Islam and Human Rights
Some people, even among the clergy, have risen to her defence. “They met
in prison, of course they can be friends,” said Fazel Meybodi, a reformist
cleric from the Shiite holy city of Qum. Noting that not all Islamic scholars
agree that the Bahais are spiritually impure, he added: “These are just two
humans meeting. What is the problem?”...
Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi, who was one of the lawyers for the
seven, stated that there was no evidence to sustain any of the charges against
them. Nonetheless, each of them was sentenced to twenty years in prison – the
longest sentences of any prisoner of conscience in Iran today...
He pointed to ... Iran’s majority-Shiite regime,
where Sunnis, Christians and Baha’is have been persecuted, imprisoned and even
sentenced to death on dubious unrelated charges. And in Pakistan more people
are on death row or serving life sentences for blasphemy charges than in any
other nation in the world....
With the inmate kneeling at his feet, head facing the floor, the soldier
grabbed a sharp weapon and started hacking at the base of his skull, severing
the spinal cord from the head. Then he ordered another patient to drag the body
to the bathroom. The U.N. report says of Hospital 601, “Many patients have been
tortured to death in this facility.” The soldier called himself Azrael, after
the archangel of death; other survivors recall him murdering patients in
similarly horrifying ways.....
Tariq A. Al-Maeena
The Saudi media over the years had not been overwhelmingly kind to the
presence of the expatriates in this land, and had often generalized them as
money-hungry carpetbaggers or worse yet criminals, an unfair tag maligning
countless generations of expatriates who have unflinchingly submitted their
body, sweat and blood towards the building of the country....
Denise Hassanzade Ajiri
Iran doesn’t deny it executes juvenile offenders but often disagrees
with numbers reported. The authorities also argue they are trying to make
changes. In January in a meeting with the UN’s Committee on the Rights of the
Child in Geneva, Mahmoud Abbasi, deputy for human rights and international
affairs at the justice ministry, said that reforming policies would not work
without changing the attitudes “particularly of policy-makers and those
directly involved with children”.....
Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri
“Pakistan's province of Punjab has recently passed the Women's
Protection Act despite stiff opposition from conservative clerics, religious
and feudal leaders. However, we appreciate it as it gives legal protection to
women from domestic, psychological and sexual violence. Forced conversion of
Christian and Hindu girls, rape, gang-rape, domestic violence, honour killing
(Karo Kari), Vani (exchange of women in settling the disputes), and
forced/child marriages are some examples of women's rights violations in
Pakistan. There is need to do more and abolish all evil practices and
discriminations, violence against women and young girls in Pakistan.” Said
The Saudi monarchy’s fundamentalist form of Sunni Islam opposes the preservation of many ancient religious sites, which it considers to be a form of idolatry. Like ISIS, Saudi Arabia has destroyed millennium-old heritage sites and artifacts; unlike ISIS, the close U.S. ally has replaced these sites with lavish Hilton hotels and gender-segregated shopping malls.
Then, how are
people like me still able to speak our minds? All these criminal cases probably
unconsciously lead to some degree of self-censorship, but we still defy
authoritarianism since we accept the consequences of punishment from the
pressures being placed on us....
Is it just
Ahwazi political prisoners who must be executed for using their pens, the only
weapons they raised in the struggle for the rights of the Ahwazi people? Why is
it a crime in the Iranian state to write about the lack of basic rights to a
decent existence for the Ahwazi people who live below the poverty line, while
their land is teeming with natural resources...
regime uses religion as cover for its shameful crimes. Back in the 1980s,
Ayatullah Mesbah Yazdiwas, allegedly issued death Fatwas against anyone who
disagreed with his evil theological ideology.....
