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11/11/2015 - Taliban Stones to Death 19 Year Old Afghan Woman
Recently, a 19 year old Afghan woman was stoned to death after she was accused of adultery....

5/22/2015 - Senate Votes to Advance "Fast Tracking" of Dangerous Trade Agreement
The US Senate voted 62 to 38 yesterday to advance "fast track" trade legislation, just one week after Senate Democrats filibustered the controversial bill that would allow President Obama to force Congress to vote up-or-down on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. The TPP is a far-reaching trade agreement that has faced staunch opposition from a broad coalition of labor, environmental, women's rights, and human rights groups....

6/9/2014 - Women's Rights Groups Demand that US Stop Negotiating TPP with Brunei Until the Sultan Revokes New Taliban-Like Laws
WASHINGTON - A coalition of women's rights groups have joined the Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) in calling for the Obama Administration to initiate the process of removing Brunei from negotiations on a prospective Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement with the United States - or to suspend TPP talks - until Brunei revokes its new Taliban-like penal code. "Women's rights and human rights cannot take a backseat to profit and trade," said FMF President Eleanor Smeal....

5/9/2014 - Los Angeles City Council Condemns Brunei's Taliban-Like Penal Code
The City Council of Los Angeles, California approved a resolution this week condemning Brunei's brutal new "kill-a-gay, flog-a-woman" penal code and urging the nation and its Sultan to divest its ownership of the Beverly Hills Hotel, not long after a similar resolution was unanimously approved by the Beverly Hills City Council. "Now, therefore, be it resolved, with the concurrence of the Mayor, that by the adoption of this Resolution, the City of Los Angeles hereby includes in its 2013-2014 Federal Legislative Program support for legislation and/or administrative action which condemns the government of Brunei for adopting laws that impose extreme and inhumane penalties including execution by stoning, flogging and severing of limbs and urges the government of Brunei to divest itself of the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Bel Air Hotel," the resolution says [PDF]. The Brunei Investment Agency owns the Beverly Hills Hotel, the Bel-Air Hotel, and other Dorchester Collection Properties....

5/7/2014 - Beverly Hills City Council Condemns Brunei Penal Code
The Beverly Hills City Council voted unanimously yesterday to approve a resolution urging Brunei to divest its ownership of the Beverly Hills Hotel and condemning the Southeast Asian nation's brutal new "kill-a-gay" and "flog-a-woman" penal code. "The City of Beverly Hills strongly condemns the government of Brunei as well as other governments which engage in similar policies for adopting laws that impose extreme and inhumane penalties including execution by stoning, flogging and severing of limbs," the resolution says....

5/6/2014 - Feminist Majority Rally Brings Together Women's and LGBTQ Groups to Protest Brunei Penal Code
The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), which pulled its annual Global Women's Rights Awards from the Beverly Hills Hotel -- owned by the Sultan of Brunei -- held a rally yesterday across from the hotel to urge the Sultan to rescind a new, Taliban-like penal code that includes the stoning to death of gay men and lesbians and the public flogging of women who have abortions. Several groups participated at the rally, including the California Women's Law Center, Equality California, Human Rights Campaign, Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Services Center, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP)....

5/5/2014 - Celebrities Join Coalition of Women's Rights, LGBT Groups to Protest Brunei's Kill-A-Gay and Flog-A-Woman Penal Code
Los Angeles, CA - Celebrities, including Jay Leno and Frances Fisher, joined Eleanor Smeal, president of Feminist Majority, Mavis Leno, and a host of women's rights and LGBT leaders in a rally today across from the Beverly Hills Hotel to demand the Sultan of Brunei rescind a Taliban-like Brunei penal code, that includes the stoning to death of gay men and lesbians and the public flogging of women who have abortions....

5/1/2014 - Brutal Brunei Penal Code Goes into Effect Today
The Southeast Asian nation of Brunei today adopted the first phase of a brutal penal code that includes the stoning to death of gay men and lesbians, the public flogging of women who have abortions, and the jailing of women who become pregnant outside of marriage. The laws will be introduced in three phases over the course of three years....

