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Funerals, New Target Places for Criminals

Series of bomb explosions killed about 100 and injured more than 120 in Iraq.

An explosion in n Sadr city left 57 killed and 120 injured.

Two hours later another explosion killed nine and wounded 14.

Gunmen killed seven police officers and wounded 21 people in another attack in the same day.

Most of recent attacks and explosions took place when people are gathered to the honor of their lost ones in funeral ceremonies.

4000 people are killed between April and August 2013.

The attacks and bombs are clearly designed and planned to target civilians since all take place at crowded areas. SRW believes such crimes against humanity must be investigated in international committees and we urge the Iraqi government to stand up for the rights of its citizen and investigate the killings.

SRW Calls on International Department of Historic Resources

An attack to a Shia Muslim shrine in Iraq raised Shia Rights Watch’s concerns. After targeted Shia Killings, demolition and attacks to Shia holy shrines, Islamic centers and schools are increasing in different parts of the world.

A shrine in northern Baquba district, Iraq, belonging to an offspring of the Shia Muslim’s 7th Imam was attacked and two of the employees were killed by anti-Shia terrorist groups.

The trend started in Saudi Arabia when King Ibn Saud ordered demolition of four Shia Imams and many of Prophet Mohammed’s close family members and companions in May 1, 1925. Many Shia Mosques and centers have been demolished since then in Bahrain, Syria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Malaysia, Indonesia and more.

SRW has contacted many of those countries’ embassies and asked them to respect the rights of Shia Muslims to practice their religious freedom, yet none of the violators acknowledged this right for Shia Muslims.

Increasing demolition and attacks to Hsia historical sites in unaccepted and must be investigated by International Department of Historic Resources.

SRW calls on International Department of Historic Resources to take action and protect Shia related historical sites since they belong to history that matters to all humanity and are not limited to the interest of Shia Muslims.

Syria, “Civil War”! or International Interest?

“Civil War” is a funny title to describe what is going on Syria. As far as I understand “civil war is a war between organized groups within the same nation state or republic.” If this definition is corrects, what is going on in Syria is so NOT a civil war.

As many media outlets, NGOs and governmental sources repeatedly reported, there are people from all over the world who are fighting, pro or against government, in Syria. War in Syria is not between Syrians. It is far beyond that.

Many reports highlights that rebels from 83 different countries are fighting in Syria. Fighters in Syria hold nationality of many different countries in Middle East and even Europe. People from Libya, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Belgium, Franc, Chechnya, Iran, Lebanon and many more countries moved to Syria to fight with different motivations.

Seems like there are an international interest in the unrest in Syria and people with different interests find Syria a land to take revenge, participate in holy war, fights for freedom, and so on.

Interestingly this war is financed by world’s most human rights violators. Saudi Arabia and Qatar spent millions (possibly billions) funding and arming the rebels in this country according to Globalresearch.ca.

War in Syria became a one in a kind war that raised an important question about power, credibility and leadership skills of international committees, politicians, and governments.

A war that involves people from all around the world cannot be civil war.

I think Syria has become a land for “some countries” to send their most dangerous criminals and motivate them with “jihadi” title to clean their own lands from terrorists.

In case of Syria, not taking any action to stop terrorist activities is a crime. How many people should be murdered until we wake up and take action?

By Hawraa, Human Rights Activist and Specialist.

On September 19, 2013

Terrorists Attack Mosques

City of Kasra witnessed another deadly day when about 40 died and more than 50 wounded due to two explosions. One September 11th, 2013 two car bombs went off as Shia Muslims exited a local mosque in Kasra city of Baghdad, Iraq. Most of the victims were exiting mosque when the explosions happen.

Iraqi Shia are continually witnessing attacks to their communities and the government failed to protect Shia so far. Thousands of Shia have lost their lives since the start of 2013, and the number is growing every day.

SRW believes the attacks can only have two motivations: the attackers are either opposition to government or belong to anti-Shia terrorist groups. This organization asks those who kill Shia Muslims as a mean to show opposition to government to stop killing innocent citizen and start logical dialog with the government. Also the organization calls on Iraqi governments to protect all citizens.

Burning of Shrine by Extremist

Anti-Shia extremists supported by Saudi Arabia and Wahhabis have crossed the line today in Syria. According to local witnesses the shrine of Lady Sakina, the daughter of Shia’s first Imam, Imam Ali, was burned down in Daraya, Syria. 

