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Burma: Army commander’s wife violates rights of ethnic minority soldiers’ wives 

Chin State is the poorest state in the country. All resources are limited and scarce for Chin people and infrastructure needs to be build up. Chin are one of the ethnic minorities in Burma. Chin state is very isolated geographically because of poor transportation and communication, and is a recycle bin of government/public service personnel. If a public service personnel offends in a service,...

Pakistan: Religious minorities must be rendered equal 

Hatred and repulsion towards minorities in Pakistan has almost become a routine matter. The curriculum in the educational institutions starts teaching the children from grade 4, that other than Muslims the rest of the communities belonging to minorities are either inferior to us or are our adversaries. Hindus, Sikhs, Parsis, Ahmedis and Christians constantly fear persecution in their own country due to the weak...

Pakistan: UN review - Urgent protection needed for minorities 

The Government of Pakistan has failed to honour the commitments it made at the UN review of its human rights record four years ago. International NGOs are urging states to recommend it to ensure full protection of minorities, including Dalits and other marginalised groups.Click on the link below to download the press release....

Pakistan: Geneva event - debate on UN review 

Click on the link below to download information on a 'chat show style' debate on Pakistan's Universal Periodic Review, to be held at the UN on 31 October 2012.Hosted by MRG and G Media Centre, moderated by UPR.info with participating panellists from MRG, Save the Children, the International Dalit Solidarity Network and Pakistan Press Foundation....

Egypt: A Step Back for Minorities in New Draft Constitution? 

My definition of “minorities” is the legal terminology mentioned in international law which protects ethnic, religious and cultural-linguistic minorities. Political minorities, however, are another issue to be discussed. Although the January 25, 2012 Egyptian Revolution began for freedom, social justice, full equality and equal opportunities without discrimination among citizens, Mohamed Morsi’s presidential election victory in June 2012 has hijacked this sentiment, rendering it...

Egypt: Part II - Minorities in the constitution draft, a step back 

Part II of a series of articles reflecting on the drafting of Egypt's new constition, by Mamdouh NakhlaMinorities' fears are rightly aroused by code three of the latest draft of the constitution which states that, 'the principles of legislation of the Jews and the Christians is the main source that discipline their family affairs, their religious affairs, and the electing their spiritual leaders.'This code...

Iraq: Christian remembers brutal attack on Baghdad church 

On October 31 2010, the church of Our Lady of Salvation in Baghdad was attacked by gunmen, who proceeded to take worshippers celebrating a Syriac Catholic mass hostage.Security forces stormed the church in an attempt to free the hostages. 50 people were killed, with many more wounded, including Louis Climis, a member of MRG partner organisation, the Iraqi Minorities Council, and his son.To commemorate...

Pakistan: Campaign for religious minorities in Balochistan 

Center for Peace and Development (CPD) is one of the largest rights-based organizations in the province of Balochistan. Our core value is to promote peace and we use different tools to ensure peace in all walks of life, for us the provisions and sustainability of human rights is the foundation to ensure peace amongst all groups, irrespective of their color, cast, creed, race, culture,...

Europe: Video - 20 years of the Office of the High Commissioner for Minorities 

MRG staff attended a conference organised by the European Centre for Minority Issues in Flensburg, Germany, in July 2012, to celebrate 20 years of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe's Office of the High Commissioner for National Minorities (HCNM).The conference aimed to discuss the future challenges of minority rights protection in Europe, and enhance knowledge and understanding of the HCNM’s functions and...

India: Community groups campaign for religious freedom 

In 2008, communal violence broke out in Kandhamal district of India’s Odisha state, when Christian minorities were attacked by extremists from the majority Hindu community.A local NGO, the Centre for the Sustainable use of Social and Natural Resources (CSNR) was formed in response, to protect the rights of religious minorities. ‘We are advocates for victims of communal violence in Kandhamal’, Dhirendra Panda, the founder of CSNR, explained: ‘For those who are Dalits and Adivasis practising Christianity – for...

