RSF Condemns Taliban’s Order to Cover Faces of Female Journalists On Air

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Wednesday strongly condemned the recent decision by the Taliban to require female journalists to cover their faces on air. RSF said that Journalists’ faces have disappeared from Afghan TV since 22 May and lauded the …

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Afghan Male News Presenters Wear Masks To Protest Taliban’s Face-Cover Order For Female Colleagues

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Male presenters and reporters on TV channels in Afghanistan went on air with their faces covered in solidarity with their female colleagues after the Taliban ordered them to cover their faces. Taliban’s Vice and Virtue Ministry has made face veils …

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G7 Nations Denounce Taliban Restrictions On Afghan Women, Girls

The G7 Foreign Ministers strongly condemned the Taliban’s new decree enforcing Hijab on Afghan women and new punishments for family members to enforce compliance with these restrictions. “We stand with the Afghan people in their demand for equal rights in …

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Hong Kong Police Arrest Catholic Cardinal for Alleged Foreign Collusion

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Hong Kong national security police arrested Cardinal Joseph Zen and four others on allegations of colluding with foreign forces on Wednesday. Hong Kong police arrested five people, including Zen, barrister Margaret Ng, activist and singer Denise Ho, former lawmaker Cyd …

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US Watchdog Asks State Department To List Afghanistan As “Worst Religious Freedom Violator”

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) on Monday said that religious freedom conditions in Afghanistan have sharply deteriorated in the eight months since withdrawal of foreign troops from the country and the Taliban swept to power. The USCIRF …

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Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan Condemn ‘Deliberate Abuse’ Of Holy Quran By ‘Extremists’ In Sweden

A number of Arabic countries have strongly condemned the deliberate abuse of the Holy Quran by the Swedish far-right party which they described as “extremists.” Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan said that burning the Quran is a disrespectful act and …

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Clashes at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque Injured over 150 Palestinians

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More than 150 Palestinians received injuries after Israeli police entered the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem before dawn on Friday as thousands of Palestinians were gathered to perform Friday prayers, setting off a series of clashes. Palestinian news agency WAFA reported …

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Karnataka High Court Upholds Hijab Ban; Appeal Filed to India’s High Court

The Karnataka high court has upheld the hijab ban in educational institutions, saying that it is not a mandated religious practice in the Islamic faith. As of February 10, the Karnataka High Court had already prevented female students from wearing …

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Egypt Releases Female Pharmacist Accused of Terror Charges

An Egyptian pharmacist earlier beaten by her female colleagues for not wearing Hajib (Islamic veil) and also accused of terror charges, has been released from custody. The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) in a statement said that Isis Moustafa …

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UAE Stands by Women, Girls In Afghanistan: Envoy

The UAE’s Ambassador to the UN, Lana Nusseibeh on Wednesday reiterated commitment to stand by the sides of Afghan women and girls who are facing unprecedented restrictions by the Taliban regime since the collapse of the western-backed government in Afghanistan …

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