(RNS) At the end of a three-day tour, the Saudi-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation told Buddhist-majority Myanmar to repeal “laws restricting fundamental freedoms” after more than 240 Muslims were killed by Buddhist mobs during the past year.
(RNS) The sultan of Brunei announced on Tuesday (Oct. 22) he will rule according to Shariah laws, including death by stoning for adultery, the amputation of limbs for theft, flogging for alcohol consumption and abortion, and other punishments.
(RNS) “We don’t just want to shout ‘no’ to Miss World,” said the pageant’s founder Eka Shanti. “We’d rather show our children they have choices. Do you want to be like the women in Miss World? Or like those in Muslimah World?”
(RNS) The influential Indonesian Ulema Council held a top-level meeting in August and decided the contest should not be held, even though Miss World’s organizers agreed to allow contestants to wear wraparound sarongs instead of bikinis.
(RNS) “The Burmese government must make a concerted effort to allow an effective investigation into these abuses and hold perpetrators accountable,” Physicians for Human Rights concluded in its report.
(RNS) Pakistan’s new animated television series, “Burka Avenger,” features a female Muslim teacher disguised in a tight black outfit with a cape and ninja-style head cover who throws heavy books and sharp pens at men who oppose education for girls.