Amnesty demands release for Palestinian teen detained without charge

SHAFAQNA - Amnesty International called for the release of 17-year-old Palestinian Muhammad al-Hashlamoun, one of two minors the group says Israel is holding without charge or trial under administrative detention. Al-Hashlamoun was detained…

UN blows the lid off on female mutilation

SHAFAQNA - A new UNICEF report says at least 200 million women and girls have suffered the terrible practice of genital mutilation in 30 countries across the world. In some countries the procedure is practically universal. Of these 200…

rights group warns against France emergency law and sectarian targeting

SHAFAQNA - France has carried out abusive and discriminatory raids and house arrests against Muslims under its current state of emergency, traumatizing and stigmatizing those targeted, including children and the elderly, human rights groups…

UN human rights chief: Turkey must probe 'shooting of civilians'

SHAFAQNA - The UN human rights chief has called on Turkey to investigate the alleged shooting of unarmed people in the country after footage of the incident emerged online. Zeid Raad al-Hussein also voiced concern over reports that the cameraman,…

Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr - 12 Days to Arbaeen

SHAFAQNA - On February 11, 2016 supporters of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr will organize a grand protest to mark his passing, and voice together their rejection of tyranny. Sheikh al-Nimr Arbaeen commemoration will serve as a stepping stone to a global…

Amnesty International denounces Al Saud's unforgiving diktat

SHAFAQNA - King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud’s first year in power has seen the country’s human rights record deteriorate markedly, said Amnesty International on the first anniversary of his accession to the throne on January 23, 2015. Despite…

Travel ban of human rights defender Nabeel Rajab must be overturned - NGOs in letter to Bahrain King

SHAFAQNA - To King of Bahrain, Minister of Interior, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Permanent Mission of Bahrain to the UN in Geneva Your Majesty, We, the undersigned NGOs, call on the Bahraini authorities to lift the arbitrary travel…

Muslims suffer in Myanmar - The forgotten genocide

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SHAFAQNA - The government of Myanmar’s departing president, Thein Sein, oversaw the systematic persecution of the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority — a human rights debacle that one study has described as genocide. Mr. Thein Sein also…

Spike in violence in Afghanistan threatens media freedom

SHAFAQNA - Reporters Without Borders (RSF) issued a damning statement this Thursday following a series of attack against media workers. It wrote, "RAF has been horrified to learn that at least seven members of Tolo TV’s staff were killed…

Bahrain sentences a boy to life in prison over comments

SHAFAQNA - Ahmad al-Arab will be 147 years old after serving his jail term handed down by a Bahraini court. The High Criminal Court in the capital Manama on Tuesday sentenced the 17-year-old to an additional 10 years in prison on charges…

Bahrain’s Al-Wefaq Urges Immediate Release of Sheikh Ali Salman

SHAFAQNA - Bahrain’s main opposition bloc al-Wefaq National Islamic Society warned the Manama regime against the consequences of continued detention of Sheikh Ali Salman, the secretary-general of the group, calling for his immediate release. The…

Waleed Abu al-Khair, imprisoned in Saudi Arabia for defending human rights

SHAFAQNA - He's the lawyer who has defended so many others who have had their human rights denied. Now Waleed Abu al-Khair is imprisoned for his human rights activism. From setting up one of the few human rights organisations in Saudi Arabia…

Bahrain clerics condemn attack on Shiites, call for justice and tolerance on all sides

SHAFAQNA - Clerics in Bahrain condemned the "blatant assault and gunfire that targeted the Al-Marzouq Hussainia in Wadyan village in the island of Sitra, especially that these attacks are being launched repeatedly as the attack against Al-Himla…

Mayor of Hiroshima to speak on Genocide Memorial Day

SHAFAQNA - The continuing threat posed by weapons of mass destruction is to be the theme of this year's Genocide Memorial Day with the mayor of Hiroshima delivering a keynote speech. Established in 2010, Genocide Memorial Day is intended…

Nigeria: Photos emerge of graves destroyed by army

SHAFAQNA - The Islamic Human Rights Commission released a press release today which appear to confirm fears Nigeria army has been systematically targeting Shiite communities. Photographs have emerged showing the site of desecrated graves…

The dangerous rationale of fear-mongering - Criminalizing children in the name of national security

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SHAFAQNA - There’s a new trend in town and it involves children - to be more precise it involves the criminalization of children based on their parents’ religious denomination. In God we trust America is ready to take on sectarian profiling…

We categorically refuse any violation of Religious Independence - say Bahrain Clerics

SHAFAQNA - Clerics in Bahrain issued an official statement categorically refusing any violation of the freedom and independence of religious affairs, as well as the dominance of state authorities over religious affairs in any form whatsoever. In…

Nigeria Minister of Justice Ask for Release of 'Sheikh Zakzaky'

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SHAFAQNA - The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has asked the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs to formalize its request for the ‎release of the leader of the  Islamic Movement in Nigeria…

young British Muslims talking about Islamophobia

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SHAFAQNA - Life for British Muslims is getting harder: Islamophobic violence has risen since the Paris terror attacks, and British fears of refugees and migrants are becoming so high that they may help lead the United Kingdom to exit the European…

Saudi Arabia stands accountable before international law

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SHAFAQNA - On January 2, 2016, Saudi Arabia committed atrocities when it ordered for the killing of 47 people, including prominent Shi'a cleric, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. The news prompted widespread outrage in the form of protests and social media…

Fighting for Raif Badawi's release - Petition to be handed to Saudi officials

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SHAFAQNA - Supporters of Raif Badawi, the jailed Saudi activist and blogger, plan to hand over a petition with 250,000 signatures to the Saudi embassy in London on Friday calling for his release. A separate petition for the release of Badawi’s…

Vigil held in Calgary for Sheikh al-Nimr

SHAFAQNA - Around 50 people attended a candlelight vigil in front of Calgary City Hall, to protest against the execution of a prominent Shia cleric and call on Canada to stand up for human rights. Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, who led demonstrations during…

Resistance in the Hejaz: How Sheikh al-Nimr’s courage cowed al-Saud

SHAFAQNA - Few were those who could have ever envisioned that al-Saud Royals could, or would, carry out Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr’s death sentence, such was, and still is, his renown. Arguably one of the staunchest critics of the Saudi monarchy,…

Monstrous and barbaric policies say rights groups over KSA's political crackdown

SHAFAQNA - Saudi Arabia beheaded 47 people in mass executions across 13 cities on Jan. 2. The beheadings have inspired a public discussion about the close western ally — a theocratic absolute monarchy that supports extremist groups and brutally…

Islamic Human Rights Commision: Saudi's Execution of Sheikh Nimr another blow to reform movement

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SHAFAQNA- The execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia represents another assault by Riyadh on the forces of reform and political empowerment in the Muslim world. The outspoken leader was executed after being convicted in 2014 under…

Call for Bahrain Human Rights Conference

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SHAFAQNA - Four human rights organizations called for a conference to discuss the human rights situation in Bahrain. The Bahrain Center for Human Rights, Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain, Bahrain Human Rights Watch,…

Human Rights Commission report finds Muslims have 'limited protection' under Racial Discrimination Act

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SHAFAQNA - Legal and ethnic affairs experts are calling on the Federal Government to investigate how to better protect Australia's Muslim community from discrimination. The calls come after a report examining the 40th anniversary of the…

The best of divine blessings

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SHAFAQNA - The holy Quran is the greatest blessing from Allah (SWT). The Prophet of Islam (PBUH) said: The most honourable of my Ummah are the bearers of the Quran and those who stay up at night (for praying to God) [1]. In another narration…