40 Women Arrested and beaten in Khartoum, 4 world Pulse members among

Halima Rahman
Posted December 14, 2010 from Sudan

World Pulse- Breaking News (Updated today Dec.15) Sudanese Police and members of National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) in plain cloth today brutally beaten and detained in Khartoum 40 females of Women Initiative Against Violence (WIAV), while peacefully protesting lashing women and implementation of some of the laws, such as the Public Law Order, which they consider unfair to women, because it mistreats women and allow flogging them.

Four of World Pulse members were among the arrested women; Dr. Nahid Mohamed Al-Hassan and Dr. Ihsan Fagiri both are physicians as well as Rabah Sadiq Al Mahdi and Najla Sid Ahmed. The first is a journalist writer while the second is a freelance journalist.

it was reported in websites that the gathering planned to deliver to day a memorandum protesting the last week's incident of brutally lashing a young woman, when the police blocked most roads leading to center of Khartoum and prevented many cars and mini buses bringing women from adjacent areas to join the gathering. but More than forty women could escape the police blockage and assembled outside the Justice Ministry building holding banners condemning the law, while they were surrounded by riot police telling them to disperse and move away. Worth noting that one of the World Pulse detained members wrote in her page after been released that the police yesterday had accepted their demand to arrange a peaceful procession to the Justice Ministry. The police didn't officially comment on this allegation.

the initiative came in response to the two minutes and six seconds footage, which showed a young woman in a voluminous black cloak crying while she made knelt on her knees and harshly flogged in public by two policemen who were laughing while carrying out the punishment in one of Omdurman's prisons.(http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-527066). The video lately removed by You Tube because it contradicts its terms of service but had been widely circulated on and covered by international channels and websites.

Detainees were taken to the Northern Police department and their lawyers weren't allowed to get in and meet them. Only some politicians and human right activists were allowed to enter.

In recent developments the Sudanese judiciary had already promised to probe into the flogging of the unnamed woman who appeared in the You Tube shooting and widely circulated on the internet. Official statements gave two contradictory date for the flogging timing ranging between February this year and July 2009 and appeared more concerned to investigate how the video was leaked and, who did so and the timing that coincided with the Human Rights Day. But they stated that she had been convicted under articles 154-155 of the Sudanese Penal Code of 1991.

The Radio Dabanga, website (a Darfuri media) mentioned today that " The judiciary said in a statement issued Monday that the investigation will be on the implementation of punishment for violation of regulations prescribed by the law, and in accordance with the criminal code. The statement stressed the judiciary will take seriously the outcome of the investigation."

The recent event of brutally flogging the young lady, have revealed the dimension of the situation the Sudanese women under the criminal law. Whipping was practiced over the past twenty years and no woman dared to report flogging out of fear to be stigmatized as indecent. Until last year female local journalist Lubna Al Hussein provoked the situation of the Sudanese women under the Public Oder Law, 1991, when she was sentenced to flogging for wearing pants in public.But at last she was sentenced to pay fine instead. Later she left the country where she went to France where she lives currently.

Under this rule, pants – whether lose or tight – are looked upon as sinful and a punishment of 40 lashes is equivalent to half the penalty for adultery in Islamic law punishment. According to the police directors' interview wiht Sharq alawsat Arabic daily newspaper, more than forty thousands women had been sentenced last year of indecently wearing outfits in public.

For full information, please visit the following link:http://www.worldpulse.com/node/32091

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Halima Rahman
Dec 20, 2010
Dec 20, 2010
  1. Ihsan Fagiri
  2. Islam Abdel Rahman
  3. Al Nagiya Al Wasillah
  4. Amal Ali
  5. Amany Idriss
  6. Amany Jaafar
  7. Amel Habany (journalist)
  8. Amira Ousman
  9. Omaima Ahmed Al Mustafa (laywer)
  10. Hanan Ali
  11. Khadija Adam Mohamed
  12. Rabah Al Sadiq Al Mahdi (Journalist Writer)
  13. Rasha Awad (journalist)
  14. Zeinab Al Sawi
  15. Zeinab Badr El Deen
  16. Sarah Hassan
  17. Sarah Hamad El Nil
  18. Sarah Abdel Rahman
  19. Salma Al Nour Abu Samra
  20. Sumaya Ali Ishaq
  21. Sumaya Noba
  22. Shadiya Abdel Munim
  23. Shadiya Ali
  24. Siddiq Abdel Jabbar (male)
  25. Tahra Hamad Majzoub
  26. Aziza Awad
  27. Afaf Al Tijani
  28. Aliyaa Abdel Haleem
  29. Omar Ushari (male)
  30. ‏Awatif Abdel Qadir
  31. Ghadah Mekki
  32. Fathiya Abdel Mahmoud
  33. Ludan Mahdi
  34. Majda Mardi
  35. Majda Ousman
  36. Majda Merghani
  37. Mohamed Adil (male)
  38. Mariam Awad
  39. Manal Khogali
  40. Manahil Ibrahim
  41. Nahid Mohamed Al Hassan
  42. Najat Bushra
  43. Najlaa Sid Ahmed
  44. Najlaa Abdel Rahman
  45. Najlaa Sayed
  46. Hadiya Hassab Allah
  47. Walaa Salah
  48. Manal Khogali
  49. Hala Taj ElSir
  50. Thuraya
  51. Bakheeta
  52. Muna Al Fadil
  53. Amira Ousman Hamid
  54. Amel Ousman Hamid
  55. Iman Ousman Hamid

Update December 20, 2010

Jacqueline Patiño
Dec 14, 2010
Dec 14, 2010

We need to blog about this massively, so that this will not be overlooked. Let us begin a movement against flogging. Let us render this as UNACCEPTABLE.

