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Asma Jahangir: Alternative Nobel prize an ‘honor for Pakistani activists’

Dw.De: Pakistani activist Asma Jahangir is one of the five winners of this year’s “alternative Nobel prize.” Jahangir talks to DW about the threats she faces for defending and promoting…

ICC to probe Central African Republic’s ‘endless war crimes’

The International Criminal Court has opened a formal probe into war crimes in the Central African Republic (CAR). ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said there had been “endless” instances of rape,…

Gambia’s President Jammeh asked to reject anti-gay law

Leading rights groups have called on Gambian President Yahya Jammeh not to approve tough new anti-gay legislation. Homosexual acts are already illegal in The Gambia, but MPs passed a bill…

Africa Union troops ‘raped’ girls in Mogadishu, Somalia

African Union (AU) troops raped women and girls seeking medical aid or water from their bases in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, a rights group says. The troops had “misused” their power…

UN human rights chief to accuse Australia on asylum seeker policy

theguardian: by Oliver Milman — In maiden speech, new high commissioner will point to a ‘chain of human rights violations’ in detention of asylum seekers    Asylum seekers at the…

Angelina Jolie Makes Powerful Plea For Syrian Refugees

Epigraph: And what is the matter with you that you fight not in the cause of Allah and of the weak — men, women and children — who say, ‘Our…

Human rights and moral wrongs

GMA Blogs: Why does the term ‘human rights’, like ‘democracy’ and ‘justice’, elicit passionate devotion from some people, but cold scepticism from others? In truth, unless we can explain what…

Pakistan aids persecution of Ahmadi Muslims by extremists

For most Muslims, Eid marks the happy end to a month of fasting and spiritual development. It is a day filled with prayers, warm embraces and the smiling faces of…

The pattern of widespread and systematic human rights violations in Rakhine State may constitute crimes against humanity

UNCHR:  GENEVA (30 May 2014) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Tomás Ojea Quintana, today calls on the Government and people of Myanmar…

Pakistan: Revoke Suspension of Rights in Islamabad

HRW: (New York) – Pakistan’s government should rescind the suspension of fundamental rights and the grant of military authority for law enforcement in Islamabad, Human Rights Watch said today. Powers given…

Obama authorises air strikes on Iraq

US President Barack Obama says he has authorised air strikes against Islamic militants in northern Iraq but will not send US troops back to the country. He said Islamic State…

CONFERENCE CALL WITH NCIC-RESHMA INAMDAR

This is a quick report: Dear Sister Reshma: Assalamo Allaikum Wa Rahmatullah! May Allah bless you for hosting the conference call on a very, very important issue. I am glad…

Why are so many people obsessed with Muslim women’s wardrobes?

It’s dangerous to target a minority of women for the way they dress, argues Shaista Aziz If someone asked you to list the most sinister developments of our time, I…

Human Rights Council establishes Independent, International Commission of Inquiry for the Occupied Palestinian Territory

UNCHR: 23 July 2014 The Human Rights Council this afternoon concluded its Special Session on the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, after adopting a…

Man tore off woman’s hijab in Long Beach hate crime; suspect sought

he Long Beach Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying the man who committed a hate crime against a Muslim woman in the Bixby Knolls area. Authorities said…

Israel maybe guilty of war crimes – UN Human Rights Chief

Russia Today: Israel maybe committing war crimes in Gaza, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights says. Speaking in Geneva, Navi Pillay said house demolitions and the killing of children…

Muslim groups slam new call for UK burka ban

Muslim groups across the UK have hit out against a campaign to ban burkas, saying the “dangerous” move would fuel Islamophobia at a time of increasing racial tensions in Britain.…

KYRGYZSTAN: Ahmadis “must not worship together. Otherwise they will be punished”

Forum 18 News Service: by Mushfiq Bayram —  On 10 July Kyrgyzstan’s Supreme Court rejected an appeal against two lower courts’ support of the State Commission for Religious Affairs’ (SCRA)…

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