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Bahrain bans three clerics from preaching; opposition condemns move

(Reuters) - Bahrain has banned three Muslim clerics from preaching in mosques, accusing them of violating the "ethics and principles of religious discourse", in what opposition activists said was part of a crackdown on dissent.

State news agency BNA said the Ministry of Justice and Islamic Affairs and Interior Ministry of the Sunni Muslim-ruled kingdom had forbidden Sheikh Kamel al-Hashemi, Adel al-Hamad and Mohammed al-Mansi to preach in and around the capital Manama.....

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UN News - Independent UN human rights expert urges Bahrain to stop persecuting Shi’a Muslims

UN News - Independent UN human rights expert urges Bahrain to stop persecuting Shi’a Muslims | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

24 April 2014 – An independent United Nations human rights expert today urged the Government of Bahrain to stop the harassment and persecution of a Shi’a Muslim leader who was reportedly forced to leave the country following threats from State security agents to arrest him and his son.

Heiner Bielefeldt, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, said he received reliable information that Hussain Mirza Abdelbaqi Najati was forced to leave for Lebanon on 23 April after being exposed to “enormous pressure and harassment” by Bahrain authorities.

“Targeting the most senior and influential Shi’a religious figure in Bahrain may amount to intimidating and thus discriminating against the entire Shi’a Muslim community in the country because of its religious beliefs,” the expert stated in a news release.

From a statement issued yesterday on the website of Bahrain’s Ministry of Interior, it appears, the news release said, that the decision revoking Mr. Najati’s Bahraini citizenship and the orders to expel him from the country may have been made due to his position as a senior and influential religious authority among Shi’a believers, who make up the majority of the country’s population.

“I have expressed to the Government of Bahrain my grave concerns at what appears to be an act of religiously motivated discrimination, which would seem to impose unjustified restrictions on Mr. Najati’s fundamental human rights, including his right to practice and profess peacefully his religious beliefs,” Mr. Bielefeldt stressed, warning that the case may have far-reaching implications for the Shi’a Muslim community in the country.

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Bahrain Shiites stage march against 'repression'

Bahrain Shiites stage march against 'repression' | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Thousands of Shiites in Bahrain took to the streets south of the capital Manama on Friday to protest against what they called repression of the opposition, witnesses said.

They marched in the Shiite area of Bilad al-Qadim, waving the flag of the Gulf state and chanting slogans calling for jailed members of the opposition to be released. ...

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Jailing of Bahrain Shiite activists is ‘appalling’ – Amnesty International

Jailing of Bahrain Shiite activists is ‘appalling’ – Amnesty International | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Human rights watchdog Amnesty International has criticized a Bahrain court decision to jail 50 Shiite activists for up to 15 years in a mass show trial, calling the verdict "appalling" and urging a probe into reports that some activists were tortured.

"It’s appalling what passes for ‘justice’ today in Bahrain," Amnesty International Middle East and North Africa director Philip Luther said, as quoted by AFP. ...

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Shia genocide makes Shia Islam a successful global movement ....

Shia genocide makes Shia Islam a successful global movement .... | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Despite their genocide in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Bahrain and elsewhere, Shia Muslims didn’t retreat nor did they bow to the enemies. Instead, martyrdoms in genocide has emboldened them and strengthened and accentuated their position across the world. They unified them in all over the world. For the first time in the history, rallies and demonstrations were staged in the U.S., and Europe.

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These are some examples of successful Shia Islamic movements. Due to peaceful nature of Shia Islamic movements, takfiri nasbi Wahhabi ideologues have been disappointed and they opted for genocide of Shia Muslims. But, martyrdoms and persecution of Shiites and denial of inalienable rights to them under non-Shia regimes have vindicated their ideology of justice, freedom, moderation and rationality.

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#Saudi protesters call on Riyadh to withdraw from #Bahrain

#Saudi protesters call on Riyadh to withdraw from #Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The demonstrators accused Saudi officials of committing crimes against pro-democracy protesters in Bahrain.

