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Sri Lanka: Discrimination against Tamils continues after the war  

Sri Lanka’s Tamil minority continues to suffer discrimination despite the defeat of the Tamil Tiger rebel group, activists say.Government forces in 2009 overwhelmed the Tamil Tigers, or the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE), ended a bloody war in which the rebel group fought to secure a separate state.Human rights activists and civil society groups say the end of the conflict has opened the...

Sri Lanka: villagers denied right to return home 

During its push to defeat the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE), the government uprooted many communities, some of whom continue to be displaced even though the war ended in 2009. One of these communities is the coastal village of Sampur. Sampur was the initial target of the advancing government forces and the entire village was moved to Batticaloa. From Batticaloa they were...

India: Anti-corruption movement excludes minorities 

[The following is the statement of Dr John Dayal, Secretary General, All India Christian Council, on behalf of the Council, on the apprehensions of the religious minorities and marginalised people on the so called Jan Lok Pal Bill, the proposed anti-corruption bill.]The All India Christian Council fully understands the angst of the common people, the Dalits, Tribals, Religious Minorities against the evil of corruption....

Sri Lanka: laws fail to protect minorities 

The government of Sri Lanka ratified the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on 18th February 1982, and it entered into force on 20th March 1982. Upon ratifying the convention, national laws were imposed by the Sri Lankan government to enhance all citizens, including people belonging to minority groups. Unfortunately, legislation has done little to help the minorities, but instead has led...

Nepal: launch of 100 day campaign against caste discrimination and untouchability 

“I commit to end caste-based discrimination and untouchability!” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, in her video message, kicking off the bold 100 day campaign launched by her office and the National Dalit Commission (NDC) in Nepal. The High Commissioner is encouraging everyone to pledge their commitment to end caste discrimination* and untouchability and the campaign website - http://www.100daysagainstcastediscrimination.com/index.php -...

Pakistan’s Dalits denied flood relief because of caste discrimination 

Desperately needed shelter and relief items are not reaching hundreds of thousands of Dalits who are left homeless after the severe flooding in Pakistan’s Sindh province. Dalits are being discriminated against because their caste relegates them to the bottom of the social order in Pakistan and ‘untouchability practices’ exclude them from sharing the same shelters as other members of society. The President of...

Vietnam: New wave of arrests for religious activists 

A new wave of arrests of religious activists in Vietnam has raised questions about the country's commitment to freedom of religion. In the last two months alone, Vietnamese authorities have detained at least 15 religious activists for expressing their beliefs, according to the group Human Rights Watch. On July 30, police arrested three Catholic activists in Ho Chi Minh City, the rights watchdog said....

Pakistan: Access to water key to development 

For many disadvantaged minority communities, basic access to water is a key barrier to progress and development. In Pakistan’s Bahawalpur district, the problem is even more acute. Much of the district lies on arid desert, where water is scarce. Without access to water, the district’s minority Christian and Hindu populations struggle to pull themselves out from poverty. But local non-governmental organizations are trying to...

Cameroon: Mbororos petition government over delay to implement commission findings  

In 2003, after 17 years of campaigning by the Mbororo people, the office of the president of Cameroon ordered an Investigation into the human rights abuses of Baba Ahmadou Danpullo, which found gross human rights abuses. The inter-ministerial commission, known as The Jani Commission, on the conflict between the Mbororo Community and Baba Ahmadou Danpullo was created under Ref. No. 1621/SG/PR of 27th February...

MRG photo story: Uncertain future for Israel's indigenous Bedouin 

In the next few months, the Israeli parliament is expected to legislate on a plan to demolish homes and displace 30,000 Arab Bedouins from the Negev desert of southern Israel. On 11 September 2011, the Israeli cabinet decided to go ahead with the controversial ‘Prawer plan’ that is aimed at providing a full resolution to continuing issues between the state and Bedouin over land...

Discrimination on religious grounds still persists in secular Nepal  

In a bid to address the long standing demands of ethnic minorities parliament declared Nepal a secular state on May 18 2006. The declaration ended the country's two-and-half century long distinction as the world's only Hindu state and demolished long-standing cultural disparities. The declaration of secularism was an attempt to remove a symbol of Nepal as a Hindu nation and bring equality...

Cameroon: violent repression against the Mbororo 

This video shows the violent repression against the minority Mbororo community....

Syria: New report on right to self-determination of Kurds 

Click on the link below to download a report in Arabic about the right to self-determination for the Kurds in Syria....

Pakistani schools portray Hindus, minorities negatively: US study 

Pakistan's public schools and madrassas negatively portray the country's religious minorities and reinforce biases which fuel acts of discrimination, and possibly violence, against these communities, according to a new US study. Titled "Connecting the Dots:Education and Religious Discrimination in Pakistan," the study involved the examination of social studies, Islamic studies, and Urdu textbooks and pedagogical methods in Pakistan's public school system and its madrassa...

Pakistan: Religious diversity must for peace, development 

Respecting religious diversity and promoting religious harmony is essential for peace and sustainable development in Pakistan, said Sustainable Development Policy Institute’s Senior Advisor on Education and Religious Diversity Ahmed Salim here on Monday.Ahmed Salim was addressing the opening session of a 3-day training on “Religious harmony: a must for peace and development in Pakistan’ organised by SDPI and Minority Rights Group International (MRG). Teachers...

Burma: Stateless Rohingya Children are deprived of Education at Home and Diaspora  

Download an article on the current situation for the Rohingya minority in thier home country of Burma and wider diaspora communities, from the Rohingya Society in Malaysia....

Pakistan: Let Her Rest in Peace – A Hindu Girl Buried in a Muslim Graveyard 

On 29th April 2009, a 13 year old girl Shahmira, an Oad (Non-Muslim) by cast, resident of village Khuda Bux Chandio, Hyderabad, died due to an unknown disease. With the permission of local elders, she was buried in a Muslim graveyard located in a nearby village. The burial became an issue when a local religious cleric (Mulla), eight months later, proclaimed this burial as...

India/Burma: Hopeful Chins Look to Don Bosco Ashayalam to be a Saving Grace 

27 March 2012 - Delhi, India: The Burmese Chin refugees started boycotting the services of the UNHCR implementing partner YMCA last July 7, 2011 because many of the Indian employees at the YMCA providing the services were very discriminating, rude, told outlandish lies, threatened parents, and did not care or show compassion to the refugees they were supposed to be helping. ...

SYRIAC MEMBERS CAPTURED IN SYRIA 

FOR URGENT RELEASE April 04, 2012 Brussels Today at the morning hours, the Syrian Security Forces captured five members of Syriac Party in Syria in the city of Qamishli and Malikiye. Syrian Security Forces continue to terrorise people and they realized raids to the domiciles for further arrests. According to the latest information that we receive, five members, 2 women and 3...

35 videos documenting caste discrimination across India launched  

The myth that caste discrimination in India is a thing of the past must be dispelled and on the 14th of April, Video Volunteers launch 35 community videos documenting caste discrimination across 12 states in India, to mark Ambedkar day, the birthday of a Dalit hero who fought for equality and justice for India’s Dalits. The videos are made by community video activists,...


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