LIVE VIDEO: UPDATE: ‘ SIEGE ENDS & GUNMAN IDENTIFIED AS IRANIAN BORN & ON BAIL FOR VIOLENT CRIMES ‘

#AceNewsServices UPDATE: AUSTRALIA:Dec.15 – Sheik Man Haron Monis, an Islamic ‘spiritual healer’ who is facing charges of sexual assault and being an accessory to murder, has been identified as the man who has taken civilians hostage in a Sydney café, according to local media citing police sources.

“There’s no operational reason for that name to be held back by us now,” an anonymous police source told Reuters.

The Iranian-born 50-year-old fled to Australia in 1996, but came to prominence after 2007, when he began sending “hate mail” to families of soldiers, who died while fighting in Iraq.

Despite claiming to be a peace advocate, and even chaining himself to a courthouse, Monis was sentenced to 300 hours of community service last year.

Since then, his charge sheet has included much graver offences.

In December last year, Monis was accused of helping his current partner, Amirah Droudis, to murder his ex-wife, Noleen Hayson Pal. The woman had been stabbed several times and set alight in a Sydney apartment in April 2013.

A hostage runs towards a police officer outside Lindt cafe, where other hostages are being held, in Martin Place in central Sydney December 15, 2014. (Reuters/Jason Reed)

A hostage runs towards a police officer outside Lindt cafe, where other hostages are being held, in Martin Place in central Sydney December 15, 2014. (Reuters/Jason Reed)

Monis had been locked in a custody battle with Pal, and prosecutors say he staged a heart attack, car accident and a robbery to create an alibi on the day of the murder.

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In April this year, Monis, who was on bail, was re-arrested after multiple reports of sexual abuse emerged.

Between 2000 and 2002, Monis styled himself as an “expert in astrology, numerology, meditation and black magic.” More than 40 women have alleged that he used this as an opportunity to sexually assault vulnerable clients, who came to him for help.

Hostages run past a police officer (C) near Lindt Cafe in Martin Place in central Sydney December 16, 2014. (Reuters/Jason Reed)

Hostages run past a police officer (C) near Lindt Cafe in Martin Place in central Sydney December 16, 2014. (Reuters/Jason Reed)

Despite police concerns that Monis could attempt to extract revenge against his accusers, the preacher was once again released prior to his hearing.

Monis, who accumulated more than 14,000 followers on his Facebook page before it was shut down on Monday, accused the government of systematic persecution.

Monis was due to face trial for both sets of charges next year.

On Monday he walked into Lindt cafe in central Sydney, reportedly brandishing a gun. More than a dozen hostages were thought to remain inside, before police began a storm as night fell.

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#ANS2014

#crimes, #hostages, #iranian, #violence, #women

INDIA: ‘ DOCTOR ARRESTED OVER DEATHS IN MASS STERILISATION PROGRAMME ‘

#AceWorldNews – INDIA – Nov.13 – Police have detained a doctor over mass sterilization surgeries in central India that left 13 women dead and dozens ill in hospital, AFP reported.

'Indian surgeon detained over deaths of 13 women after sterilization '

‘Indian surgeon detained over deaths of 13 women after sterilization ‘

Dr R.K Gupta was detained for questioning late Wednesday in Chhattisgarh state.

In five hours, the doctor operated on 83 women who were paid $26 under a government-run sterilization scheme to reduce population growth.

The doctor, who says he has conducted more than 50,000 such operations, blamed adulterated medicines for the tragedy.

India is the world’s top sterilizer of women, and efforts to rein in population growth have been described as draconian, Reuters said.

Birth rates fell in recent decades, but population growth is among the world’s fastest.

#ANS2014 

#dead, #medicines, #sterilsation, #women

EL SALVADOR: ‘ RISE OF STREET GANGS TERRORISE & TARGET YOUNG WOMEN & GIRLS FOR RAPE & MURDER ‘

#AceNewsServices – EL SALVADOR – November 06 – In a country terrorized by gangsters, it is left to the dead to break the silence on sexual violence AP reported. 