Love,

Jackie

Halima Rahman
Dec 14, 2010
Dec 14, 2010

Million thanks my dearest friend Jackie for passing, sharing the burden of blogging and requesting the rest to massively blog on this issue.

Halima Rahman
Dec 14, 2010
Dec 14, 2010

.Ihsan Fagiri Nahid Mohamed al hasssan Rabah Sadiq Najlaa Sid Ahmed

Olutosin
Dec 14, 2010
Dec 14, 2010

Our voice is rising.......and it will continue to rise...

Martha Tholanah
Dec 14, 2010
Dec 14, 2010

All Sudanese women in our thoughts at this time. Thanks for sharing. I have shared the link on my facebook profile.

Halima Rahman
Dec 14, 2010
Dec 14, 2010

Dearest Martha,

Many thanks for your support. I appreciate sharing this on your facebook profile. Thus our voices rise and the world hear us!

May God bless you!

Halima Rahman
Dec 14, 2010
Dec 14, 2010

Dearest Olutosin,

Many thanks for your support. As you said our voices are soaring high and they will continue to rise.

Sophie Ngugi
Dec 14, 2010
Dec 14, 2010

Together in sisterhood, lets make this more public without ceasing

Halima Rahman
Dec 14, 2010
Dec 14, 2010

Dearest Sophie,

We are now unstoppable! Let's join hand and make our voices more louder. Our long marcher to self realization has started.

Love,

Halima

Halima Rahman
Dec 14, 2010
Dec 14, 2010

pictures of WP detained members, from left to right: Nahid, Najlaa, Ihsan and Rabah

William
Dec 14, 2010
Dec 14, 2010

Dear sisters, I am praying for you, and want you to know you are not alone. With each pain you receive, know that you are helping a girl or women somewhere else not experience it. I will tell everybody I know about you and your lack of rights. Find moments of peace, sisters. love, William.

Halima Rahman
Dec 14, 2010
Dec 14, 2010

Dearest William,

Many thanks for passing, reading and sharing this rich comment. Your kind words and prayers have significantly affected me and given a strength to keep on blogging and keeping you informed on all developments.

Love,

Halima

William
Dec 14, 2010
Dec 14, 2010

Dear sister Halima, Thank you for your response on Wold Pulse. I do care deeply about you and your sisters in the Sudan. Two things I can do to help you and them: tell many others about what you tell me is going on; pray for you all. You are not alone, there are many people who care about your future. love, brother William

Sahar
Dec 14, 2010
Dec 14, 2010

Keep it up dear and may GOD protect you !

Halima Rahman
Dec 14, 2010
Dec 14, 2010

Dearest Sister Sahar,

Thank you so much for passing and expressing your support for Sudanese sisters in their struggle against unfair Laws degrading to their dignity.

in friendship,

Halima

Halima Rahman
Dec 14, 2010
Dec 14, 2010

Khartoum state police issued today in Khartoum, the following statement: Police were able to contain a rally of women and men who gathered in front of the Legislative council in central Khartoum, without obtaining permission from concerned authorities. The rally was organized by the so called Women's Initiative Against Violence (WIAV). 52 were arrested of whom 46 were women and 6 were men. The arrest was conducted in order to preserve lives and citizens public properties. Complaints had been opened against defendants under articles 68/unlawful gathering-69/prejudice to public safety-77/ general disturbance of the criminal law. The police had taken all legal procedures and initiated procedures for investigation under the supervision of the prosecution. All detainees were set free under bail.

Iffat Gill
Dec 15, 2010
Dec 15, 2010

Greetings Halima,

I have read similar reports in the past and this is too heinous an act. It feels the incidents are increasing. I think more awareness should be given regards this by starting groups/communities on various social media platforms (facebook page/twitter, even a group on worldpulse etc) which can then take a form of a campaign, Let me know how we can work on this together if there isn't already a group existing to spread the message at various levels. I would love to help.

Best wishes.

LilyBrook
Dec 14, 2010
Dec 14, 2010

Thank you for bravely speaking out on behalf of these strong women - and for encouraging us all to stand with them in protest.

I will share your story with my network, and am grateful to you for giving World Pulse your powerful voice to trumpet to the world.

In gratitude, Lily

Halima Rahman
Dec 14, 2010
Dec 14, 2010

Dear Lily,

Thank you so much for your solidarity and sharing these courageous women's story on your network. I am glad that Sudanese women's case is gaining land every second and strong voices, like yours, are joining and rising high. I, now, feel the difference when women speak out for themselves. Thank you again and thanks to the World Pulse that makes this an attainable reality.

In gratitude and friendship,

Halima

Nilima Raut
Dec 14, 2010
Dec 14, 2010

we are together with you and them to support! lets start talking about it to make them heard!

i am with you all!

Halima Rahman
Dec 14, 2010
Dec 14, 2010

Dearest nilima,

Thank you so much for standing beside Sudanese women in their and strive for freedom and ardent struggle to have this degrading law repealed and abolished for ever.

