MUSLIM HATE OF CHILDREN
UN Tells Saudi Arabia To Stop Stoning And Executing Kids
The Committee on the Rights of the Child also condemned the Saudi-led coalition’s airstrikes on Yemen.
GENEVA (Reuters) - A U.N. human rights watchdog called on Saudi Arabia
on Friday to end “severe” discrimination against girls and to repeal
laws that allow the stoning, amputation, flogging and execution of
The Committee on the Rights of the Child condemned the Saudi-led
coalition’s airstrikes in Yemen, which it said had killed and maimed
hundreds of children, and its “use of starvation” as a tactic in that
war against Iran-backed Houthis.
The committee’s 18 independent experts examined the kingdom’s record of
compliance with a U.N. treaty protecting the rights of people under the
age of 18.
Bandar Bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, chairman of the Saudi Human Rights
Commission, who led a Saudi delegation to the committee’s review, told
the body that sharia, Islamic law, was above all laws and treaties,
including the Convention on the Rights of the Child. But the kingdom
had the political will to protect children’s rights, he said.
U.N. experts voiced deep concern that Riyadh “still does not recognize
girls as full subjects of rights and continues to severely discriminate
(against) them in law and practice and to impose on them a system of
Traditional, religious or cultural attitudes should not be used to justify violations of their right to equality, they said.
Children of Shiite Muslim families and other religious minorities are
persistently discriminated against in their access to schools and
justice in the Sunni-ruled kingdom, they said.
Children over 15 years are tried as adults and can be executed, “after
trials falling short of guarantees of due process and a fair trial”,
the report said.
Out of 47 people executed on Jan. 2, 2016 - the biggest mass execution
for security offences in decades, that included a prominent Shi’ite
cleric, at least four wereunder 18 when sentenced to death, it said.
The experts urged Saudi authorities to “repeal all provisions contained
in legislation which authorize the stoning, amputation and flogging of
Saudi Arabia should “unambiguously prohibit the use of solitary
confinement, life sentences on children and child attendance of public
All forms of sexual abuse against children should be a crime and perpetrators prosecuted, the experts said.
They cited the case of Muslim preacher Fayhan al-Ghamdi, saying his
charges were reduced and he was released from jail “after having raped,
tortured and killed his five-year-old daughter” in 2012.
Suicide Bomber Kills Dozens, Mostly Women, Kids Celebrating Easter in Pakistan Park
by MUSHTAQ YUSUFZAI
At least 63 people, mostly women and children, were killed and more
than 300 others were injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a
children's park in Lahore, the capital of Pakistan's Punjab province on
Sunday evening, officials said.
"A large number of people, majority of them women and children, were
present in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in Lahore when the suicide bomber blew
himself up. Mostly women and children are killed and injured in the
blast," Said Lahore Police Chief Dr. Haider Ashraf.
The police chief said there was an unusual rush of the people in the
park due to the weekend and Easter. He said a large number of Christian
community celebrating the holy day were present in the park.
"Most of the dead and injured are women and children," said Mustansar
Feroz, the police superintendent for the area in which the park is
Police officials said they had recovered the body of the suicide bomber. He seems to be between 25 and 30 years old, he said.
A splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan
Jamaatul Ahrar (TTP-JA), headed by Maulvi Omar Khalid Khurasani claimed
responsibility for the suicide attack in Lahore.
The group spokesman, Ehsanullah Ehsan, called NBC News from an
undisclosed location while using an Afghan cell number and said they
carried out the attack.
"Members of the Christian community who were celebrating Easter today were our prime target," the spokesman said.
Asked if women and children were their target as most of those killed
in the blast included women and children, the Taliban spokesman said
they were not on their list.
"We didn't want to kill women and children. Our targets were male
members of the Christian community," Ehsan said. He said this was the
first of series of attacks they had planned this year in different
parts of the country.
Punjab Health Minister Salman Rafique said they had declared emergency
in all the hospitals of Lahore city to better handle the injured.
"We are in a state of emergency. All the hospitals are under emergency.
All ambulances had been called to site of the blast as a large number
of people, the majority of them women and children are injured," the
health minister said.
Media footage showed children and women crying and screaming and rescue
officials, police and bystanders carrying injured people to ambulances
and private cars.
Punjab Chief Minister, Shabaz Sharif later announced a three-day mourning in the province.
In 2014, Pakistan launched an offensive against Taliban and affiliated
jihadist fighters in North Waziristan, seeking to deprive them of safe
havens from which to launch attacks in both Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Punjab has traditionally been more peaceful than other parts of
Pakistan. Sharif's opponents have accused him of tolerating militancy
in return for peace in his province, a charge he strongly denies.
Last year, a bomb killed a popular Pakistani provincial minister and at
least eight others when it destroyed the minister's home in Punjab.