They slammed Saudi Arabia for supporting and helping Manama in its violent crackdown on the Bahrainis. They called for the release of political prisoners.

The demonstrators also called on international rights groups to speak out against the continuous torture and abuse of Saudi Arabian prisons....

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Grave of Hazrat Jafar ibn Abi Talib feared attacked in Jordan | The Shia Post

Grave of Hazrat Jafar ibn Abi Talib feared attacked in Jordan | The Shia Post | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The Holy grave of Hazrat Jafar ibn Abi Talib (AS) has been feared attacked and set ablaze in Jordan, Al Khabar Press  and Faras News Agency reported.

A week after the desecration of holy shrine of companion Hujar bin Uday and exhumation of his grave in the Damascus suburb of Adra by Wahabi terrorists who also  took his body to an unknown place.

According to details, takfiri Wahabi terrorists in Karak in southern Jordan burned the shrine Ja’far ibn Abi Talib.

In this regard the reports have suggested, that the houses of Bohra Shiite community were also attacked.

These acts are rising anger in the Muslim across the world as a result of systematic abuse suffered by Islamic sanctities.

The Jordanian government has committed silent about the crime with the Jordanian media refrained from broadcasting news

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#Bahrain : the kingdom of religious oppression

Massive rally , west of the capital Manama today Friday 5th April 5, 2013 titled " strives to ruin them" --marking one of the painful anniversaries in the history of Bahrain, mosques demolishing. A crime of many that were perpetrated by the Bahraini regime, during a period, when the Peninsula Shield forces entered the country , and during a period when the people of Bahrain had witnessed all kinds of vindictive violations that they have never witnessed before, most of these violations were perpetrated against the pro-democracy citizens. Many human rights organizations as well as the BICI have documented these violations. 

The regime's vindictive repressive measures was targeting everything. In a historic precedent, the regime ,shockingly, destroyed 38 mosques across Bahrain some of them were build 400 years ago, which is before the presence of the current ruling family.

The BICI report, which known as Bssiouni Report which was issued in November 2011, concluded that the mosques demolishing, which perpetrated by the regime , was vindictively perpetrated against a fragment of citizens and it is unlawful and lacks the logical justification. The commission also pointed out the many sacred places have been vandalized in addition to their facilitilties. The commission recommended also that these demolished mosques must be rebuilt and hold the perpetrators accountable for all violations committed against the citizens' religious practices and their beliefs... the issues is unresolved as the authorities refuse to rebuild all the demolished mosques.
It is not only the demolishing of mosques that has been witnessed during the emergency law in 2011, which was based on oppressing the Bahraini revolution that erupted in 14th February,2011. Violations took many different forms, arbitrary arrests, torture to death, thousands of workers dismissed from their works, mosques had been demolished, which were all internationally denounced. The regime could not justify the mosques demolishing, some officials wanted to justify it their justifications were all contradictory, which indicated that the whole process vindictively conducted against the citizens and their beliefs, measures that have never been taken in any Islamic country in the world.
The demands in Bahrain have entered their third year , they demand a peaceful democratic transition of power a real partnership to run the country, but these demands are still being faced with brutal violence and oppression from the official side, some of the area across in Bahrain have been militarized by the regime forces that work hard to stop any peaceful protest that take place in many areas across the country.

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Senior Cleric: Do Not Be Indifferent to the Shia Massacre | The Shia Post

Senior Cleric: Do Not Be Indifferent to the Shia Massacre | The Shia Post | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

One of the Islamic Jurist of Najaf in a message to the secretary general of United Nations heavily criticized the silence of this organization and the international community to the Shia massacre occurring in the world especially in Iraq and Pakistan.

Ayatollah Sayed Muhammad Saied Hakim one of the Islamic jurist of Najaf in a message to the secretary general of United Nations strongly denounced the Shia massacre occurring in the world especially in Iraq and Pakistan and emphasized the need to stand against such crimes.

