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17 Sep 2019

Today in Islamophobia: UN warns Rohingya still in Myanmar face threat of genocide. As four Muslims are injured in a mob attack in India, Trump decides to join Modi in Houston. World Uyghur Congress slams Imran Khan for speaking up for Kashmir while remaining silent on the Uyghur crisis in Xinjiang. Our recommended read today is by Ayshan Khan on the British website aimed at Muslim women that is secretly funded by UK’s anti-extremism program. This, and more, below:

United Kingdom

17 Sep 2019

Website aimed at British Muslim women funded by UK anti-extremism program | Recommended Read

Since last year, the website has accepted grant funding from the Building a Stronger Britain Together, a government program that aims to fund “civil society and community organisations who work to create more resilient communities, stand up to extremism in all its forms and offer vulnerable individuals a positive alternative.” Critics of the British government’s BSBT and other counter-terrorism programs argue that the effort stigmatizes Muslims. read the complete article

Our recommended read of the day

United States

17 Sep 2019

Ilhan Omar: Americans Treated Me As ‘Suspect’ After 9/11 Attacks

“I mean so, 9/11 was an attack on all Americans. It was an attack on all of us. And I certainly could not understand the weight of the pain that the victims of the, the families of 9/11 must feel,” Rep. Omar said.“But, I think it is really important for us to make sure that we are not forgetting, right, the aftermath of what happened after 9/11. Many Americans found themselves now having their civil rights stripped from them,” she continued. read the complete article

17 Sep 2019

Trump to join Modi in Houston to address 50,000 Indian-Americans, says White House

Over 50,000 people have registered for the event, which will be held at Houston’s NRG stadium. Mr. Trump’s possible attendance was first reported by The Wire on Saturday – which also said an announcement on the India-US trade package (reports of which were carried by the media earlier) may be made during the Houston event. read the complete article


17 Sep 2019

Four injured after mob attacks Muslim family in India's Aligarh

Four members of a Muslim family have been injured after a mob of at least 10 unidentified people attacked them in Aligarh city of Uttar Pradesh state, Indian media reported on Monday. read the complete article

17 Sep 2019

Activists Petition Gates Foundation Not To Honor India’s Prime Minister

Activists delivered a petition with more than 100,000 signatures to the Gates Foundation’s Seattle headquarters on Monday asking the high-profile organization not to give an award to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an event next week. The petition from Justice for All says the award, which the foundation is giving to Modi for a sanitation initiative in India, “could not have come at a more awkward time.” It points to recent events in Kashmir, where Modi’s Hindu nationalist-led government stripped its part of the Muslim-majority state of its autonomy last month and then arrested thousands of people and cut communications in a widespread crackdown. read the complete article


17 Sep 2019

World Uyghur Congress slams Pakistan PM Imran Khan for his ‘silence’ on Uyghur Muslims issue in China

Responding to China's claims that Uighur detention camps were actually vocational training centres, the activist said it was a "lie" as China is hiding things. "It is just a lie from the Chinese side...They are trying to hide things and are committing crimes against humanity," Isa remarked."Pakistan Prime Minister brings up the Kashmir issue all the time but when it comes to the Uighurs he closes his eyes and supports China's policy. This is a double standard. It is a shame," he said. read the complete article


17 Sep 2019

Myanmar envoy: Gov’t can handle accountability for Rohingya

Myanmar’s envoy to the top U.N. human rights body says his country rejects any move to bring the issue of alleged rights violations against ethnic Rohingya Muslims to an international legal forum. Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun insisted Myanmar’s government will “never tolerate any violation of human rights to anyone” and is “capable of addressing the issue of accountability.” read the complete article

17 Sep 2019

Rohingya still in Myanmar face 'threat of genocide': United Nations

Myanmar has rejected most of the accusations and dismissed a report last September by a U.N-appointed panel which said military officers carried out the campaign against the Rohingya with “genocidal intent” and should stand trial. “The threat of genocide is continuing for the remaining Rohingya,” Australian human rights lawyer and panel member Christopher Sidoti said in a statement accompanying a new report issued in Geneva, adding that Myanmar was failing to prevent and punish genocide. read the complete article

Today in Islamophobia, 17 Sep 2019 Edition


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