Monday 16 July 2012
Issue No . 2
The Islamic Cooperation Council condemns the renewed acts of repression and violation of Muslims’ human rights in Myanmar
Islamic Cooperation Council condemned on the renewed acts of repression and the violation of Muslims’ human rights in Myanmar. The Secretary-General, Mr. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, stated that renewed violence against Muslims, on 3 June 2012, had caused dismay and concern in the Islamic Cooperation Council. He noted that over the past three decades, Muslim citizens had been subjected to human rights abuses, including ethnic cleansing, murder, rape and forced displacement by security forces in Myanmar. He added that the council were shocked by the recent unfortunate remarks from the Myanmar President which scorned the Muslims of Myanmar; Mr. Ihsanoglu stressed that the Government of Myanmar is a member of the United Nations and ASEAN and is obliged to accede to the international human rights rules and regulations. The Council is determined to remind the Islamic world of this issue and to push for further discussions in the forums of the United Nations, the Human Rights Council and ASEAN, the European Union, as well as at the bilateral level with the Government of Myanmar, in order to find a peaceful and lasting solution to the issue.
First Scientific Conference on the Times of Prayer The participants at the First Scientific Conference on “The New Moons and Times of Worship, between Science and Astronomical Calculations”, agreed to form a committee at the Ministry of Islamic Affairs in cooperation with the Center for Remote Sensing and Space Science. The participants at the conference decided that the evidence of fasting or not fasting is not the issue, but to see the moon, in the words of the Prophet peace be upon him, “Do not fast until you see the crescent, do not stop fasting until you see the crescent.” The Conference recommended the establishment of advanced astronomical observatories to monitor the new moons and other astronomical phenomena across Libya, and to work on closer cooperation between the Fatwa and the Ministry of Higher Education and the Center for Remote Sensing in this regard.
Media personnel released Damascus, the capital of Syria witnesses the bloodiest clashes between the government forces and the free Syrian Army from Bani Walid The two journalists, previously kidnapped in Bani Walid, were released on Sunday evening. The journalists had been released after difficult negotiations between the two parties in Misrata and Bani Walid. A spokesman stated that that the journalists were in good health and were being accommodated in the Hotel Mujahidin the city of Gadu. Mr. Suleiman Al-Baroni, from the city of Gadu and local council head, Mr. Salim Al-Badrani were greeted by journalists. They commended the Head of the Supreme Council: “We commend all the efforts made by all parties, especially the elders of Gadu.”
The Syrian Observer for Human Rights announced that some neighborhoods in the Syrian capital of Damascus, on Sunday, saw violent clashes between the government forces and the Free Syrian army; these clashes being the bloodiest since the uprising began 16 months ago. The Observer, Mr. Rami Abdel Rahman stated that the government forces had shelled several districts in Damascus with mortar fire, where it believed the Free Syrian army was located.
Human Rights Council condemning human rights violations in Syria. , (Wall) - Human Rights Council condemned Friday a decision by the majority of killings and systematic human rights violations in Syria. The resolution called on Syrian authorities to put an immediate end to all acts of violence and all violations of human rights, and stressed the importance of those responsible for widespread and systematic use of violence against the Syrian people to justice. The resolution called on Syrian authorities to release all those detained arbitrarily, and to allow independent observers immediate access to all detention facilities, and urgent implementation of the comprehensive plan and the joint envoy of the United Nations and Arab League Kofi Annan six without any preconditions. The Council decided to refer all reports and verbal updates by Commission of Inquiry to all bodies of the United Nations and the Secretary General of the United Nations to take appropriate action
The National Organization Against Corruption assesses a training plan The National Organization Against Corruption, in collaboration with an American organisation, is organizing a creative training course, which will promote transparency and combat corruption. The programme began on Saturday 14th July and will continue for ten days, with several lectures by Dr. Masri Hussein Salama, who is a certified
instructor with the Arabic League and the World Bank; the programme aims to identify and educate target indicators for measuring transparency and corruption and ways of monitoring and addressing these issues. The trainees will undergo field training for two months in the concepts and approaches to be utilised. It is envisaged that the programme will be a
step towards activating and strengthening the supervisory role of the civil society institutions and creating communitywide partnerships against corruption. The National Organization Against Corruption is one of the community’s institutions in Benghazi, and will be collaborating with an American Organization specialised in supporting civil society institutions.