Shia Rights Watch have repeatedly warned the anti-Shia groups not to cross the line and do not touch the shrines and holy places, however, they proved that they respect no boundary. 

The shrine of Lady Sakina has attracted many visitors in Daraya, Syria and destroying her shrine in disrespect to the Prophet of God and his family. Daraya, is located in southwest of Damascus and faces Muslim massacres during recent Syria unrests.

S.R.W condemns this anti-religion and anti-Shia act of the extremists and asks all whose who have respect to any religions to step up and defend holy places of Shia by spreading this article and asking anti-Shia groups to stop destroying Shia places of worship.

JOINT STATEMENT REGARDING SYRIA

Shia Rights Watch, Washington DC, Today, in a collaborative effort, some of the most influential Shia Muslim organizations in the United States have released a Joint Statement Regarding Syria, reflecting the views of these organizations and their membership. In doing so, these organizations have firmly released their opinion of opposition to violence against innocent Syrians, in opposition to attacks against the holy sites of the Syrian people, and in opposition to any military strikes against the country of Syria. The Joint Statement Regarding Syria is as follows:

 

PREAMBLE
 
Modern Syria gained its independence from France in 1946, but since has lived through periods of political instability driven by conflicting interests of various groups. Currently, Syria is undergoing a tragic two-year period of violence culminating in atrocious crimes against humanity from conflicting military forces fighting for the leadership of Syria.  Innocent civilians have paid dearly for this ongoing conflict and no end appears in sight for their suffering.  
 
The world has witnessed an increasingly uncontrollable state of war fueled by political interests of several nations on each side and sectarian animosity towards certain communities within Syria.  Terrorist organizations from Arab and South Asian countries have sent thousands of fighters to Syria to fight alongside opposition groups, while the Syrian Government is continuing its brutal military campaign.  It is vital that the world community comes together in an effort to peacefully solve Syria’s humanitarian crisis.
 
The United States is now involved in a national debate on whether to take military action against Syria. Politicians of both major political parties remain opposed to a military intervention. (See Appendix A) 
 
DECLARATION
 
We, the undersigned, acting under the collective conscience of Shia Muslims in the United States of America and guided by the principles of justice promulgated by the Holy Prophet (sawa) and his immaculate household (Ahlul Bayt) (as), solemnly believe and declare as follows:
 
  1. We unambiguously and unequivocally condemn the killing of innocent civilians in Syria, regardless of race, religion, sect, ethnicity, nationality, or political allegiance. The killing of innocent civilians constitutes an abhorrent and illegal act under all acknowledged principles of war and international law.  It can never be justified by any cause.   
  2. We condemn the kidnapping, torture, and execution of any individuals, and are opposed to any groups that engage in this type of behavior.
  3. We condemn the usage of chemical weapons or any other weapons of mass destruction by any party to the conflict.
  4. We are committed to a Syria that will espouse the values of freedom, human rights, justice, and equality; a Syria that secures the rights of both the majority and the minority, and expresses the viewpoints of all Syrians committed to peace.
  5. The international community must be united in the preservation of human rights and the upholding of humanitarian law. 
  6. Given that certain ethnic, sectarian, and religious communities are smaller in size and unable to protect themselves, it is imperative for the international community to protect minority communities from annihilation at the hands of militants. 
  7. It is imperative that all parties work to ensure that religious buildings, monuments and other important sites of historic relevance are not targeted, desecrated, or attacked in any fashion. The aspects of religion that are important to any of Syria’s people, regardless of whether they are Christian, Shia, Sunni, Kurdish, Druze, Alawite or of any other belief set or group, must be respected. 
  8. We believe in a non-violent solution to the crisis at hand, and support the efforts of international leaders to resolve this issue through diplomacy and dialogue, rather than through violence or other military action. We call for an immediate ceasefire by all parties involved under the auspices of the United Nations, and the preparation for a transitional government that represents the will of the Syrian people.
  9. We believe that such a peaceful resolution cannot be achieved by means of foreign military intervention.  History has taught us on innumerable occasions that foreign military intervention merely accomplishes the addition of another party to the conflict with the tendency of further escalating violence.  Thus, we hold firmly that foreign military intervention would be counterproductive to achieving a peaceful resolution in Syria.
  10. We hold that a military intervention in Syria does not serve the national security interests of the United States.  Past military intervention in such conflicts has proven to generate increased extremist recruitment along with attacks against the United States and its allies.
  11. We believe that a peaceful resolution must be based on the premise of diplomacy with the end goal of facilitating the establishment of a representative government that espouses the values of freedom, human rights, justice, and equality for all Syrians.  Such a government should be administratively aided by the United Nations in order to ensure free and fair democratic elections.
Therefore, we pray to the Almighty for a swift, peaceful, and positive resolution to this conflict, and for an end to the fighting that has led to the horrific deaths of countless civilians and the plight of over two million Syrian refugees.
SIGNATORIES OF STATEMENT
 
