Many in India have grown impatient over whether the US will allow Indian officials to interrogate Mumbai terrorist suspect David Headley. According to the Times of India, “US ambassador Timothy Roemer… promised India’s direct access to.. Headley… in the weeks ahead.” The full article is here. Of course, this doesn’t mean that Headley will talk. If he does, he could potentially provide incriminating evidence, thus hindering his US defense.
Yesterday I highlighted a story about two Chinese lawyers whose licenses were revoked after representing a client the Chinese government deemed part of an “evil cult.” Human rights stories often dominate the news, and another newsworthy story concerns Bita Ghaedi. Ghaedi fled from Iran to the UK to escape a forced marriage and in fear that her family would discover that she had a hidden lover. Both are offenses under Iran’s sharia law, and Ghaedi fears death either by the government or her family (an honor killing). The UK temporarily suspended Ghaedi’s deportation while she files a renewed application for judicial review. More at the Guardian.
Ghaedi’s case showcases the ongoing challenges Western countries face as foreign nationals flee oppressive laws/regimes and seek protection in more liberal societies. Frequently, petitioners are granted protection from sharia law. Hopefully democracies will increasingly protest harsh treatment of women, minorities, and others under sharia law.