Denmark swings right on immigration and Muslims feel besieged

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SHAFAQNA - The Guardian  :  After a burqa ban, hardline rhetoric has entered the mainstream. In one coastal town, attitudes seem increasingly polarised  “It’s a lovely place,” says Jens Kramer, as he gazes across the harbour from…

Qatar takes UAE to International Court of Justice

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SHAFAQNA - Middle East Monitor : Qatar has taken the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the UN International Court of Justice over human rights violations off the back of the Gulf Crisis, Al Jazeera reported today. Just over a year after the…

Since the beginning of the year 609000 displaced Iraqis have returned home

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SHAFAQNA - Relief Web  :  The returns process is ongoing and since the beginning of the year, 609,000 Iraqis have returned home, yet more than 2 million remain displaced as of May. Between 30 April and 31 May, 119,000 Iraqis have returned…

The Guardian doesn't want you to see this cartoon slamming Israel's killing of Palestine medic

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SHAFAQNA - AlAraby : British newspaper The Guardian has reportedly refused to publish a cartoon lambasting the UK prime minister for meeting with Israel's leader amid a deadly crackdown on Palestinians. The Huffington Post UK on Thursday…

Pray for Palestine this Ramadan, Union of Muslim Scholars says

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SHAFAQNA - Middle East Monitor : Muslims the world over should use the coming auspicious days to firmly stand to address issues being faced by Islamic nations, especially the Palestinian people and Al-Aqsa Mosque, the International Union of…

OIC Member States Underline Protection of Palestinians against Israeli Crimes

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SHAFAQNA - Heads of Muslim states who gathered in Turkey for a special summit on recent Israeli massacre Gazans called for an international force to be deployed to protect Palestinian people against Israeli crimes. In a final communiqué…

China reportedly holding thousands of Muslims in internment camps

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SHAFAQNA - Hour upon hour, day upon day, Omir Bekali and other detainees in far western China’s new indoctrination camps had to disavow their Islamic beliefs, criticize themselves and their loved ones and give thanks to the ruling Communist…

Social Resistance in Yemen is Real and It Spells as Resilience

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SHAFAQNA - With more enemies set to destroy it than friends to rely on for basic survival, Yemen remains in the throes of a match to the death with its powerful neighbour: the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Labelled an enemy by Riyadh on account…

Al Khalifa forces detain young man in new violent raids

SHAFAQNA - At least one person was arrested in the early hours of Tuesday morning as Manama’s security forces carried out a series of raids across Bahrain. The young man identified as Mohammed Ahmed al-Akri was reportedly detained in the…

Bahrain’s Jaw Prison draws up list of Shiite religious texts banned at facility

SHAFAQNA - Authorities in Bahrain’s Jaw Prison have drawn up a list of books that are now banned at the facility. The list includes a number of widely circulated Shiite religious texts and other educational materials. The restrictions…

Bahrain’s Shiite cleric reaffirms commitment to peaceful approach

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SHAFAQNA - Speaking during a sermon at Manama’s Imam al-Sadiq Mosque on Thursday evening, Bahraini Shiite cleric Sayed Abdullah Al-Ghuraifi reaffirmed his commitment to a peaceful approach in dealing with Bahrain’s political crisis. Sayed…

Burma Muslims jailed for praying in the street

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SHAFAQNA - Seven Muslim men have reportedly been jailed in Burma (Myanmar) for three months for organising Muslim prayers in the street about a year ago, after local Islamic schools were shuttered prior to the holy month of Ramadan. According…

Yemen risks new cholera outbreak as rainy season begins

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SHAFAQNA - Yemen’s rainy season will likely trigger another wave of cholera, putting millions at risk in the war-torn country, which is still reeling from one of the world’s worst outbreaks of the killer disease, scientists warned on Thursday. Experts…

Amnesty International slams Bahrain over military court

SHAFAQNA - In a report released on Wednesday, the UK-based rights group pointed to the death sentences issued against the four individuals, including three civilians, by the Military Court of Cassation on 25 April. “Despite the King’s…