' Women and Girls Raped and Killed in El Salvador '

‘ Women and Girls Raped and Killed in El Salvador ‘

Rather, to the bodies of women and girls pulled from clandestine graves, raped, battered and sometimes cut to pieces.

They attest to the abuse committed by members of street gangs who take girlfriends, discard them when they know too much, then deliver them to group rape and murder.

Al-Jazeera reported about the violence against women, in 2013 as endemic levels of sexual abuse and gender based violence have made El Salvador one of the most dangerous countries in the world for girls and women, amid entrenched “machismo” attitudes and a criminal justice system that too often fails victims.

More than seven sexual attacks were reported every day in the first three months of 2013 – a 17 percent rise in 12 months, according to official police figures.

Two thirds of the reported 636 rapes and sexual offences were committed against children under the age of 18. El Salvador has a population of 6.2 million.

While much of the country’s escalating violence over the past decade can be blamed on street gangs and drug traffickers, the most risky place for girls and women is still at home.

In January alone this year, police received 243 complaints of domestic violence – a 23 percent year-on-year rise.

Information gathered by the feminist organisation Ormusa (the Organisation of Salvadoran Women for Peace) reveals that most sexual assaults involve girls aged between 12 and 17 and take place at home.

Sexual crimes are usually committed by a close relative or family acquaintance while the mother is out working.

One in three pregnancies in El Salvador involves a teenaged girl, often the result of abuse, according to NGO Plan International.

Too many girls end up in relationships with much older men in order to escape poverty or violence at home, Roxana Ramos, a primary care nurse working with pregnant teens in Chalatenango, told Al Jazeera.

‘Tip of the iceberg’

Women and girls also bear the brunt of kidnappings – another violent crime which blights the country and causes huge anxiety among the population. In the first four months of 2013, almost 500 kidnappings were reported – 60 percent involved girls and women, according to the National Civilian Police (PNC).

It is widely believed that PNC figures represent only the “tip of the iceberg” of actual crimes committed, as fear, mistrust of authorities, social stigma and a lack of awareness among many women about their rights keeps many from speaking out. Conviction rate figures are not publicly available.

A prevailing machismo attitude among the police, prosecutors and judiciary in particular continues to be a huge obstacle to justice for women.

Sources: AP – AL-Jazeera – PNC  

#ANS2014 

#abuse, #girls, #murder, #rape, #victims, #women

BRITAIN: ‘ Radicalisation of Youth and Islamic State ‘

#AceNewsServices (Opinion) – BRITAIN – September 18 

A MAJOR issue being debated in Britain today concerns the Muslims – men and women. It is what is termed the radicalisation of their youth.

The Young Muslims UK

The Young Muslims UK (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Concerns were sparked off by the Islamic State (formerly Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham) when its militants beheaded James Foley, an American journalist covering the war in Syria, and circulated a video of the bestial act. Even before this incident grabbed the headlines, media reports had been suggesting that authorities in London believed that as many as 500 Muslim men with British nationality had left the UK to join the IS ‘jihad’.

The last straw came when Foley’s killer was identified from his speech and accent as British. Writing for The Sunday Times, the foreign secretary summed up the widely felt sentiments: “It is horrifying to think that the perpetrator of this heinous act could have been brought up in Britain.”

Since then the police have been empowered to seize the passports of people if need be. The move has come too late in the day and two more hostages have been murdered since and one more is under threat.

Many young Muslims draw inspiration from websites with extremist content.


One had hardly got over the shock when came another bombshell. A couple having Pakistani roots made public their dismay at their daughter’s decision to leave home to join IS jihadis. In a statement released to the Glasgow press, they described her as a “bedroom radical” and termed her action as a betrayal of her family, her community and the people of Scotland. It would be upsetting for them as many migrate from Pakistan to give their children a better future, so bleak has life become for the youth in our own country.

Against the backdrop of these horrifying events is the fact that a number of young Muslims are drawing inspiration from websites notorious for their extremist content. At the same time, there have been reports in Britain as also other Western countries of an increase in racism and hate crimes against Muslims in the wake of 9/11. Publications such as Maybe we are hated: The experience and impact of anti-Muslim hate on British Muslim women by the University of Birmingham are cited in support of the claim that Muslims are being victimised for their beliefs.

