Sharia law

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Sudan court sentences three men to hand amputation for stealing
The verdict, the first of its kind in almost a decade, has shocked many who fear country is sliding back into state extremism

Zeinab Mohammed Salih in Khartoum

14, Feb, 2023 @6:30 AM

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Under the shadow of death: prisoners who escaped execution in Iran
A random encounter led a photographer to document murderers once on Iran’s death row, where inmates can be reprieved, often at the gallows, but only if they can pay blood money

Ramita Navai. Photographs by Enayat Asadi

10, Nov, 2022 @12:47 PM

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Iran condemns two women to death for ‘corruption’ over LGBTQ+ media links
Outcry over show trial, which follows Zahra Seddiqi Hamedani talking to BBC about abuse of gay people in Iran’s Kurdish region

Weronika Strzyżyńska

08, Sep, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Sudan woman faces death by stoning for adultery in first case for a decade
Campaigners say sentence amounts to torture amid fears that country’s new regime is rolling back women’s rights

Zeinab Mohammed Salih

13, Jul, 2022 @10:23 AM

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Taliban U-turn over Afghan girls’ education reveals deep leadership divisions
Rural opposition and school uniform issues blamed for school closures but confusion reveals differences in vision for Afghanistan’s future

Stefanie Glinski and Ruchi Kumar

25, Mar, 2022 @3:02 PM

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Lives of LGBTQ+ Afghans ‘dramatically worse’ under Taliban rule, finds survey
Human Rights Watch reports cases of mob attacks, gang-rape and death threats, with LGBTQ+ people living in fear and unable to flee

Ruchi Kumar

26, Jan, 2022 @6:30 AM

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‘We buried our sportswear’: Afghan women fear fight is over for martial arts
Female taekwondo and karate trainers are forced to practise in secret since the Taliban takeover and fear they may never compete again

Zahra Joya

23, Sep, 2021 @1:01 PM

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‘We don’t want people to be in a panic,’ says chief of Taliban morality police
Exclusive: In his first interview with western media, Kandahar’s enforcer promises things will be different from the brutal 1990s

Emma Graham-Harrison and Abdul Rauf Wafa in Kandahar

19, Sep, 2021 @6:45 AM

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#DoNotTouchMyClothes: Afghan women’s social media protest against Taliban
Women around the world are sharing pictures of themselves in traditional colourful clothes in a campaign against the new strict dress code for female students

Stefanie Glinski in Kabul

15, Sep, 2021 @5:28 AM

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Suicide still treated as a crime in at least 20 countries, report finds
One in every 100 deaths is a suicide: campaigners say criminalisation deters people seeking the help they need

Sarah Johnson

09, Sep, 2021 @5:01 AM

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Landmark UK court ruling due in ‘bride price’ dispute
Woman has taken her ex-husband and his parents to court seeking full payment of her mahr

Amelia Hill

16, Aug, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Islamic faith marriages not valid in English law, appeal court rules
Judgment leaves many Muslim women without redress at end of relationship, lawyers say

Harriet Sherwood Religion correspondent

14, Feb, 2020 @12:44 PM

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