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Australia parliament lifts ban on facial coverings
October 20, 2014
Australia's Parliament House on Monday lifted a ban on face veils including burqas and niqabs. The short-lived ban was announced earlier this month, prohibiting persons with facial coverings from being in open public galleries. The ban was condemned for segregating Muslim women and potentially breac....... [more]

US-led airstrikes in Syria kill 10 civilians: rights group
October 19, 2014
US-led airstrikes carried out on Friday against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria killed 10 civilians, it was reported by an observing group on Saturday. Washington responded, stating that there is no evidence to back up the report. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stated that seven civilians w....... [more]

Ex-Khmer Rouge genocide trial opens in Cambodia
October 17, 2014
The first trial judging charges of genocide against Cambodia's 1970s Khmer Rouge regime opened on Friday with the prosecutor saying it will show that Cambodians were enslaved in inhumane conditions that led to the deaths of 1.7 million people from starvation, disease and execution. Khieu Samphan, th....... [more]

Pakistan court upholds death sentence for Christian woman accused of blasphemy
October 17, 2014
Pakistan's Lahore High Court on Thursday upheld the death sentence for Aasiya Noreen (better known as Asia Bibi), who was convicted of blasphemy in 2010. Bibi, a Christian woman, was alleged to have insulted the Prophet Mohammed while working in a field with several Muslim women. Bibi maintains that....... [more]

Saudi Arabia sentences cleric to death
October 16, 2014
Shiite muslim cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr was convicted Wednesday of sedition and other charges in Saudi Arabia's Specialized Criminal Court and sentenced to death, raising fears of unrest from his supporters in neighboring Bahrain. Al-Nimr has been a vocal critic of the majority Sunni government in....... [more]

Iraq government-backed militias committing war crimes: Amnesty
October 14, 2014
Iraqi Shiite militia, armed and supported by the Iraqi government, have been committing war crimes and abducting and murdering "scores" of Sunni men in retaliation for attacks by the Sunni-led Islamic State (IS), Amnesty International (AI) said Tuesday. In a briefing AI reports that the militia fac....... [more]

New Zealand PM calls for review of legislation to deal with foreign terrorist fighters
October 13, 2014
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key announced Monday a targeted review of the nation's legislation "in relation to foreign terrorist fighters." The four-week review will be led by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and, according to Key, "is likely to recommend that some urgent change....... [more]

Dutch prosecutors investigating lawmaker for discriminatory statements
October 9, 2014
The Dutch Public Prosecution Service (OM) on Thursday summoned for interrogation far-right politician Geert Wilders on suspicion of making criminally discriminatory statements regarding Moroccans. According to OM he "is suspected of insulting a group of people based on race and inciting discriminati....... [more]

UN releases report of human rights violations under ISIL
October 2, 2014
The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights jointly released a report on Thursday, detailing the staggering amount of human rights abuses that have occurred under the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The report examines various violatio....... [more]

UK prosecutors drop terrorism charges against former Guantanamo detainee
October 1, 2014
The UK's Crown Prosecution Service on Wednesday dropped terrorism charges against Moazzam Begg, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee who was arrested on suspicion of terrorism offenses related to the war in Syria. Begg was scheduled to stand trial next Monday for charges including the funding and trai....... [more]

New UN human rights chief condemns ISIL
September 27, 2014
The newly appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid bin Ra'ad on Thursday decried the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) for its recent killings and human rights violations of women in ISIL-controlled areas in Iraq. He specifically condemned ISIL's public execution earlier....... [more]




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