Murder suspect 'suffering greatly,' his lawyer says
Bail denied Wisconsin man accused of killing 4 in his family
April 17, 2010
BY RUMMANA HUSSAIN Criminal Courts Reporter
Wisconsin man charged with killing four family members and seriously
injuring two other relatives in a hail of bullets as they slept at his
sister's Marquette Park home suffers from a "multitude" of mental
health illnesses, his attorney said Friday.
Larry, a 32-year-old Muslim convert who allegedly told authorities he
was ordered by "Allah" to carry out the carnage, has been under
doctors' care since 2002 and recently received psychiatric treatment in
Janesville, Wis., said Julie Koehler, an assistant Cook County public
said Larry was crying, his head bowed, when prosecutors detailed how he
allegedly killed his pregnant wife, Twanda Thompson, 19; son, Jihad, 7
months, pregnant niece Keyshai Fields, 16, and 3-year-old Keleasha
Larry, another niece.
"He is suffering greatly," Koehler said, after Judge Peggy Chiampas ordered Larry held without bond.
also shot his 57-year-old mother, Leona Larry, and a nephew Demond
Larry, 13, before dawn Wednesday. Both remain in critical condition,
Assistant State's Attorney Jamie Santini said.
body count could have been worse, Santini added. He said Torino Hill, a
35-year-old man living in the home's basement, was spared when James
Larry's gun jammed and another niece, 12, escaped injury when she ran
down the street and called police.
shooting several family members at the home, in the 7200 block of South
Mozart, James Larry kicked in the door of Hill's room and pulled the
trigger several times, but no bullets fired, Santini said.
Larry, who has a lengthy criminal record, admitted his role in the
shooting spree, told detectives he knew his wife and 16-year-old niece
were pregnant and even led police to the 9mm handgun he allegedly used
in the shooting, Santini said.
not the lot, turn left. It's the first vacant lot off the alley on the
left," Larry directed officers, according to a police report.
James Larry also allegedly told officers he wished he "had more bullets."
wish I had more bullets. Kill me. I threw the gun in a vacant lot by
the police station. I'll show you," James Larry said, according to the
relative said that when James Larry looked to the sky and didn't see
the moon or the sun before dawn Wednesday, "that meant Allah told him
to take his family."
Friday, several local Muslim leaders and organizations denounced the
murders and stressed that the Islamic faith should not be associated
with the tragedy.
Larry's sister Keshai -- the mother of three victims, including the two
dead girls -- joined Inner-City Muslim Action Network members and
Jewish and Christian leaders later in the afternoon to show solidarity
with the religious groups, IMAN's executive director Rami Nashashibi
years, the Marquette Park-based IMAN has been involved in many
anti-violence efforts in the neighborhood and is taking an active role
in assisting the victims, Nashashibi said.
Cleric supports targeting children
By Rajeev Syal
An extremist Islamic cleric based in
Britain said yesterday that he would support hostage-taking at British schools
if carried out by terrorists with a just cause.
Omar Bakri Mohammed, the spiritual leader
of the extremist sect al-Muhajiroun, said that holding women and children
hostage would be a reasonable course of action for a Muslim who has suffered
under British rule.
In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph,
Mr Mohammed said: "If an Iraqi Muslim carried out an attack like that in
Britain, it would be justified because Britain has carried out acts of terrorism
"As long as the Iraqi did not deliberately
kill women and children, and they were killed in the crossfire, that would be
Mr Mohammed, 44, who lives in Edmonton,
north London, but is originally from Syria, also claimed that the Chechen rebels
were not responsible for the deaths of more than 350 people - at least half of
them children - who are so far known to have died in Beslan.
"The Mujahideen [Chechen rebels] would not
have wanted to kill those people, because it is strictly forbidden as a Muslim
to deliberately kill women and children. It is the fault of the Russians," he
The father of seven came to Britain in 1985
after being deported from Saudi Arabia because of his membership of a banned
group. He has since been given leave by the Home Office to remain in Britain for
five years but the Government is reviewing his status.
He gave an interview yesterday to promote a
"celebratory" conference in London next Saturday to commemorate the third
anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
Andrew Dismore, the Labour MP for Hendon,
was infuriated by Mr Mohammed's comments. "That sounds to me like incitement and
I will report him to Scotland Yard," he said. "It is an insult to most moderate
Muslims, who are sick of people like this claiming to represent them."
Bomber targets Iraqi children
At least 18 children and one U.S. soldier die after suicide bomber attacks
soldiers passing out candy in Baghdad.
Thursday, July 14, 2005
By LARRY KAPLOW
Cox News Service
BAGHDAD, Iraq A suicide car bomber struck
U.S. soldiers handing out candy to a crowd of Iraqi kids on Wednesday in an
attack that killed at least 18 children and teenagers and one American soldier.
In all, 27 people died in the blast.
Horrified parents in the Baghdad
neighborhood rushed to the scene to find the street scattered with children's
bodies, dazed and injured soldiers, children's sandals and a broken bicycle. The
explosion injured an additional 70 people, including a newborn and three U.S.
soldiers, and shattered windows and blew down nearby walls.
