Violence and Security

  • IS Ratchets Up Activities in AfPak Region

    February 17, 2017

    An Islamic State (IS) lethal suicide bombing attack against a famous Sufi shrine in Pakistan signaled the group's campaign to target religious groups considered heretical by the Sunni Muslim militants and marked the ongoing deterioration in the security environment of the geopolitically volatile Afghanistan-Pakistan (AfPak) region of Southwest Asia.

  • IS Schools Use Modern Pedagogy for Jihadi Education

    February 17, 2017

    An article in Foreign Policy explores how the Islamic State (IS) leadership uses education to raise generations of jihadis with a carefully designed curriculum combining traditional learning methods with social media and innovative learning apps to seamlessly integrate jihadi training and messages into childhood education.

  • UN Agent: Tunisian Counterterrorism Drive Threatens Rights

    February 17, 2017

    Citing the use of counterterrorism measures such as "prolonged" detention and restriction of movement, UN human rights mandate holder Ben Emmerson has called on Tunisian officials to base their fight against terrorism in the global human rights agenda.

  • HRW Warns Against MB Terrorist Designation

    February 17, 2017

    Calling the global movement "a large and complex political organization operating in many countries," Human Rights Watch has warned the Trump Administration that a draft order reportedly under consideration at the White House designating the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) a terrorist organization would be a blow to domestic and international democratic politics.

  • Google, Kenya Campaign for "Considerate" Internet

    February 17, 2017

    Technology giant Google and government agencies of Kenya have formed a joint "online safety campaign" to promote "safe and responsible Internet use" during the country's 2017 election season.

  • UN Officials Criticize EU Push-back of Migrants

    February 16, 2017

    A group of UN officials has called on EU leaders, recently meeting in Malta to discuss the bloc's strategy to deal with migration, to end policies, often implemented to deter dangerous sea journeys to Europe, involving the push-back of migrants by European authorities to places where they face "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment."

  • UNESCO Publishes Guide on Media Coverage of Terrorism

    February 16, 2017

    The UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has published a handbook on "Terrorism and the Media" to guide journalists on how to report on acts of terror in a way that is "free from sensationalism and fear-mongering" and on appropriate "framing" techniques to avoid association of terrorism with any religion or nationality.

  • OSCE Official Questions Legality of US Travel Barriers

    February 16, 2017

    The Chair of the human rights committee of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe's (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly, Ignacio Sanchez Amor, has raised doubts about the compatibility of a recent US executive order establishing barriers against travelers from seven countries deemed a terror threat with international humanitarian law.

  • UN Chief Points to "Islamophobia" as IS Recruiting Tool

    February 15, 2017

    At a joint news conference in Saudi Arabia with Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres asserted that "Islamophobic" policies and hate speech in Western countries in some cases provide "the best support" for recruiting by Islamic extremist groups such as the Islamic State (IS).

  • UN Observers: US Migration Barriers Violate Rights

    February 15, 2017

    A group of UN human rights mandate holders has released a statement labeling the Trump Administration's restriction on migration from seven countries identified as terror threats a violation of international human rights law and calling on the US to "live up to its international obligations" by resuming its refugee program.

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