Own 50 Percent Of E-Stores Registered In Maroof, Saudi Arabia
Encourage Science, Technology Training For Girls
Police Question Several Women Who Returned From Syria
by New Age Islam News Bureau
Women’s Rights Activists under Investigation for Refusing to Wear Hijab
have joined forces to condemn an investigation of three women by Malaysia’s
Islamic authorities who refused to stop wearing a hijab.
three women, Maryam Lee, Mohani Niza and Dian Sofia, attended the launch of
“Unveiling Choice”, a book documenting Lee’s decision to stop wearing the
traditional Islamic head covering.
event included a three-hour panel discussion between the three, which Lee
described as an “intellectual discourse based on the women’s lived realities.”
hearing about the event, Malaysia’s religious affairs minister, Mujahid Yusof
Rawa, ordered the Islamic authorities of Selangor to investigate the women.
a joint statement, Lee, Niza, and Sofia said they were “unequivocal” in their
belief that none of Malaysia’s laws had been violated.
condemn this unnecessary investigation as an abuse of power and is aimed at
harassing and intimidating women activists who are speaking out on issues that
affect women and organisers those who do not serve the status quo.”
executive director of a Malaysia’s human rights and law reform organisation
Lawyers for Liberty, Latheefa Koya, said women in Malaysia should not be
investigated for discussing their religious choices.
does not mean those who attended the forum would lose their faith. Let a woman
think freely and choose whether they want to wear the hijab or not,” said Koya.
women in our Western liberal democracies complain that their right to wear a
scarf, a niqab or a hijab in public institutions and in the public space is not
respected,” said Willy Fautre, the director of Human Rights Without Frontiers,
a Brussels-based rights group who spoke with New Europe. “Women in Iran and
Malaysia complain that they are forced to wear a headscarf, and who challenge
the repressive laws of their country, are at the risk of losing their freedom
as it has recently been the case with Vida Movahedi. She was sentenced to 1
year in prison in Iran for refusing to cover her head. These courageous women
dramatically need the support of human rights organisations.”
where 60% of the population is Muslim, has long been held up as a moderate and
relatively progressive Muslim country, but recently there has been a move
towards strict Islamic conservatism.
— About 49.5 percent of the electronic shops registered in Maroof e-portal, the
Ministry of Commerce and Investment has announced.
said the Maroof e-portal has a total of 27,000 shops, about half of which were
owned by women.
ministry said it received more than 19,700 complaints against the electronic
said about 56 percent of the complaints were against the electronic products,
14 percent against the electric appliances, 13 percent against garments and 9
percent against accessories.
said some shops would withdraw the price of the commodity from the clients›
bank accounts without dispatching it to them.
to the ministry, some electronic shops would charge them more than the actual
price of the product.
ministry said it had closed down as many as 26 accounts on the social media for
propagating fake commodities.
said the fake goods advertised on the social media include, among others,
perfumes, beautification mixtures and weight reducing herbal medicines.
ministry said since the beginning of the year 2018, it had closed down about 80
accounts for promoting fake goods. The accounts had more than a million
ministry strongly warned against advertising fake products on social media and
said harsh punishments would be waiting for people who do this in violation of
the country›s commercial regulations.
ministry has also called on owners of e-shops and social network marketers to
register their trade activities with Maroof, which will ensure credibility of
the traders’ activities and products, and protect the rights of buyers.
Marketers are urged to make sure that the party selling goods has a commercial
registration or has signed up through the e-service.
portal provides an evaluation of services and the quality of e-stores in the
Kingdom, and presents the opinions of dealers and clients on such stores.
e-service also gives the seller an opportunity to market their electronic shop
online within various Maroof platforms, enabling online store owners to add all
their social media accounts, their website and contact numbers to their page
with Maroof, which makes it is easier for buyers to access and contact them,
the ministry said.
service preserves the rights of consumers, making it possible to lodge a
complaint in case of any commercial fraud, by contacting the ministry’s
consumer call center (1900) or through the application of a commercial violation
report via smartphone.
is a free electronic service and takes only a few seconds to sign up to the
Dr. Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen, secretary-general of the Organization of
Islamic Cooperation (OIC), has called on all member states and affiliated
institutions to encourage young girls to study and work in the fields of
science, technology, engineering, mathematics, information technology and
7th Ministerial Conference of Women, which was held in Burkina Faso, endorsed a
resolution adopted by the Conference of Foreign Ministers of the OIC held last
month in Abu Dhabi. This resolution calls on member states to approve
legislative and executive measures offering science, technology, engineering
and mathematics programs to women, to bridge the gap between their education
and the requirements of the labor market,” Al-Othaimeen said.
added that as areas such as the technology and communication sectors became
increasingly important, more skilled workers would need to enter the workforce,
which would provide great opportunities for young, talented and qualified
Kosovo police and prosecutors have interrogated several of the women who
returned from Syria by plane on Saturday, lawyers who took part in the
questioning said on Monday.
brought back 110 of its citizens from Syria, including 32 women, 74 children
and four militants who had gone to fight in the country’s civil war.
four fighters were immediately arrested and detained for 30 days awaiting
questioning, while women and children were sent to the Foreign Detention Center
in the outskirts of Pristina.
represented a woman who came back from Syria. She is accused for being part of
the terrorist groups and she was in very bad health condition,” lawyer Fehmie
Gashi-Bytyqi told Reuters.
number of visitors were seen in front of the Foreign Detention Center on Monday
morning, hoping to see relatives. Children, some small girls wearing hijabs,
were outside in the sunny weather playing soccer with police officers.
were constantly entering and leaving the buildings to carry out medical checks
on the returnees.
Bajraktari, who was among the many female lawyers present, said: “My client is
accused of being part of terrorist groups and she is also the wife of another
person who was returned to Kosovo on Saturday where he was arrested.”
the collapse of Daesh’s self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq, countries
around the world are wrestling with how to handle militants and their families
seeking to return.
population of Kosovo is nominally 90 percent Muslim, but largely secular in
outlook. More than 300 of its citizens had traveled to Syria since 2012 and 70
men who fought alongside militant groups were killed.
said 30 Kosovan fighters, 49 women and eight children remain in the conflict
zones. The government said it plans to bring back those who are still there.
and local security agencies have previously warned of the risk posed by returning
fighters. In 2015, Kosovo adopted a law making fighting in foreign conflicts
punishable by up to 15 years in jail.
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