When I first met Yanar Mohammed in 2003, she was holding a megaphone
and leading a women’s rally in Baghdad’s Firdos Square, standing in the
shadow of a pedestal where a statue of Saddam Hussein had stood until
U.S. tanks dragged it to the ground a few weeks earlier. With a head of
uncovered dark curls and a raised fist, she led chants demanding
improved security and equal civil rights for women.
Condemn another hideous stoning of an 11
years old girl in Kurdistan
Sara Jaffar Nimat is
an 11-year-old girl from the town of
Khanaqin in Iraqi Kurdistan. She was
murdered on the 3rd August.
degrading and horrific killing of Sara
is another outrageous crime against
young girls and women in Kurdistan. Sara
was only in fifth grade at school. Loved
by her friends, they played together on
the night she was killed. Sara’s body was found
in a nearby empty building. It had been
hit by bricks, stones, and then burnt.
There is not much information yet about
who committed such a barbaric crime
against an innocent young girl.
In today's demonstration of Tahrir square, the youth marched towards the bridge in order to cross to the Green Zone, and chanted the slogan of 'Ousting the System'. The security forces - under the "General Commander of Armed Forces" Mr. Nouri Al Miliki gave orders to detain and torture all the organizers of the demonstration. Division 11 of the Iraqi army (army intelligence) took pictures of all the demonstrators including the OWFI women. The same division used civilian cars to arrest tens of demonstrators into detainment.