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Nearly 500 killed in fighting between Syrian rebels and Al-Qaeda

Source : RT | 11 Jan 2014

Almost 500 people, including 85 civilians, were killed during in-fighting between rebel groups and an Al-Qaeda branch in Syria in the past week, an activist group reported.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stated that at least 482 people were dead since the fighting between moderates and mainstream rebel factions versus Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) intensified on January 3.

The group added that 157 individuals were from the ISIL, 240 others were from more moderate factions and 85 were civilians.

Uyghur leader gives Chinese diplomats a history lesson at UN

Source : Agencies | 19 Mar 2013

The meeting at the UN in which Chinese representatives met with representatives from Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia and Tibet was marked by the diplomatically discourteous actions of the Chinese representatives and Rebiya Kadeer's speech.

Israel boycotts U.N. human rights council, first ever country to do so

By Al Arabiya | 30 Jan 2013

Israel has boycotted a review by the U.N.’s human rights council, the first time any country has done so reported the BBC on Wednesday.

UAE wins seat on U.N. Human Rights Council, garners highest Asia vote

Source : Agencies | 13 Nov 2012

The United Arab Emirates succeeded on Monday in its bid for election to the 47-nation U.N. Human Rights Council for a three-year term starting from early 2013. The Gulf state was elected in a secret ballot conducted by the U.N. General Assembly in which 21 candidate countries from 18 geographical groups competed for 18 vacant seats.

Egypt's Mursi says freedom of speech comes with responsibility

Source : Agencies | 26 Sep 2012

Egypt's new president delivered a call on Tuesday for "genuine cooperation" between cultures, but in the wake of violent assaults on U.S. diplomatic missions in the Muslim world he also cautioned that a joke in one culture may not be funny in another.

Speaking at a philanthropic meeting convened in New York by former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Mursi signaled an embrace of multiculturalism as an alternative to a single culture seeking dominance.

HRW calls on West to accept Islamist rise to power

By Maggie Michael | AP | Cairo | 23 Jan 2012

The United States and other Western governments must accept the new reality that Islamists have emerged to fill the power vacuum in the Arab world after a wave of popular uprisings, Human Rights Watch said in its annual report Sunday.

Sharia law compatible with human rights, argues leading barrister

Source : Guardian/UK | 17 Jan 2012

A leading barrister has called for the UK to become more sharia-literate, while arguing that Islamic law can be compatible with the toughest human rights legislation.

Sadakat Kadri told the Guardian that so-called "sharia courts", such as the Muslim arbitration tribunal, were good for "the community as a whole" by putting Sharia on a transparent, public footing and should be more widely accessible to those who want to use them.

Russia blasts US for war abuses abroad

Source : Steve Gutterman | Reuters
MOSCOW | 05 Jul 2011

Russia urged the United States on Tuesday to give more scrutiny to allegations of human rights violations by US soldiers and agents during conflicts abroad, pointing to reported abuses in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Foreign Ministry’s human rights representative said information from activist groups “gives reason to believe serious violations of international rights protection norms have occurred during US military operations” in those countries.

OIC sets up its own rights watchdog

Source : Siraj Wahab | Arab News
ASTANA : Kazakhstan | 29 Jun 2011

In a monumental step forward, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation has established a human rights panel to safeguard basic freedoms for Muslims.

OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu described the creation of the Independent Permanent Commission on Human Rights (IPCHR) as a seminal event in the organization’s history. “We have been acting swiftly through an open and credible process in taking concrete steps toward establishing the IPCHR.”

Human rights in an Islamic state

Article courtesy : islamweb.net
Friday, 06 May 2011

Islam, as represented in the Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam (may Allah exalt his mention), laid down human rights centuries before they were known to the modern world. The following are some of these rights:

1. The security of Life and Property:

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