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French full-body veil ban, violated women’s freedom of religion: UN Human Rights Committee

Following complaints by two French Muslim women, fined for wearing a full-body veil or niqab, a UN Committee of independent human rights experts ruled in their favour on Tuesday, stating that their freedom to practice their religion had been infringed.

Change happens when women "stand up" and demand rights

The only way for women to receive equal rights is for them to “stand up” and “demand” them, a women’s rights activist told a meeting at UN Headquarters this week.

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UN rights chief welcomes efforts to restore calm in wake of anti-Islam film, cartoons

The UN human rights chief has welcomed the efforts of senior Muslim figures to restore calm amidst violence related to an anti-Islam film and cartoons, and highlighted how ignoring such “provocative” products can be the best way to deal with them.

Malaysian leader calls for union of moderates to combat religious intolerance – UN

Decrying what he said was a rising tide of Islamophobia, Malaysia’s Prime Minister at the General Assembly today called for the creation of a global coalition of moderates to combat the forces of religious extremism.

Ban highlights collaboration between UN and Islamic bloc

The United Nations and the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) share the common goals of peace, security and global harmony, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, highlighting joint efforts in a range of hotspots around the world.

Condemning 'offensively anti-Islamic' video, Ban Ki-moon appeals for calm

Secretary-General today led a chorus of United Nations condemnation of the Internet broadcast of a video made by the Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders, describing it as “offensively anti-Islamic,” while he also called on those upset by the film to remain calm.

Tourism promotes intercultural understanding, Secretary-General says

Tourism can play a key role in advancing understanding among cultures, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

Ban Ki-moon vows to boost cooperation with Organization of Islamic Conference

Praising the cooperative relationship between the United Nations and the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today anticipated strengthening these ties in the years ahead.

Annan calls on Islamic States to continue cooperation with UN in world’s hotspots

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on Islamic countries to continue their cooperation with the United Nations in calming crisis flashpoints particularly between Israel and the Palestinians, in Iraq, and in Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region.

Addressing Islamic conference, Annan urges efforts to counter extremism

Affirming the importance of basic freedoms as well as the need for sensitivity towards other cultures, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today told a major Islamic diplomatic meeting that the crisis over the caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed earlier this year reflected a trend toward extremism in both Islamic and Western societies.