Violence and Security

  • British Court Sentences Pharmacist for Islamist Brainwashing

    October 19, 2017

    British courts handed down a multi-year prison sentence to a Muslim man convicted of operating an Islamic school in Nottingham to brainwash children for Islamist terrorism by showing Islamic State beheading videos and by conducting training in knife attacks.

  • Officials Suspect Al-Shabab in Somalia Terror Attack

    October 19, 2017

    Somalia's state security officials have identified the Islamist extremist group al-Shabab as the perpetrator of the Mogadishu bombings that now stand as the deadliest terror attack in the country’s history, reinforcing the resiliency of the Islamist threat posed in East Africa.

  • Journalist Guidelines: Exclude Anti-Migrant "Hate Speech"

    October 18, 2017

    Chris Tomlinson writes that the EU-funded project Respect Words has released a set of guidelines urging journalists to observe various limits on their reporting regarding migrants and Islam, including by refusing to interview promoters of "hate speech" and avoiding the term "illegal immigrant."

  • CoE Official Pushes Luxembourg on Refugee Integration

    October 18, 2017

    The Council of Europe (CoE) Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks has called on the Luxembourg government to ramp up its efforts to integrate asylum seekers among its citizens, including through housing location choices and by expanding policies to allow refugees into the country's labor force.

  • FRA Survey Bolsters Anti-"Islamophobia" Agenda

    October 18, 2017

    The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) has released a survey purporting to show widespread discrimination against Muslims in Europe, with results the FRA Director Michael O'Flaherty asserted "make a mockery of the claim that Muslims aren’t integrated into our societies."

  • Hezbollah Prioritizes Attack on American Homeland

    October 18, 2017

    American counterterrorism officials have warned that Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed Lebanese Islamist militant group, is prioritizing its capacity for an assault on US soil as part of the group’s efforts to expand its footprint in the Americas.

  • ICRC: Counterterrorism Must Maintain Focus on Rights

    October 17, 2017

    Raising questions regarding the interplay between national security and the global rights agenda, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has called for governments, in the context of bolstering their counterterrorism capabilities, to recognize "the need for counterterrorism activities to be conducted with full respect for the protection afforded to all individuals by international law."

  • CoE Official: Sweden Must Loosen Refugee Restrictions

    October 17, 2017

    Following a visit to Sweden, Council of Europe (CoE) Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks called on the country's government to lift limitations on family reunification among refugees and to give the "benefit of the doubt" to asylum seekers who claim to be minors by giving them favorable legal treatment.

  • UN Agent: French Emergency Powers Law Violates Rights

    October 17, 2017

    UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and terrorism Fionnuala Ní Aoláin recently warned that French legislation seeking to "normalize" the government's emergency powers could have "grave consequences" for the global human rights agenda in France and could result in "discriminatory repercussions," particularly against Muslims.

  • UNESCO Combats "Fake News" in Media Education

    October 16, 2017

    At a workshop in Nigeria, Fackson Banda of UNESCO's International Programme for the Development of Communication called for the inclusion of "citizenship education" in journalist education programs around the world to counter the rise of "fake news" and propaganda and to promote "solidarity" and "tolerance."

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