June 28, 2011

Stop the Violence against Women in the Near East

"It is shocking to see the current examples of structural violence against women from our neighbors in the South and the Near East," stated Ursula Plassnik, Special Rapporteur for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Women's Concerns. "The murder of women's rights activist Haleh Sahabi, virginity tests for demonstrators arrested in Egypt, and Qadaffi's suspected use of special forces sanctioned to use rape as a weapon must be a wake-up call for the international community to continue pushing for women's rights and human rights in the region," demands Plassnik. "The UN, the EU, and the Arab League must urgently speak out on this matter. The disregard for the most fundamental human and women's rights should not stain the 'Arab Spring'."