He wrote in his message: “The international community has to be responsible toward the Shia massacre and the terrorist bombings especially in Iraq and Pakistan and do not be indifferent toward this disaster.”
He considered attacking the busy areas and the place of worship of Shia as an inhuman crime and asked the United Nations to condemn this kind of acts.

Ayatollah Hakim continued: “Failure to deal with terrorist crimes can make nations pessimistic towards international institutions and organizations.”

It is noteworthy that this message has been given to Martin Coupler the representative of UN in Iraq by Abdul Hadi Hakim parliament member of Iraq and Coupler would give this letter to Ban Ki Moon in few days.

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Shiites lash out after Pakistan bombing kills 81

Shiites lash out after Pakistan bombing kills 81 | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Members of the Pakistani Shiite Hazara community Sunday threatened to hold widespread protests if the government did not arrest within 48 hours the people responsible for a massive bombing that killed 81 people in a southwestern city.

Saturday's blast at a produce market in Quetta underlined the precarious situation for Shiites living in a majority Sunni country where many extremist groups don't consider them real Muslims. Some 160 people were also wounded in the blast.

Most of the dead and wounded were Hazaras, an ethnic group that migrated from Afghanistan over a century ago. Shiite Muslims, including Hazaras, have often been targeted by Sunni extremists inBaluchistan province, of which Quetta is the capital, as well as in the southern city of Karachi and northwestern Pakistan.

The vice chairman of the Hazara Democratic Party, a political group representing Hazaras, said Sunday that the party was giving the government 48 hours to find those responsible for the attack and arrest them.

"Otherwise, the Hazara community will start a protest in Pakistan and the world over," said Azizullah Hazara. ....

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Syria: Attacks on Shiite Religious Sites Raise Tensions

Syria: Attacks on Shiite Religious Sites Raise Tensions | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
(New York) – Armed opposition groups appeared to have deliberately destroyed religious sites in mixed areas of Northern Syria, in November and December 2012, Human Rights Watch said
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Pakistan Shia families refuse to bury dead

Pakistan Shia families refuse to bury dead | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Families of Shia Muslims targeted in twin bombings that killed at least 86 people in the Pakistani city of Quetta are refusing to bury their dead unless the government does more to protect them from increasing violence targeting their sect.

Protesters in Quetta have staged a sit-in since Friday evening, and demonstrations were held in solidarity with them in other cities, including Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad, on both Friday and Saturday.

"It is winter, it is extremely cold in Quetta, we're told it was raining last night, and over 20 hours after those people had been killed in that indiscriminate bombing, the Shia community are sitting there, thousands of them, and they want an answer from the government. They want the security forces to take over control of the city and to provide security to the people," reported Al Jazeera's Kamal Hyder from Islamabad.

The attack on a billiards hall on Thursday night in the southwestern city marked a bloody start to the new year after a human rights group said 2012 was the deadliest ever for Shias in the majority Sunni Muslim country.

Many of the attacks last year were carried out by Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a Sunni extremist group that claimed responsibility for the bombing of the billiards hall.

The attack was one of three that took place across Pakistan on Thursday, killing 120 people in the country's deadliest day in five years.

The billiards hall was located in a predominantly Shia area, and most of the dead and wounded were from the sect.

Members of the community laid about 50 of their dead on the street on Friday, saying that they would not bury them until the government improves security in the area.

Islamic custom dictates the dead should be buried as soon possible.

Authorities said that the protest had ended late on Friday night, but by Saturday morning, many demonstrators were still holding their positions.

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ASWJ terrorists kill 3 Shias in MQM dominated areas in Karachi | The Shia Post

ASWJ terrorists kill 3 Shias in MQM dominated areas in Karachi | The Shia Post | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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Malaysia accused of shocking human rights violations, abuses against Shiite minority

Malaysia accused of shocking human rights violations, abuses against Shiite minority | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON, April 7, 2014 – Malaysia has a serious human rights problem, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW), which released a 100+ page report entitled “No Answers, No Apologies” detailing abuses by Malaysian authorities. The report comes on the heels of accounts that Malaysia arrested infants from the country’s minority Shiite Muslim sect, based upon the “crime” of engaging in Shiite religious practices.