Twelve of the dead were 13 or younger, said
police Lt. Mohammed Jassim Jabr. Among the wounded was 4-day-old Miriam Jabber,
cut slightly by flying glass and debris.
"There were some American troops blocking
the highway when a U.S. Humvee came near a gathering of children," said Karim
Shukir, 42. The troops began handing out candy and smiley-face key chains.
"Suddenly, a speeding car bomb ... struck
both the Humvee and the children," Shukir said.
The area is a predominately Shiite
neighborhood of Baghdad. The slaughter of so many Shiite children is likely to
raise tensions further between the majority Shiites - who dominate the
government - and the minority Sunni Arabs, the foundation of the insurgency.
Army Lt. Col. Kevin Farrell said his troops
had cordoned off the area near a highway to conduct searches when the bomber
drove up a side alley. Unable to reach the bulk of U.S. forces, he detonated his
vehicle in the crowd of children, witnesses said.
"The scene was almost indescribable,"
Farrell said. "People nearest the blast, some were literally obliterated on the
scene. Multiple lacerations and traumatic amputations. At least nine people I
saw were killed instantly in a most horrific fashion."
It was the second major bombing this week,
and highlighted the continuing dangers and difficulties of interaction between
Iraqi civilians and U.S. troops, who have grown increasingly isolated in their
bases more than two years after the invasion of Iraq.
Iraqi children are on their summer break
from schools and often play in the streets. It is a common practice for soldiers
to distribute candy and other treats when meeting Iraqi children.
Kareem Shakur al-Dulaime's house, which is
next to the blast site, was badly damaged. His wife and two children in the home
were injured and two of his children in the street were hospitalized, but not
The soldiers "prompt these things," he
said. "They moved terrorism to Iraq. They brought Iraq's enemies to Iraq. They
made this a battlefield."
At al-Kindi hospital, where many victims
were taken, a mother blamed the insurgents. "May God curse the mujahedeen and
their leader," she said.
"My son was lucky - he was injured by a
piece of shrapnel that lodged in his head. All the rest of his friends died,"
Abu Mohammed said.
Army spokesmen condemned the attack and
said interaction between troops and civilians will continue. Friendly Iraqis
often wave at troops or approach them to pass on tips about insurgent activity,
U.S. military officials said.
"Part of what we do is to interact with the
public to help to tear down those perceived barriers between the Iraqi people
and the U.S.-coalition forces," military spokesman Lt. Col. Steven Boylan said.
"This horrific attack against children continues to bring home to everyone that
the terrorists offer nothing of value or future for the Iraqi people. To attack
children in this matter goes against all that is good and proper in the world."
In the months after the spring 2003
U.S.-led invasion, soldiers commonly bought sodas and cigarettes in Iraqi
groceries and talked to Iraqis. The frequency of such close contacts was greatly
reduced as the Sunni-led insurgency gathered momentum.
A recent audiotape attributed to al-Qaida
leader Abu Musab al Zarqawi stated that killing civilians was permissible in the
war against U.S. troops and the Iraqi government.
U.S. officials announced Tuesday that they
had captured Abu Abd al-Aziz, who they said was Zarqawi's top commander for
Baghdad. Zarqawi and his followers are responsible most of the car bombings that
target Iraqis and U.S. troops, U.S. officials said.
In September 2004, about 35 children were
killed in a multiple bombing when soldiers were giving them treats at the
opening of a water plant.
Wednesday's bombing left a shallow crater
scattered with injured residents and embedded with engine parts in the asphalt
street in the al-Khaleej neighborhood of eastern Baghdad. One house had caught
on fire and others had large portions of exterior walls blown away.
Hours after the blast, some of the wounded
returned to their homes in the neighborhoods that had been hurt by shrapnel, and
swept up glass and brick.
Violence against Afghan Children Rises, Worries UN
By Maha Saad
Voice of America
07 July 2008
A United Nations official says that violence against children is on the
rise in Afghanistan, warning that children are being used as suicide
bombers and young boys are being sexually abused. VOA's U.N.
correspondent Margaret Besheer has the story by intern Maha Saad.
The U.N. Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict,
Radhika Coomaraswamy, just back from a five-day visit to Afghanistan,
warns that the deteriorating security situation in the country is
becoming a growing danger for children. She says armed groups,
including the Taliban, are recruiting minors to serve as soldiers,
munitions carriers and even as suicide bombers.
"Afghan sources confirm that children under 18 are being recruited into
the Taliban and other anti-government forces," said Radhika
Coomaraswamy. "There has been a surge in the last few months. Children
are being used even as suicide bombers."
Coomaraswamy says although there have been minimal reports of sexual
violence against girls in Afghanistan's Muslim society, there have been
reports that boys are being sexually abused by warlords and mujahadeen
"We are particularly concerned about what has been called the 'bacha
bazi'[boy-play] system or practice where there are young boys
increasingly associated with military commanders," she said.
Coomaraswamy is urging the Afghan government, the Taliban and other
anti-government groups to respect the safety and dignity of children.
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