It is as if
should the country reintroduce the death penalty, rapists would be sentenced to
death and such sentences would be carried out. Come on, be serious! In this
country, people still remember the executions of the 1980 military era. How
many of these people demanding the reinstitution of the death penalty remember
the name of 17-year-old Erdal Eren who was hanged by a ruthless regime to
establish a balance of executed leftists and rightists?....
of the Charter of Medina provide a suitable framework for national
constitutions in countries with Muslim majorities, and the United Nations
Charter and related documents, such as the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights, are in harmony with the Charter of Medina, including consideration for
outlandish lie, Iran maligns and offends all Saudis by saying that my nation,
home of the two holy mosques, brainwashes people to spread extremism," the
Saudi foreign minister declared on the same pages of the US newspaper. "We
are not the country designated a state sponsor of terrorism; Iran is. We are
not the nation under international sanctions for supporting terrorism; Iran is.
We are not the nation whose officials are on terrorism lists; Iran is....
The fact that the Court of Appeal decided that only the Syariah court should have sole jurisdiction to hear and determine the validity of the conversion seems to suggest that the civil court also subscribes to the same view. The civil court apparently does not care that the effect of the judgment is as good as closing the door of justice on the non-Muslim litigant. In other words, the court seems to play down the principles of natural justice.
Interviews with 20 relatives, in Iraqi Kurdistan, in Istanbul, in five German towns and by phone in Syria, tell a story of a family chewed up by one party to the Syrian conflict after another: the Syrian government, the Islamic State, neighboring countries, the West.
Saudi Arabia has supported Wahhabi madrasas in poor countries in Africa and Asia, exporting extremism and intolerance. Saudi Arabia also exports instability with its brutal war in Yemen, intended to check what it sees as Iranian influence. Saudi airstrikes have killed thousands, and the blockading of ports has been even more devastating. Some Yemeni children are starving, and 80 percent of Yemenis now need assistance.
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Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau
In a late 2014 issue of its English-speaking magazine, ISIS elaborated a justification for reviving slavery in the present day, and as the New York Times details in a lengthystory in the past month, they have systematically put their slave-holding beliefs in practice. In painful detail, the Times documents the horrors of ISIS' practice of sexual slavery including the abuse of girls as young as 11. ISIS attempts to justify its horrific acts in the name of scripture. But to what extent is their reading of scripture reasonable?
like those behind the Dabiq article, have interpreted these words as meaning
“captured in battle”. Its purported female author, Umm Sumayyah, celebrated the
revival of Islam’s slave-markets and even proffered the hope that Michelle
Obama, the wife of America’s president, might soon be sold there. “I and those
with me at home prostrated to Allah in gratitude on the day the first
slave-girl entered our home,” she wrote….
Relatives of detainees who die in custody say they have been pressured into conducting hurried funerals, often at night, and sometimes coerced into declining an autopsy, even if the corpse bears signs of ill treatment. In other instances, they say, local mullahs are forbidden from offering prayers for the dead......
The trash is piling high in the streets of Sana’a and other Yemeni cities; the dead and the starving pose their own threats to those that are left behind. In the thankless summer days and the nights of bombings, Yemenis cower and take shelter where they can. With the delivery of aid repeatedly stalled by the breakdown of ceasefire agreements, their fate will be a cruel one. Those spared by bombs will be taken by disease; those surviving that will be destroyed by trauma. The Muslim world will face Saudi Arabia in prayer, but never, it seems, in protest.
Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi
I call upon the Pakistani leaders, intellectuals, and people to work on resolving the problem of their brothers and partners who have been stranded for four decades. I am confident Pakistan will be stronger and better when it embraces all its nationals as Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) says, "Seek me among the poor and weak. Truly, you are given victory and provided for on account of the poor and weak among you."...
The government of Pakistan has a choice. It can act to defend fundamental human rights and consign the death penalty to the dustbin of history. Or it can end this brief season of “human dignity” and condemn Kaneezan Bibi, Khizar Hayat and thousands of others to the darkness of a vindictive death penalty policy with no end in sight.....
executed over 150 people since a seven-year moratorium was lifted on state
executions just six months ago. If we continue at this pace, we will quickly
surpass China, North Korea, Iran and Saudi Arabia in the number of executions
carried out by the state this year. It is not only the pace of executions that
is alarming, it is the fact that many of these cases are marred by corruption,
torture and a flagrant disregard for international human rights standards......