Sudanese President Criticizes Taliban's Treatment of Women
The Sudanese President Omar el Beshir recently spoke out against Afghanistan's Taliban regime and its treatment of women.
The Taliban, who now control 90% of Afghanistan, have implemented harsh and oppressive policies against women, including denial of access to education and the job market. To justify their actions they have relied heavily on claims that they practice a form of orthodox Islam.
Beshir, according to Mohammed Ali al-Tasheri, the Iranian presidential adviser, had "expressed his indignation with the Taliban for presenting a distorted image of Islam by depriving women of their right to work and education".
He also expressed dismay at the misuse of Moslem precepts by the Taliban in creating rules that deny women of their rights.
Sudan, led by Beshir, has been an Islamist regime since 1989.
4/17/2014 Supreme Court of India Recognizes Transgender Rights - India's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that official documents must allow transgender people to identify as a third gender and directed the federal and state governments to include transgender people, known as hijras, in welfare programs such as education, health care, and job programs.
"All documents will now have a third category marked 'transgender,'" said Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, a transgender activist who petitioned the court. . . .