European Parliament resolution on the situation in Syria, Bahrain and Yemen

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to its previous resolutions on the Middle East and North Africa, with special regard to Syria, Bahrain and Yemen,

–   having regard to its report on European Union relations with the Gulf Cooperation Council of 24 March 2011,

–   having regard to the statement by European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek on the deadly attack against protesters in Syria of 23 March 2011,

–   having regard to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948,

–   having regard to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of 1966,

–   having regard to the conclusions of the European Council of 24 March 2011,

–   having regard to the Council conclusions on Bahrain and on Yemen of 21 March 2011,

–   having regard to the statements of the High Representative/Vice-President of the Commission on Bahrain of 10, 15, and 17 March; on Syria of 18, 22, 24, and 26 March; and on Yemen of 10, 12, and 18 March 2011,

–   having regard to the Joint Communication by the High Representative and the Commission on ‘A Partnership for Democracy and Shared Prosperity with the Southern Mediterranean’ of 8 March 2011,

–   having regard to the EU Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders of 2004 as updated in 2008,

–   having regard to Rule 110(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A. whereas, following other Arab countries, demonstrations in Bahrain, Syria and Yemen have expressed legitimate democratic aspirations and strong popular demand for political, economic and social reforms aimed at achieving genuine democracy, fighting corruption and nepotism, ensuring respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, reducing social inequalities, and creating better economic and social conditions,

B.  whereas the violent reaction by security forces to peaceful demonstrations in Bahrain, Syria and Yemen resulted in serious loss of life and injuries and imprisonments of protesters,

C. whereas the violent response by security forces has failed to stop the wave of protests from spreading across the country in Syria; whereas Syrian security forces used live ammunition against protesters; whereas Syrian authorities have mobilized pro-regime demonstrators in Damascus and other cities; whereas the Syrian government resigned on 29 March 2011 and Mr. Adel Safar has been appointed to form a new government; whereas the speech of President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian parliament on 30 March 2011 failed to meet expectations and hopes for significant reforms,

D. whereas the Association Agreement between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and the Syrian Arab Republic, of the other part, has still to be signed; whereas the signing of this Agreement has been delayed at Syria’s request since October 2009; whereas respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms constitutes an essential part of this Agreement,

E.  whereas Syria has been under emergency law since 1963; whereas a state of emergency has recently been declared in Bahrain and in Yemen,

F.  whereas, according to reports by human rights organisations, hospitals have been taken over and medical personnel, anti-government protesters and human rights defenders have been harassed and isolated in hospitals while ambulances bringing wounded anti-government demonstrators have been hindered by security forces in Bahrain and in Yemen,

G.  whereas Saudi, Kuwaiti and UAE troops have been deployed, following the request of the government, in Bahrain under the banner of the Gulf Cooperation Council to participate in the repression of demonstrators; whereas this stands in stark contrast to the GCC’s support for the protection of the citizens demanding freedom and democracy in Libya,

H. whereas President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has been ruling the country for 32 years, has promised to step down in Yemen; whereas, however, the President has not taken any serious steps to fulfil his promises for a peaceful democratic transition so far,

1.  Strongly condemns the violent repression by security forces of peaceful demonstrators in Bahrain, Syria and Yemen, and extends its condolences to the families of the victims;

2.  Expresses its solidarity with the people in Bahrain, Syria and Yemen, applauds their courage and determination, and strongly supports their legitimate democratic aspirations;

3.  Calls on the authorities in Bahrain, Syria and Yemen to refrain from the use of violence against demonstrators, to respect their freedom of assembly and expression, and to guarantee their security; calls for independent inquiries into the events leading to deaths, injuries and imprisonments of peaceful protesters in these countries and for those responsible to be brought to justice; calls for an immediate and unconditional release of all persons arrested during the demonstrations as well as of all political prisoners and human rights defenders;

4.  Calls on the governments of Bahrain, Syria and Yemen to engage in an open and meaningful political process and dialogue without delay or precondition, with the participation of all democratic political forces and civil society, aimed at paving the way for genuine democracy, the lifting of the state of emergency, and the implementation of real, ambitious and significant political, economic, and social reforms, which are essential for long-term stability and development;