Hugs,

Halima

Mwaka
Dec 14, 2010
Dec 14, 2010

this is too much for you women in sudan. what is wrong with your government... Something must be done and done quickly to stop this uncoth act. Like Jackie and others have said there is need for international attention to this issue so that it is put to an end..Thank God other international medias are taking it up....

we are with you all the way and please keep on updating us on this issue.....

we love you and God be with you women of sudan...

Dando

Halima Rahman
Dec 14, 2010
Dec 14, 2010

Dearest Dando,

I agree with you that the current injustice carried to Sudanese woman is too much and that this image of forcing her to kneel down, should be abolished. As you know, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step-talking about this situation specifically- .. As long as women like you stand by our side, am sure that we will reach shores of freedom quickly and safely.

Love,

Halima

Robin Farrin
Dec 15, 2010
Dec 15, 2010

We women need to be free to were what we want. This brutality must be stopped. I will do everything in my power to spread the word to free these brave women. I pray that none of them have been to seriously harmed. May they be free to march out in their pants very soon. Robin Farrin, Maine USA (Where we women need to were pants to keep from freezing.)

Halima Rahman
Dec 26, 2010
Dec 26, 2010

Dearest Robin,

Thank You so much for passing, reading and sharing this valued comment. The detained 46 women released yesterday on bail, after been insulted and beaten and drawn to open vehicles without number plates and held for about six hours. As the situation needs joint efforts to pressure this regime to abolish the Public Order Law, please help Sudanese women by spreading the word and do whatsoever you can.

Regards,

Halima

Bethelihem Gebre
Dec 15, 2010
Dec 15, 2010

this is unacceptable!!!!!!!! let's rise together agaist the act

Halima Rahman
Dec 15, 2010
Dec 15, 2010

Dearest Bethelihem,

Thank you for your strong words in denying and condemning this atrocity committed against your sisters and Sudanese neighbors.

Regards,

Halima

Bethelihem Gebre
Dec 29, 2010
Dec 29, 2010

thanks too

Vivian Emesowum
Dec 15, 2010
Dec 15, 2010

May the LORD be your Strength. We join our voice to your and say this is UNACCEPTABLE to the core and let our women be released.

Halima Rahman
Dec 26, 2010
Dec 26, 2010

Many thanks for sharing this sister Vivian.. The 46 women ans 6 men have been released yesterday on bail. But struggle goes on. So let's join our hands and raise our voices till the whole world hear us and respond to our sufferings!

ola.mahadi
Dec 15, 2010
Dec 15, 2010

People around the globe need to know about what is going on in Sudan and most of that is we need to change it so we need a legal reform advocacy in case the south chose to separate so we will be back things before the CPA singing

Halima Rahman
Dec 15, 2010
Dec 15, 2010

Dearest Ola,

Thank you so much for your comment. As you may know, the worst is ahead. Just it is a matter of time-just less than a month- when the South cede and form its new state. At that moment they will be free to do whatsoever they like with the northern parts under their power.

I agree with you that Sudanese women should make use of any platform to advocate for their case. The sooner the better.

Salam alaiki,

Halima

Mary Patindol
Dec 15, 2010
Dec 15, 2010

Thank you for sharing this. Please keep the truthful stories coming.

I shared a link to your post in my Facebook wall. More people should know as a starting point to becoming inspired to do something helpful... Please also include in your future posts how people from other parts of the world can help.

Jeanette

Halima Rahman
Dec 15, 2010
Dec 15, 2010

Thank you Jeanette, for sharing this valued comment. I appreciate posting my blog onto your facebook wall. Also I love your idea of including brainstorming ways of help in my future blogs. I will start right now.

Frederica Gibson
Dec 15, 2010
Dec 15, 2010

This is outrageous! In this 20 Century? What's wrong with a women wearing pants? We must speak out, and stand up! This is gender violent. And discrimination, in the face of religious intolerance and bigotry againt women?. Stand up! These women are indebted to there family and sisters around the world . This could be a tribute to all our sisters.. Stand up! Shame! A big shame on Sudan! Democracy !

Sarah Whitten-Grigsby
Dec 15, 2010
Dec 15, 2010

This bullying -- beating women dedicated to peace -- is appalling, antiquated, unenlightened and shameful! And over what the women are WEARING? Those who beat these brave, magnificent women are pathetic cowards. Those who beat women : IT IS TIME TO EMERGE FROM THE DARK AGES AND JOIN US IN THE LIGHT.

Halima Rahman
Dec 15, 2010
Dec 15, 2010

Sara, your words brought tears to my eyes. It is high time to stand up firmly for our rights and face those who want women to bow down and always remain in middle ages' dark corners in this age!

Many thanks!!

Mauri Favaron
Dec 15, 2010
Dec 15, 2010

Why, I add, this fear?

Are women in pants, or manifesting in favor of basic freedom, so threatening?

And yes, maybe they are! To corruption, stupidity, cowardice, desire to confirm un-earned privileges, egotistic will of profit, ... To them all, anyone claiming a space for freedom is ALWAYS a threat!

Feeling threatened, however, does not justifies violence!

How many people in the World feel threatened, for reasons much more compelling than just a bit of scratched ego, and just cope and suffer, maybe in silence, maybe helpless. Maybe continuing to construct life, and weave the World threads.

SO, "POWERFUL" GUYS OF SUDAN, WILL YOU CONTINUE TO DO LESS THAN THIS? RELEASE ALL PRISONERS IMMEDIATELY!