Al Khalifa forces raze recently reconstructed Shiite mosque

SHAFAQNA - Religious discrimination against Bahrain’s Shiite majority has been extended to the relaying of bricks from a toppled mosque. On Sunday, bulldozers accompanied by Manama’s security forces destroyed a Shiite mosque in Hamad…

Bahraini Shiite clerics threatened with ‘legal action’ over appeal for commutation of death sentences

SHAFAQNA - Bahrain’s leading Shiite clerics provoked a furious reaction from the regime in Manama for merely appealing for the commutation of death sentences in the Gulf kingdom. The country’s interior ministry threatened the religious…

Prof Tariq Ramadan’s health deteriorates as detention continues

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SHAFAQNA - Professor Tariq Ramadan continues to be held in prison in France, recently having been transferred to Fresnes Prison in the south of Paris. The professor has been in detention for over 2 months, with approximately half of that time…

Verdict in case against Sheikh Ali Salman expected on June 21

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SHAFAQNA - A Manama court adjourned proceedings in the case against Bahrain’s opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman during the latest hearing on Tuesday. The next session has been scheduled for June 21 at which time the court is expected…

German parliament condemns violence against Rohingya

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SHAFAQNA - German parliament on Friday condemned the violence against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. In a voting held in the parliament, a joint draft resolution prepared by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats…

Nabeel Rajab, his cellmates denied access to drinking water: BCHR

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SHAFAQNA - The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) voiced its concern over the ill-treatment of its founder and jailed Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab. The BCHR reported on Thursday that Rajab and his cellmates have been denied drinking…

Amnesty International strongly condemns Buhari regime, calls to release Sheik El Zakzaky & his wife

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SHAFAQNA - Responding to a violent crackdown by Nigerian police on members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) protesting the detention of their leader in Abuja, Osai Ojigho Director Amnesty International Nigeria said: “This was a needless…

Press Statement: IMN condemns police attack on IMN peaceful procession in Abuja

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SHAFAQNA - The Nigerian police yesterday (4.16.2018) opened fire on peaceful Free Zakzaky protesters, killing at least one and injuring many others. It all started in the afternoon after the police laid siege on the venue of Free Zakzaky sit…

Rights body probes anti-Muslim violence in Sri Lanka

SHAFAQNA - CCTV footage shows mob looting shops as Buddhist monks look on, leading investigator says Kumuduni Withana and her team have been travelling from village to village in Sri Lanka's Central Province, interviewing the victims of recent…

Myanmar's First Rohingya Repatriation is 'A Deception’ call rights groups

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SHAFAQNA - Rights groups are expressing skepticism over the announcement that Myanmar has repatriated the first Rohingya Muslim family, despite warnings from the UN. "This is a deception," Rohingya Blogger, a watchdog and Rohingya rights…

Palestinian journalist fatally shot by Israeli forces, RSF calls for investigation

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SHAFAQNA - Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns yesterday’s disproportionate use of force by Israeli troops, in which Palestinian journalist Yaser Murtaja was fatally shot at Gaza’s border with Israel, and calls for an independent investigation…

War Crimes Prosecutor Seeks Jurisdiction over Rohingya Muslim Deportations

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SHAFAQNA - A ruling affirming jurisdiction could pave the way for Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to investigate the deportation of many thousands of Rohingya Muslims, though Myanmar is unlikely to cooperate. “This is not an abstract question…

Human Rights Bodies Call for Release of Bahraini Political Prisoners

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SHAFAQNA - The letter slammed the terrible conditions the Bahraini-Danish human rights activist and other political prisoners are undergoing, the Manama Post reported. It also called for providing the prisoners with necessary medical care…

The Non-Aligned Movement condemns Israel illegal policies

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SHAFAQNA - The Non-Aligned Movement has condemned the illegal policies of Israel, calling for collective efforts to end its occupation of Palestinian territories. "We condemn the illegal policies and practices by Israel, the occupying power,…