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India: Mass mobilisation to urge government to implement Special Component Plan and Tribal Sub Plan 

A mass agitation is planned in Delhi on 24 April 2012,  at Jantar Mantar.COME FORWARD AND JOIN THE CAMPAIGN TO COLLECTIVELY DEMAND JUST IMPLEMENTATION OF SCP/TSP FOR SCs and STs.For more information, download the attached flyer....

Mauritius: Poverty and exclusion in an ethnically-plural society, new study 

The complex linkages between poverty and ethnicity are explored in the context of Mauritius. The research finds that the causes and patterns of poverty differ according to ethnic group. Economic, political, and social spheres are analysed.The author carried out doctoral field research for fourteen months in Mauritius to collect primary data concerning: ethnic identity, inter-ethnic/religious relations, poverty, exclusion, and marginalisation.Mauritius is an ethnically-diverse country...

Pakistan: Study shows Christians in Lahore lag behind in education, employment 

Progress and development of any nation depends upon its socioeconomic factors, it will not be wrong if we say that socioeconomic indicators act as back-bone for the prosperity of a nation. In order to scrutinize the socio-economic conditions of Christians residing in Lahore (Pakistan) an extensive and profound survey is carried out.Lahore is among the largest Christian populated cities of Pakistan, approximately 0.7 million...

Mass protests in India to reclaim Dalit budgetary rights 

On 9th of May thousands of Dalits and Adivasis (Tribals) from all over India stormed up to the Parliament in New Delhi to demand their rightful economic share in the state and union budgets. “The scorching heat did not deter their spirits as they shouted in unison and one could her the beating drums as if to stir the capital to...

Egypt: Al Kalema Centre condemns attacks against Anba Beshouy monastery 

Al Kalema center for human rights condemn in the strongest terms the attacks that were carried out by the Egyptian army against Anba Beshouy monastery located in Natron Valley. An Egyptian army consisting of 7 armoured personnel carriers accompanied by military police vehicles along with no less than 100 heavily armed soldiers raided the monastery in the morning of Feb. 23 2011 and committed the...

UK/India: UPR reviews at the UN, time to act on caste discrimination 

When India and the UK come up for review by the UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on 24 May, IDSN urges all UN member states to seize this important opportunity to address concerns about caste discrimination based on recommendations by civil society and UN human rights bodies. Ahead of the reviews, IDSN has launched an Appeal to UN Member States, Special Procedures, and...

The situation of Sri Lanka’s northern Tamils three years after the war 

‘I need not state afresh that this day – the 19th of May - is now a great historic day in our country. Today marks third celebration of victory of the nation under a single flag. It is the great victory that restored the honorable peace that our country had preserved through many centuries. Similarly, it is also the great victory that freed many...

Interview with MRG Director Mark Lattimer: Minorities face attack as revolutions sour in Middle East and North Africa, says new global Peoples Under Threat survey 

EMBARGO: 00.01 (GMT +1) 24 May 2012Peoples under Threat is Minority Rights Group’s annual authoritative rankings table which highlights those countries around the world where the risk of mass killing is greatest.Peoples under Threat is created by compiling data on the known antecedents to genocide or mass political killing. While the individual indicators describe the current situation – what is happening – the index...

Demolition of Armenian Church’s bell tower in Tbilisi, Georgia 

On the morning of May 14, 2012 the bell tower of the Surb Nshan Armenian Church was demolished. The 1703 church is situated on Vertshkhli Street in Tbilisi, and its walls were painted by eminent Armenian painters Hovnatanyans. Over a long period of time the Church’s bell tower has been in emergency conditions. A while ago the National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of...

Sudan: Urgent action - 20 year old Intisar Sharif Abdulla sentenced to death by stoning 

On April 22nd 2012, Judge Sami Ibrahim Shabo sentenced Intisar Sharif Abdulla, 20, a Nuba Muslim woman from South Kordofan, Sudan, to death by stoning. She was accused of having a relationship and becoming pregnant by a man who was not her husband.Initially, Intisar and her co-accused pleaded not guilty, however, after reportedly being beaten by her own brother, she later “admitted” to the...

