Peoples under Threat 2013: podcast on religious minorities in Pakistan
Minority Rights Group launches its 2013 Peoples under Threat global rankings table on 10 July. The survey, which lists countries where communities are most at risk of genocide or mass killing, concludes that sectarian killing between Sunni and Shi’a has risen dramatically over the last year, and presents an urgent threat to life across much of the Middle East and into Asia.
According to the Peoples under Threat analysis, Pakistan, Syria, Yemen and Egypt have all risen significantly in the table since last year, with religious minorities at particular risk.
Muslim groups, of various denominations, are now at risk of mass killing in nine out of the top ten states in the index. They may find themselves targeted because of their religion, but more often on account of their sect, or their ethnicity.
Eight out of ten states identified in the Peoples under Threat survey as being most at risk, have been subject to recent or decades-long foreign military interventions. Pakistan, which ranks number five in the table, is at the centre of intense controversy concerning international intervention.
We asked Shobha Das, MRG’s Head of Programmes, who manages our work in Pakistan, what the government of Pakistan, and the international community, should be doing to reduce the possibility of mass killing and to protect vulnerable communities.
Read the global press release.
Read the Africa press release.
Download the table and briefing.
Photo: An image of the Baha’i star from Pakistan, with the symbols of the world’s major faiths represented within it. Credit: MRG/Shobha Das