Society & Culture

Pillay: Christians to Blame for Recent Violence in CAR

March 5, 2014

UPI reports that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has blamed a Christian militia for the "ongoing human rights violations" in the Central African Republic ("CAR"), including the targeted killings of Sunni Muslims.

State Authorities and Muslim Brotherhood Battle over Mosque Messages

February 19, 2014

The Egyptian state's Ministry of Religious Endowments has issued guidelines for unified sermons for the country's 150,000 mosques, aiming to silence the Muslim Brotherhood's ("MB") radical weekly prayer message, but human rights activists have criticized the authoritarianism of state tactics as well as MB radicalism.

Islamist Sectarianism Spreading Throughout Middle East

February 19, 2014

The spread of Islamist sectarian language, pitting varieties of Sunni against variations of Shiite, into popular discourse and media coverage extending far beyond the Middle East, should be recognized as a symptom of Islamists' role in the deepening fragmentation of the social order and the fragility of states throughout the region.

OIC Chief Condemns Religious Extremism as Un-Islamic

February 15, 2014

The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation ("OIC") opened the Fourth Session of the OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission ("IPHRC") by condemning religious extremism as a violation of authentic Islam and calling on member-states to promote "universally agreed human rights instruments in conformity with Islamic values."

Commission: Global Governance Needed to Protect Public Health

February 12, 2014

A joint commission formed by the medical journal The Lancet and the University of Oslo has found that inequality in power among countries plays a large role in public health problems and seeks the creation of a new international platform for global governance on health issues.

OIC Conference on Islamic Culture Focuses on Combating Islamophobia

January 29, 2014

Expansion in the platforms for combating Islamophobia, via increased activities and programs in international organizations and inter-faith fora, was the centerpiece of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation's ("OIC") 8th Islamic Conference of Culture Ministers, held this weekend in Saudi Arabia.

Oneida Indians Meet with HRC on Redskins' Team Name

January 29, 2014

Representatives of the Oneida Indian tribe have announced that they are meeting with officials of the UN Human Rights Council ("HRC") to discuss the "harmful impacts" of the team name of the National Football League's Washington Redskins.

EU Publishes "Action Plan" on Extremism

January 28, 2014

The European Commission has published an "action plan" calling on EU member states to counter "extremist activities," including by bolstering security responses to violent extremism, cooperating with a "European knowledge hub" on best practices, and prohibiting and countering extremist material posted online.

OIC Voting Bloc in UN Undermines Women's Rights

January 15, 2014

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation's ("OIC") voting patterns and activities in the UN reflects the continuing strength of Islamist opposition to universal human rights for women and to efforts by some Muslim reformists to end discrimination and violence against women in the name of Islam.

CoE LGBT Project Releases Video Describing Work

January 15, 2014

The LGBT Project of The Council of Europe ("CoE") has released a video summarizing its work to advance LGBT rights and non-discrimination in Europe as the project ended at the end of 2013 following 28 months of operation.

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