18 I WORLD NEWS
Maldives offers relocation to two Guantanamo men
Switzerland in March. Georgia also took two the same month. Speaking in his weekly radio address, President Nasheed said: “It would show that we are a people who care about others as much as we can.
“I believe that refusing to help illegally imprisoned inmates, especially Muslims, when we have the chance would not be in accordance with the constitution, Islamic values and our Maldivian identity,” he was quoted as saying by the Maldives newspaper Haveeru. The government had initially denied that the US and Maldives had had official talks on a Guantanamo Bay transfer, it is reported. But the president said it was not a secret. The state minister for foreign
The Maldives has offered to take two detainees from the US facility in Guantanamo Bay, the Indian Ocean state’s president has said. President Mohamed Nasheed said there was “no harm” in the offer, and said it would not violate any laws.
But the move is being resisted by an opposition party, which is reported to be taking legal action against the government over its plans.
Neither of the two detainees have been named.
More than 180 detainees remain in the controversial US prison for foreign terrorism suspects in Cuba. The Obama administration, which aims to shut down Guantanamo, has struggled to relocate detainees deemed to no longer pose a threat to US interests.
Among the latest to be moved were two who were transferred to
affairs, Ahmed Naseem, told AFP news agency: “It’s an offer on humanitarian grounds, for two prisoners of the Muslim faith who don’t have formal terror charges against them.”
But opposition parties have objected.
The Dhivehi Qaumee Party (DQP) is to file a case against the government over the plan.
The party claimed the government was not authorised under the constitution or the country’s laws, Haveeru reports.
In a statement, the party said: “Because of President Nasheed’s actions, the tourists’ paradise would become a paradise for terrorists.” Another opposition party, the Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP), has submitted a case to the parliamentary National Security Committee.
Passion Islam I June 2010
Conference calls for better understanding of Islam
The Third Conference for European Imams and Religious Advisers concluded with a call for a better of understanding of Islam in order to defuse Islamophobia. The final communique, read by head of the Authority of Muslim communities in Austria Anas Al-Shaqfa, called for addressing problems that were really posing as a threat to Europe, pointing out that Europeans should not be fearing Islam and should concentrate on finding solutions for current economic problems which were sweeping Europe. The final communique called on Imams and religious advisers to spread the true message of Islam which called for co-existence with people of other faiths and religions, adding that Muslims in Europe should be working on the same page regarding shifting the image of Muslims there.
The three-day gathering, organized by the Islamic Religious Authority in Austria, explored ways to improve the situation of the Muslim communities in Austria and Europe at large.
The agenda also included how to clarify the Muslim positions towards current and future European issues, and how to build relations between European Muslims and their fellow citizens by promoting dialogue and peaceful social interaction. - KUNA
Israeli goods boycott gains momentum
One month after the Palestinian Authority moved to boycott goods produced in Israeli settlements, hundreds of volunteers launch a similar campaign in the West Bank.
University students began to distribute a list of 500 goods produced by Israelis living in the occupied territories, calling on Palestinian consumers to boycott them.
Acting Palestinian Authority Chief
Mahmoud Abbas made a move in April to prohibit the buying and selling of settlement commodities.
The boycott also aims to encourage 27 members of the European Union to ban trade with enterprises located in the illegal Israeli settlements.
The campaigners are expected to visit 427,000 Palestinian households and
ask residents to sign a pledge not to buy settlement products.
The move came as Israel continues to defy international calls for a halt to its illegal settlement construction in the West Bank, occupied by the Israelis in 1967 and later annexed. The Palestinian side says Tel Aviv has to completely halt the settlement expansions in order for peace talks to resume. - Press tv
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