  • BAITUL ILM, IL.
  • COUNCIL OF SHIA MUSLIM SCHOLARS IN NORTH AMERICA
  • FREEMUSLIM ASSOCIATION
  • IMAMIA MEDICS INTERNATIONAL (IMI)
  • IMAM SHIRAZI WORLD FOUNDATION
  • IMAM KHOEI CENTER, NY.
  • ISLAMIC EDUCATION CENTER OF ORANGE COUNTY, CA. (IECOC)
  • ISLAMIC HOUSE OF WISDOM, MI.
  • ISLAMIC INFORMATION CENTER (IIC)
  • MUSLIMS FOR PEACE  (MFP)
  • MUSLIM FOUNDATION INC., NJ.  (MFI) 
  • ORGANIZATION OF NORTH AMERICAN SHIA ITHNASHERI MUSLIM COMMUNITIES (NASIMCO)
  • SHIA ASSOCIATION OF NORTH AMERICA, NJ. (SANA)
  • SHIA INTERNATIONAL
  • SHIA RIGHTS WATCH
  • SOULS MARCH 
  • UNIVERSAL MUSLIM ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (UMAA)
 
APPENDIX A
 
Senator Christopher S. Murphy (D – CT): 
“I enter this debate extremely skeptical that military intervention can improve the situation in Syria, a position I’ve held since the beginning of this conversation, and believe that any action we take should start with increased humanitarian aid both inside and outside the country.”
 
Senator Marc Rubio (R – FL):  
“While I have long argued forcefully for engagement in empowering the Syrian people, I have never supported the use of U.S. military force in the conflict.  And I still don’t. I remain unconvinced that the use of force proposed here will work.”
 
Senator Ted Cruz (R – TX): 
“We should be focused on defending the United States of America. That’s why young men and women sign up to join the military, not to, as you know, serve as Al Qaeda’s air force.”
 
Senator John Boozman (R – AR): 
“It is almost certain that limited strikes will not destroy Assad’s ability to continue to murder his own people, with or without chemical weapons, and it will absolutely draw the U.S. down the path of greater involvement in the conflict.”
 
Senator Tom Harkin (D – IA): 
“We should not rush into what may become a new open-ended war without broad international backing or a full understanding of the ramifications.”
 
Rodney Alexander (R – LA 5): 
“At this time, Congressman Alexander does not feel it is in our best interests to take military action,” his spokeswoman, Jamie Hanks, said.
 
Representative Justin Amash (R – MI 3): 
“At the end of the day, it’s our resources and our sons and daughters who end up fighting these wars. It’s time to start saying no to other countries, that they need to start taking responsibility for themselves.”
 
Representative Michele Bachmann (R – MN 6): 
“I am adamantly opposed to President Obama starting another war in the Middle East and plan to vote against military intervention in Syria.”
 
Representative Paul Tonko (D – NY 20): 
“There’s no denying that people being gassed, youngsters being gassed, is horrific, immoral and unacceptable, but I think we need to move with caution because of many dynamics.”
 
Representative Kurt Schrader (D – OR 5): 
“I remain opposed to authorizing the unilateral use of U.S. forces — limited or not — without strong international support and clear, attainable objectives.”

