Muslims and Rights Activists Call for Women’s Rights, Freedom for Nathalie Morin, at Saudi Arabia Embassy

Responsible for Equality And Liberty (R.E.A.L.)
http://www.realcourage.org/2010/06/womens-rights-ksa/

On June 26, 2010, at the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Washington DC, Muslim women, Muslim men, and other supporters of human rights called for women’s rights in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).  Specifically, the Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV). led by DC chapter activist Fatima Thompson, sought to protest the male guardianship program, and the conditions of gender apartheid for women in Saudi Arabia, while Saudi King Abdulaziz was attending the G20 summit in Canada.  The Washington Times also reported on the plans for the protest in their June 25 article, “Women’s rights supporters to protest outside Saudi mission.”

Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV) DC chapter activist Fatima Thompson Leads Saudi Arabia Protest in Washington DC – June 26, 2010

A Canadian woman, Nathalie Morin, has been held against her will in Saudi Arabia, by her common-law husband since 2005.   Nathalie Morin has been a victim of conjugal violence, confinement and abuse, and activist had photographs of the abuse of Nathalie Morin and her children.   The Canadian National Post reported on the plight of Nathalie Morin and the efforts of Canadian political leaders in seeking to help her in a report: “Help sought for Canadian family in Saudi Arabia.”  According to the National Post, Nathalie Morin’s common-law husband Samir Said Ramthi Al Bishi, “met with Canadian officials in Saudi Arabia on Sept. 22, at which time he demanded $300,000 in exchange for the release of Ms. Morin and the children.”

Nathalie Morin, shown here with her eldest son, Samir (now nearly seven years old), says she has been trying to return to Canada for 2½ years. (Family photo)

At the June 26, 2010 protest,  Muslim women and men, as well as other human rights activists,  condemned the mistreatment of Nathalie Morin demanding that she and her children, and other similarly detained were allowed to return to their home countries for safety. The MPV protest statement sought to “declare to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the U.S. Government that Americans are demanding Nathalie Morin and her children, as well as any foreign nationals held captive, be returned to their countries immediately, that they respect the human rights of women and children and ensure the safety of Nathalie Morin and the safety of her children.”

June 26, 2010: Protest at Saudi Arabian Embassy Calls for Release of Nathalie Morin and Respect for Women’s Rights

The leader of the protest, Fatima Thompson spoke to television media on the subject, and a Saudi woman gave an interview on the story in Arabic.  When additional reports are available, this blog posting will be updated.

Protesters marched around the Saudi Arabian Embassy and chanted “Free Nathalie Morin,” “No Guardian for Mature Women,” “End Gender Apartheid,” and “Saudi Arabia Keep Your Promises.”

Protesters at June 26, 2010 Call for Women’s Rights Outside Saudi Arabian Embassy

Protesters Marching Outside Saudi Arabian Embassy

Protesters were showing their signs and chanting to individuals entering the Saudi embassy.  One Saudi Arabian embassy employee came out with a camera to take the photographs of the protesters.

Protesters Marching Outside Saudi Arabia Embassy

Protesters also showed their signs to drivers going past the area, near the John F. Kennedy Center.  Some drivers saw the protesters and stopped to give a “thumbs up” in support of their efforts.

Message on Guardianship Program

Several Muslim men came and joined the protest at the Saudi Arabian embassy, and marched together with Muslim women and rights activists in support of Nathalie Morin and women’s rights in Saudi Arabia.

Muslim Women and Men Protesting Together for Women’s Rights – June 26, 2010 Protest Outside Saudi Arabian Embassy

One man joined the protest whose family came from an African nation as workers and had lived in Saudi Arabia for two generations without gaining citizenship.

Protester Outside Saudi Embassy

Fatima Thompson was speaking to Muslim men on the plight of Saudi women as they passed by the protest group, seeking their support for women’s rights.

Protest Leader Fatima Thompson Speaks with Muslim Men on Women’s Issues

Some protesters also distributed a fliers with a report:
“UN: Saudi Arabia Pledges End of Men’s Control Over Women”

Protesters sought to urge the Saudi Arabian government to be responsible for its pledges for women’s rights.

The protesters also included Jeffrey Imm from the volunteer human rights group Responsible for Equality And Liberty (R.E.A.L.), whose group plans an event at the White House on women’s rights and religious freedom on Tuesday, June 29 at 12 Noon (see also Adobe Acrobat PDF flier).

The Gulf Institute also reportedly has a June 29 White House event at 10 AM – as more information is available about this 10 AM event – this blog posting will be updated.

Responsible for Equality And Liberty (R.E.A.L.)’s Jeffrey Imm at June 26, 2010 Saudi Arabia Embassy Protest for Women’s Rights



[Additional photographs at Online photo gallery of photographs of June 26 protest taken by Responsible for Equality And Liberty (R.E.A.L.)]


Saudi Arabian Embassy

Outside Saudi Arabian Embassy

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Press Release from Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV)
PROTEST – Nathalie Morin and Gender Apartheid – Saturday June 26, 2010 at 1:30pm

PROTEST
Saturday June 26th, 2010, 1:30 pm in front of the Embassy of Saudi Arabia
601 New Hampshire Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20037
To denounce the confinement of Nathalie Morin and her children, and foreign nationals, in Saudi Arabia

Canadian, Nathalie Morin who is 26 years old, along with her three small children, has been held against her will in Saudi Arabia by her common-law husband since 2005. A victim of conjugal violence, confinement and abuse, Nathalie must return to Canada with her children. But in Saudi Arabia a woman must have the authorization of her male guardian to leave the territory and her aggressor will not allow this.

