Feminist lawyers of South Asia rally to aid of #MeToo survivors

Facing down intimidation, women all over this traditional region are speaking out about sexual harassment and violence Ali Zafar is famed across South Asia for his pop music, romantic comedies and even the occasional toothpaste advert. But last weekend he gave a particularly emotional performance on Pakistani television, tears welling in his eyes as he spoke of the effect sexual harassment allegations has had on his life. For the past year, the actor and musician has been embroiled in the countrys most high-profile tweeted her verdict: If anyone has earned the right to cry today, its thousands of survivors around us who were forced to watch a privileged man accused of sexual harassment and whine. Since the #MeToo movement gathered …

Brunei defends death by stoning for gay sex in letter to EU

Kingdoms mission to bloc calls for tolerance and understanding over penal code Brunei has written to the European parliament defending its decision to start imposing new penal code, which also provides for the amputation of thieves and whipping of people wearing clothes associated with the opposite sex, was brought in on 3 April, despite international condemnation. But in the letter, the kingdom claimed the outcry is due to a misconception that it wanted to clarify. The criminalisation of adultery and sodomy is to safeguard the sanctity of family lineage and marriage to individual Muslims, particularly women, it said. The penal sentences of hadd stoning to death and amputation imposed for offences of theft, robbery, adultery and sodomy, have extremely high …

Poetic justice: how Jay-Z became a civil rights champion

The rapper has involved himself, and his legal team, in a string of legal cases involving black men mistreated by law enforcement On an early Monday morning in February, 11-year-old Jabari Talbot, who is African American, decided not to stand for the pledge of allegiance in his classroom at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy. Another classmate, who is not African American, joined him, a civil rights complaint obtained by the Guardian claims, but the child was not questioned by the substitute teacher. Equality in this country is not fair … black people are not treated fairly, he answered the teacher when asked why he would not stand, adding, [and] police dont treat black people fairly. Within minutes, as if to prove …