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I am Lubna

August 6, 2009

Please take a minute to look at thisLubna Husseins website I am Lubna where you will find an online petition you can sign to support women’s rights in Sudan.

Petition to Eliminate Article 152 of the Sudanese Criminal Code

To: The Parliament of the Republic of Sudan and the Ministry of Justice.

This petition is requesting your support to eliminate article 152 from Sudan’s criminal law. This article is what the Public Order Police (PoP) in Sudan uses to harass women about their dress code. Article 152 has been implemented in Sudan since 1991. It stipulates that any conduct or clothes in violation of public decency should be punished with 40 lashes or a bail or both.

Thirteen women were arrested on July 3, 2009 in Khartoum under article 152 of the criminal code. The 13 women in question were arrested because they wearing trousers. They have been sentenced to 10 lashes and a bail of $100. Three of the women including a well-known journalist-Lubna Hussien- refused the punishment and asked for a lawyer and a court case. The first court hearing was on July 29. Lubna and the other three women were granted a presidential pardon, which the women refused. They have instead challenged the judge to eliminate article 152 of the criminal code.

Article 152, implemented in Sudan since 1991, stipulates that any conduct or clothing in violation of public decency should be punished with 40 lashes. However the article is vague on what constitutes indecent clothing and stands against the country’s Interim National Constitution that came in place after the Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed in 2005. However, it is still being used to harass women in the streets of Khartoum and around Sudan.

Harassment of women by POP is very common in Sudan, but yet extremely under-reported. PoP are often abusive. Many women lack knowledge of their rights, fear social stigma and therefore do not resist the consequences of going to a police station, having a criminal charge against them and signing a paper that says that they will not repeat the offence. In addition, the bail of $100 is a load that the vulnerable and poorest women cannot pay easily.

We need your support. Please sign this petition to support women’s rights in Sudan.

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More information here, here and here.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 10, 2009 02:13

    thanks for posting this. I am the creator of the website. it is the website supporting a national and international campaign representing more than 25 human rights and women’s rights organizations. so it’s really not Lubna Hussien’s website. we chose to name after her in solidarity to her stance and b/c it was an easy URL to remember.
    best,
    dalia

  2. August 10, 2009 02:16

    It is a wonderful website Dalia and I’ll change my post. I hope so much that Lubna Hussein and the other two women’s stand on this case will have an empowering effect on many women worldwide.

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