Love

Mauri

Halima Rahman
Dec 16, 2010
Dec 16, 2010

Mauri,

Heartfelt gratitude for passing and sharing this comment and raising these important points.Harassing women and force them to kneel down, seems features of developing nations. sidelining women and marginalizing their role in life so as to subdue them and have the ground free for them. You may astonish if you know that, when some cultures allow burring females new born a live, Sudanese women were queens and leaders of armies.Their glory past is reflected in the s Meroe civilizations- 1500 BC and after.

Jacqueline Patiño
Dec 15, 2010
Dec 15, 2010

Halima dear,

We are going with you all the way. Lead us. Start your petition, we will all sign it!

Hugs,

Jackie

Halima Rahman
Dec 16, 2010
Dec 16, 2010

Dearest Jackie,

I know that you are with me since the first moment and always will be. Many thanks for your support and blog on this issue.Your support, you and the rest of world pulsers, indicates that i am right in bringing this issue here first.

Hug,

Halima

Judy K
Dec 15, 2010
Dec 15, 2010
I am saddened and dismayed by what these and other women have to endure as I sit in relative safety and comfort, able to wear what I choose; free to say and do what I please. Wearing pants has long symbolized women's equality. I wonder how the men punishing these women must feel every time they see Hillary Clinton in a pants suit and have to acknowledge her power. I suspect this raises may of their fears about themselves and their diminishing power.

Let's keep spreading the word about these women. I wish I could do more.

Judy K

Halima Rahman
Dec 17, 2010
Dec 17, 2010

Judy,

For the sitting government the issue of women in pants is more dangerous than the hard living conditions. Women in pants are more dangerous than malaria, environment deterioration, war in Darfur, looming cessation of the South, Abyei issue that may ignite violence over a 2100 km borders densely populated by different southerner and northerner tribes. Women in pants are more dangerous than the high rate of illiteracy, mass migration of physicians to other countries. women in pants are more dangerous than a country that falls apart and that four important parts of its frontiers are trimmed by its neighbors,when it turns a blind eye to their army violating its supremacy. Women in pants are more important than a president crippling the country, economy, reputation and force his people to be scattered in the four corners.

Regards,

Halima

Usha K.C.
Dec 15, 2010
Dec 15, 2010

Dear, we are here to make ur goal be achieved!!

Halima Rahman
Dec 16, 2010
Dec 16, 2010

Hey Usha,

Thank you Usha for your support. Let us put our hands together to stop all forms of violence against women. Help Sudanese women to fight back officially backed mistreatment and violence!

In Solidarity,

Halima

Emilia Zozobrado
Dec 15, 2010
Dec 15, 2010

Oh, good heavens!!!! Why do authorities react with such insensitivity and insensibility when women attempt to claim their birthright? Why should society operate in an electro-magnetic field of myopia and paranoia, when NO ONE PERSON HAS THE RIGHT TO LIFE AND LIVING WITHOUT RECOGNIZING THE LIFE OF ONE WOMAN WHO BROUGHT HIM/HER TO THIS WORLD - HIS/HER OWN MOTHER????!!!

You are right, Halima! There is no stopping us now. We have found our voices and we will get going with the faith and conviction that emancipation of women is the key to a better world! We are here for each other and we are one. Women cannot live at the dictates of male dominion, or this world will extinguish itself! Races thrive and prosper because women do their share. We should not be deprived of the right and the privilege attached to our roles in humanity. This is TERRIFYINGLY UNFAIR!!!! THE SUDANESE HIERARCHY SHOULD KNOW BETTER THAN SILENCE THEIR WOMEN. THEY SHOULD REALIZE THAT SUDANESE WOMEN ARE SO MUCH A PART OF A POWERFUL GLOBAL SORORITY AND THE ARREST OF THEIR OWN WOMEN FOR STANDING FIRM TO PRESERVE AND PROTECT THEIR OWN HAS TRIGGERED AN UPROAR OF ANGRY SISTERS FROM ALL ACROSS THE GLOBE! Surely, no nation can be comfortable in a condition where half of its citizenry and half of the world's populace are too angry, too disillusioned and too agonized to ever accept any justification for such a gruesome execution of "law and order"!!!!! More power to World Pulse and all the best to all of us....

Always, Emie Zozobrado

Halima Rahman
Dec 16, 2010
Dec 16, 2010

Dearest Emie Zozobrado,

I wasn't against men before, but I feel that I am. When a coward man hides behind an unfair law to subdue women, sideline, and keep in the dark under the cover of protecting tradition or religion, doesn't matter, should be made knelt and taste the same sour punishment in public and before his family. When there is no law, as the case in this video show, law of the jungle rules replaces.

thanks for this informative comment!

Regards,

Halima

Emilia Zozobrado
Dec 16, 2010
Dec 16, 2010

That's right, Halima! Why should women take the blame for men's irresponsibility and incompetency to manage themselves????? Discipline and temperance are virtues that should be adhered to and upheld by each and all human beings, men and women! Why must women suffer and pay for men's lack of discipline and temperance - that criminals and perpetrators "being tempted" to commit sin against women - like sexual abuse, rape and molestation, should be blamed on the women victims?!!!!! This is such a preposterous and outrageous tragedy!!!!

Well, we are here and we are unstoppable! Forward, march ..... All the best to all of us ....

