This spring the UN Human Rights Council will be hosting a large conference on racism. While it is praiseworthy to work against racism and discrimination, there is still ample reason to be on guard against the pressure from some Islamic countries at this particular conference.
The Hague. The mothers of thousands of civilians killed by Bosnian Serb forces in the Muslim enclave of Srebrenica in 1995 regretted a Dutch court's ruling Wednesday that the Dutch government is not liable for its peacekeepers' failure to protect the victims.
Directors of Lighthouse e.V. are close to hearing the final verdict in the $41,6 million corruption case that began a media war. Main opposition leader Deniz Baykal firmly reiterated the necessity to focus on the links of the case with Turkish officials.
Many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Turkey lead lives of fear, paralyzed by stigma. When singled out for harassment, violence, or other abuse—still an everyday occurrence for many—they also fear going to the authorities for assistance, and often for good reason:
they have long experienced harassment and sadistic treatment by police and dismissive attitudes among judges and prosecutors. Despite reforms, new cases of such mistreatment continue to emerge, as this report demonstrates.
When Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and his Islamic-rooted party came under fierce fire this summer from secularists, who came close to persuading the country's supreme court to bar both from politics, he called the campaign an attack against religious freedom and a threat to Turkey's efforts to join the European Union.
On Monday (Sept. 8), Navanetham Pillay addressed the Human Rights Council for the first time since she assumed the post of High commissioner for human rights last September.
Amsterdam. All Dutch attorneys, including Muslims, should rise when a judge enters a court room, Dutch Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin told Dutch parliament on Tuesday.
Kosovo Foreign Minister Skender Hyseni is visiting Jeddah, Saudi Arabia today where he will meet with General Secretary of the Organization of Islamic Conference, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, reports Kosovo Foreign Ministry spokesperson.
THE HAGUE. The Party for Freedom (PVV) is demanding a ban on Turkish mosque organisation Milli Gorus. The opposition party was reacting to an extensive article in newspaper De Telegraaf, which has obtained access to an alarming report of the Dutch intelligence services.
PARIS. A decision by a French court to postpone a robbery trial involving a Muslim defendant until the end of the holy month of Ramadan has set off a new fracas here about whether France's fiercely secularist institutions are bending to religious demands.
Prague. Muslims living in the Czech Republic complain about a "steep increase in islamophobia, anti-Arabism and anti-Muslim moods" in the Czech Republic like in other western countries after terrorist attacks on the USA in 2001, the Libertas Independent Agency says
For years, Germans have preferred to see their country's presence in Afghanistan as armed development assistance. That myth is now becoming more difficult to maintain as the violence spreads to the north where the Germans are based.
When it comes to a state fighting a non-state enemy, the impression widely exists that the state is doomed to fail.
In 1968, Robert F. Kennedy concluded that victory in Vietnam was "probably beyond our grasp," and called for a peaceful settlement. In 1983, the analyst Shahram Chubin wrote that the Soviets in Afghanistan were embroiled in an "unwinnable war." In 1992, U.S. officials shied away from involvement in Bosnia, fearing entanglement in a centuries-old conflict.