What’s new at www.ihrc.org?

Islamic Human Rights Commission

16th January 2004

What’s new at www.ihrc.org?

1. Events
2. Campaigns
3. Articles
4. Reports
5. Archive

1. Events

UK Event: Vigil against mosque closure and Islamophobia by police.
23 January 2004
Protest the continued closure by police of the North London Central Mosque and police brutality against Muslims in the UK. For more information and a flyer go to:

IHRC UK Event: Seminar ‘Negative Globalization, Human Rights and New Perceptions of the American in the World\’
26 January 2004
Professor Scott Lucas of the University of Birmingham and Dr. Saied Reza Ameli of the University of Tehran address this crucial issue. For more information and to download a flyer go to:

IHRC UK Event: Know Your Rights – Training Evening
31 January 2004
Come and learn your rights and give us your views. Speakers include: Massoud Shadjareh, Mudassar Arani, Raza Kazim and Imam Iqbal Awan. For more information and to download a flyer go to:

2. Campaigns

CAMPAIGN: Stop the indefinite detention of foreign nationals in the UK
29 December 2003
IHRC has designed a model letter for campaigners to send to their local MP asking them to bring the issue up in Parliament and to demand that the government scrap the powers to detain foreign nationals. Go to:

Urgent Alert: Demand Al-Jazeera.net reinstate Shaista Aziz
05 January 2004
IHRC is deeply concerned at the sacking of a second UK journalist in two months by Al-Jazeera’s English news website in Doha, Qatar.

Hijab Project Questionnaire
This questionnaire is now also available to download in Word and email back to IHRC in Italian, Dutch and Spanish. Please forward this email to those who are interested.




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Please help the hijab project work towards sustained change and the elimination of discrimination against Muslim women.

Campaign Flyer: Protest Flyer for French HIjab Ban
11 January 2004
The following leaflet was handed out at the IHRC / IIWO vigil outside the French Embassy on 11th January 2004. If you are reusing this leaflet please cite the source.

Prisoners of Faith Campaign: Intisar Saatcioglu, Turkey
13 January 2004
New campaign pack for Hijab ban activist in Turkey. To download this pack in PDF format go to:

Prisoner of Faith Campaign Update: New date for Nureddin Sirin Amnesty hearing
16 January 2004
IHRC is calling on all campaigners to intensify their efforts for the release of Nureddin Sirin, Turkish prisoner of faith. A new date has been set for an amnesty hearing for 13th February 2004.

3. Articles and Press Releases

Islamophobia should be as unacceptable as racism
12 January 2004
Prosecuting Kilroy-Silk would set a much-needed marker for social relations argues Faisal Bodi in The Guardian.

IHRC press releases on the Kilroy-Silk affair:

PRESS RELEASE: Rights group writes to Attorney General regarding Kilroy-Silk

PRESS RELEASE: Cautious welcome for BBC action over Kilroy

Press Release: Outrage at Blair’s Anti-Muslim comments

Press Release: France – New Secular Taliban State in Europe
31 December 2003
IHRC condemns French Muslim wedding ban

4. Reports and Briefings

IHRC and IIWO\’s letter to Jacques Chirac regarding the hijab ban in France
11 January 2004
On 11th January 2004, IHRC and IIWO submitted a letter to the French President regarding the actions of the French government and the persecution of Muslim women in France.

Briefing: Upholding the Right to a Fair Trial? Trying Saddam Hussein
05 January 2004
An overview of the proposed \’Iraqi Special Tribunal for Crimes Against Humanity\’ and its implications for the furtherance of human rights law.

Briefing: Landmark Religious Vilification Case in Australia
22 December 2003
In the first case of its kind, the Islamic Council of Victoria is suing the Catch the Fire Ministries for religious vilification in Australia.

5. Archive

A World Where Womanhood Reigns Supreme
18 July 1997
Impressions of women in Islam, by Mary Walker who was Production Co-ordinator on the BBC2 series ‘Living Islam’

My Lobby Ran Off With Kilroy – Or Why Muslims Shouldn’t Emulate Zionist Politics
01 December 2001
‘If someone had the inclination to inscribe the events of the last few weeks it would make good theatre. The burning Muslim desire to appear on Kilroy, the BBC’s flagship morning chat show, provides enough material for any aspiring comedy playwright.’

How a free press censors itself
12 November 2001
Ignored, threatened with the sack, attacked in print, American journalists who dissent from the war effort risk becoming hated outcasts, reports Scott Lucas

01 June 1999
Can Turkey justify its horrendous catalogue of human rights’ abuses in the name of modernity? By Arzu Merali.

Turkey: Chronology of Hijab Ban and Protests December 1997 – January 1999
01 June 1999
A detailed overview of incidents by Shelina Janmohamed.

Passports and hijabs
01 October 2000
British Muslims Monthly Survey published by the Centre for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Department of Theology, University of Birmingham, UK reports on IHRC\’s campaign.

Transcript of the CNN interview with IHRC advisor Merve Kavakci and one of IHRC’s founders, Arzu Merali regarding the hijab ban in schools in Singapore and Turkey
05 February 2002

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