Always, Emie Zozobrado

Halima Rahman
Dec 18, 2010
Dec 18, 2010

Dearest Emie,

Heartfelt for passing , reading,sharing this comment and expressing your readiness to support the Sudanese women in their dilemma and agony. Believe me, more than 9 days passed since this story came out, but still i didn't/and always be/ believe what I saw on that video and kept asking myself "from which ages came those men? Who were the women who mothered them?Ages

This kind of mistreatment is totally new to the Sudanese community and Sudanese women! .. Let me tell you something, In the dark periods before Christ (peace be upon him), and when new -born infant female babies, in some cultures were killed or buried alive, out of fear of poverty and scandal, women in Sudan had been, queens, rulers, and rulers leading huge armies, protecting their boarders and and fighting their enemies in other countries and defeating them..

Regards

Halima

Emilia Zozobrado
Dec 20, 2010
Dec 20, 2010

Really really unfortunate, Halima!!! The greatest form of ingratitude to someone who brought you to life - your own mother!!! And, oh yeah?!!!!! It was not this way in the past? What kind of evil has befallen upon those perpetrators that they could afford to do this to the image of their own mothers?!!!!!!!! But this will change! We are unstoppable and they have got to know it! All the best...

Always, Emie Zozobrado

Halima Rahman
Dec 20, 2010
Dec 20, 2010

Emie,

If those men had had good connections with women who gave them birth and mothered them, they wouldn't behave in such a way. I feel sorry that Sudan, since 1956, eve of independence has been plagued with totalitarian regimes and wars. In all circumstances women were always victims of such situations.

I agree with you that change will happen some day, but we have got bored!! More than twenty years in office, and still planning to govern for the coming five years. This is too much!!

Emilia Zozobrado
Dec 20, 2010
Dec 20, 2010

Halima, the fact that someone like you and a community like World Pulse are ringing the bells to wake humanity up is already good enough. We have started and we are growing .... we will be there! All the best...

Jemima Exonam Emma David-Havens
Dec 16, 2010
Dec 16, 2010

My eyes are full with tears.How terrible and cruel we are treated.They forget we mother them,care for them,make nations what they are.... It 's time to set us free.!We would not accept violence of any form any longer. SET US FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Halima Rahman
Dec 18, 2010
Dec 18, 2010

Hello Exonam,

Do you believe me, the image of the lashed lady didn't haunted me. I saw the video many times, I didn't know why. But every time, I had the same feeling, if not worse. Imagine, the police department admitted that the number of women flogged in 2008 only, was 43000, if we multiply it in forty-pants limits- the number rise to 17200000 lashes women supported in such harsh way or worse.

Many thanks for your comment.

Halima Rahman
Dec 18, 2010
Dec 18, 2010

Exonam, Sorry to hear that you were victim of violence and that people who were mistreating you, were those who shouldn't be. That is more than terrible! Sovage! We should all stand against what is going on in my home. What is going on in Sudan is a type of violence that is backed by the government and directed mainly towards women.

In solidarity,

Halima

Rita Banerji
Dec 17, 2010
Dec 17, 2010

Hello Halima,

Thank you for keeping us updated. I hope those women know that that there are thousands of people around the world who are with them in this -- and that the times have changed now. Governments cannot violate universal human rights in their little closets anymore. In this day and age of media and internet -- everything is seen, and everyone is involved. They will have to concede. I will circulate this on my campaign sites too. Wishing you all strength,

in solidarity

Rita

Halima Rahman
Dec 18, 2010
Dec 18, 2010

Dearest Rita,

These women are following every word you write and they document all that written on this incident in Arabic, English, French and other languages. This incident is widely condemned, a matter that pressures and embarrasses the government and this may push to the extreme. But I believe with much more pressure, it will concede sooner or later.

I am preparing a petition and will upload soon.

Regards,

Halima

Rita Banerji
Dec 17, 2010
Dec 17, 2010

Halima,

I thought there was an online petition. I can't find it! If there is -- please send me a link. I will circulate that too.

Halima Rahman
Dec 18, 2010
Dec 18, 2010

Rita,

Thanks for your concern and solidarity! the moment I prepare a petition, you will be the first to receive the link.

NI AYE
Dec 17, 2010
Dec 17, 2010

Hi Halima

I feel so sad for all brave and innocent women. I hope authorities will have heart soon . The women are same blood with them and they didn't hurt them anything and they have no proof of adultery . If I were in the place of the authorities there I would be proud of protecting every man and woman of all ages by means of good leaders. Loving the culture and loving the women should be balanced . I wonder how we can help these women. Do you think arranging a petition will work? Or can negotiation with the authorities be another solution?

Warm Regards For All

NI NI

Obisakin Busayo
Dec 17, 2010
Dec 17, 2010

Halima, Now is the time to sign and we will all involve our friends a;l over the world to sign the petition. This must stop and the women must be released. I am so sorry for this. I was off the community for sometime, tha is why i didn't hear of this until now. I hope you are safe.

Regaards Busayo

Halima Rahman
Dec 18, 2010
Dec 18, 2010

My sister busayo,

Totally agree with you that, that atrocity must stop, women liberate of all types of violence and tailor their own future! May Allah Bless you and stay well!

Hugs,

Halima

Halima Rahman
Dec 18, 2010
Dec 18, 2010

Sudanese American Women’s Organization (SAWO): PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release December 10, 2010 General Secretary Office 301-768-2560 Washington DC – USA The Sudanese American Women’s Organization (SAWO) condemns The Government of Sudan violent and barbaric actions towards the Sudanese women.

