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What’s new at www.ihrc.org.uk?

Islamic Human Rights Commission

In this edition we have a series of alerts outlining the human rights situations in Palestine, Pakistan, China, Yemen, Sudan, Bahrain, Nigeria, Sudan, UK, and the US. We also have an announcement alert declaring the presence of IHRC on the Twitter. IHRC Chair Massoud Shadjareh, in a reaction to the newly released terror arrest conviction rate, states: “A mere 13% success rate … is an indication of heavy-handed policing, which has become instrumental to the alienation and criminalisation of the Muslim community….” You can read this and more in the press release section. The release of ‘Aftermath’ and ‘Towards a New Liberation Theology’, both newly published reports by the IHRC research department, is highlighted in the reports section. You would also find a briefing by our campaigns department on some of CST’s recent publications. The events section features ‘Old & New Forms of Racism – The Case of Islamophobia’ a parallel event to the Durban Review Conference, organised by IHRC in Geneva, Switzerland. Egypt’s continued denial of entry to medics and humanitarian workers is the theme of the leading story in the articles section. Plus, ‘Israel admits Tube advert map ‘mistake” is amongst many other items in the articles section.

Press Releases



Alert: Gaza/Egypt – Medics and aid workers remain on hunger strikes, Assed Baig blogs from Rafah border crossing
21 May 2009
Medics and aid workers remain on hunger strike at the Rafah border crossing after continuing to be denied entry, while Assed Baig blogs from location.

Alert: UK – Concerns regarding demonisation of Islam and Muslims by Community Security Trust publications – Briefing now online
19 May 2009
IHRC’s latest briefing looks at the Islamophobic nature of Community Security Trust publications and expresses concern regarding the demonization of Islam and Muslims in these publications.

URGENT ALERT: Pakistan – Demand an end to Pakistani military action that has caused the country its largest humanitarian crisis
14 May 2009
IHRC is gravely concerned about the escalating humanitarian crisis unfolding in northern Pakistan.

Alert: UK/Palestine – AFTERMATH: Gaza in the days after The 22 Day War; a new IHRC report by Musthak Ahmed and Fahad Ansari
12 May 2009
AFTERMATH is a diary account of two lawyers who visited Gaza to collect testimony from victims of the war.

Alert: China – Villagers protest against destruction of ancient Muslim cemetery on Hainan Island
01 May 2009
Villagers of southeast China’s Hainan Island are protesting local military plans to build a training base which requires the demolition of a 700 year old Muslim cemetery situated on the land.

Alert: Global – IHRC can now be followed on Twitter
01 May 2009
You can now follow IHRC on Twitter via ‘ihrc’ (IHRC) and ‘ihrccampaigns’ (IHRC Campaigns).

URGENT ALERT: Yemen – Yemeni political prisoner Ibrahim Ali Al-Nashery dies in police custody, authorities offer no explanation
29 April 2009
Write to the minister of foreign affairs in your country expressing concern over the death of Mr Al-Nashery, and urging him/her to raise this issue with his/her Yemeni counterparts.

URGENT ALERT: Bahrain – Bahraini authorities prevent Dr Abdul Jalil Al Singace from travelling outside the country
29 April 2009
Write to the Bahraini Ambassador in your country, urging him/her to request to the Bahraini authorities to grant Dr Al-Singace his Pardon and to see that he is allowed to travel outside the country.

URGENT ALERT: Sudan – Sudanese authorities prevent Dr Hasan Al-Turabi, Secretary-General of Popular Congress party from travelling to Paris for medical treatment
22 April 2009
Despite having obtained both a visa and permission to travel from the interior ministry, Dr Hasan Al-Turabi, Secretary-General of Popular Congress Party (PCP), was prevented by Sudanese security forces from travelling to Paris to seek much needed medical.

Update Alert: Nigeria – State-sponsored Sokoto atrocities appearing to repeat in Zaria
06 April 2009
January saw Zaria rocked with violence after a sectarian provocation. The events greatly echo the sectarian provocation and violence which previously occurred in Sokoto.

