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Amnesty urges Myanmar to release all prisoners of conscience following activist's release
January 20, 2015
Authorities in Myanmar have taken a positive step with the release of Dr Tun Aung (a peaceful activist, Muslim community leader, and medical doctor), but "should also free the dozens of other prisoners of conscience still behind bars," Amnesty International (AI) said Tuesday. Dr Tun Aung was first i....... [more]

UN Security Council condemns Boko Haram attacks
January 20, 2015
The UN Security Council on Monday condemned attacks by Islamist extremist group Boko Haram in Nigeria and called for an end to terrorist attacks and release of abducted child soldiers. The hostilities include mass killings, destruction of civilian homes and suicide bombings where children where indu....... [more]

France court upholds ban on anti-Islamist rally
January 18, 2015
The Paris Administrative Tribunal on Saturday upheld a police chief's ban on an "Islamists out of France" rally planned for Sunday. The demonstration, which was organized by two groups: Secular Riposte and Resistance Republicaine, was banned because of fears it would cause civil unrest. One group or....... [more]

ACLU settles lawsuit challenging post-9/11 detentions
January 16, 2015
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) reached a settlement Thursday in a case against the US government challenging the constitutionality of detaining Muslim men as material witnesses without sufficient cause. The case alleged that following the 9/11 terrorist attacks the US government implement....... [more]

UN rights office condemns mass killings by Boko Haram in Nigeria
January 15, 2015
A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday condemned the recent violence in the town of Baga in northeastern Nigeria committed by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram. The release states that Boko Haram has been operating in this town since Janua....... [more]

Pakistan lawmakers protest publication of Muhammad cartoon in French magazine
January 15, 2015
Pakistani lawmakers on Thursday passed a resolution and rallied outside parliament to protest the publication of images of Islam's Prophet Muhammad in French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which was attacked by extremists last week. Pakistan and other Muslim nations have condemned last week's at....... [more]

Amnesty releases satellite images of Nigeria attacks
January 15, 2015
Amnesty International (AI) released satellite images Thursday that allegedly show the destruction of more than 3,700 buildings in the Nigerian towns of Baga and Doron Baga. The Nigerian government claims the death toll from these attacks, carried out by Islamic militant group Boko Haram, is around....... [more]

Turkish court bans access to Charlie Hebdo cover
January 14, 2015
A Turkish court on Wednesday banned access to websites showing the new cover of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, which features a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad. The court's prohibition of access to the sites is reportedly in response to a petition filed by a lawyer who said that the sites po....... [more]

Authorities in capital of China's Xinjiang province ban burqas
January 12, 2015
Authorities in Urumqi, capital of the far-west Chinese province of Xinjiang, issued a new law Wednesday banning the wearing of burqas in public. Xinjiang, home to China's minority ethnically Turkic Muslim Uighurs, has been the site of significant ethnic unrest including recent attacks by Uighur sep....... [more]

New York court sentences Muslim cleric to life imprisonment
January 10, 2015
The US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Friday sentenced Egyptian-born Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri to life in prison for supporting terrorism. Hamza was convicted and found guilty of 11 criminal charges in May. The charges included planning to establish a jihad training c....... [more]

Bangladesh opposition leader arrested for arson, bombing, vandalism
January 7, 2015
Bangladesh police on Tuesday arrested Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, the secretary general of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), on counts of arson, bombings and vandalism. On Monday supporters of the BNP, the country's main opposition party, led rallies in Dhaka to mark the first anniversary of natio....... [more]




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