Feminist Writer Faces Arrest Warrant In Bangladesh Homecoming
Feminist writer Taslima Nasreen faces a court order for her arrest after returning to her native country of Bangladesh.
Nasreen was forced to flee her country in 1994 due to death threats issued because of her feminist writing. Her writing, deemed "anti-Muslim" by some, also prompted the filing of a case against Nasreen by Zainal Abedin Babul, a devout Moslem who was insulted by Nasreen's book Nirbachito Kolum.
Close to 3,000 Moslems rallied in the capital Dhaka, Friday, calling for "infidel" Nasreen to be caught and executed for insulting Islam.
The reason for her return is not known. Newspapers have speculated that her ailing mother or a possible court appearance related to the 1994 case may have forced her return.
12/11/2013 Human Rights Day Celebrated Around The World - Yesterday marked International Human Rights Day, a day to celebrate human rights advances and to assess the challenges that lie ahead in protecting them.
"The fundamentals for protecting and promoting human rights are largely in place: these include a strong and growing body of international human rights law and standards, as well as institutions to interpret the laws, monitor compliance and apply them to new and emerging human rights issues," said United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in a statement. . . .
12/11/2013 UConn Under Federal Investigation For Mishandling Sexual Assault Cases - The US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) informed the University of Connecticut on Monday that it will investigate the school for allegedly mishandling sexual assault cases and violating Title IX, the federal law that requires all recipients of federal financial assistance for education programs and activities to prohibit sex discrimination and sexual harassment [PDF].
The investigation was sparked after seven women filed a formal complaint in October alleging that UConn had failed to protect them from sexual assault and exposed them to a sexually hostile environment.One woman says her attacker was expelled from campus but later readmitted without her knowledge. . . .
12/11/2013 Massachusetts Democrat Katherine Clark Wins Congressional Seat - Democrat Katherine Clark will become the fifth woman to represent Massachusetts in the US House Tuesday, after easily defeating three opponents in a special election.
"Six years ago, there wasn't a single woman representing Massachusetts in Congress," said Niki Tsongas, the only other woman representing Massachusetts in the House. . . .