Press Releases

PRESS RELEASE: UK – IHRC Chair Massoud Shadjareh commenting on newly released terror arrest conviction rate
13 May 2009
A 13% success rate is an indication of heavy-handed policing instrumental to the alienation and criminalisation of the Muslim community.

PRESS RELEASE: UK – IHRC expresses concern over time limit on innocent people’s DNA data
07 May 2009
IHRC is deeply concerned at police plans to keep the DNA data of people cleared of offences and those never charged.

PRESS RELEASE: UK – Arson attack on Islamic Centre in Luton
06 May 2009
Islamic Human Rights Commission calls upon the authorities to make increased efforts to eliminate Islamophobic elements from British society.

PRESS RELEASE: UK – IHRC welcomes not guilty verdict for three 7/7 suspects
28 April 2009
The Islamic Human Rights Commission welcomes today’s not guilty verdict of the three accused of conspiring with the bombers carrying out the London 7/7 atrocities.

PRESS RELEASE: USA – The alarming case of Seyed Mahmood Mousavi
24 April 2009
Mousavi has been effectively branded by the government and prison system as a terrorist, in spite of him never being formally charged with or convicted of any terrorism-related offences.

PRESS RELEASE: UK/Palestine – New IHRC publication ‘Towards a New Liberation Theology: Reflections on Palestine’ now available
02 April 2009
IHRC’s latest publication articulates the religious challenge to oppression and injustice in the context of the Palestinian struggle for justice.

PRESS RELEASE: UK – Letter to Gordon Brown over government pressure on MCB to axe Daud Abdullah
30 March 2009
IHRC wrote to Gordon Brown expressing “grave concern and disappointment” over Hazel Blears’ letter and ultimatum to the MCB calling for the resignation of Daud Abdullah.

PRESS RELEASE: UK – Government’s social engineering project doomed to fail
24 March 2009
IHRC condemns the latest government anti-terror proposals, entitled Contest 2, as a dangerous experiment in social engineering.


07 May 2009
by Musthak Ahmed and Fahad Ansari. A diary account of two lawyers who visited Gaza to collect testimony from victims of the war.

Towards a New Liberation Theology: Reflections on Palestine
12 March 2009
Published 25 March 2009.


BRIEFING: Concerns regarding demonisation of Islam and Muslims by Community Security Trust publications
19 May 2009
A review of some CST publications.


24 April 2009
Parallel Event, Durban Review Conference, Geneva, Switzerland.


Medical aid convoy stranded on Gaza border
25 May 2009
A convoy bringing medical aid to Gaza is stranded at the border with Egypt, after most of the activists and volunteers with it were denied entry.

Generals Find Suicide a Frustrating Enemy
23 May 2009
As Numbers Continue to Climb, Top Officers Meet Monthly to Look for Answers.

Israel admits Tube advert map ‘mistake’
22 May 2009
Israel’s tourist ministry has admitted to a “mistake” over adverts on the London Underground after complaints that they “wipe Palestine off the map”.

Guantánamo: A Real Uyghur Slams Newt Gingrich’s Racist Stupidity
21 May 2009
In recent weeks, there has been an unsavory race to see which Republican can come up with the most scare-mongering drivel about the remaining 240 prisoners in Guantánamo.

Dutch Islamophobe fails to escape trial
21 May 2009
The Dutch Supreme Court has rejected a request by far-right lawmaker Geert Wilders to cancel his pending trial for the spread of Islamophobia.

UN Gaza inquiry ‘to proceed despite Israel’
20 May 2009
A UN inquiry into possible war crimes in Gaza will go ahead even if Israel does not co-operate, says Richard Goldstone, who leads the inquiry team.

Uyghur Farmers to be robbed of land given to Han Chinese immigrants
13 May 2009
Uyghur Farmers yet again subjected to cruel treatment by the Chinese central government.

Racist escapes terror charge after threat to behead and bomb Muslims
15 April 2009
THE Crown Office has been accused of double standards by Scotland’s biggest Islamic group for not bringing terrorism charges against a man who threatened to blow up a mosque and behead Muslims.

Demolition Plan for Kashgar
02 April 2009
Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have plans to redevelop traditional Uyghur homes in an historic Silk Road city.

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