ECHR Ruling: 

"sharia law is incompatible with democracy and human rights"

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Annual Report 2003 of the European Court of Human Rights

Council of Europe

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Germany
News Date: 
03/04/2017
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Central Council of Jews in Germany has asked the Berlin School Administration to clarify the allegations of anti-Semitism at a school in Berlin-Friedenau. "If the reports are correct, this is a shattering process," said Josef Schuster, President of the Central Council, the Berlin  . "This is about anti-Semitism of

FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION IN SOMALIA

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Long-term complications include loss of libido, genital malformation, delayed menarche, chronic pelvic complications and recurrent urinary retention and infection. FGM victims are also prone to a number of obstetric complications because the fetus is exposed to a range of infectious diseases and faces the risk of having its head crushed in the damaged birth canal. Infibulated women, whose genitals have been tightly closed, have to be cut open to allow the baby to emerge. Perineal tears, obstructed labour and fistula can occur. The repeated cutting and re-stitching of a woman's genitals with each birth can result in tough scar tissue. In addition to direct adverse health effects, FGM increases the woman's biological vulnerability to HIV transmission if exposed to the virus. The case studies collected by UNICEF as part of a larger survey on Knowledge, Attitudes, Beliefs and Practices around FGM consistently revealed complications and negative consequences of FGM, which can be broadly divided into four thematic areas: 1. The medical effects of the practice; 2. The psychological effects of the practice; 3. The dangerous traditional practices that accompany FGM; and 4. The cultural stigma associated with girls who are not circumcised. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is defined as procedures involving partial or total removal of female genitalia or other injury to female genital organs. In Somalia, FGM prevalence is about 95 percent and is primarily performed on girls aged 4-11. FGM can have severely adverse effects on the physical, mental and psychosocial well being of those who undergo the practice. The health consequences of FGM are both immediate and life-long. Despite the many internationally recognized laws against FGM, lack of validation in Islam and global advocacy to eradicate the practice, it remains embedded in Somali culture. Female genital mutilation is a social ritual performed in 28 countries ranging from Africa to the Middle East and some of the Islamic Asian countries. It is estimated that the most severe form of the practice affects 130 million women, most of whom were circumcised before puberty. The practice itself often takes place in remote rural areas by untrained village midwives who use instruments such as knives, razors or even broken glass. The instruments are often not sterile and the ritual is very often performed in unsanitary conditions. In urban areas, some families use a doctor to perform the operation. The operation involves the total removal of the clitoris, labia minora and severing of the inner side of the labia majora. The sides of the labia majora are then sutured together, leaving a small hole to allow urine and menstrual discharge to pass. The practice often occurs without the use of anesthesia. EFFECTS OF FGM Beyond the obvious initial pain of the procedure, the long-term physiological, sexual and psychological effects of FGM/C are well documented. The consequences can even include death as a result of shock, hemorrhage or septicemia.

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United Kingdom (UK)
News Date: 
06/04/2017
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  • Small Heath school in Birmingham advertised for specifically male teacher 
  • Said man was needed to deal with religious 'sensitivities' around the role
  • But outraged secular campaigners forced the school to take the advert down

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Pakistan
News Date: 
05/04/2017
Summary: 

A Pakistani prosecutor who said he can "guarantee the acquittal" of 42 Christians charged with killing two men if they convert to Islam, has been suspended. Syeed Anees Shah will not be involved in any cases until further notice.

Country: 
United Kingdom (UK)
News Date: 
03/09/2014
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Councillors in  were told at a seminar in 2005 not to publicly discuss information about the town's child sexual exploitation problem because it was "confidential" and could jeopardise police investigations, according to three councillors present at the time. Prof Alexis Jay's report on the 1,400 children failed by the council and agencies said that such "explicit content" about the issue was given to 30 councillors at the seminar that "few members or s

Country: 
United Kingdom (UK)
News Date: 
14/09/2014
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Councillors in Rotherham were told about the abuse and rape of children in the northern town at a seminar almost a decade ago but were told to keep it “confidential” to avoid jeopardising police investigations, it emerged yesterday. The disclosure came at an angry council meeting in Rotherham when a member of the public questioned why councillors had failed to act on information about child sexual exploitation. 

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Italy
News Date: 
05/04/2017
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How likely is it that this family will assimilate and adopt Western values? And note that this is an “unfortunately ordinary story.” A Milan children’s court on Wednesday temporarily removed a 14-year-old Moroccan girl from her family which had whipped her because she dressed and acted “too Western”….

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Austria
News Date: 
05/04/2017
Summary: 

In Europe, Muslims have greater freedom to follow their faith than Christians do, the head of an anti-discrimination group has said. Martin Kugler, Austrian historian and founder of the Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination Against Christians in Europe, said Christians were being marginalised on the continent while Muslims are treated much more carefully.

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Germany
News Date: 
05/04/2017
Summary: 

Germany’s cabinet on Wednesday plans to agree a ban on child marriages after the recent mass refugee influx brought in many couples where one or both partners were aged under 18. The new law, set to receive parliamentary approval by July, is seen as a protective move especially for girls by annulling foreign marriages involving minors.

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