This release is in response to the recently released video on You Tube channel (see the video on the above website) depicts the scene of a Sudanese girl receiving blows whip all over her body from a police man in front of a crowd of people at a police station in Omdurman this week. This act is exceeding any legal punishment and much amounted to physical torture and severe humiliation. The Girl received blows whip all over her body from the legs, back, arms and head wildly and violently. The girl was crying, lying on the ground and squirming in pain, begging the policeman to stop hitting her, before another officer assisted him and participated in the beating.

SAWO strongly condemns the cowardly act and behavior. It is inhumane and it is utterly brutal. The act of beating Sudanese women is disgraceful to all women around the world and their respected status. Women of Sudan should be respected as human beings, mothers, sisters, and wonderful young stars. SAWO is against all Aggression Laws of Government of Sudan specifically article 1-52 that degrade and disrespect women. SAWO is calling for such laws to be abolished and cancelled immediately!

SAWO Immediate Actions: 1- On December 18th SAWO will hold a meeting to prepare and organize a campaign that includes all the civil society organizations (Sudanese, American, and other) in the metropolitan area. The objective of the campaign is to discuss and come up with a comprehensive mechanism to outlaw and abolish the law that permits such degrading inhumane behavior towards the Sudanese women. The meeting will be held: Mason Government Center 6507 Columbia Pike Annandale, VA 22003 at 5:00 – 9:00 PM 2- SAWO will also gather and collect signatures from all the concerned individuals and organizations to call for action to stop such aggression against women of Sudan

http://www.sacdo.com/web/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=8042&PN=10
Madeline Brooks
Dec 18, 2010
Dec 18, 2010

It is terrible that some of us are treated so sadistically, but at least there is world wide protest against this abuse, and some of it from men too. I am moved by all who wrote in.

Thank you, Halima, for your courageous reporting.

Does anyone know what happened to this whipped woman? Was she wounded by the lashings? Was she treated by a doctor? Was she held as a prisoner or released? What kind of a life can she have in the future?

Halima Rahman
Dec 18, 2010
Dec 18, 2010

Madeline,

I appreciate your solidarity with Sudanese women, anger and sorrow of the mistreatment they receive and uncertain future awaiting them under this regime.

Unfortunately no body knows exactly what happened to that miserable woman. Some activists tried after the spread of her video on the internet, to visit the family and convince them go public, but they found that the family had moved to another area, and they were told that the lashed young woman had left the country too. But they believed that the woman was still in Sudan. So they are doing their best to reach the family and convince them to speak out. I believe one day the lashed will show up and talk.

Any knew information, I will keep you updated.

Regards,

Halima

Halima Rahman
Dec 18, 2010
Dec 18, 2010

I came across this valuable piece of information, shedding light on the history of Sudanese woman in the olden days...please have a look!

Candace of Meroe (3rd century BCE-2nd Century CE)

In the kingdom of Kush (called Ethiopia by classical authors), particularly during the Meroitic period, women played prominent roles in affairs of the state, occupying positions of power and prestige, the natural outgrowth of which was the development of a line of queens. Unlike the queens of Egypt who derived power from their husbands, the Queens of Kush were independent rulers, to the extent that it was often thought that Meroe never had a king. Four of these queens—Amanerinas, Amanishakhete, Nawidemak and Maleqereabar—became distinctively known as Candaces, a corruption of the word Kentake.

The word is a transcription of the Meroitic ktke or kdke, which means "queen mother. " All royal consorts were by definition Kdkes. The queen mother played two important roles, which ensured the line of succession and also consolidated her power. She played a prominent role in the choice and coronation of the new king and, unique to Meroitic society, she officially adopted her daughter-in-law. Basically, some of the traits of the matriarchs of Meroe correspond to those of the queen mother in matrilineal societies in other parts of Africa.

What little is known of the Candaces was learned primarily from Roman sources and more recently from excavations, iconography, and inscriptions on monuments. Classical writers have attested to their power and leadership. One of them is mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles (8:28-39) where, on the road from Jerusalem to Gaza, Philip converted "an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, that is, the queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury..." Pliny, who provided valuable details of the great city of Meroe, which have been borne out by subsequent excavations, states that, "The queens of the country bore the name Candace, a title that had passed from queen to queen for many years."

The Candaces have repeatedly appeared in the writings of classical authors. Pseudo-Callisthenes recounted that Alexander visited Candace, Queen of Meroe. Legend has it that she would not let him enter Ethiopia and warned him not to despise them because they were black for "We are whiter and brighter in our souls than the whitest of you." Strabo, in his report of the military clash between the Romans and the Ethiopians, describes a Candace, probably Amanerinas, as "a masculine sort of woman, blind in one eye." This incident purportedly brought Kush onto the stage of world history: After Petronius' punitive invasion of Napata, the Candace waited until most of his troops went off to another campaign and attacked the Romans. Petronius returned and a standoff ensued between the two armies until the Ethiopian ambassadors were allowed to negotiate a peace treaty with Augustus Caesar. The tribute exacted from the Meroites was renounced and a border was demarcated between Roman territory and the kingdom of Kush.

We know that, for a period of 1250 years (ending in 350 CE), the kingdom of Kush flourished as a unique civilization which, beneath an Egyptian façade, remained profoundly African; and that the title of Candace existed for 500 years. However, without a concerted effort in archaeology and a breakthrough in deciphering the Meroitic script, the world will never know the true glory of the kingdom of Kush and the magnificence of the Candaces.