JOINT STATEMENT REGARDING SYRIA

Shia Rights Watch, Washington DC, Today, in a collaborative effort, some of the most influential Shia Muslim organizations in the United States have released a Joint Statement Regarding Syria, reflecting the views of these organizations and their membership. In doing so, these organizations have firmly released their opinion of opposition to violence against innocent Syrians, in opposition to attacks against the holy sites of the Syrian people, and in opposition to any military strikes against the country of Syria. The Joint Statement Regarding Syria is as follows:

PREAMBLE
Modern Syria gained its independence from France in 1946, but since has lived through periods of political instability driven by conflicting interests of various groups. Currently, Syria is undergoing a tragic two-year period of violence culminating in atrocious crimes against humanity from conflicting military forces fighting for the leadership of Syria.  Innocent civilians have paid dearly for this ongoing conflict and no end appears in sight for their suffering.
The world has witnessed an increasingly uncontrollable state of war fueled by political interests of several nations on each side and sectarian animosity towards certain communities within Syria.  Terrorist organizations from Arab and South Asian countries have sent thousands of fighters to Syria to fight alongside opposition groups, while the Syrian Government is continuing its brutal military campaign.  It is vital that the world community comes together in an effort to peacefully solve Syria’s humanitarian crisis.
The United States is now involved in a national debate on whether to take military action against Syria. Politicians of both major political parties remain opposed to a military intervention. (See Appendix A)
DECLARATION
We, the undersigned, acting under the collective conscience of Shia Muslims in the United States of America and guided by the principles of justice promulgated by the Holy Prophet (sawa) and his immaculate household (Ahlul Bayt) (as), solemnly believe and declare as follows:
  1. We unambiguously and unequivocally condemn the killing of innocent civilians in Syria, regardless of race, religion, sect, ethnicity, nationality, or political allegiance. The killing of innocent civilians constitutes an abhorrent and illegal act under all acknowledged principles of war and international law.  It can never be justified by any cause.
  2. We condemn the kidnapping, torture, and execution of any individuals, and are opposed to any groups that engage in this type of behavior.
  3. We condemn the usage of chemical weapons or any other weapons of mass destruction by any party to the conflict.
  4. We are committed to a Syria that will espouse the values of freedom, human rights, justice, and equality; a Syria that secures the rights of both the majority and the minority, and expresses the viewpoints of all Syrians committed to peace.
  5. The international community must be united in the preservation of human rights and the upholding of humanitarian law.
  6. Given that certain ethnic, sectarian, and religious communities are smaller in size and unable to protect themselves, it is imperative for the international community to protect minority communities from annihilation at the hands of militants.
  7. It is imperative that all parties work to ensure that religious buildings, monuments and other important sites of historic relevance are not targeted, desecrated, or attacked in any fashion. The aspects of religion that are important to any of Syria’s people, regardless of whether they are Christian, Shia, Sunni, Kurdish, Druze, Alawite or of any other belief set or group, must be respected.
  8. We believe in a non-violent solution to the crisis at hand, and support the efforts of international leaders to resolve this issue through diplomacy and dialogue, rather than through violence or other military action. We call for an immediate ceasefire by all parties involved under the auspices of the United Nations, and the preparation for a transitional government that represents the will of the Syrian people.
  9. We believe that such a peaceful resolution cannot be achieved by means of foreign military intervention.  History has taught us on innumerable occasions that foreign military intervention merely accomplishes the addition of another party to the conflict with the tendency of further escalating violence.  Thus, we hold firmly that foreign military intervention would be counterproductive to achieving a peaceful resolution in Syria.
  10. We hold that a military intervention in Syria does not serve the national security interests of the United States.  Past military intervention in such conflicts has proven to generate increased extremist recruitment along with attacks against the United States and its allies.
  11. We believe that a peaceful resolution must be based on the premise of diplomacy with the end goal of facilitating the establishment of a representative government that espouses the values of freedom, human rights, justice, and equality for all Syrians.  Such a government should be administratively aided by the United Nations in order to ensure free and fair democratic elections.
Therefore, we pray to the Almighty for a swift, peaceful, and positive resolution to this conflict, and for an end to the fighting that has led to the horrific deaths of countless civilians and the plight of over two million Syrian refugees.
SIGNATORIES OF STATEMENT
  • BAITUL ILM, IL.
  • COUNCIL OF SHIA MUSLIM SCHOLARS IN NORTH AMERICA
  • FREEMUSLIM ASSOCIATION
  • IMAMIA MEDICS INTERNATIONAL (IMI)
  • IMAM SHIRAZI WORLD FOUNDATION
  • IMAM KHOEI CENTER, NY.
  • ISLAMIC EDUCATION CENTER OF ORANGE COUNTY, CA. (IECOC)
  • ISLAMIC HOUSE OF WISDOM, MI.
  • ISLAMIC INFORMATION CENTER (IIC)
  • MUSLIMS FOR PEACE  (MFP)
  • MUSLIM FOUNDATION INC., NJ.  (MFI)
  • ORGANIZATION OF NORTH AMERICAN SHIA ITHNASHERI MUSLIM COMMUNITIES (NASIMCO)
  • SHIA ASSOCIATION OF NORTH AMERICA, NJ. (SANA)
  • SHIA INTERNATIONAL
  • SHIA RIGHTS WATCH
  • SOULS MARCH
  • UNIVERSAL MUSLIM ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (UMAA)
APPENDIX A
Senator Christopher S. Murphy (D – CT):
“I enter this debate extremely skeptical that military intervention can improve the situation in Syria, a position I’ve held since the beginning of this conversation, and believe that any action we take should start with increased humanitarian aid both inside and outside the country.”
Senator Marc Rubio (R – FL):
“While I have long argued forcefully for engagement in empowering the Syrian people, I have never supported the use of U.S. military force in the conflict.  And I still don’t. I remain unconvinced that the use of force proposed here will work.”
Senator Ted Cruz (R – TX):
“We should be focused on defending the United States of America. That’s why young men and women sign up to join the military, not to, as you know, serve as Al Qaeda’s air force.”
Senator John Boozman (R – AR):
“It is almost certain that limited strikes will not destroy Assad’s ability to continue to murder his own people, with or without chemical weapons, and it will absolutely draw the U.S. down the path of greater involvement in the conflict.”
Senator Tom Harkin (D – IA):
“We should not rush into what may become a new open-ended war without broad international backing or a full understanding of the ramifications.”
Rodney Alexander (R – LA 5):
“At this time, Congressman Alexander does not feel it is in our best interests to take military action,” his spokeswoman, Jamie Hanks, said.
Representative Justin Amash (R – MI 3):
“At the end of the day, it’s our resources and our sons and daughters who end up fighting these wars. It’s time to start saying no to other countries, that they need to start taking responsibility for themselves.”
Representative Michele Bachmann (R – MN 6):
“I am adamantly opposed to President Obama starting another war in the Middle East and plan to vote against military intervention in Syria.”
Representative Paul Tonko (D – NY 20):
“There’s no denying that people being gassed, youngsters being gassed, is horrific, immoral and unacceptable, but I think we need to move with caution because of many dynamics.”
Representative Kurt Schrader (D – OR 5):
“I remain opposed to authorizing the unilateral use of U.S. forces — limited or not — without strong international support and clear, attainable objectives.”

