4 February 2013
UK based Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) finally succeeded in its campaign against “strip search” body scanners that are expected to be introduced in the UK airports. It was a government measure to prevent a terrorist strike similar to 9/11; the scanner was thought to be more efficient in detecting explosive material.
However, a number of faith and civil liberties groups, especially Muslims, globally objected the scanners on several grounds. These included the breach of civil liberties, health issues, the explicit nature of the body scanners and storage of images taken by the scanner. In addition it has been argued that the scanners could not detect plastics and liquids which had been given as a reason for their introduction.
IHRC has been a leading campaigner against the scanner and it supported the legal action by a former a IHRC employee against the government’s policy on scanners. The legal action had been given the right to proceed to a full judicial review.
Upon the decision of the court the UK government announced the cancellation of the plan to install the scanners.
The Chair of IHRC, Massoud Shadjareh considered the decision as “a massive victory for the Muslim community:
“IHRC has campaigned and lobbied against airport scanners, which cost £100,000 each, since their introduction and contributed to government consultation on the issue as early as 2010. With continued campaigning and action by IHRC, this decision by the British government is a massive victory for the Muslim community and all who believe in civil liberties.”
06 September 2012
The vehicle of the NGO Luna Blanca and the private car of the president of the Muslim community Al-Bujari have both suffered two separate attacks in two different points of Ceuta, according to complaints presented to the national police.
The vehicle of the NGO was burned yesterday while parked next to the house of the person driving it, while the second was painted with black spray in different areas.
The suspects of these attacks are related to the division between the Muslims of Ceuta, which prevented the final prayer of the Ramadan to be celebrated together.
24 July 2012
Islamic Human Rights Commission, a London based NGO held a vigil outside of the outside the embassy of Myanmar in London to mark the International Day of Solidarity for the Rohingyas. On-going persecution of Muslims Rohingyas have angered Muslim groups around the world and led them to take actions against Myanmar.
The Association for the Defense of Human Rights (ADPH) presented a formal complaint against the authors of racist graffiti at two mosques in Melilla. The association considers the act, which occurred on December 6, as an attack on free religious expression.
According to NGO Save the Children, hundreds of children who arrived on the Italian island of Lampedusa seeking refuge, arrived without parents or guardians. Of the 775 illegal migrant children who arrived on Lampedusa in the past three months, Save the Children cited that 82% arrived alone. According to the organization, the majority of children came from Etitrea, Somalia, Nigeria, and a lesser number from Ghana, Togo, Sudan, and the Palestinian territories. The report by Save the Children is part of a wider program called Praesidium III, jointly conducted with the UNHCR, the International Organization for Migration, and the Red Cross.
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An initiative for an international conference on interfaith dialogue towards global peace approved at Peace Embassy, in Brussels, Belgium. Announcing the formation of a permanent committee for inter-faith cooperation involving NGO’s, religious scholar’s, members of various religious communities, and the media to discuss such topics as extremis, intolerance, conflict resolution, terrorism, justice, and human rights. Two organizations — the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) and the Belgian and European think tank Institute of Peace and Development (INSPAD) jointly affirmed their commitment to cooperatively in launching the conference.