India: Discrimination against Dalits still rife in Madhya Pradesh village  

Yuva Samvad, Nagrik Adhikar Manch and National Secular Forum conducted an investigation on 2 May 2012 in Maregaon Village of Gadarwara Tehsil of Narsinghpur district and uncovered the following details: Maregoan Village has a population of approximately 2000 individuals. Out of these, 100 families are of the Ahirwar community. Dalits make up most of the agricultural labourers in this area, where Ahirwars (Chamars)...

Sudan: Correction - Intisar Sharif Abdulla still in custody 

SIHA is sorry to have to correct its statement of Thursday June 19th that Intisar Sharif Abdallah, who had been sentenced to death by stoning for alleged adultery on 22nd of April 2012 by Ombadah/Omdurman criminal court, had been unconditionally released. This information given to us by Omdurman prison staff proved to be wrong. In fact, the appeal court of Karari/Omdurman referred the case...

UK/India: Dalit Documentary Screening at East End Film Festival 

Screening at this year's East End Film Festival on Saturday 7th July, 2pm at Rich Mix, Jai Bhim Comrade is a powerful documentary focusing on the spirit of resistance among the oppressed Dalit caste in India.For more information please visit: www.eastendfilmfestival.com. Shot over 14 years, veteran director Anand Patwardhan explores the plight of the Daltis, an oppressed caste in India more commonly...

India: Rehabilitation drive for manual scavengers 

Following a reprimand from the authorities in New Delhi for failing to curb manual scavenging, the state government of West Bengal has pledged to rehabilitate people who are still engaged in this inhuman practice. According to the Telegraph, a Kolkata newspaper, there may be as many as 12,000 manual scavengers left in the state, even though the practice which forces Dalits to empty dry...

Egypt: forceful relocation of Christians from Rafah, Sinai 

Al Kalema Center for human rights (ACHR) condemns in the strongest terms the recent forced relocation of Christian Coptic residents of Rafah, located in Sinai Peninsula. ACHR considers the Egyptian government to bear some responsibility for this situation by advising Christians to move rather than providing them with adequate protection so that they can stay in their homes. If the Egyptian government is to...

Vietnam: Taidam “paenk khwan” ceremony 

Taidam, an ethnic minority community living in north-west Vietnam, have a strong belief in evil spirits, which can cause illness, while good spirits or more specifically the presence of the “khwan” (the soul) in the body preserves health. The “khwan” might be broken or overcome by fear or some supernatural powers, which leads to sickness or being continuously tired.Therefore, after someone's soul is...

Pakistan: Photo story - the daily life of Christian workers 

The photo story below depicts the daily life of two christian workers in a government department in Pakistan and shows their living and working conditions. The inadequate living standards and harsh conditions of weather do not stop them earning a living for their families. Though many poor people belonging from all communities more or less have similar conditions of life, the minority communities are...

Vietnam: The “xain sub kher” ceremony of Taidam people 

This photo shows the “Xain sub kher” Taidam’s ceremony at my home. In Taidam language, this name means 'to drive away catastrophe.'According to Taidam belief, after a member of family dies and moves to live with our forefathers, they often give back the reasons for their death to their close relatives. In my story, some older people said that my dead uncle had shared...

Pakistan: Karachi unrest, the role of the media and the courts 

Click on the link below to read an article on the conflict in Karachi involving ethnic and linguistic communities living in the largest city of Pakistan.The article examines both the role of different communities in the spread of violence, and the print media in highlighting the issue before it was taken up by the Supreme Court of Pakistan.The article was published in the quarterly...

Burma: communal violence in Rakhine state  

In Rakhine State, Myanmar, there are two groups: Ethnic Rakhines and stateless people who are descendants from the tribes of Bangladesh who migrated into Rakhine state a long time ago. Rakhines are Buddhists and the Bengali descendants are Muslims.Their cultures and languages are so different and there has been friction and conflict between the two groups, although both of them are minorities in comparison...


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