5.  Calls on the governments of Bahrain, Syria and Yemen to fully respect human rights and fundamental freedoms, with special regard to the freedom of assembly and expression and the right to demonstrate peacefully; urges the government of Bahrain to guarantee full respect for the freedom of religion in the country;

6.  Calls on President Bashar al-Assad to put an end to the policy of repression of political opposition and human rights defenders, to genuinely lift the state of emergency that has been in place since 1963, to support the process of democratic transition in Syria, and to establish a concrete agenda for political, economic and social reforms;

7.  Expresses its deep concern at the participation of foreign troops under GCC banner in the repression of demonstrators in Bahrain and calls for their unconditional withdrawal; calls also for a political dialogue that can lead to further necessary political reforms in the country;

8.  Calls on President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Yemen to fulfil his promises for democratic transition including the organisation of free and fair elections and the peaceful transfer of power through constitutional institutions; calls on all political forces to meet their responsibility by engaging in an open and constructive political dialogue involving all democratic political parties and movements as well as civil society;

9.  Calls on the European Union and its Member States to take into full consideration recent and ongoing events and further developments in Bahrain, Syria and Yemen in bilateral relations with these countries, including the suspension of further negotiations over the still pending Association Agreement between the EU and Syria; invites the EU High Representative/Vice-President of the Commission to elaborate and implement concrete proposals and measures in this regard; calls on the European Union and its Member States to support calls for independent investigations into the attacks against protestors in these countries;

10. Calls on the European Union and its Member States to support peaceful democratic aspirations of people in Bahrain, Syria and Yemen and to stand ready to assist, in case of a serious commitment by national authorities, the implementation of concrete political, economic and social reform agendas in these countries;

11. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission, the Government and Parliament of the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Government and Parliament of the Syrian Arab Republic, and the Government and Parliament of the Republic of Yemen.

( / 06.04.2011)

‘US Yemen approach, 2012 election tied’

The Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell has said that the military assistance offered to Yemen would continue no matter the outcome of the political turmoil there.

In 2010, the Defense Department spent USD 150 million to train and arm Yemen’s security forces and has requested from Congress more than USD 100 million for the current fiscal year and USD 115.6 million for military and economic aid in 2012.

In an interview with Press TV, former US diplomat Eugene Bird speaks about why Washington does not suspend military assistance to Yemen despite violence by President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s regime against peaceful demonstrators.

Press TV: What is your reaction to the news (of US continuing military aid to Yemen)?

Eugene Bird: I can understand why they do this: because they thought that al-Qaeda was a real threat. Al-Qaeda is largely headquartered in the Arabian Peninsula and of course it is a threat to Saudi Arabia as well as to the US and other parts including Somalia. I think it was one of the typical decisions made in Washington at this point that is contradictory to the basic principles as stated by the US president.

With regard to Libya and various other countries, not much has been said about Syria and Bahrain but the Yemen military aid decision is obviously with one eye on the Republican Congress and with one eye on the 2012 elections here in the US. We support our friends, we oppose their enemies. There are distinct parts in Yemen: south Yemen which has always tried to break away and north Yemen which has recently been trying to break away.

So it is a very complex political negotiation that we needed and we don’t know how many of the people in the Square in Taiz or at the university in Sana’a are really part of central Yemen. All of the demonstrations so far have been what I would call central Yemen. So we do the best we can but are contradictory sometimes.

Press TV: Some say the best tool against al-Qaeda threat is to support this revolution, what is your opinion on that?

Eugene Bird: Essentially I agree that we shouldn’t support a president that has been in power as long as President Ali Abdullah Saleh without a democratic alternative. I wonder if we shouldn’t have a look at a kind of negotiations that have taken place. We had the Dayton Negotiations that sort of did settle things between Serbs and Croatians and the Muslims in Bosnia. You do the best you can but it is the use of US military and bombing in Serbia and Bosnia that made the difference.

We don’t have any alternative like that in Yemen; I mean who do we bomb? I’d rather think that the best solution is to find a Richard Holbrooke or someone form one of the other countries, perhaps Italy, who has the stature and toughness to negotiate between the sections of Yemen, with President Saleh and his supporters in the being one section. I don’t like the US to supply arms at this point. Negotiation should be our emphasis and particularly tough negotiations by someone beside an American.

Press TV: Where is this Yemen situation going especially with the US and Saudi Arabia both being involved in the situation in Yemen?

