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Scrapping the controversial rape law in Lebanon remains a small step towards ending violence against women, KAFA activist Maya Ammar tells The New Arab.

Comment: Handing shipwrecked migrants over to Libya's coastguard, only for them to be returned to shore, isn't a risk we can take, writes Save the Children's media manager, Gemma Parkin.

Interview: On the shaming of Arab feminists

Diana Alghoul

Interview: On the shaming of Arab feminists

Women across the Arab world are often emotionally blackmailed with the concept of breaking customs, despite the fact that they change through time, Suad Abu Dayyeh tells The New Arab.

The Iraq Report: Child trafficking by Baghdad mafia exposed

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The Iraq Report: Child trafficking by Baghdad mafia exposed

Analysis: Welcome to The New Arab's weekly digest of events in Iraq

Lebanon joins Jordan, Tunisia scrapping reviled 'marry-the-victim' <em>rape</em> law Lebanon joins Jordan, Tunisia scrapping reviled 'marry-the-victim' rape law

Shams Al-Shakarchi

Lebanon joins Jordan, Tunisia scrapping reviled 'marry-the-victim' rape law

Lebanon has become the latest Middle Eastern country to repeal a law allowing rapists to escape punishment if they marry their victims.

Shenaz Bunglawala

Our 'Muslim Problem' is not what Kavanagh might think

Comment: Twenty years after 'Islamophobia' became a common term, we're just as far from overcoming it as ever, writes Shenaz Bunglawala.

Umar Lateef Misgar

Kashmir and the festering legacy of partition

Comment: Partition in 1947 saw the end of colonial rule and the birth of India and Pakistan, but had disastrous and enduring consequences for ...

The New Arab

Yemen rebels crucify man for rape, murder of four-year-old

Yemenis gathered in the capital for the execution of a man convicted of raping and killing a child; the second such death sentence carried out ...

Charlie Hoyle

Impunity in Egypt reflects dark legacy of Rabaa Massacre

The Rabaa Massacre of over 1,000 people in 2013 marked a dark defining point for human rights, with a subsequent vacuum in justice leading to ...

Israeli ex-president Katsav denied request to lift parole terms

The New Arab

Israeli ex-president Katsav denied request to lift parole terms

Israeli ex-president Moshe Katsav, jailed for rape and released in December, has been denied his request to have the conditions of his ...

Robert Cusack

UN: Myanmar's Rohingya at risk of new human catastrophe

The UN has warned Myanmar against sending more troops to the Muslim-majority Rakhine state, as reports emerge of alleged murder, rape ...

Moroccan woman blamed after mob of men chased her

The New Arab & agencies

Moroccan woman blamed after mob of men chased her

The video, lasting just 10 seconds, shows a clearly panicking woman in jeans and a t-shirt being chased by a large group of young men.

Iranian child offender to be 'executed in morning'

The New Arab

Iranian child offender to be 'executed in morning'

A 21-year-old Iranian found guilty of a murder as a child will be executed in the coming hours, Amnesty International has warned, with the ...

Only democracy in the Middle East? Far from it

Antony Loewenstein

Only democracy in the Middle East? Far from it

Comment: Free speech is an integral part of any democracy. The legal case against respected Israeli-Canadian reporter and analyst David Sheen ...

Refugees trapped in Libya tortured, raped and murdered: Oxfam

The New Arab

Refugees trapped in Libya tortured, raped and murdered: Oxfam

The fate of Europe-bound refugees trapped in Libya has been detailed in a shocking report by Oxfam, revealing the brutal torture, sexual ...

The New Arab

Father of Yemeni toddler rape victim describes perpetrator's execution

Al-Maghrabi who was executed at 41 was being punished for kidnapping, raping and killing his neighbour’s three-year-old daughter Rana.

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Tunisia's Jasmine revolution: A story of short-lived success?

Comment: Tunisia's 'Jasmine' revolution was heralded as a model for democratic transition in the Arab world. But crackdowns, poverty and ...

Shams Al-Shakarchi

A (relatively) good week for Middle East women's rights

The struggle for women's rights in the Middle East is by no means over, but the passionate and dedicated fight for equality and protection is ...

The New Arab & agencies

Jordan abolishes 'marry the victim' clause protecting rapists

Jordan has repealed a legal clause that allowed rapists to escape punishment if they married their victim, marking a major victory for women's ...

Tunisia passes landmark law on violence against women

The New Arab

Tunisia passes landmark law on violence against women

Human rights groups have praised Tunisia's progress in passing legal measures protecting women, however warn of financial barriers to their ...

Hadani Ditmars

Hollywood's prescient take on current horrors

Blog: Does life imitate art? Scenes from the Middle East remind Hadani Ditmars of a Hollywood movie, albeit one with a particularly twisted ...

Pakistan police arrest village council for ordering 'revenge' <em>rape</em>

The New Arab & agencies

Pakistan police arrest village council for ordering 'revenge' rape

Fourteen members of a Pakistani village council have been arrested for ordering the rape of a teenage girl as punishment for a ...

14 Saudis at 'imminent risk' of execution: Amnesty

The New Arab

14 Saudis at 'imminent risk' of execution: Amnesty

Amnesty International warned fourteen Saudis face "imminent" execution on Tuesday, after a "grossly unfair mass trial" in which they were ...

Outrage over Canada compensating former Guantanamo detainee is misguided

Usaid Siddiqui

Outrage over Canada compensating former Guantanamo detainee is misguided

Comment: Omar Khadr was a child soldier at the time of capture, and as such as should be treated as a victim, writes Usaid Siddiqui.

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