What can one say about this perversity that is creeping into a section of the Muslim youth? It can under no condition be condoned even if this is viewed as a reaction to the perceived injustice to Muslims. Two wrongs do not make a right.

No Pakistani I met in Scotland justifies it. How the immigrants explain this extremism would depend on who you are talking to. Many who complain of personal experiences of racial discrimination might be immigrants who remain on the fringe of local society. Living in ghettoised conditions, many Pakistani women do not even want to socialise with people not from their own community. They shop for groceries at South Asian stores and thus manage to avoid interaction on a regular basis with the majority.

There are others — mainly employed professionals — who interact with the indigenous population who may have a different story to tell.

The problem is that the absence of awareness and knowledge of ‘the other’ leads to fear, alienation and prejudice. When people from different communities living together are inclusive in their approach and accept one another’s way of life, chances are there will be more harmony among them.

Much of the alienation in children comes from the identity crisis that is created. In order to preserve their identity as ‘good Muslims’ (even of the moderate kind) children are often indoctrinated in such a way that the message is that theirs is a superior faith. By implication other religions are berated. Many of these children whose parents are migrants fail to adjust in the society they grow up in because of the dichotomy between their home environment and outside surroundings. This makes them vulnerable to the influence of extremists scouting for recruits.

But the fact is that  most Muslim youth do not end up as jihadis. The problem needs to be contextualised and rational analysis can help identify the factors that make some more vulnerable than others.

The key to promoting interfaith, inter-cultural harmony is how ‘the other’ is projected and interpreted, especially to young children. A social worker giving the leftist perspective pointed out that integration of communities is a mutual process that is hindered by the universal rise of racism in the West that puts immigrants on the defensive. The media is not helpful either given its penchant for sensationalism.

The real problem, she feels, is the crisis the youth face worldwide due to the vacuum created by societies. The vulnerable ones turn to violence. For Muslims it is ‘jihad’. Global conflict spurs them on.

Don’t we see that in Pakistan as well?

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Published in Dawn, September 17th, 2014

#ans2014, #britain, #british, #glasgow, #is, #islamic-state, #james-foley, #jihad, #muslims, #opinion, #pakistan, #pakistani, #radicalisation, #scotland, #women

WEST AFRICA: ' Women Most Likely to be Affected by Ebola with Mortality Rate Close to Sixty Percent '

#AceWorldNews – WEST AFRICA – August 31 – Women are the most affected by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, according to Laurent Duvillier, Regional Communication Specialist for UNICEF’s West and Central Africa office.

​He told that Anzhelika Devis that this is because many of the healthcare workers dealing with the epidemic on the ground are women.

Also, women are also most likely to look after family members at home who have contracted the disease.

The Ebola virus is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected animals or people.

The mortality rate is close to 60 percent and there is no known cure.

The outbreak in West Africa has killed over 600 people so far in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, with one death reported in Nigeria.

Mr Duvillier also told Anzhelika Devis about the common misconceptions on the ground regarding disease.

He started by explaining what UNICEF and its partners are doing to help contain the outbreak.

Listen to the Download – Duration: 4’55″ Link

#ANS2014

#ebola, #unicef, #west-africa, #women

Hello Ace News Latest post from the feature…

Hello Ace News. Latest post from the feature series “Listen to my Voice” bringing Yemeni women’s voices, a great collaboration with amazing Yemeni activist Najla Al Shami and myself at http://saadiahaq.wordpress.com/2014/05/15/challenging-health-concerns-of-poor-yemenis/

#islam, #women, #yemen

Ace News I will really appreciate to share…

Ace News, I will really appreciate to share the second part of the story of a courageous American convert Theresa Corbin’s journey into her faith Islam and how she’s fighting against the prevailing racial discrimination, Islamophobia and Muslim bigots at http://saadiahaq.wordpress.com/2014/05/14/in-conversation-with-an-american-convert-to-islam-part-ii/
( A phenomenal woman rights activist in her own might) Thanks.

