Global Quickies: Jailed for Tweeting, Child Marriages, and Fliers in Cologne
“Swedish police have confirmed that there were widespread sexual assaults at a music festival in Stockholm last summer but denied allegations of a cover-up.”
“A teenage recruit discovered dead at Deepcut army barracks was being sexually exploited by senior ranks and could have been raped the night before she was found with a gunshot wound to her head, an inquest has been told. The shocking claims, by lawyers representing the family of Private Cheryl James, were made during a pre-inquest hearing into the teenager’s death at the army barracks in Camberley, Surrey, in November 1995.”
“The Dutch refugee settlement agency COA has told young asylum seekers not to attend services at the Eritrean orthodox church in Rotterdam because of concerns they will be at risk of abuse, the Reformatorisch Dagblad says on Monday. The organisation says it is has been made aware that young women may be being abused within the church community and that a large number of Eritrean girls have become pregnant.
“A Co Down woman has appeared in court accused of using a poison to procure her own abortion. The 21-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, faces two charges over allegedly supplying and administering harmful substances.”
“The top leadership of Pentecostal and evangelical churches in Kenya on Monday gathered in Nairobi vowing to fight regulations intended to streamline religious organisations in Kenya.” The regulations include requiring that every pastor should have a minimum qualification of knowledge in theology, asking tax returns from branch churches, and a ban on broadcast preachings and appeals in which audiences are asked to contribute money.
“One of Saudi Arabia’s most prominent female human rights campaigners has been arrested and jailed for allegedly running a Twitter account. Samar Badawi is the ex-wife of influential human rights lawyer Waleed Abulkhair, and according to activists has been accused of running his Twitter account after he was jailed in 2014. One of the most well-known campaigners for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia, Ms Badawi received the 2012 International Women of Courage award, presented by Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama.”
“Fliers written on behalf of Syrian refugees are being handed out in Cologne, condemning the New Year’s Eve attacks in the city.”
After a Jewish leader urged men to stop wearing the skullcap “to avoid being identified as Jewish” following anti-semitic attacks, a funny Twitter campaign started asking everyone, Jewish or not, to wear the kippah.
“At least 231 children at a famous boys’ choir school in Germany were victims of physical abuse, according to a lawyer tasked by the Catholic institution with investigating allegations, giving a far higher figure than thought for the scandal, which dates back decades. […] The choir was run by Pope Benedict’s elder brother, Georg Ratzinger, from 1964 to 1994 when most of the claimed abuses took place.”
“Miss Cynthia Ugbah, winner of Queen of Trust International 2015, has resigned her position over an alleged claims of sexual harassment by the organizers of the pageant.”
“One person has been left “brain-dead” and five more have been hospitalised after a clinical trial on an experimental drug went wrong in France.”
“Burundi’s security forces are engaging in gang rape during a crackdown on political opponents that has included a sharp rise in torture, killings and disappearances in the past month, the top United Nations human rights official said on Friday, sounding an alarm over the increasingly ethnic character of the violence.”
“Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has scrapped a decree which ordered female government employees to cover their hair at work.”
“Another move to ban child marriages in Pakistan has fallen at the first hurdle. The bill to prohibit underage marriages has been withdrawn after the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) declared it un-Islamic.”
Featured image: Flier handed out in Cologne