EID MUBARAK; Urgent Alert, Pakistan detainee; What’s New @ www.ihrc.org


Islamic Human Rights Commission


26th November 2003

EID MUBARAK; Urgent Alert, Pakistan detainee; What’s New @ www.ihrc.org

2. Urgent Alert: Protest Against Detention of Pakistani Politician
3. What’s new at www.ihrc.org


IHRC would like to wish all who receive this a happy Eid ul-Fitr. May Allah s.w.t. accept all your fasts and prayers in this month and extend the blessings of this month throughout the year.

2. Urgent Alert: Protest Against Detention of Pakistani Politician

(This alert was originally posted on-line on 22nd November)
IHRC remains deeply concerned that the leader of the Tehreek-i-Islami Pakistan (ITP), Allama Sajjad Naqvi is still being held in detention by Pakistani authorities after being arrested almost a week ago for allegedly being involved in the murder of one of the leaders of the violent SSP party.

The Tehreek-i-Islami was also banned, despite being part of the a component party in the country\’s Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal religious alliance. IHRC has received reports that Naqvi is being denied access to bathing facilities and is even being denied the facility to perform wudu.

The arrest and banning and are widely considered to be politically motivated and undertaken at the behest of the US administration, which urged for the banning of ITP and two other groups three days before all three groups were banned and Naqvi arrested. The following prominent figures have condemned the arrest of Naqvi:

* The president of Muhtada Majlise Amal – Alama Shah Ahmed Nurani (Senator
of Pakistan Senate and Opposition leader)
* The president of Jamatey Islami Pakistan – Kazi Hussain Ahmed (Member of
the National assembly of Pakistan)
* The president of PPP – Mahkdun Amin Fahim (member of the National assembly
of Pakistan and parliament leader of the Pakistan People party)
* The president of Jameeyat Ulmey Islam – Mulana Fasal Ur Rehman (Member of
National Assembly)
* The president of Jameeyat Al Hadis – Professor Sajid1 Mir (Senator of
Pakistan senate)
* The president of Jameeyat Ulma Islam – Sameeul Huq (Member of National
assembly of Pakistan)
* Deputy Parliament Leader – Kazi Hussain Ahmed (Member of National assembly
of Pakistan)

IHRC urges campaigners to write to their ministry of foreign affairs demanding that they intervene in this matter to secure the arrest of Naqvi and all those detained unjustly by General Musharraf’s regime.

UK campaigners can write to the Minister of State Mike O’Brien at the FCO.

Mike O’Brien MP
Minister of State
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
King Charles Street

Fax: +44 20 7839 2417 ::
Email private.office@fco.gov.uk

3. What’s new at www.ihrc.org

IHRC continually update sits site with alerts, press releases, briefings, reports, campaign material and archived material.

A taster of this month’s updates include:

Know Your Rights: Part II
Leaflet outlining, what to do if you are stopped by security services whilst travelling and your rights under new immigration and nationality laws in the UK.

The Religion of Human Rights
Saeed Bahmanpour sets out the dilemma faced by most people who are faithful to God and at the same time want to make sure that the basic rights of human individuals are safeguarded.

Survey: Perceptions of non-Americans about America and its policies before and after 9/11: Ideas of Peace and Conflict.
Please assist in this research project by taking ten minutes to answer 11 short questions (anonymously if you so wish).

Innovative Minds and the Islamic Human Rights Commission have launched a \”Boycott For Justice\” campaign.

Please note that the ‘Hijab Project’ questionnaire is now available to download from the internet as a PDF document. It can be posted to IHRC at the addresses below. If you would like a WORD copy emailed to you please email hijab@ihrc.org. The questionnaire can be downloaded from:

Please also see the press releases and alerts on the release of Mauritian prisoner of faith Cehl Meeah this month, as well as the possible release of Sheikh Obaid and Mustafa Dirani. Also see the media monitoring and response alerts and other issues.

For more information please contact us:

Islamic Human Rights Commission
PO Box 598
United Kingdom

Tel: +44-20-8902-0888
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