Sudanese government forces systematically raped and beat at least 221 women and girls in a series of organized door-to-door attacks in Darfur last year, a leading human rights watchdog group announced on Wednesday.
In releasing a 48-page report, Human Rights Watch detailed how Sudanese army troops went from house to house in the North Darfur town of Tabit last October and raped over 221 civilian girls and women in just a 36-hour timespan.
"The deliberate attack on Tabit and the mass rape of the town's women and girls is a new low in the catalog of atrocities in Darfur," Human Rights Watch Africa Director Daniel Bekele told reporters. more >>
This is the second in a two-part series on SOCE.
A petition calling for the nationwide ban of so-called conversion therapy, more commonly known as Sexual Orientation Change Effort therapy, has reached the desk of President Barack Obama. Leelah's Law would outlaw SOCE for minors and is named after Leelah (Josh) Alcorn, who took her life after therapy allegedly failed to relieve her of depression surrounding her sexuality.
Chris Doyle, a licensed clinical professional counselor and director with the International Healing Foundation, previously spoke with The Christian Post about SOCE and its effect on those struggling with same sex attraction. He also addressed the politics surrounding SOCE and Leelah's Law in particular. more >>
The Islamic State policing unit in Mosul severely disfigured the faces of 15 Iraqi women by pouring acid on them as a form of punishment after the women were caught without their faces being veiled appropriately, by ISIS standards, last weekend.
ISIS' all-female policing unit, the Al Khansa brigade, which polices the streets of the group's Syrian stronghold of Raqqa and Iraqi stronghold of Mosul, reportedly carried out the punishments after the women were detained on Sunday in the Mosul neighborhood of Salamiya, a kurdish official told BasNews.
The official from the Kurdistan Democratic Party in Mosul, Saed Mamuzini, told the news site that the women were subject to the cruel, face-deforming punishment simply because they were caught in public without wearing a Niqab, the cloth like veil that fully covers the face except for slit for the eyes. more >>
Terror group ISIS claims to have heavily sedated Jordanian fighter pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh before they burned him alive inside a cage. The militants have said they drugged al-Kasasbeh in an attempt to minimize his pain when they recorded the video of his death, which was released last week.
The Daily Mail said that the militants made the claims on Saudi Arabian site burnews.com, with one Jihadi asserting that Kasasbeh "was so heavily sedated he had no idea what was about to happen to him."
The horrific video titled "Healing the Believers' Chests" was released last week and has been featured several places around the Internet, including on Fox News' website. In it, militants set fire to the cage where 26-year-old Kasasbeh was being kept, with flames quickly engulfing the Jordanian pilot. more >>
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai said on the 300th day anniversary of the kidnapping of the Nigerian schoolgirls by terror group Boko Haram that the international community would be trying much harder to get them freed if they belonged to rich and powerful parents. The over 200 schoolgirls taken from the town of Chibok are believed to have been married off to jihadists.
"Nigerian leaders and the international community can and must do much more to resolve this crisis and change their weak response to date. If these girls were the children of politically or financially powerful parents, much more would be done to free them. But they come from an impoverished area of northeast Nigeria and sadly little has changed since they were kidnapped," Yousafzai said in a statement on Saturday.
"These young women risked everything to get an education that most of us take for granted. I will not forget my sisters. We cannot forget them. We must demand their freedom until they are reunited with the families and back in school, getting the education they so desperately desire," she added. more >>
In issuing its first report on the plight of Iraqi children for the first time since 1998, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child painted a horrifying glimpse into how the Islamic State terrorist organizations is beheading, crucifying, and even burying alive religious minority children.
The report, which was released Wednesday and was written by a committee of 18 independent experts, finds that not only are ISIS militants killing religious minority boys in scores, but they've also found a way to take advantage of the mentally weak Iraqi children, by using their harmless bodies in jihad attacks.
Committee expert Renate Winter said at the press conference introducing the report that the militant group is using mentally-challenged children as suicide bombers, and he thinks many of them go into their fatal suicide plots without even knowing that they will die as a consequence. more >>