#human-rights, #islam, #violence-and-discrimination-against-religious-groups, #women

The Human Lens brings today a real life…

The Human Lens brings today a real life story of courage and compassion, an American woman convert to Islam, please do support religious freedom rights and spread the word.
Thanks a lot, at http://saadiahaq.wordpress.com/2014/05/12/in-conversation-with-an-american-convert-to-islam-part-i/

#human-rights, #islam, #women

` Train is set on fire by explosion on the `Rawalpindi-Jaffer ' Express Killing at least Four People '

#AceWorldNews – QUETTA – April 08 – (DWN) – A blast in a train at Balochistan’s Sibi railway station on Tuesday killed at least four persons and wounded several others, DawnNews reported.

The blast set the train on fire and completely destroyed one bogie.

Emergency and rescue teams reached the site and began shifting the casualties to Civil Hospital Sibi.

The victims included women and children.

The explosion occurred in the Rawalpindi-bound Jaffar express when it reached Sibi from Quetta. .

Representatives of law enforcement agencies reported that, according to preliminary data, the explosives were delivered into the train car soon after the train arrived in Sibi. A local police officer noted that the train came 10 minutes earlier than scheduled.

Following the blast, fire emerged, and the train car, where the explosion occurred, completely burned out, while another three cars were damaged by the fire.

The circumstances of the incident, as well as the information on the number of victims, are being specified.

#ANS2014

#blast, #children, #fire, #jaffer, #quetta, #rawalpindi, #train, #women

` Afghanistan Polls begin to Close and Reports that up to 80% of all Voters were Women in some Districts ‘

#AceWorldNews – AFGHANISTAN – April 05 – ( ANS) – Reports that on polling-day in Afghanistan the Ghanzi Governor https://twitter.com/TOLOnews/status/452425063627628545 has said that as some stations the electorate has been as high as 80% of women.

#ANS2014

#afghanistan, #electorate, #women

#AceWorldNews Moscow March 29

#AceWorldNews – Moscow – March 29

“For instance, while enumerating the violations of human-rights the resolution does not make any mentioning of violence on the part of paramilitaries that was described in the report in detail – mass executions, abductions of women and children, sexual violence, the use of children soldiers, mortar shelling of densely populated areas, as well as the terrorist acts committed by the groupings making up the Syrian Free Army and closely linked to the Islamic Front,” the ministry said.

#ans2014, #children, #human-rights, #mass-executions, #moscow, #sexual-violence, #syrian-free-army, #violence, #women

#UN : `ICPD 2014 Report has urged that states to remove `unnecessary' restrictions on `Abortion' and provide `Safe High-Quality Services'

#AceWorldNews says a report by the UN’s International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) 2014 has urged states to remove “unnecessary restrictions” on abortion.

“In all cases where abortion is not against the law, it must be safe,” the report said.

It also urged concrete measures “to ensure all women have ready access” to safe, high-quality abortion services.

“The more restrictive legislation on abortion is, the more likely abortion is to be unsafe and to result in death,” it said, citing the World Health Organization (WHO).

#abortion, #icpd, #un, #women, #world-health-organization

"More than 200 South Sudan Civilians Drown in Ferry Accident"

#AceWorldNews says latest reports on the “South Sudan” ferry accident are between 200 and 300 people, have drowned. The report went onto to say that the accident on the a ferry on the White Nile river, happened whilst people were fleeing the fighting in the city of Malakal. “The drowned include both women and children.
The boat was overloaded,” army spokesman Philip Aguer told reporters. “They all drowned. They were fleeing the fighting that broke out again in Malakal.”
More than 1,000 people have been killed, while 230,000 have been forced from their homes over the past three weeks of fighting between government forces and those loyal to sacked Vice President Riek Machar.

#accident, #children, #drowned, #ferry, #fighting, #government, #killed, #south-sudan, #white-nile-river, #women

Two Women Found Hanged in Afghanistan and One Was Pregnant

#AceNewsServices says “News That Just Has To Be Posted” about “Two Women Found Hanged in Afghanistan and One was Pregnant” #sharialaw

#aceworldnews, #afghanistan, #pregnant, #women

“International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women Ends 10 December on “Human Rights Day” #Peace

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner...

