What’s New at www.ihrc.org.uk?

What’s New at www.ihrc.org.uk?

Islamic Human Rights Commission

21 May 2008

What\’s New at www.ihrc.org.uk?

In this \’What\’s New\’ a series of Alerts outlining recent human rights issues in Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Iraq, Slovakia. We also have an alert update on Al-Jazeerah cameraman in Guantanamo Bay and the new TV program by IHRC. The Events section contains information regarding the thought provoking and outstanding IHRC International Palestine conference to mark 60 th anniversary of the Nakba from the perspective of human rights. There is a press release regarding a joint letter that was signed by number of different Muslim organization to urge Arab League to act on behalf of the Darfurian people.

Press Releases


Alert: Bahrain – Youths referred to court after being subjected to torture
08 May 2008
Ten youths from village of Saar arrested and tortured following peacfeul demonstration.

Alert Update: Al-Jazeerah camerman Sami Al Haj released from Guantanamo Bay
01 May 2008
Prisoner of Faith Sami Al Haj was released today and returns to his home in Sudan. https://www.ihrc.org.uk/show.php?id=3344

Alert: Kuwait – Arrest, forced-psychiatric detention of Kuwaiti academic following protest preparations
24 April 2008
Academic Dr Omran Mohammad Al Qarashi was arrested by Kuwaiti security forces following a peaceful demonstration.

Alert Update: Iraq – US Military Release AP Photographer Bilal Hussein
16 April 2008
After a detention of two years, Bilal Hussein is absolved of all the charges against him and released on 16 April 2008.

Urgent Alert: Khairat Al-Shater Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison
15 April 2008
Several of the detained Muslim Brotherhood leaders have been given prison terms in the final verdict of the military trial.

Alert: New TV programme produced by IHRC looking at current human rights issues @ www.ihrc.org.uk/qoj
07 April 2008
New TV programme produced by IHRC, Question of Justice, looking at current human rights issues. This week: Islamophobia in Literature.

Alert: Activities of IHRC at the 7th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (Geneva)
03 April 2008
Parallel events, Statements, Interview.

Urgent Alert: Bahrain – Human Rights Activists Collapse After Hunger Strike
02 April 2008
Two human rights activists, detained in December 2007 demonstrations in Bahrain, collapsed on 26th of March 2008, after three days of hunger strike.

Alert Update: Slovakia – Court Decides to Suspend Extradition of Mustapha Labsi to Algeria
18 March 2008
Slovakia’s Constitutional Court decided to suspend extradition of Mustapha Labsi to Algeria on 13 March 2008.

Press Releases

Muslim groups: \’Arab League must act on Darfur\’
28 March 2008
The Arab League must do more to address the killings in Darfur according to an appeal issued today (Friday) by an unprecedented coalition of Muslim groups.

Press Release: UK – IHRC welcomes courts findings that the anti-terror asset freezing orders are legally flawed
23 April 2008
IHRC welcomes the courts findings that the anti-terror asset freezing orders are legally flawed as a means of reassessing the whole process.


Human Rights and Israel at 60
4 May 2008
2008 sees the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the creation of Israel. This conference discusses the conflicting paths of these projects.

National Demonstration for Palestine
10 May 2008


Rights groups: Police acted brutally during Nakba day protest
20th May 2008
Activists and Arab rights organizations accused the police of brutality against protesters during a procession marking Nakba Day 10 days ago, in a pilgrimage to the abandoned village of Saphoria in Tzipori.

Palestinian Nakba commemorations in Beit Sahour, Palestine.
18 May 2008
Palestinian organizations hold activities to commemorate the Nakba.

Huge Rallies, Black Flags Mark Nakba
16 May 2008
Thousands of Palestinians marked the official 60th anniversary of Nakba.

Introducing the grassroots perspective…’
06 May 2008
An article on the institution of MINAB and the issues of extremism and social cohesion.

Growing opposition to terror law
13 April 2008
An imperative legal change to confront the growing threat of terrorism, or an unnecessary attack on the fundamental principles of the law?

UK: Islamist air terror plot -The story so far
07 April 2008
Transatlantic flight plans were thrown into chaos as Britain and America raised their security threat levels to their highest.

Across Europe, a New Culture Clash
07 April 2008
A gulf widens between Muslims and those of other faiths.

Wanted: faith in the future
01 April 2008
More than a third of British Muslims have no qualifications. Is the entire school system failing large numbers of students and what can be done? Riazat Butt investigates.

Dutch Businesses to Sue Wilders
29 March 2008
THE HAGUE — Fearing a Muslim boycott, major Dutch businesses are threatening to sue far-right lawmaker Geert Wilders over his documentary portraying the Noble Qur\’an as inciting violence.

Saudis to retrain 40,000 clerics
28 March 2008
Saudi Arabia is to retrain its 40,000 prayer leaders – also known as imams – in an effort to counter militant Islam.

Some Discussions about Qur’an, Violence and Fitnah
28 March 2008
Due to the accusations by certain politicians and circles that portray Islam as a religion promoting violence and terror, this subject became a hotly debated issue both in the Netherlands and across the world.

How to counter Islamophobia
28 March 2008
THE recently concluded OIC meeting focused mainly on what it perceives to be the rising Islamophobia in the world.

Hypocrisy over free speech issues
26 March 2008
Linda Heard explores the notion of free speech in the west and demonstrates, the hypocritical approach by western democracies to this concept.

Danish Islamophobia Kills Muslim Teen
24 March 2008
The Islamophobic atomsphere of Denmark fuelled by the reprinting of a cartoon satirical of the Prophet Muhammad results in the killing of a Muslim teenager.

Mercaz HaRav – a training centre for illegal occupation, murder and \”Arabs to the Gas chambers\”
21 March 2008
A Palestinian killed eight Israeli students in a settler movement trianing centre.

Extent of secret links between government and IRA revealed
18 March 2008
The full extent of a secret 20-year \”back channel\” between the British government and the IRA is revealed today by Tony Blair\’s former chief of staff.

Israel\’s Shin Bet launches blog
17 March 2008
The Israeli secret service has launched a new venture: it has started to carry an internet diary, or blog, written by four of its agents.

Yemeni describes CIA secret jails
14 March 2008
A Yemeni man has described being held for nearly three years in secret CIA prisons, or \”black sites\”, around the world and accused the US of torture.

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