World Bulletin / News Desk
Canada's ambassador of religious freedom returned home from Turkey defeated after a failed attempt to criticize the country on its human rights record.
Andrew Bennet had arrived in Turkey to discuss the expropriation of properties belonging to Christian and Jewish minorities in the country, even though Turkey is already in the process of returning such properties back to their rightful owners following the announcement of the democratization packet in October.
His concern about religious freedoms in Turkey, however, backfired, as Turkish officials immediately raised their own concerns about religious freedoms in the Canadian state of Quebec, which recently banned all open displays of religious symbols in the public sector, including headscarves.
Bennett refused to take questions on the issue, saying that his mandate did not include domestic issues and therefore he had no authority to speak on them.
However, speaking to reporters in Washington, Bennet said "People in countries overseas where religious freedom is being violated are being imprisoned, tortured, killed because of their faith."
"In Canada, we have the courts. We have the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. ... We can advance religious freedom overseas because we enjoy it in Canada. So that's the approach that I take."
At the same time Bennett praised Turkey for the strides it has taken to improve religious freedoms in the country.
Both Muslims and non-Muslim minorities have gained a number of new freedoms since the democratization packet officially removed bans on headscarves, as well as many other freedoms.
The sale and slaughter of sacrificial animals will be banned in Moscow during the Eid holiday.
Pedro Lazo Torres, the leader of Havana’s Muslim community, revealed that his joint efforts with Turkey's Religious Affairs Foundation (TDV) to open a mosque in Havana was rejected.
Pilgrims – coming from all over the world – will spend one day and one night in prayer before setting out for Mount Arafat on Friday morning for the spiritual journey's climax.
Metropolitan Police figures have shown offences have increased from 344 to 570 in the last year.
A letter condemning attacks on Muslims is published on internet.
Turkey's Department of Religious Affairs head Mehmet Gormez said Turkey is planning to establish the university as a supprtive choice not an alternative to Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt.
The victim had her head bashed into the wall of the train a number times by an unknown woman who was shouting abuse before being pushed off the train.
Russian police said that they arrested 30 people involved in the incident on the grounds that they attacked the police.
Husain Abdullah was flagged for 'unsportsmanlike conduct' for performing the Islamic prostration as a touchdown celebration.
Behavior that spoils the pilgrimage atmosphere will be totally prevented, Saudi Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz said.
Lindsey Van Gele said she converted to Islam when she married Belgian footballer Mamoutou N’Diaye, who is originally from Mali.
Qatar women’s basketball team returned home from South Korea after being told they could not wear head scarves while competing.
Meetings between the religious leaders of Cyprus have become a regular opportunity to encourage dialogue between the two major religious groups on the island - Muslims and Christians - as the the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot governments seek to resolve the Cyprus dispute.
Calling the ISIL group's interpretation of Islam illegitimate and perverse, the letter issued in Arabic and English slams their use of torture, slavery, forced conversions, the denial of rights for women and children, and the killing of innocents as tactics in war.
Airports have become a flashpoint of the increased security, and many Muslims say they are being singled out for lengthy and extensive searches. Four mosques had received bomb threats in recent days, and Muslim woman attacked on streets
The players refused to remove their headscarves, saying it violated their religious beliefs and they wanted to send a strong message to the sport's governing federation that the ban was unfair.