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Saudi Arabia: Rape Victim Sentenced to 200 Lashes

(Dec. 2, 2007) An appeals court in Saudi Arabia has doubled the sentence to 200 lashes and six months in prison for a Saudi woman who was gang-raped. The crime for which the woman was sentenced was that of being in a car driven by a person not related to her when the rape occurred. […]

Iraq: Iraqi Official Admits the Use of Violence

(Dec. 2, 2007) General Abdel-Karim Khalaf, a spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior in Iraq, admitted that some officers in his Ministry had used violence to extract confessions from those accused of committing crimes, but without the knowledge of people in high positions. He added that the Ministry of the Interior has what he […]

Egypt: Fatwa Against Marriage to Israeli Women

(Dec. 2, 2007) A former undersecretary of Al-Azhar (an Egyptian University connected to a mosque in Cairo), Sheikh Farhat Saeed al-Munji, issued a fatwa (Islamic religious edict) in which he prohibits Muslim men from marrying Israeli women. The justification for his fatwa is that, among other factors, the children born to a Muslim man would […]

Palestine: Future Borders

(Nov. 2, 2007) In an interview on Palestinian television, Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, announced that he wants to establish an independent Palestinian state on 6,205 square kilometers (about 2,400 square miles), corresponding to about 98 % of the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel in 1976. As to the remaining 2%, he indicated […]

Egypt: Tribal Council Fines Journalist

(Nov. 2, 2007) In a precedent, the first of its kind in journalism, a customary tribal judicial council in Sinai has fined a journalist member of al-Byadiah tribe, who was accused of slander and libel, 2.7 million Egyptian pounds, the equivalent of the price of 1,000 female camels, to be paid to the al-Tarabin tribe. […]

Saudi Arabia: Succession Rules

(Nov. 2, 2007) On October 8, 2007, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia issued by-laws governing the work of the political body Haiat al-Baiat (Allegiance Commission), set up last year to help streamline the process of succession to the throne. The Commission will comprise the sons of King Abdulaziz Al-Saud, the founder of Saudi Arabia. If […]

Yemen: Al-Qaeda Leader Turns Himself In

(Nov. 2, 2007) On October 16, 2007, Yemeni sources announced that Jamal al-Badawi, an al-Qaeda leader who is the mastermind behind the escape from a Yemen prison in February 2006 of 22 al-Qaeda detainees, had turned himself in to Yemeni authorities. The Yemeni judiciary convicted al-Badawi as one of those involved in the bombing of […]