Category: Human Rights & Gender

Freedom of Expression for Some (by Haiyun Ma and I-wei Jennifer Chang)

Freedom of Expression for Some (by Haiyun Ma and I-wei Jennifer Chang)

[ 0 ] September 30, 2014 |

Chinese Academic Given Life in Prison for Uyghur Website; Radical Han Separatist and Nationalist Web Site Flourishes by HAIYUN MA and JENNIFER I-WEI CHANG for ISLAMiCommentary: The sentencing of a Uyghur economics professor, Ilham Tohti, on September 23 shocked many people including human rights groups and scholars of Xinjiang studies. Mr. Tohti, a critic of […]

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Amal Alamuddin: The Anatomy of an Unfair Trial

[ 0 ] September 30, 2014 |

by AMAL ALAMUDDIN for THE HUFFINGTON POST on AUGUST 18, 2014:  Sentencing a political opponent to death after a show trial is no different to taking him out on the street and shooting him. In fact, it is worse because using the court system as a tool of state repression makes a mockery of the […]

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Scholars & Activists Asked Obama Not to Meet With al-Sisi Last Week

[ 0 ] September 30, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on SEPTEMBER 30, 2014:  President Obama meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on September 27 when the leaders were both in NY for the 69th UN General Assembly. In remarks before their meeting President Obama said “the U.S.-Egyptian relationship has been an important cornerstone of our […]

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WATCH: Mu(sick) — One Woman of Color’s Spoken Word Piece on Music, Race and Gender

[ 0 ] September 30, 2014 |

posted to YouTube on November 30, 2012:  Muslim spoken word poet Madiha Bhatti performs a powerful spoken word piece on music, race, and gender. More  

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Rouhani Calls For United Front Against ‘False’ Muslims Killing in Name of Islam

Rouhani Calls For United Front Against ‘False’ Muslims Killing in Name of Islam

[ 0 ] September 25, 2014 |

“The pain is made greater when these terrorists spill blood in the name of religion and behead in the name of Islam…They seek to keep hidden this incontrovertible truth of history that on the basis of the teachings of all divine prophets, from Abraham and Moses and Jesus to Mohammed, taking the life of a […]

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Sri Lanka President to UN: Post-2015 Agenda Must Address Structural Obstacles to Development

Sri Lanka President to UN: Post-2015 Agenda Must Address Structural Obstacles to Development

[ 0 ] September 24, 2014 |

via UN NEWS CENTRE on SEPTEMBER 24, 2014:  24 September 2014 – The President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa in his address to world leaders at the United Nations this evening, said that the post-2015 agenda must focus on strengthening partnerships between developing and developed countries, which are essential for countries in the South to […]

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Uyghur Scholar/China Critic Ilham Tohti Sentenced to Life in Prison

Uyghur Scholar/China Critic Ilham Tohti Sentenced to Life in Prison

[ 0 ] September 23, 2014 |

  compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on SEPTEMBER 23, 2014:  ISLAMiCommentary, which has featured many stories about Tohti and the Uyghur plight, will have some scholarly analysis on this later. Meanwhile read/watch this below BBC News report: via BBC NEWS on SEPTEMBER 23, 2014: China jails prominent Uighur academic Ilham Tohti for life A court […]

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Intimidation, Uncertainty Mar Aid Work in Myanmar’s Rakhine State (IRIN News)

Intimidation, Uncertainty Mar Aid Work in Myanmar’s Rakhine State (IRIN News)

[ 0 ] September 23, 2014 |

via IRIN (humanitarian news & analysis run out of the UNOCHA) on SEPTEMBER 19, 2014:  SITTWE, 19 September 2014 (IRIN) – Nearly six months after international aid workers fled Myanmar’s Rakhine State when Buddhist mobs attacked their offices and accused them of aid bias, international humanitarian aid services remain restricted, despite the needs of hundreds […]

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Paying Tribute to American Muslim Trailblazer, Tayyibah Taylor

Paying Tribute to American Muslim Trailblazer, Tayyibah Taylor

[ 0 ] September 19, 2014 |

“She was a tireless advocate for Muslim women, a mentor and role model to countless Muslims in America and abroad. A learned and spiritual woman, she was a firm believer in Allah’s mercy, she was a pioneer woman who spoke and wrote about Islam and spirituality, often when the only prominent voices in the American […]

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Manal Omar: Latest Extremist Group in Iraq, Syria Must Be Challenged at Core

Manal Omar: Latest Extremist Group in Iraq, Syria Must Be Challenged at Core

[ 0 ] September 18, 2014 |

via UNITED STATES INSTITUTE OF PEACE on SEPTEMBER 17, 2014:  The brutality of the extremist militants who call themselves “The Islamic State” is a strategy in itself and must be met by powerful counter-measures that address the core causes of the conflict, said Manal Omar, USIP’s associate vice president for the Middle East and Africa, […]

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