Eugene Bird: I have been to Yemen a few times, maybe three or four times, in the past 25 years but I was in Saudi Arabia and I think I know the Saudi attitude during that great Yemeni rebellion against the former regime in Yemen in which about a million Yemenis who had been working in Saudi Arabia were sent home to Yemen. This has been a very difficult relationship between Riyadh and Sana’a previous to [President] Saleh and this is a factor.

I don’t think that you can deal Saudi Arabia out of the game, given the wealth and size and the fact in Yemen today there are some American Muslim clerics form Virginia who have been instrumental in the killing of the US military in Texas and involved in other attempts so al-Qaeda is a very real threat connected to Yemen.

However, I think it would be better if there was a departure of Saleh and a government that would come in and would be able to rule Yemen. I don’t see at this point that without a lot of negotiations and a lot of stepping back by other, I might say, tribal leaders and by other parts of Yemen from trying to always topple the government in Sana’a.

Press TV: Thank you Eugene Bird for joining us here on Press TV.

( / 06.04.2011)

Groot te kort in islamitische pleeggezinnen in Gelderland

Van mijn vriendin, die bij bureau jeugdzorg werkt, kreeg ik de vraag, om een oproep te plaatsen om islamitische pleeggezinnen te werven.

Als jeugdbeschermer loopt ze er regelmatig tegen aan, dat er een kind tijdelijk of definitief uit huis geplaatst moet worden, wat vaak voor de ouders en het kind dramatisch genoeg is. Vaak wordt de wens uitgesproken om het kind in een islamitisch gezin te plaatsen. Vaak lukt dit niet omdat er een te kort is aan islamitische pleeggezinnen.

In Gelderland is er niet speciaal een islamitische pleegzorg. Als islamitisch pleeggezin, moet je je aanmelden bij Lindenhout Pleegzorg

Lindenhout heeft een groot te kort en dit is zeer ernstig, want hierdoor worden kinderen geplaatst in gezinnen met totaal andere waarden en normen.

Dus mensen uit Gelderland, denk eens na over pleegzorg, kan je dit, heb je hier ruimte voor, heb je wat extra liefde over of ken je mensen die hier eventueel geschikt voor zijn, breng het eens onder de aandacht.

Niet alleen Gelderland, er is in heel Nederland een tekort aan islamitische pleeggezinnen, mensen met oproepen uit andere gebieden (graag met link waar ze naartoe kunnen voor info), plaats ze er rustig bij.


Record number of Palestinians made homeless by demolitions

Since January, Israeli authorities have demolished 176 Palestinian buildings (file photo)

RAMALLAH, 6 April 2011 (IRIN) – The number of Palestinian homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem demolished by Israeli authorities increased for the third consecutive month in March, according to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

Since January, Israeli authorities have demolished 176 Palestinian buildings, displacing 333 people, including 154 children. “The West Bank is where the future Palestinian state is meant to be situated, and its viability is being reduced with each demolition,” UNRWA spokesperson in Jerusalem Chris Gunness said.

In March, 77 buildings were demolished compared with 29 in January and 70 in February.

Half of the demolished structures were houses, while the rest included stables, which can be just as valuable to a herding community as a house, Gunness said.

The number of Palestinians made homeless by these demolitions also hit a record monthly high, according to UNRWA, with 158 affected in March (including 64 children) compared to 70 in January and 105 in February.

But Capt Amir Koren, spokesperson for the Israeli Civil Administration in Judea and Samaria (West Bank), told IRIN the structures were illegal.

“The Civil Administration is responsible for enforcing laws regarding planning and building in Judea and Samaria… As such, illegal structures built by both Israelis and Palestinians are dismantled as a matter of course, according to a set of priorities which have been brought before the High Court of Justice dozens of times in the past.

“During the first two months of 2011, the Civil Administration carried out 69 orders to dismantle illegal structures built in Area C by Palestinian residents.”

( / 06.04.2011)

2-daagse conferentie ” Family and marriage”

zaterdag 30 april om 12:00 – 01 mei om 19:00


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Salam oe alaykoem wm wb

Assakina organiseert een 2-daagse conferentie op zaterdag 30 april en zondag 1mei.

Met als thema “family and marriage” Finding love and peace.

