What’s new at www.ihrc.org?

What’s new at www.ihrc.org?

Islamic Human Rights Commission

23 December 2003

What’s new at www.ihrc.org?

This month’s highlights from the website.

(i) Campaigns & Alerts
(ii) Events
(iii) Briefings
(iv) Miscellaneous

(i) Campaigns & Alerts

Hijab Ban in France and other countries
This month has been dominated by the Hijab ban in France. IHRC has launched an on-going campaign to tackle this attack on Muslims. Please visit our Campaigns page regularly to see updates on the campaign.

Currently you can download or copy and paste model letters to the French President, French Interior Minister, the French Ambassador in your country, your Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the British Foreign Secretary (for UK Campaigners).

French versions of some of the letters are also available.

IHRC is also monitoring the situation in other countries and will be producing campaign material accordingly.
Please visit:


for regular updates.

Europe-wide Hijab Project
IHRC’s project monitoring the discrimination faced by Muslim women across Europe is continuing. The questionnaire is now available to download in Word format and can be filled in and emailed back to us on hijab@ihrc.org. The questionnaire is currently available in




and will shortly be available in Dutch, Italian, Spanish and Russian in similar formats. Again please visit:

to keep updated on this project.

Pakistan Detention Case
A campaign letter for detained Pakistani politician Allama Naqvi can be downloaded from:

For more information on the case, please visit:

Demand the Release of Urslaan Khaan
IHRC has joined other groups in campaigning for the release of British student Urslaan Khan, held by American special forces in Iraq. Please visit:
for more information.

Stop Israeli Terror Camps
Urge British Home Secretary David Blunkett to clarify his stance on citizens going overseas for offensive training. The ‘Operation Shiloh’ course provides training to US citizens in amongst other things hand-to-hand combat and firearms training, and involves personnel from the Israeli Defence Forces. Go to:

for more details and campaign resources.

Media monitoring and response.
Ongoing IHRC media monitoring campaigns include responding to the BBC programme ‘Terror Tourists’ and the BBC News Online’s poll on the hijab ban. Visit:

for more details

(ii) Events

Forthcoming events include:
Islamophobia & Religious Profiling
3 January 2004
Organised by the Batley Muslim Association. A variety of speakers including IHRC’s Massoud Shadjareh will be speaking at this event. More information and a flyer can be found at:

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.

Look out for forthcoming events including IHRC Co-ordinator and other training days, as well as events associated with the hijab ban.

(iii) Briefings

Briefing: Proposed French Ban on Religious Signs in School violates Freedom of Religion, and Rights to Education and Work.
16 December 2003
One recurring difficulty for Muslim women in France is the ban on the Islamically prescribed headscarf from public institutions.

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.

(iv) Miscellaneous

This months press releases include comments on the proposed trial of Saddam Hussein, the misuse of anti-terrorism laws in the UK as well as police abuses of it, and the continued demonisation of Muslims. IHRC’s press releases can be found at:

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Holy Qur’an: Chapter 4, Verse 75

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