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"sharia law is incompatible with democracy and human rights"

ECHR Ruling on sharia law

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Annual Report 2003 of the European Court of Human Rights

Council of Europe

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Since the early days of jihadism, Islamist extremists have exploited charitable organisations, non-profit organisations and NGOs to provide financial and material support for terrorist activity. Efforts increased to tackle this problem in the wake of the attacks on the United States on 11 September 2001, and a vast body of research and policy work has developed in the area of counter-terrorism financing. However, the ways in which charitable organisations have been used by Islamist extremists to spread their divisive and intolerant ideology have received relatively less attention.

On 12 July 2017, Home Secretary Amber Rudd made an official statement following the Home Office's internal review into the funding of Islamist Extremism in the UK. The review found that while a small number of extremist organisations received a significant proportion of their income from abroad, the majority did not, leading to the conclusion that ´"a comprehensive approach focused particularly on domestic sources of support for all forms of extremism is needed!"

The review found that some organisations were "purposefully vague" about their activities and charitable status, portray themselves as charities to increase their credibility and exploit the Islamic duty to give to charity, and that those donating money may not be aware of the 'organisations'· agenda. Yet, the Home Office did not make the details of these organisations public.

It is vital that information about these organisations and the strategies they employ is in the public domain, not least because evidence shows that in the last year alone a selection of the charities mentioned in this report received a minimum of £6,066,952 from the British taxpayer through Gift Aid. As the case studies in this report are illustrative rather than comprehensive, it is likely that this sum represents only the tip of the iceberg.

Contrary to claims that the problem is ´'negligible' the charities detailed in this report demonstrate that, despite more than a decade of attempts to improve regulation of the charitable sector, a concerning number of UK-registered charities continue to fund and support extremism. This is done by providing a platform for a network of Islamist extremist speakers, disseminating their literature, and giving them credibility, access to beneficiaries and the general public.

For decades the Charity Commission, which is legally unable to simply de-register "bad" charities, has been particularly ill equipped to deal with charities that are institutionally problematic, that is, involved with extremism at all levels of their activity. The Commission has demonstrated increasing engagement with, and recognition of, the problem, and the extension of its powers under the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016 has the potential to significantly improve regulation. Nevertheless, the public are yet to see if these powers will be used to maximum effect.

While charities can be abused for criminal purposes by those involved in terrorist activities, this report focuses on abuse by those Islamist extremists whose views are not illegal but remain problematic and dangerous. On occasion, the line between the two forms of abuse are blurred, with some charities connected to terrorism also showing signs of extremism, as is seen in the case of some humanitarian aid charities and those with other activities

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Muslim apologists often proudly claim that Islam liberated women from the terrible conditions they lived in before the coming of Muhammad. Yet, it is probably fair to ask what exactly this ‘liberation’ means if Islam condemns women to hell simply for being women.

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United Kingdom (UK)
News Date: 
21/05/2020
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Country: 
United Kingdom (UK)
News Date: 
18/05/2020
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The Charity Commission for England and Wales announced tha

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► Jhelum incident: Mob destroyed an Ahmadi-owned factory and occupied an Ahmadiyya mosque. Loot and arson took place in police presence. All Ahmadis had to flee from their homes to save their lives.

► Government of the Punjab banned more than 90 books and publications of the Ahmadiyya community on the recommendations of the Mutahiddah Ulama Board. These included the entire works of the founder of the community.

► The only book depot in Rabwah was raided by authorities; its septuagenarian proprietor was arrested by anti-terrorism squad, charged and sentenced to 8 years’ imprisonment after a speedy trial.

► One Ahmadiyya mosque was demolished, two were sealed, one disfigured and another one forcibly occupied temporarily and its furnishings set ablaze.

► Two Ahmadis were murdered for their faith.  An Ahmadi pressman was arrested by the police in Lahore on March 30, 2015. He was refused bail even by the Supreme Court. He remains in prison.

► Three Ahmadis of District Sheikhupura were not granted bail; they remained in prison throughout this year. They were arrested on July 18, 2014 under PPC 295-A on a spurious charge. Their colleague was murdered while in police custody in a police lockup.

► Anti-Ahmadiyya elements were allowed to hold conferences and rallies in Rabwah throughout the year. They incited the participants against the residents of the town. This happened despite the National Action Plan against extremism and terrorism.  The (PTI) speaker of KPK Assembly declared to the crowd in an antiAhmadiyya conference that the KPK government will soon make End of Prophethood part of school syllabus.

► Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat Peshawar issued a pamphlet which states: “It is Jihad to shoot such people (Ahmadis) in the open.”

► Anti-Ahmadiyya activities remained in high gear in Lahore this year as well. Mullas openly spread hate against Ahmadis.

► Punjab Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution condemning former High Commissioner to UK Wajid Shamsul Hasan’s statement criticizing antiAhmadi amendment to the constitution.

► A candidate in local government election distributed pamphlets with a note: “Qadianis need not bother to vote for me”.

► A mulla on state payroll, Zahid M Qasmi, stated: ‘Qadianis are a colossal mischief (fitna); the World of Islam will have to unite to crush its head.’

► A researcher on the ‘Ahmadi issue’ recommended research and open discussions; “only then we might be able to avoid the impending human disaster which is in the making,” he warned in an interview.

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Pakistan
News Date: 
22/05/2020
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Pakistan is the only country in the world whose penal code bars some Muslims from reciting Islamic scriptures, issuing calls to prayer or preaching their religious beliefs.

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