Violence/Vandalism

Yazidi Woman Who Escaped ISIS Captivity is Awarded Human Rights Prize - World Religion News

October 21, 2016
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.

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New California Law to Prevent Bullying of Sikh and Muslim Students - World Religion News

October 21, 2016
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...
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French ‘Burkini’ Bans Provoke Backlash as Armed Police Confront Beachgoers - The New York Times

August 27, 2016
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.

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Attack in Nice Turns Spotlight on City’s Religious Divisions - The New York Times

July 18, 2016
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...
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Dallas residents look to churches for hope and answers in wake of police deaths - WorldWide Religious News

July 15, 2016
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.

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Holocaust Survivor Shabbat | April 29, 2016 | Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly | PBS

May 3, 2016
“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 →

Source: Holocaust Survivor Shabbat | April 29, 2016 | Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly | PBS