Gender apartheid and the male guardianship system of Saudi Arabia is a violation of women’s human rights and international law. As long as the U.S. and Saudi governments consider Nathalie and her children’s case a private affair, they will not deploy all efforts to ensure their safety and bring them home to Canada. During this time, Nathalie’s condition continues to deteriorate as the abuse worsens.

On June 26th and 27th, representatives of the Saudi government will participate in the G-20 summit in Toronto to discuss the economy. In June 2009 Obama stated in his speech in Cairo: «But I do have an unyielding belief that all people yearn for certain things: the ability to speak your mind and have a say in how you are governed; confidence in the rule of law and the equal administration of justice; government that is transparent and doesn’t steal from the people; the freedom to live as you choose.
These are not just American ideas; they are human rights. And that is why we will support them everywhere.» We call on President Obama to defend human rights by demanding that any foreign nationals held captive in Saudi Arabia be allowed to exit the country.

This protest is to declare to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the U.S. Government that Americans are demanding Nathalie Morin and her children, as well as any foreign nationals held captive, be returned to their countries immediately, that they respect the human rights of women and children and ensure the safety of Nathalie Morin and the safety of her children.

Location: 601 New Hampshire Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20037

We will not abandon Nathalie and her children to an undeserved fate

Information: www.nathaliemorin.org E-mail: soutiennathaliemorin@gmail.com

Contact Information for MPV:

Ani Zonneveld – MPV-USA (national organization) ani@mpvusa.org 323-842-2869
Fatima Thompson – MPV-DC (local chapter) thompson.fatima@gmail.com 703-901-0720

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3 Responses

  1. Why the silence from feminists and liberals? We should stop treating islam as a legitimate religion. A peaceful “religion” doesn’t inspire mobs of men to rampage through the streets raping, mutilating and murdering women after listening to a sermon. How is it possible that the kind of men who are willing to murder their own daughters over a supposed violation of their depraved sense of “honor” be expected to peacefully coexist with infidels? How clueless are liberals? The west needs to start speaking openly and honestly about islam and aggressively resisting sharia, aggressively confronting their violence. Phyllis Chesler writes extensively about muslim violence against women and for that she is a pariah within feminist circles.

    • I often refer to Phyllis’ blogs and send my readers there.

      One of TMU’s newest advisers Madeline Brooks is an activist in this arena, I also send and refer my readers to Pam Geller, and if you check my blog you will see that I have been front and center on this issue from months. I agree that Islam is not just a Religion but a political movement and indeed one not in compliance with our Constitution and certainly in direct opposition to equality for women. I suggest you read my blog further . Thank you for commenting and please check back regularly we need your help and your comments.

      BettyJean Kling M.S, M. Ed Founder: The Majority United http://www.TheMajorityUnited.com http://www.FreeMeNow.wordpress BTR. The Majority United Radio Mon 10 pm & Wed 9:30 pm Eastern Call-in Number: ( 347 ) 838-8011 http://www.blogtalkradio.com/FreeMeNow http://www.facebook.com/reqs.php#!/group.php?gid=112870418738402 Free US Now- “A victim’s first scream is for help; a victim’s second scream is for justice.” – Coral Anika Theill TMU IMAGINE Empowering Women To Unite & Mobilize !

    • In answer to your question – the feminists and liberals must be worried about two issues and two issues only and to hell with everyone else! What else can it be?

      If it is not about Gay rights or Abortion – some apparently are not interested in the issue at all!

      As for illegal or those of color – if it is not about them – some of them are not interested at all.

      It appears that some of these folks are not women first – they are subsets first. They don’t mind being slaves as long as they are not black, Latino or Gay slaves. They haven’t figured out they have more power as women then they would as a subset of a woman.

      That seems to be why the majority is treated as if we are a minority. Instead of banding together like the 52% majority we are – the ladies of color for one, the Latino for another and the gay for another splinter off into little sub groups and not only act like minority groups but fight like cats against each other and against the rest of the women and consequently prevent womankind from achieving the parity we need to gain equality and empowerment in this country and in the world.

      The Damned fools rather fight each other than the real enemy. Go figure.

      So– if the rest of us would let the few who just don’t get it just go burn their damned bridges in their little groups — we would still, along with those with any brains at all have a majority.

      Care to join the majority with brains. Here we are!

      BettyJean Kling M.S, M. Ed Founder: The Majority United http://www.TheMajorityUnited.com http://www.FreeMeNow.wordpress BTR. The Majority United Radio Mon 10 pm & Wed 9:30 pm Eastern Call-in Number: ( 347 ) 838-8011 http://www.blogtalkradio.com/FreeMeNow http://www.facebook.com/reqs.php#!/group.php?gid=112870418738402 Free US Now- “A victim’s first scream is for help; a victim’s second scream is for justice.” – Coral Anika Theill TMU IMAGINE Empowering Women To Unite & Mobilize !

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