2nd Nov. 2016: Islamists threaten violence over Jakarta governor’s ‘blasphemy,’ 18K police on high alert
More than 18,000 police and military have been put on high alert ahead of an upcoming rally to protest Jakarta’s non-Muslim governor for alleged blasphemy. Messages from Islamists and foreign jihadists are said to be behind the calls for violence.A threat from thousands of Islamists, both foreign and domestic, has prompted President Joko Widodo to instruct Indonesia’s military to be at the ready ahead of the second largest demonstration this month against Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama.
Regularly criticized for being a Christian governor in a majority-Muslim city, Purnama, who is also known as Ahok, recently called out his opponents for interpreting a verse in the Koran to mean that Muslims shouldn’t cooperate with Christians and Jews. Ahok stated that his rivals were “lying,” which resulted in Islamic hardliners exploding in protest, and the president telling the military on Monday to be “on alert.”
The governor later apologized for his remarks, but to no avail...Continue reading
One person was killed as Indonesian police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse tens of thousands of protesters who rallied to demand the resignation of the Christian governor of Jakarta for allegedly insulting the Quran...Continue reading
For the first time since UNHRC's inception in 2006, Russia has lost an election to the UN Human Rights Council after being narrowly beaten by Croatia in a vote. Saudi Arabia was successfully re-elected, despite criticism from human rights organizations...Continue reading
October 30, 2016: Enraged by a blasphemous FB post, Muslim mob demolishes 10 Hindu temples in Bangladesh
Brahmanbaria ,October 30 (Dhaka Tribune): An mob of hundreds of people armed with locally-made weapons demolished at least 10 temples to the ground in addition to vandalizing hundreds of houses of the Hindu community at Brahminbaria‘s Nasirnagar upazila on Sunday afternoon.
The mob fury followed a Facebook post making fun of the Masjid al-Haram, the holy site of Muslims.
More than 100 people were injured in the attacks while six people were detained, according to reports...Continue reading
Why was Junaid Jamshed immediately spared for committing a crime that Asia Bibi could be hanged for?
Nelson Mandela once said: “To deny people their human rights is to challenge their humanity”. But what can we say about the pious people of this pure land where a bunch of extremists and their radical mindset seem to be put into danger by a poor Christian woman?
The whole nation seems set to condemn the mother of five children, Asia Bibi, to death, merely for drinking from the glass of a Muslim colleague and not apologizing for her crime, which reportedly unleashed the wrath of her colleague, who was tagged with the contractors of paradise in the name of blasphemy in Pakistan...Continue reading
Lawyers representing a 16-year-old Pakistani Christian boy accused of blasphemy for ‘liking’ a photo posted on Facebook have reported being intimidated by the complainant’s supporters as they made their Appeal Court appearance on 3 October.
Aneeqa Maria Anthony, head of the legal team representing the boy, Nabeel Masih, said she was told by a lawyer for the complainant to “watch herself and stay away”. She also said about 80 people at the hearing made the courtroom tense, after they protested and threatened Masih’s family...Continue reading
A Jordanian writer charged with offending Islam after allegedly sharing a satirical cartoon on his Facebook page has been killed.
Nahid Hattar was hit by three bullets outside the court in the capital Amman where he was standing trial.
Police have arrested the suspected shooter, Riad Abdullah. Jordanian media said he was local imam who had been upset by the cartoon...Continue reading
Pakistani police have arrested a Muslim man under the majority-Muslim country's strict blasphemy laws for selling shoes with a sacred Hindu symbol, according to police and Hindu community leaders.
Jahanzaib Khaskheli, the shopkeeper, was arrested on Monday in the southern town of Tando Adam and the shoes, which carried the "Om" symbol, were confiscated, said Farrukh Ali, the district police chief...Continue reading
Saudi Arabia sentences a man to 10 years in prison and 2,000 lashes for expressing his atheism on Twitter
A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a man to 10 years in prison and 2,000 lashes for expressing his atheism in hundreds of social media posts.
The report carried in Al-Watan says the 28-year-old man admitted to being an atheist and refused to repent, saying that what he wrote reflected his own beliefs and that he had the right to express them. The report did not name the man...Continue reading