Books

Black Women in Antiquity, Ivan Van Sertima (ed.). Transaction Books, 1990. Buy it in paperback: Amazon.com | Amazon.ca

Blacks in Antiquity: Ethiopians in the Greco-Roman Experience, Frank M. Snowden, Harvard University Press, 1970. Buy it in paperback: Amazon.com | Amazon.ca

Candace: Warrior Queens of the Kingdom of Kush, Dawn E. Reno, Books for Black Children Incorporated, 1999.

A General History of Africa, Vol. II: Ancient Civilizations of Africa, UNESCO, 1992. Buy it in hardcover: Amazon.com | Amazon.ca

UNESCO Courier, August-September 1979. Women Leaders in African History, David Sweetman. General Publishing Company, Limited, 1984. Buy it in paperback: Amazon.com

The World and Africa: Inquiry into the Part Which Africa Has Played in World History, W.E.B. DuBois. International Publishers Company, 1979. Buy it in hardcover: Amazon.com Buy it in paperback: Amazon.com | Amazon.ca

Search for 'Meroe' on Amazon.com or Amazon.ca.

Linkshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mero%C3%AB

Khartoum University's Mahas Survey: Archaeology in Sudan

Halima Rahman
Dec 19, 2010
Dec 19, 2010

(AFP) – 58 minutes ago KHARTOUM — Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said on Sunday that the country's north will reinforce its Islamic law after a referendum expected to grant independence to the south.

"If South Sudan secedes, we'll change the constitution. There will be no question of cultural or ethnic diversity. Sharia will be the only source of the constitution, and Arabic the only official language," Bashir said in a speech aired on national television.

Southerners are set to vote in a referendum on January 9 on whether to remain united with the north or break away and form their own country.

The vote is a key plank of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement between the mainly Muslim north and predominantly Christian south that put an end to more than two decades of civil war. After the conflict, Bashir's National Congress Party (NCP) and the former southern rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) agreed on an interim constitution valid until July 2011.

The constitution recognises the "multi-ethnic," "multi-cultural" and "multi-faith" status of the Sudanese state, and is based on both sharia, or Islamic law, and the "consensus" of the population.

It also recognises Arabic and English as the two official languages of Africa's largest country, which was formerly under British and Egyptian rule.

In a speech punctuated by religious references, Bashir also defended the way the authorities have dealt with the case of a young woman whose whipping by police appeared in a YouTube video.

A police spokesman said on Tuesday that 46 women and six men had been arrested for holding an illegal demonstration after the video's release.

"There are people who say they feel ashamed about this sentence. They should review their interpretation of Islam because sharia has always stipulated that one must whip, cut, or kill," said Bashir.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5idWO-zOuTHj-7LsB-zJ75...
Halima Rahman
Dec 19, 2010
Dec 19, 2010

UPDATE 1-Sudan's Bashir sees Islamic law, defends flogging Sun Dec 19, 2010 12:44pm GMT

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  • South Sudan expected to secede after Jan. 9 vote

  • No time for cultural diversity after split-Bashir

  • No probe if YouTube flogging carried out under sharia

By Khaled Abdel Aziz

KHARTOUM, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Sudan's president said the country would adopt an Islamic constitution if the south split away after a referendum due next month, in a speech on Sunday in which he also defended police who were filmed flogging a woman.

"If south Sudan secedes, we will change the constitution and at that time there will be no time to speak of diversity of culture and ethnicity," President Omar Hassan al-Bashir told supporters at a rally in the eastern city of Gedaref.

"Sharia (Islamic law) and Islam will be the main source for the constitution, Islam the official religion and Arabic the official language," he said.

The plebiscite on whether to declare independence in the south, where most follow traditional beliefs and Christianity, was promised in a 2005 peace deal that ended decades of war between it and the mainly Muslim north.

The accord set up an interim constitution that limited sharia to the north and recognised "the cultural and social diversity of the Sudanese people".

Analysts expect most southerners to choose independence in the poll, scheduled to start on Jan. 9 and last for a week.

Bashir's statements will add to concerns about how hundreds of thousands of southerners living in the north might be treated after a split.

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Ministers from Bashir's National Congress Party (NCP) have warned that southerners would lose northern citizenship rights and might even be denied treatment in hospitals.

Northern and southern leaders are locked in negotiations over a number of issues, including the sharing out of oil revenues and the citizenship of their people after a separation.

Bashir also defended police shown lashing a woman in a film that appeared on the video-sharing website YouTube. "If she is lashed according to sharia law there is no investigation. Why are some people ashamed? This is sharia," he said.

Senior NCP member Nafie Ali Nafie said on Thursday efforts to keep the country united had failed, in the first acknowledgement from the northern elite that the south would probably secede.

Floggings carried out under Islamic law are almost a daily punishment in northern Sudan for crimes including drinking alcohol and adultery. (Writing by Andrew Heavens; editing by Philippa Fletcher)

http://af.reuters.com/article/sudanNews/idAFHEA94349620101219?pageNumber...
yosterika
Dec 19, 2010
Dec 19, 2010

Hi Halima,

My name is Erika and I live in Denver, Colorado. I am going to write about what has happened on my blog called Global Investment Watch. I want to make sure I get the facts of what happened straight. The women who were arrested for protesting were also beaten -- can you explain this more? I want to make sure my readers have a clear picture of what happened. I noticed that many of the media links you have been sending do not mention the fact that this large group of women was physically harmed in addition to being arrested.

