Nadia Murad, Yazidi woman who survived ISIS captivity receives Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize.
On October 10, 2016, the Council of Europe awarded the Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize to 23-year-old Nadia Murad, a Yazidi woman formerly held captive and abused by ISIS, now turned human rights activist. Murad was also expected to receive the Nobel Peace Prize this year but such distinction was conferred to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos earlier this month.
CA Governor Jerry Brown signs Safe Place to Learn Act to protect Muslim and Sikh students from bullying.
The aim of the Safe Place to Learn Act or AB 2845 is to prevent discrimination, harassment, and bullying against Muslim and Sikh students in the classrooms of California. This new law will provide teachers, staff, and administrators with resources that will help them to identify, prevent, and find a solution to bullying and discrimination happening in their schools. The bill comes in the wake of the rise in incidents reported in the California. The law requires the...
PARIS — Armed police surrounding Muslim women on beaches and ordering them to remove their modest clothes or leave. Calls from onlookers to “go back to where you came from.” Public humiliation and ostracism with echoes of the morals police of theocratic countries like Iran or Saudi Arabia, not a country that sees its values as a paragon of Western freedoms.
On Sunday afternoon, Nurul Khan changed clothes after working around his house on a sweltering day and set off on a short walk, just around the corner, to his mosque to pray. It is a stroll he takes five times a day, he said, starting each morning before the sun has risen.
Lisle, Illinois: In light of the tragic events of the past weeks, the African-American, Islamic community, Sikh Americans community and the Du Page County Chiefs of Police Association joined together to remember the lives of the civilians and Dallas police officers who were recently killed. More than 200 people attended.
NICE, France — There is the Nice of popular imagination, the old-world resort dotted with palm trees and cafes that look out on the Mediterranean Sea, suffused with an incandescent light prized for centuries by artists.
Then there is the other Nice, one that begins to show its face a few blocks inland from the seaside Promenade des Anglais, the majestic arc of a boulevard where 84 people were killed by a 31-year-old Tunisian immigrant at the wheel of a 19-ton truck. This Nice is home to many Muslim immigrants from North Africa, including a secular middle-class that has lived...
Dallas — The pews and pulpits of Dallas were full of people seeking hope Sunday after the slaying of five police officers. Of people exorcising their anger over the latest police shootings of young black men in Minnesota and Louisiana. Of people looking for some measure of kindness and unity in a country that suddenly seems in short supply of both.
“Isn’t it amazing?” says Holocaust survivor Lola Byron, who grew up understanding that “no one was supposed to know I was Jewish.” “So many Jewish young women feeling completely comfortable with where they are and what they’re doing and not having to hide and not having to do it on the sly. It’s a gift. It’s really a gift.” More →