Saturday, November 22, 2014

Pakistan: Police asked to resubmit report on Sherry Rehman blasphemy case

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The petitioner told the court that an FIR, under section 295-C, was lodged with Chahliyak police on the direction of Supreme Court but the police had quashed the case without interrogating the suspect.

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By Staff report | November 22, 2014

MULTAN: The Lahore High Court Multan bench directed police to resubmit their final report on quashing of a blasphemy case against former Pakistan’s ambassador to the US, Sherry Rehman.

Justice Ibadur Rehman Lodhi issued the direction on Friday on a petition filed by Fahim Akhtar Gill.

The petitioner told the court that an FIR, under section 295-C, was lodged with Chahliyak police on the direction of Supreme Court but the police had quashed the case without interrogating the suspect.

While setting aside the quashing order of the area magistrate, Justice Lodhi directed the police to submit its charge-sheet/final report under section 173 to the sessions judge.

USA: GOP rebukes county chairman's 'outrageous' comments on Muslims

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“Muslims are terrorists. They don’t belong in this country. Their attitude and their agenda don’t belong in this country. They cause terror and discontent, total chaos everywhere they are.”

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By Jennifer Brooks | November 21, 2014

Party chair for Big Stone County said “Muslims are terrorists.”

A Minnesota Republican Party official issued a “call to arms” against Muslims on Thursday, calling them “terrorists” and “parasites” and suggesting that someone should “frag ‘em.”

Jack Whitley, chairman of the Big Stone County Republican Party, had no apology for the series of inflammatory posts on his personal Facebook page — remarks the state party leadership condemned as “outrageous.”

“Muslims are terrorists. They don’t belong in this country,” Whitley said in an interview. “Their attitude and their agenda don’t belong in this country. They cause terror and discontent, total chaos everywhere they are.”

Pakistan: Christian Man dies after torture in Lahore police custody

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The incident came to the notice of senior police officials when family members protested by burning tyres in front of the police station, pelting stones and trying to forcibly enter the premises.

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By Waseem Riaz | November 22, 2014

LAHORE: A 35-year-old man in Lahore died Saturday morning after what his family claim to be alleged torture during interrogation at the Green Town police station.

The police, however, say that Allah Rakha – a member of the Christian community who was taken into custody on Friday for purportedly selling narcotics – died of a heart attack.

The incident came to the notice of senior police officials when family members protested by burning tyres in front of the police station, pelting stones and trying to forcibly enter the premises.

Taking notice, DIG Operations Dr Haider Ashraf ordered that an FIR be lodged against the investigation officer and three constables from the Green Town station.

Confluence of religion and politics: Extremism on the rise in Indonesia

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According to the AI report, over the past decade, minority groups have increasingly been targeted in mob violence or other attacks, with perpetrators rarely held to account.

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By Gabriel Domínguez | November 21, 2014

Bush: 'Confluence of religious intolerance and the rising power of state institutions to regulate religion are reasons for the increase in blasphemy convictions'

A new AI report claims Indonesia is making use of 'oppressive' blasphemy laws to jail people for their beliefs. Analyst Robin Bush talks to DW about why the country is witnessing a rise in religious intolerance.

Titled Prosecuting Beliefs, the report by the rights group Amnesty International focuses on the rise in the number of blasphemy-related convictions during former Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's decade in power (2004-2014). The paper, released on Friday, November 21, documents the cases of more than 100 individuals convicted of blasphemy in Indonesia over the past decade.

Eye on persecution: Amnesty slams Indonesia's 'oppressive' blasphemy laws

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The paper, published on Friday, November 21, focuses on the rise in the number of blasphemy-related convictions during former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's decade in power (2004-2014) compared to previous administrations.

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By Gabriel Domínguez | November 21, 2014

Amnesty slams Indonesia's 'oppressive' blasphemy laws
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A new report by Amnesty International accuses Indonesia of upholding blasphemy laws which the rights group views as fueling harassment, intimidation and attacks against religious minorities in the Southeast Asian nation.

In terms of religion, Alexander Aan is not a typical Indonesian. The 30-year-old public servant from the province of West Sumatra is a non-believer. While the world's most populous Muslim country protects the rights of members of other religious groups such as Buddhists, Confucians and Christians, the same privileges do not apply for atheists. Promoting one's disbelief in God may therefore trigger not only social exclusion, but even land someone in prison.

Canada: Local Ahmadiyya Muslim group fights back against ISIS

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The event is part of a nationwide campaign called Stop The CrISIS that kicked off earlier this month in Ontario and includes 35 events across Canada.

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By BC Local News | November 21, 2014

The fear of Canadian Muslim youth being ‘radicalized’ and carrying out attacks on home turf became reality after the recent events Ottawa and Quebec.

To combat that looming threat, the Abbotsford chapter of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at is hosting an event on Monday (Nov. 24) to “take a stand against youth radicalization and the extremist influence that ISIS can have on our youth.”

The event is part of a nationwide campaign called Stop The CrISIS that kicked off earlier this month in Ontario and includes 35 events across Canada. The event in Abbotsford will feature a keynote speaker, multimedia presentations and Q&A with a panel of Islamic scholars, organizers say.

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