4/30/2014 - FMF Pulls Event from Beverly Hills Hotel to Protest Sultan of Brunei Imposing Taliban-Like Rule
LOS ANGELES - The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) announced it is pulling its annual Global Women's Rights Awards, co-chaired by Jay and Mavis Leno, from the Beverly Hills Hotel because the hotel's owner, the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, is imposing a Taliban-like Brunei penal code, set to go into effect in three stages beginning on May 1, that includes the stoning to death of gay men and lesbians and the public flogging of women who have abortions. Instead of holding its annual event at the hotel on May 5, FMF has joined with gay and lesbian groups in protesting this gross violation of human rights and will hold a rally at noon on May 5 across from the hotel, in the park on Sunset Boulevard, urging the Sultan to rescind the new penal code which has been condemned by human rights groups and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights....

1/18/2011 - Iranian Woman's Death Sentence Commuted
Zohre Elahian, a member of Iran's parliament, stated yesterday that Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani's hanging sentence had been commuted to a 10 year prison sentence....

12/10/2010 - TV Interview of Iranian Woman Sentenced to Death for Adultery
A television program on Press TV, backed by the Iranian government, will air an interview today of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, an Iranian woman sentenced to death for adultery....

11/9/2010 - Women's Rights Gravely Threatened in Iran
Two Iranian women, Sakineh Ashtiani who currently faces an execution sentence, and Nasrin Sotoudeh, who is a human rights lawyer and colleague of Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi, are in danger in Iran....

10/4/2010 - Alleged Stoning of Woman in Pakistan Condemned by US
Last week, the US Department of State released a statement condemning the alleged stoning of a woman by members of the Taliban in northwest Pakistan....

9/7/2010 - Ashtiani Controversy Heats Up Between Iran and EU
The European Union traded barbs with Iran today regarding the case of Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani, an Iranian woman who was convicted of adultery and originally sentenced to death by stoning....

9/3/2010 - Family of Human Rights Lawyer Flees Iran
The wife and daughter of Iranian human rights lawyer, Mohammad Mostafaei, both arrived in Norway yesterday, where the family is seeking asylum....

8/16/2010 - Young Couple Stoned by the Taliban
The Taliban stoned a young couple to death this weekend in northern Afghanistan because the couple allegedly committed adultery....

8/12/2010 - Iranian Woman "Confesses" to Murder
A woman who claimed to be Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, an imprisoned Iranian woman who faces execution for the crime of adultery, despite solid evidence that she is innocent, appeared yesterday on Iranian primetime television....

8/11/2010 - Brazil Offers Asylum to Imprisoned Iranian Woman
Brazilian ambassador to Iran Antonio Luis Espinola Salgado submitted a formal request from the Brazilian Government to Iran's Foreign Ministry on Monday offering asylum to Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, an imprisoned Iranian woman who faces execution for the crime of adultery, despite solid evidence that she is innocent....

8/10/2010 - Iranian Lawyer Seeks Asylum
Iranian human rights lawyer, Mohammad Mostafaei, has sought asylum in Norway to flee a warrant for his arrest....

7/26/2010 - Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Missing
Mohammad Mostafaie, the human rights lawyer currently defending Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani, an Iranian woman who was convicted of adultery and originally sentenced to stoning, is now missing, spurring rumors that he is either in hiding from the government or imprisoned....

7/12/2010 - Iranian Woman's Execution Halted
The execution of Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani, a 43-year-old Iranian woman who was convicted of adultery and originally sentenced to stoning, has been temporarily halted, according to CNN ....

7/9/2010 - Iran Claims Woman Will Not be Stoned
Yesterday, the Iranian government released its first public statement on the Sakineh Mohammedi Ashtiani case, claiming that she will not be executed by stoning....

7/6/2010 - Iranian Woman Sentenced to Death By Stoning
Human rights activists are rallying the international community to stop an Iranian woman being stoned to death....

8/6/2008 - Proposed Legislation in Iran Would End Death by Stoning
Iran's state media announced Wednesday that Iran has suspended the use of stoning as a way to carry out the death penalty....

3/26/2008 - Woman Sentenced to Be Stoned to Death Is Released from Iranian Prison
After spending eleven years in prison awaiting death by stoning because of committing adultery, Mokarrameh Ebrahimi was released on Monday March 17....