women-human-rights-defenders-unjustly-imprisoned-in-iran/