Spotlight, Report of Violation against Shia Muslim

Washington DC — Shia Rights Watch is releasing a report “Spotlight” that looks at Human rights violation against Shia Muslims in eight countries on September 6, 2013.
The report reflects extensive investigative work that SRW staff has undertaken during last two years often in close partnership with human rights activists.
Spotlight highlights the Shia Muslim rights violations in:
·         Saudi Arabia
·         Bahamian
·         Pakistan
·         Egypt
·         Malaysia
·         Indonesia
·         Syria
·         Iraq
Journalists, researchers, and human rights advocates interested in obtaining a copy before the release of the report may contact the organization directly.
SRW, founded in Washington DC, in 2011, is a non-profit, non-governmental entity which defends Shia Muslim rights around the world.

Shop Owners are New Target

Three Shia Muslim shop owners shot killed in Karachi, Pakistan. Ejaz Hussain, Zaheer Hussain, and Mohammad Zaman all shit killed at their own shops. After Shia professionals, shop owners are next target of the anti-Shia groups.

Pakistani Shia have always been victims of anti-Shia terrorist act and yet the government was not pressured by international committee to protect Shia citizen and prevent violence.

Eight Unclaimed Bombings

Mideast Iraq ViolenceSRW condemns the increasing Shia killing in Iraq and urges the government to take immediate actions to protect its citizen.

Eight unclaimed bombings in Iraq claimed the lives of at least 50 people in Shia populated area of Baghdad on September 3rd, 2013.

Increasing violence in Iraq’s Shia area has claimed more death compared to all other unrest areas in the Middle East, even Syria.

UN Complaint