Egypt: Copts "exposed to daily assaults" says Chairman of rights group 

At the fifth session of the UN Forum on Minority Isuues in Geneva, Mamdouh Nakhla gave the following intervention about the status of the Copts in Egypt: "Thank you Mr. President for giving me the word. My name is Mamdouh Nakhla, I am the chairman of the al-Kalema, ”Word”, Organization for Human Rights, I am one of the Coptic minority. The Coptic community is the...

Bangladesh: Religious minorities (Hindu, Christian, Buddhist) must be counted in census if elections are to be fair 

SHAREE is a non-Government organization established in the year 1992 by a group of women. It is managed by women and committed to promote and protect the rights of Religious Minorities & marginalized Dalit communities in Bangladesh.Religious minority people have been declining in Bangladesh over the course of time. But there is another issue of debate - undercounting minorities in the population census.According to...

Bangladesh: 95 percent Dalit cleaners lived in poverty 

Around ninety-five percent of leaners of Natore district lived in a dirty state at the sweepers’ colony due to very low salary of their works.They could not support their family members as well as could not gear up their fate. Even if, they did not send their children to the educational institutions for own interest.There are around 2000 Sweeper members out of around 600...

Nigeria: Genocide in Plateau state 

“The new nation called Nigeria should be an estate of our great grandfather Uthman Dan Fodio. We must ruthlessly prevent the change of power. We must use minorities in the north as willing tools and the South as a conquered territory and never allow them to rule over us and never allow them to have control of their future”... by Ahmadu Bello, Sardauna of...

Video: Interview with Professor Heiner Bielefeldt, UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief 

MRG’s Head of Programmes, Shobha Das, interviews the United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Professor Heiner Bielefeldt, on religious freedom around the world, particularly in Pakistan. Professor Bielefeldt discusses the controversy surrounding The Age of the Innocents film, as well as some of the positive responses to the video from around the world. He also identifies barriers to freedom of...

Georgia: Armenian political prisoners Armen Gevorgyan and Ruben Shekoyan released from prison 

In October 2010, as a result of false accusations, well-known figures of the Armenian community of Adjara, Armen Gevorgyan and Ruben Shekoyan, were arrested without evidence and sentenced to 11 years in prison.In accordance with the Law on Amnesty adopted in December 2012 by the Parliament of the Republic of Georgia, on January 13, along with other 190 prisoners Armen Gevorgyan and Ruben Shekoyan...

Bangladesh: MRG visits a Dalit Sweeper colony in Dhaka 

MRG's Programme Assistant, Livia Saccardi, visited Bangladesh to attend the National Dalit Women Rights Conference on 28th July 2012 in Dhaka, organised by MRG partner Nagorik Uddyog (Citizen's Initiative).Dalit women face multiple discriminations, from majority communities and from within their own community. They are discriminated against because of their gender and because of their caste.Dalits are considered “untouchable” and “unclean” because of the jobs they...

Egypt: Criminal court sentences whole Christian family to hard labour 

The criminal court in Beni Sweif governorate, upper Egypt, on Sunday 13th January 2013, sentenced a whole Christian family of eight people to 15 years of hard labor for changing their religion and their address on their national number identity card. The changes had been made in order to reconvert to Christianity after their mother’s conversion into Islam many years ago and her marriage...

Egypt: Group denounces forced abduction and conversion of Coptic girls 

Watch a video and click on the links below to download a 2011 report of the Association of Victims of Abductions and Enforced Disappearances claiming Egyptian state employees may be involved in the forced abduction and conversion of minor Christian girls, and the testimony of a 17 year-old girl from Alexandria who recounts her experience of abduction at the hands of a gang....

Pakistan: Arooj Khalid addresses the UN Forum on Minority Issues in Geneva 

As part of Minority Rights Group International's Global Advoacacy Program, a number of minority rights activists from around the world came to Geneva to the UN Forum on Minority Issues, which held its 5th Session in November 2012. The theme of the forum was the implementation of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities, which was adopted...


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