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Salam everyone,

It was a very busy week at IHRC as we campaigned and protested against the deportation of a number of Pakistani asylum seekers. Scroll down for press releases with more details as well as information on what you can personally do to help.

In other news, IHRC Legal is now officially regulated by the OISC and we’re accepting immigration cases! If you have a case or would just like more information, please contact legal[at]ihrc.org

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IHRC ON THE ZARIA MASSACRES

EVENT REPORT: SIDE PANEL MEETING AT THE UNITED NATIONS ON NIGERIA: On 19 September 2014, a side panel meeting entitled “Nigeria: The Zaria Massacres and the Role of the Military” was organized by IHRC in Geneva at the United Nations during the 27th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Two eyewitnesses, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and Dr. Musa Shuaibu were present on the panel discussion through Skype

NIGERIA REPORT: THE ZARIA MASSACRES AND THE ROLE OF THE MILITARY: Authors Massoud Shadjareh and Abed Choudhury report after a fact-finding mission to Zaria

ZARIA’S MILITARY INVOLVEMENT IN THE MASSACRES (via. Spy Ghana)

On 25 July 2014 Nigerian soldiers attacked the annual al-Quds Day procession in support of Palestine in Zaria, a city in Kaduna State in northern Nigeria. The following day, soldiers drove to the Husainiyyah Baqiyyatullah and opened fire on supporters of the Islamic Movement within the precinct of the main building.

PRESS RELEASES

IHRC CONDEMNS WITCHHUNT AGAINST NUS EXECUTIVE MEMBER

IHRC strongly condemns the witchhunt that is targeting an executive member of the National Union of Students after she helped defeat a motion that was seen to be supportive of western intervention in Iraq and Syria.

NEW REPORT CALLS FOR CURBING OF CITIZENSHIP STRIPPING POWERS 

A new report published by IHRC into the growing use of denaturalisation as a political weapon against dissidents calls for the practice to be banned under international law.

DEPORTATION ‘POSSIBLE DEATH SENTENCE’ FOR PAKISTANI RIGHTS CAMPAIGNER 

Liaquat Ali Hazara was set to be deported on Tuesday 21 October to Pakistan after the British government rejected his pleas for asylum. Despite persistent death threats from Taliban militants to his person and his family in Pakistan, the UK government determined it was safe for him to return to the violence-wrought country.

Click the above link for more details on what YOU can do to help!

NEW POWERS GIVE CHARITY WATCHDOG GREEN LIGHT TO TARGET MUSLIM GROUPS 

The government is seeking to furnish the Charity Commission, the regulatory body for British charities, with powers to prevent people with convictions for certain criminal offences such as terrorism or money laundering from being charity trustees and to disqualify people from being a charity trustee if the Charity Commission considers them unfit.

COUPLE DEPORTED DESPITE COURT INJUNCTION 

IHRC strongly condemns the British government’s deportation of a Pakistani couple who have been subjected to death threats despite a court injunction preventing their removal.

BRITISH GOVERNMENT AND UN URGED TO CHALLENGE SAUDI DEATH SENTENCE 

Sheikh Nimr Al-Nimr is a leading Shia scholar who was arrested for his outspoken criticism of the Saudi monarchy and his calls for equality and reform on trumped up charges of apostasy and terrorism. He has been severely tortured in detention.

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From the minds of artists Melanie Cervantes and Jesus Barraza. Laying down the principles of Zapatismo and Xicanisma in their artwork, these artists bring us revolution inked, painted and on paper. CLICK HERE TO BUY PRINTS! 

Discover the Best in You! Life Coaching for Muslims: Sayeda Habeeb introduces life coaching and provides exercises, explanations and case studies to help you develop a sense of hope in your life. Helpful advice given on how to create a life vision for yourself, learn about goal setting and address key area skills like self-care, organizing your time and your finances, communication, finding a better life balance, enhancing self-esteem and living a more empowered life. With examples from the Qur’an, the Hadith and the Prophet’s life, this easy-to-use guide shows the importance of life coaching and self-development in a Muslim’s life.

Assata: An Autobiography: This book presents the life story of African American revolutionary, Assata Shakur. She recounts the experiences that led her to a life of activism and portrays the strengths, weaknesses, and eventual demise of Black and White revolutionary groups at the hand of government officials.

Check out the online shop for what else is currently in stock and get regular updates on twitter by following @ihrcbookshop

NEW REPORT

STRIPPING OF NATIONALITY AS A WEAPON OF POLITICAL SUPPRESSION: THE CASES OF BAHRAIN, UNITED KINGDOM, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES AND KUWAIT 

This report aims to reflect on the legal phenomenon of denationalisation as a political weapon against targeted groups of people who are excluded from the entire state system, on the grounds of their political, cultural or religious affiliation

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UPCOMING EVENTS

RECALLING THE CALIPHATE: DECOLONIZATION AND WORLD ORDER  

WHAT: Join us for our latest Author Evening where Salman Sayyid will be in conversation to discuss his newly published book ‘Recalling the Caliphate’ – which engages critically with the interaction between Islam and the global post-colonial world of politics.

WHEN: Saturday 1 November from 5.30pm

WHERE: IHRC Gallery & Bookshop, 202 Preston Road, Wembley, HA9 8PA

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS WORKSHOP – TERROR STOPS ON TRAVELLERS

WHAT: If you want to know the rights that you do have so that you are prepared for travelling to and from Great Britain attend this workshop! For those that have been to other workshops, we will also cover the rights that you will have when changes to the legislation come into force in the coming months.

WHEN: Saturday 8 November from 4pm

WHERE: IHRC Gallery & Bookshop, 202 Preston Road, Wembley, HA9 8PA

Check out all the upcoming dates for our Autumn/Winter 2014 Know Your Rights Workshop Series. CLICK HERE!  

INSTITUTIONAL ISLAMOPHOBIA 

WHAT: A conference to examine state racism and social engineering of the Muslim community

WHEN: Saturday 13 December from 2 – 6.30pm

WHERE: Rooms MAL 414 and 415, Birkbeck University of London

RSVP by emailing ashiya[at]ihrc.org

Would you like to book a place on the ‘Critical Muslim Studies’ course being held in Granada by The Center for the Study of Intercultural Dialogues? All the information you need is HERE.