International attention has been given to Malaysia after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing last month, and human rights watchdogs welcome the focus.

“Unjustified shootings, mistreatment and deaths in custody, and excessive use of force in dispersing public assemblies persist because of an absence of meaningful accountability for Malaysia’s police force, the Royal Malaysia Police (RMP),” says the HRW report.

The human rights abuses are directed at all sectors of Malaysian society, however significant media attention has been drawn towards the plight of Shia Muslims in Malaysia, who are facing increased discrimination on a daily basis.

“Among the marginalized in Malaysia, there is a single group perhaps more marginalized than many. They are the people that Malaysia has forgotten. They are the Shiite Muslims” says Loyar Burok, a popular Malaysian blog. The article is entitled “Shiite Muslims in Malaysia: A Cultural Genocide.”...

 

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Sheikh Salman: Conflict in #Bahrain "No Longer Political"

Sheikh Salman: Conflict in #Bahrain "No Longer Political" | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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"The mercenaries, not the Bahrainis, have been always taking the high posts in the ministries of defense, information, interior and foreign affairs since the state was established".

"We must not give up as we are not weak. We can resort to the samples of people who achieved victory after confronting the challenge. "

Sheikh Salman asserted the importance of education to cope with the blackout and called on social as well as economic collaboration to protect the country and to defend it against the division conspiracies....

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Parachinar: Bomb blasts outside central Imambargah – Shia Killing | English

Parachinar: Bomb blasts outside central Imambargah, 50 martyred, 100 injured

Over 50 Shiites were martyed and a 100 others injured in 2 bomb blasts outside the central Imambargah in Pakistan’s mostly Shiite populated city Parachinar.

 

The bombs went off a few minutes before Iftaar time....

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Bahrain Senior Cleric: Shia Killing in Egypt, Humiliation of Humanity | The Shia Post

Bahrain Senior Cleric: Shia Killing in Egypt, Humiliation of Humanity | The Shia Post | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Bahrain’s Shia Leader Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim described last week’s Shia killing in Egypt’s Giza province as an example of humiliating the entire humanity.

In his Friday prayer sermon at Imam Sadeq (AS) Mosque in Manama’s Diraz district, Ayatollah Qassim also said the massacre was a heinous one and a testament to the ignorance of its perpetrators.

On Sunday, June 23, extremist Takfiri mobs attacked a house in a village in Giza province of Egypt and killed four Shia Muslims in the house including Allameh Sheikh Hassan Shehata, spiritual leader of Shia Muslims in the country.

Ayatollah Qassim urged all Muslims to stand up against these seditious acts and against those who consider their fellow Muslims as infidels.

“There are some ignorant people who have a wrong understanding of Islam and Islamic schools and try to exploit divisive issues to deal a blow to the Muslim Ummah’s unity,” he said.

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Iraq condemns desecration of holy site in Syria by militants | The Shia Post

Iraq condemns desecration of holy site in Syria by militants | The Shia Post | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has condemned the desecration of the ancient grave of a Shia Muslim figure near the Syrian capital by foreign-sponsored militants.

 

In a statement issued by his office, Maliki described the attack as a “mean act” that targeted the unity among Muslims, Iraqi media reported on Thursday.

According to reports by online media, anti-Syria militants have attacked the mausoleum and grave of Hujr ibn Adi in the Damascus suburb of Adra, and taken his remains to an unknown location.

“The targeting of the Great Companion’s shrine stands for targeting the Muslims’ cohesion,” the statement added.

Hujr – a close companion of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and a staunch supporter of the first Shia Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (PBUH) – led the army of Muslims to victory in several crucial battles.

He and his sons were murdered on the orders of the Umayyad Caliph Muawiyah in the year 660 CE.