#AceWorldNews says Afghan authorities registered an increased number of reported acts of violence against women and girls in the past year, but prosecutions and convictions under a landmark law  remained low with most cases settled by mediation, according to an annual United Nations report released today.

While registration of reported incidents such as forced marriage, domestic violence and rape increased by 28 per cent in 16 provinces since the previous year, the use of the law on the Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW) as a basis for indictment increased by only two per cent, according to <“http://unama.unmissions.org/Portals/UNAMA/Documents/UNAMA%20REPORT%20on%20EVAW%20LAW_8%20December%202013.pdf“>’A Way to Go’ co-authored by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

“Police, prosecutors and courts, in our view, need increased resources and technical and political support and direction from the highest levels of Government to deal adequately with the increase in reporting and registration of cases of violence against women documented in this report,” Georgette Gagnon, director of the human rights unit at UNAMA and OHCHR representative, told journalists in the Afghan capital of Kabul at the report launch.

Women are “coming forward in demanding justice”, Ms. Gagnon said flanked by the heads of two key civil society group – Hasina Safi from the Afghan Women’s Network, and  the Afghan Women’s Skills Development Centre’s Mary Akrami. “The Government needs to step up and provide that justice.”

Presenting the report findings, Ms. Gagnon said that of an estimated total of 1,669 reported incidents registered throughout the country only 109 cases or seven per cent went through a judicial process using the EVAW law.

Parties to the Convention on the Elimination o...

Parties to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, from the OHCHR. Parties in dark green, countries which have signed but not ratified in light green, non-members in grey. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“What we found is that, instead, the police and prosecutors were mediating more cases of violence against women,” said the UN official, speaking on behalf of Ján Kubiš, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Afghanistan.

Mediation whether through formal or informal dispute resolution bodies often fails to protect women from further violence by not applying criminal sanctions and legal protections for women, according to the report.

It compares and updates findings from UNAMA’s December 2012 report on EVAW law implementation and is based on consultations with 203 judicial, police and Government officials, and monitoring of almost 500 cases of violence against women throughout Afghanistan. The report analyses statistical data on the law’s application obtained from police, prosecutors and other judicial officials in 18 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces over the one-year period October 2012 to September 2013.

Enacted in 2009, the EVAW law criminalizes acts of violence against women and harmful practices including child marriage, forced marriage, forced self-immolation, ‘baad’ (giving away a woman or girl to settle a dispute) and 18 other acts of violence against women including rape and beating. It also specifies punishment for perpetrators.

English: Staffan de Mistura, UNAMA

English: Staffan de Mistura, UNAMA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“The landmark law on the Elimination of Violence against Women was a huge achievement for all Afghans,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said in a <“http://unama.unmissions.org/Default.aspx?tabid=12316&ctl=Details&mid=15873&ItemID=37528&language=en-US“> news release from UNAMA. “But implementation has been slow and uneven, with police still reluctant to enforce the legal prohibition against violence and harmful practices, and prosecutors and courts slow to enforce the legal protections in the law.”

“Afghan authorities need to do much more to build on the gains made so far in protecting women and girls from violence,” Ms. Pillay urged.

Among its recommendations, the report calls on the Government to put in place a concrete plan, within six months, for the next two-year period for improving implementation of the EVAW law, including measures recommended to Afghanistan by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in August 2013.

Another recommendation is that major donors establish a joint monitoring framework with specific indicators to measure progress in EVAW law implementation.

The release of the report coincides with the global campaign of 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence.

The campaign begins annually on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, marked on 25 November, and ends on 10 December Human Rights Day.

#humanrightnews, #humanrights, #afghan-womens-network, #afghanistan, #international-day-for-the-elimination-of-violence-against-women, #kabul, #navi-pillay, #office-of-the-united-nations-high-commissioner-for-human-rights, #unama, #united-nations, #united-nations-assistance-mission-in-afghanistan, #women

Women in Saudi Arabia Cancel Driving Campaign with the Announcement of “Open Campaign” instead!

Women in Saudi Arabia have cancelled a driving campaign planned for Saturday to protest a medieval ban on driving by women in the Arab country, announcing an “open campaign” instead.

#acenewsservices, #arab, #ban, #campaign, #driving, #saudi-arabia, #women