Category: Interfaith

ISNA Responds to the 2015 State of the Union Address

Amnesty: “Cleric hospitalized after five months in solitary confinement must be released”

solitary prisonThe hospitalization of Sheikh Salman al-Awda, aside from being deeply worrying and traumatic for his family, highlights his shameful treatment by the Saudi authorities.
Saudi Arabian authorities must release a prominent reformist cleric who has been held in solitary confinement for five months without charge or trial, Amnesty International said today amid growing fears for his health.

Sheikh Salman al-Awda’s family learnt yesterday that he has been hospitalized in the city of Jeddah. His family have not been given further details of his condition…more: amnesty.org

WP: Muslim countries joined China in defending its cultural genocide of Uighurs. Aren’t they ashamed?

…What was remarkable was what came next. Four days later, countries recruited by Beijing delivered their own letter to the council, signed by 37 ambassadors, which endorsed what it whitewashed as a “counter-terrorism and de-radicalization” operation and claimed that “the fundamental human rights of people of all ethnic groups there are safeguarded.” The signatories included the usual global rogue’s gallery — Cuba, Russia, North Korea, Venezuela. But a dozen Muslim governments also joined in — thereby sanctioning one of the largest assaults on Islam in modern times.

The statement represents a shameful capitulation by…MORE: WP

China Thanks UAE for Backing Beijing’s Xinjiang Policies!

China thanks UAE for backing Beijing's Xinjiang policiesChina on Monday thanked the United Arab Emirates for backing its security crackdown in Xinjiang, state media said, as President Xi Jinping played host to Abu Dhabi’s crown prince.

Beijing has come under growing international scrutiny for placing an estimated one million mostly Muslim ethnic minorities in internment camps in the name of counter-terrorism, but Muslim countries have largely refrained from criticising China…more: FRANCE24 *-  breitbart.

The Guardian view on Xinjiang: speak out, or be complicit

A guard watchtower rises above a perimeter fence of what is officially known as a vocational skills education centre in Dabancheng in Xinjiang.….Outside China, released inmates speak of political indoctrination and abuses at times amounting to torture, and detail the causes of their detention without charge or trial, such as contact with relatives abroad.

As terrible as it is, the detention of as many as one in 10 Uighurs is only a small element of what is happening…..more the guardian