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Saudi Shi'ites fear new unrest after spy arrests

Saudi Shi'ites fear new unrest after spy arrests | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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The government is dealing with this as a security threat, not as a political issue. Shia demands are not big. They are achievable and for not much cost," said Jafar al-Shayeb, a Shi'ite community leader and former elected head of Qatif municipality.

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"Two years ago the only demands were to release prisoners. Now the protests demand full equality. The more force the government uses, the bigger the demands grow," said a Shi'ite activist, who requested anonymity....."

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Ajstream, Pakistani forces are involved in Baloch and Hazara Genocide

This video expose the Pakistani lie. Pakistan is using its Islamic proxies against Baloch democratic forces in occupied Balochistan
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Saudi, UAE assist annual $100 mln for terrorist actives in Pakistan: Report | The Shia Post

Saudi, UAE assist annual $100 mln for terrorist actives in Pakistan: Report | The Shia Post | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates is funding annual $100 million for terrorist activities in Pakistan.

Donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide.......

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Dozens dead in bomb attack on Quetta's Shia

Dozens dead in bomb attack on Quetta's Shia | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
At least 72 people killed in attack on vegetable market that targeted members of Hazara community in southwestern city.
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Grand Ayatollah Makarem Condemns Int’l Bodies’ Silence over Wahhabis’ Crimes | The Shia Post

Grand Ayatollah Makarem Condemns Int’l Bodies’ Silence over Wahhabis’ Crimes | The Shia Post | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Grand Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi condemned the massacre of Shia Muslims in Pakistan by radical Wahhabis and slammed international bodies for their silence over the carnage.  Speaking at Azam Mosque in the holy city of Qom on Wednesday, the grand source of emulation described the killing of Shia Muslims in Pakistan as horrendous and said international bodies have kept quiet over the crimes of Wahhabis.

 

How long should these massacres continue and innocent lives perish?, he asked.

Grand Ayatollah Shirazi said the United States and Saudi Arabia fund these terrorists as well as those committing crimes in Syria and elsewhere.

He underlined that such crimes will not impede the growth of the school of Ahl-ul-Bayt (AS).

He also said that Shia Muslims are vigilant and will not retaliate to create a sectarian war, which is what the enemies pursue.

The senior cleric further censured the government of Pakistan for failing to provide security for its Shia population and its indifference to the crimes against Shi’ites in the country.

In the latest example of anti-Shia crimes by Wahabis, two bombs ripped through a predominantly Shia neighborhood in the city of Quetta, Pakistan, last week, killing nearly 100 people.

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The Hazaras and the Unique Coffins Protest | The Baloch Hal

The Hazaras and the Unique Coffins Protest | The Baloch Hal | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

...The attack was the latest in a slow-motion genocide of minority Shia Muslims in Pakistan by Sunni-Muslim extremists who consider the Shia as infidels, thus worthy of death. Many attacks against Shia Muslims are carried out by Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), a militant Islamic group allied with al-Qaida and the Taliban. This time too the LeJ promptly claimed responsibility for the slaughter

So far the Hazaras have endured every killing and attack with silent suffering, hoping their lack of response would be rewarded by a cessation of targeted attacks. But not this time.

The sight of 100 mangled bodies, including that of Pakistan’s leading Shia youth activist for human rights, Khud Ali, seems to be the straw that broke the camel’s back.

Instead of burying the dead, as is required by Islamic law, the Hazara shia Muslims have taken the coffins to the streets and refused to bury the deceased</a> unless the government assures them of protection against jihadi groups tied to the Taliban.

For over 24 hours now the Hazara shia of Quetta have braved sub-zero temperatures that dropped to -10C, and are refusing to vacate the blocked road or to bury the dead. So far there has been total inaction by all levels of government. Frightened by the Islamic terrorists, it seems the country’s president, prime minister and the provincial chief minister, have all cowered down in their respective shelters, not knowing if it would be safe, exposing themselves among the ordinary mourning Hazaras. ....

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