Middle East

Hagia Sophia to be Converted into Mosque

Photo by Zen zeee on Unsplash On July 10, 2020, President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, announced that the Hagia Sophia museum, despite its status on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage List, would be converted into an active mosque. Just last week, according to Al Jazeera, a Turkish court …

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USCIRF Releases Update on Religious Freedom Conditions in Yemen

Photo by John-Mark Smith on Unsplash In USCIRF’s recent update on religious freedom in Yemen, analyst Scott Weiner focuses on trends of persecution against various religious populations. The Houthi movement, a “Zaidi Shi’a Muslim revivalism and education” movement, has repeatedly been engaged in conflict with Yemeni security authorities. Despite a ceasefire agreement with the national …

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Updates on Universal Periodic Review

Image by Pezibear from Pixabay  On June 9, 2020, following the Universal Periodic Review of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Kazakhstan, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights published letters to be sent to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the two countries, respectively, addressing the main human rights concerns that will be …

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Former Egyptian Christian Now a Dedicated Muslim?

Coptic Solidarity recently released shocking news that 39-year-old Ranya Abd al-Masih, an Egyptian Coptic Christian schoolteacher, wife, and mother, was seen in a video just a few days after her disappearance on April 22. In this video, her entire demeanor had shifted; crying, she claimed that herself and her entire family have converted to Islam …

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