by Mohammad Pervez Bilgrami
India’s Hindu nationalist government recently passed the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) to amend the Citizenship Act of 1955, paving the way for grantingIndiancitizenship to religious minorities from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh. Those listed as eligible to become Indians in the new law are Hindus,.. More
In Sept. 2018, “Institut Montaigne”, a French think tank close to French President Emmanuel Macron’s government, published a report that calls for a stronger regulation of Muslim religious practices by the state in order to better counter “Islamism”.
Entitled “Islamism Factory”, the report triggered a turmoil.. More
Jafar Alam sits by a small grocery shop in the Rohingya refugee camp in New Delhi's Kalindi Kunj area.
A police officer who visited the camp had asked Alam to fill a six-page "personal data" form. Alam refused.
"Today, if you will not cooperate with us, we will not cooperate with you tomorrow," the policeman warned.
He then walked.. More
The Rohingya people have still been fleeing to Bangladesh from restive Rakhine state of Myanmar and they reside in the areas that are at high risk of landslides and flooding, the UN refugee agency said on Friday.
About 8,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh so far this year, UNHCR spokesman Andrej Mahecic said in a news conference on Friday.. More
Myanmar authorities have lured dozens of mainly Buddhist but with some Christians, Bangladeshi tribal families to cross the border and resettle on land abandoned by fleeing Muslim-majority Rohingya, officials said Monday.
About 50 families from remote hill and forest areas on the Bangladesh side, attracted by offers of free land and food, have moved.. More
Nearly five million people in India's eastern state of Assam face the threat of deportation after a top government official said they have failed to provide documentation proving that their families lived there prior to 1971.
The risk comes as the government of Assam prepares to publish a preliminary list of citizens to incorporate into its National.. More
A 63-year-old imam of a mosque has been “beaten to death” on Saturday in the Muslim-majority city of Novi Pazar in Serbia.
Nazir Salihovic was attacked when he was on his way back home after leading the night prayer at the mosque, the Serbian Islamic Union said in a statement.
It said the attack on Salihovic was “unacceptable”.. More
Myanmar is building military bases over flattened Rohingya villages, an international rights group said.
Security forces have bulldozed houses and started constructing at least three new security facilities in Myanmar's western Rakhine state, said Amnesty International's Remaking Rakhine State report, which was published on Monday.
The report, which.. More
More than 500 Islamophobic incidents were recorded in Spain last year, including against women and children and several mosques, according to a civil society group.
Details of the incidents were documented in the report "Islamophobia in Spain 2017” released Friday by the Citizens’ Platform Against Islamophobia (PCI).
According to.. More
Muslims in Europe are well-integrated into mainstream society but are not fully accepted by all, according to a new study released by the Bertelsmann Foundation in Germany.
The Religion Monitor 2017 surveyed education, working life and interreligious contacts of Muslims in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France and the U.K., which are home to nearly.. More
At least 6,700 Rohingya were killed by Myanmar security forces in one month following a government-led crackdown in the country's Rakhine state in late August, according to Doctors Without Borders (MSF).
The figure, published on Thursday in an MSF report, is significantly higher than the numbers reported by Myanmar military officials relating to the.. More
The rape of Rohingya women by Myanmar's security forces has been sweeping and methodical, the Associated Press news agency found in interviews with 29 women and girls who fled to neighboring Bangladesh.
The sexual assault survivors from several refugee camps were interviewed separately and extensively.
The women gave AP their names, but agreed to.. More
An agreement signed between Bangladesh and Myanmar concerning the voluntary repatriation of more than 600,000 Rohingya, exonerates Myanmar's security forces of any responsibility for their displacement, and places the persecuted minority in harm's way, according to a Bangladeshi opposition politician.
Bangladesh's main opposition party criticized the.. More
Activists have called for stronger action to stop the "ongoing genocide" against the majority-Muslim Rohingya ethnic group after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he was against "broad-based economic sanctions" against Myanmar.
At a joint press conference with Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi in the capital Naypyitaw.. More
Myanmar security forces have carried out "well-organised, coordinated and systematic" attacks aimed at preventing Rohingya ethnic group from returning, the UN Human Rights office said in a report on Wednesday.
The report based on interviews with Rohingya who arrived in Bangladesh in the past month, said that "clearance operations".. More