In the News This Week

by Debra Brown

Sudan Protests

Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news.


Protests Continue in Sudan for President to Step Down.

Security forces in Sudan killed at least 14 people, activists involved told the Associated Press. The security forces fired tear gas at peaceful protesters in an attempt to break up a demonstration in front of the defence ministry and outside the army headquarters, witnesses said.

Backlash against the economic hardships and rising living costs have taken the form of anti-government protests. The economic concerns have become political demands, and protesters want an end to the 30-year-rule of President Omar al-Bashir.

Al-Bashir has refused to step down, saying his opponents should seek power through the ballot box.

In an official statement The United Nations states that it “stands ready to support any efforts agreed by the Sudanese to peacefully resolve the current crisis”.


The House of Representatives Renews The Violence Against Women Act.

The House of Representatives voted to extend the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) on Thursday, with some new protections for transgender people, survivors of domestic violence, and stalking victims.

The new legislation would prevent people convicted of domestic abuse or stalking charges, including dating partners, from purchasing a gun. The new bill would also expand existing VAWA protections to include transgender survivors of violence and give them the ability to access shelters and serve in prison based on how they identify.


Brunei Implements Capital Punishment For LGBT Sex and Adultery.

Brunei introduced a strict Islamic legal code mandating death for adultery and sex between men, as well as lashes for lesbian sex and amputation for crimes like theft. Brunei is the first country in Southeast Asia to impose capital punishment for crimes such as LGBT sex or adultery.

Sharia is a religious law forming part of the Islamic faith derived from the Quran and the hadiths, the words or actions of the Prophet Muhammad. The manner of its application in modern times has been a subject of dispute between conservative and liberal Muslims.

Celebrities and Los Angeles officials have called for a boycott against hotels owned by the Brunei Investment Agency, an arm of the government.


New Study Reveals Women Making Clothes For The West Face Sexual Abuse.

Women factory workers producing clothing and shoes in Vietnam face systemic sexual harassment and violence at work.

Nearly half (43.1%) of 763 women interviewed in factories in three Vietnamese provinces said they had suffered at least one form of violence and/or harassment in the previous year, according to a study by the Fair Wear Foundation and Care International.

The research is the first to correlate violence and sexual harassment in garment factories with workplace factors endemic to the “fast fashion” industry.


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Secures A Record Fifth Term In Office.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has won the Israeli national election, securing a record fifth term in office after a close race with his opponent Benny Gantz, the country’s three main television channels said.

Final results are expected by Friday. Netanyahu, 69, will be on track to be the longest-serving prime minister in Israel’s 71-year history. Netanyahu said he had already begun talks with prospective coalition allies.


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