De Interactieve workschops worden gegeven door Dr mohamed sadiq.
Met de Genade van Allah is hij een praktiserende moslim. Daarnaast is hij een psycholoog, een life-coach en counselor. Hij is al 35 jaar werkzaam in dit gebied. Hij woont in Canada waar hij een eigen praktijk heeft. In zijn vakgebied maakt hij gebruikt van de authentieke principes en waarden van de Quraan en Soennah. Zijn ervaring reikt over diverse domeinen. Gaande van individuele – en familie counseling, huwelijkscounseling, persoonlijke coaching, het verzorgen van workshops voor de moslimgemeenschap rond actuele thema’s, tot het geven van diverse vormen van training etc.

Daarnaast worden er ook lezingen gegeven door broeder al khattab en broeder khalid benhaddou.

Er is een mogelijkheid tot het rechtstreeks stellen van vragen.
Wij verwelkomen jullie graag de beide dagen om 12.00 tot 19.00 Insh’Allah.

Broeders en zusters wees welkom op onze 2 daagse conferentie te Antwerpen zaal ” dansen roels” Boterlaarbaan 89 b-2100 deurne.

Koop je tickektje vanaf zaterdag 8 april in iqra boekhandel abdijstraat 131 2020 kiel of reserveer vandaag nog via met je naam+voornaam en stad.

wasalaam oe alaykoem.

Assakina team


donderdag 21 april · 18:30 – 21:30

Erasmus MC, Collegezaal 4 

Dr. Molewaterplein 50-60 3015 GE
Rotterdam, Netherlands

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Assalamou aleikoum! 

Beste Avicenna leden en geïnteresseerden,

‘Zien zij die ongelovig zijn dan niet dat de hemelen en de aarde een ineengedrongen massa waren waarop Wij beide scheidden en van het water elk levend organisme maakten? Zullen zij dan niet tot geloof komen?’ (Koran 21:30).

Dit is een van de verzen uit de Koran waar veel onenigheid over bestaat. Door de meeste moslims wordt dit vers geïnterpreteerd als de afzonderlijke schepping van de soort. Echter zijn er ook Moslims die dit vers zien als een verzoening tussen de evolutietheorie van Darwin – die stelt dat de eerste organismen uit water ontstonden – en de Islam. Hoe denken de Islamitische geleerden over dit soort verzen, en is een verzoening tussen de evolutietheorie en de Islam überhaupt wel mogelijk als we kijken naar de Koran?

“ Moslimstudenten willen niets van evolutie weten”, zo kopte het weekblad van de Vrije Universiteit Ad Valvas op 20 december 2004 (Koning 2006, 48-49). Voor veel studenten is het erg moeilijk om te gaan met de evolutietheorie die ons wordt voorgeschoteld als zijnde ‘de waarheid’. Om deze reden organiseert SV AviCenna op donderdag 21 april het seminar ‘Evolutietheorie en de Islam’. Ook voor niet-studenten is dit een seminar om niet te missen!

Tijdens het seminar zal Dr. B. Leeuwenburgh een uiteenzetting geven omtrent de evolutietheorie door de jaren heen. Hij is als wetenschappelijk onderzoeker verbonden aan de faculteit wijsbegeerte van de Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam. Vervolgens zal Dr. M.M.M.I. Ghaly, hoogleraar Islamitische Theologie aan de Universiteit van Leiden, de Islamitische visie op de evolutietheorie uiteenzetten. Na de lezingen zal er een debat plaatsvinden aan de hand van een aantal stellingen.


Wat: Seminar Islam & Evolution
Wanneer: Donderdag 21 April 2011
Waar: Erasmus MC; Collegezaal 4 *
Inloop: 18.45 uur
Entree: Gratis

Lijkt het jou ook interessant om erachter te komen wat Darwin met zijn theorie teweegbracht in de culturele, filosofische en vooral religieuze wereld? En wil je weten hoe de Islamitische geleerden omgaan met de evolutietheorie? Dan is dit je kans om daar achter te komen! Meld je voor 20 April aan via met vermelding van je voor- en achternaam.

Wij hopen je te mogen verwelkomen op 21 April, Incha Allah!


Bestuur SV Avicenna

* Dr. Molewaterplein 50-60
3015 GE Rotterdam
Collegezaal 4 is te bereiken via ingang 2 op de 3e verdieping van de faculteit.