Sending you courage, love and support in your fight for justice!

Erika

Halima Rahman
Dec 20, 2010
Dec 20, 2010

HI Yosterika,

Thank you for your your intention to spread the news and to checking the credibility of the beating issue. I appreciate that. By the way this incident shows the importance of citizen journalism and how it differs from aired media.

let me first tell you that the number of arrested women goes beyond 60, Because it has appeared later that they scattered to many prisons. Those whom I mentioned in my blog, most of them were beaten (men in plain clothes) had beaten kicked with their shoes, dragged and thrown in open vehicles (Bakassi), and kept in detention for almost six ours before got released. One of the protesters was taken to the emergency unit to be treated. There were women in the middle of their sixth decades. The kicking took place when the police ordered them to disperse and move away. But they argued that police permission had been granted for the peaceful demonstration and that they wouldn't leave before submitting a memorandum to the Justice Minister. The police and security insisted that they had to leave. protesters told them that by hook or crook they would leave. So they sat down and refused to leave, at that moment, they started beating and kicking women with their shoes, and dragged them to the Vehicles.

Najlaa Sid Ahmed, World Pulse member and citizen journalist, was one of the arrested women. She told me over phone, from Khartoum, that police and security had beaten women regardless of their ages or health conditions, while insulting and calling them bad names. Najlaa, was also one of the victims of flogging. she told that in the early 1990s she was arrested while protesting sending high secondary schools's students, under 20-year-old to war zones in the Southern Sudan, and she was sentenced to 10 lashes and fined. She received the lashes and when refused to pay the money, the judge told her either to pay the fine or would be kept in prison for extra two months. At last she paid.

But why international media didn't give more details on the mistreatment protesters received? I believe that they were concentrating mainly on covering another type of mistreatment ,which correspondents of international media received some of them have their equipments temporarily confiscated. I quote here from Sudan tribune electronic newspaper what emphasizes what had been circulating: "Plain clothes security officers kicked a BBC correspondent to the floor who was trying to report about the protest and seized his equipment". http://www.sudantribune.com/Over-forty-women-arrested-after,37282

By the way BBC ARABIC referred to the use of force to prevent women from entering the Justice Ministry.http://www.sudaneseonline.com/cgi-bin/sdb/2bb.cgi?seq=msg&board=310&msg=...

Luckily many regional media and local websites referred directly to beating and arresting of women. I will provide some links: Arab Jordan, stated that women were beaten : http://www.arabjo.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6289

http://www.sudanforum.net/showthread.php?t=113773

To have full idea on how security men subdue demonstrations and put under their sway, please have a look on these photos depicting such treatment to subdue a demonstration that took place in Darfur this month, when Zalinge University Students protested denouncing the killing of two of their colleagues.

http://www.sudaneseonline.com/cgi-bin/sdb/2bb.cgi?seq=msg&board=310&msg=...

Regards,

Halima

yosterika
Dec 20, 2010
Dec 20, 2010

I will post a link to my blog shortly.

Halima Rahman
Dec 20, 2010
Dec 20, 2010

Heartfelt thanks!

michelekbaer
Dec 23, 2010
Dec 23, 2010

My heart goes out to you. This is important to not only highlight but also respond to, and I will definitely sign & help promote on Twitter & Facebook whatever petition or action comes out of this. Thanks Jackie for promoting this on your journal. Shukraan jazeelan Halima for writing and sharing with all of us!

  • Michele
michelekbaer
Dec 23, 2010
Dec 23, 2010

I'll also post this wherever I can.

In solidarity, Michele

Halima Rahman
Dec 29, 2010
Dec 29, 2010

Hello Michele,

Thank you so much for solidarity with Sudanese women and your readiness to spread and promote the news or signed any petition and circulated on Facebook and Twitter. Alf Shukr (many thanks) for your valued comment. I love your Arabic phrase (shukrun jazeelan).

Love,

Halima

michelekbaer
Dec 29, 2010
Dec 29, 2010

Shukrun Halima for the love! I've learned a little Arabic and want to practice more.

All the best, Michele

Halima Rahman
Jan 01, 2011
Jan 01, 2011

Shurkrun Jazeelun Ya Michele.. ana saeeda an agabil imrat ta-takalam alarabiya. Thank you so much Michele. Am so happy to meet online a young lady who speaks the same language (arabic) as I do and am ready to help in improving her language.

Love,

Halima

Helen Hamada
Dec 30, 2010
Dec 30, 2010

Halima,

Thank you so much for bringing such issues into the light so that we may bond together and act to prevent such horror from continuing. Please let me know if I can do anything. I so admire you and your courage.

Best wishes.

Halima Rahman
Jan 01, 2011
Jan 01, 2011

Dearest Helen, My Dear mentor and precious friend who led me thoroughly through the 2009 VOF training program, and without whose help and encouragement , wouldn't have finished the course successfully, so happy to see you again passing, reading and commenting on my blog as in the old days. You did help Helen! Your words gave me the courage to continue blogging and writing under any circumstances and situations. I absolutely agree with you that shedding light on such incidents and tough situations is the best way to fight tyrants and thugs and prevent such horror from continuing.

Love and hugs,

Halima