Is this how they want people around the world to think of Islamic law? When will these atrocities stop taking place in the name of Islam??
Lubna as a journalist uses her pen to fight the political corruption and the regime’s oppression of women through her column “Men Talk”. If she had pleaded guilty and that is admitting the “crime” of wearing “indecently’, she would have left with 10 lashes and a social stigma. However, she had refused to surrender and asked to talk to her lawyer and is waiting for a trial to be scheduled.
Lubna has printed out 500 invitations to her trial and sent it to media agencies, reporters and human rights committees. What a women!! If this whole shenanigan was their way of silencing her, it obviously didn’t work!
Lubna’s trial updates- August 4:
Lubna tells the judge that she resigns from her UN position, so not to hide behind its immunity. She stands for women who have no immunity from this oppressive law!
Sudan Reporter Beats Rap; Lawmaker Tells of Trysts
By Kimberly St. Louis
Outspoken Sudanese journalist and former United Nations worker, Lubna Ahmed al-Hussein was released September 8 after being convicted the night before and facing up to a month in prison. It is unclear why she was released. Al-Hussein had been jailed for refusing to pay a fine of 500 Sudanese pounds, the equivalent of $200.
Hussein was arrested on July 3 for wearing pants in a cafe in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan. According to the country’s penal code, Hussein violated Article 152, which states that a person can be fined and receive up to 40 lashes for the offense. She resigned from the U.N. so that she could stand trial and draw attention to women’s rights in Sudan.
The journalist wore the very same green pants she wore the day of her arrest to her hearing on September 7. She told the Associated Press, “I will not pay a penny.” On the day of her hearing, Sudanese security forces had to fight back al-Hussein supporters; they injured some of the supporters and detained 47 women, CNN reported.
Al-Hussein said that she will continue to wear pants and plans to appeal the conviction. Mohieddin Titawi, chairman of the journalists’ union, said that his organization had paid the fine because it is their responsibility to “protect journalists when they are in prison,” Reuters reported.