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Syria: Between The Barbed Wire 

The war in Syria is growing increasingly worse every day, and it is affecting every Syrian citizen, regardless of ethnicity or religion. But just like in every war, the situation for minorites is even more horrifying. The Christian minority in Syria has no militia and is targeted by everyone. Christian Assyrians/Syriacs and others have become the number one targets for criminals and terrorists.Nuri Kino,...

Egypt: Landmark verdict, judiciary repeals Presidential decree on demolition and renovation of churches 

The Court of Administrative Justice, presided by Judge Abdul Majid AlMokten, vice president of State Council, has ruled to cancel Presidential Decree No. 291 of 2005, which delegated district governors the responsibility to license Christian sects to modify or demolish a church and replace it at the same location.Since the President, according to the previous constitution, does not have authority to delegate...

Egypt: Minorities show unity at crucial conference 

The Egyptian Alliance for Minorities held a conference on March 18th at the headquarters of the Al-Tagmoa Party, titled "Religious minorities are stuck between a rock and a hard place - the state and the extremists".The conference received extensive and unprecedented media coverage addressing the systematic persecution of religious minorities since the revolution of January 25th, 2011 and with a focus on...

Egypt: Copts of Wasta face unknown future 

For more than ten days the Christians in Wasta (in Beni Suef province) have been forced to close their shops,Recently, they were allowed to re-open their businesses, but for only one month due to end on April 25th, otherwise the Copts will receive severe punishment and will be forced to leave the city.The trouble started on 19 March when a Muslim girl's family...

Syria: Christians in the crossfire 

Nuri Kino, journalist and author, has met and interviewed close to a hundred Christian Syrian refugees. He gives voice to this otherwise silent minority in this article, first published in Sydsvenskan, a Swedish newspaper.In an apartment in Istanbul he gets an exclusive interview with young Christian Syrian men who all are waiting to be smuggled to Europe. Twenty-one men between 19 and 29...

Egypt: National Security Department’s actions heighten tension between religious groups 

This past week, Egypt has witnessed a number of important events regarding relations between Egyptian Copts and Salafists that have not been widely broadcasted in the media.On the evening of Thursday 2nd May, several hundred Salafi demonstrators protested outside the headquarters of the National Security Department to denounce what is seen to be an increase in prosecutions against practising Salafis. The protestors claimed that...

Turkey: Refugee camp for Syrian Christians in Turkey sparks controversy  

Nowhere in the Islamic world has a refugee camp for the Christians of one country been built across the border in a neighbouring country. Now Turkey is building a camp that will hold between 3 and 30 times the number of Syrian Christians currently taking refuge in the country.The question now is why? Why is Turkey creating a small city to handle a flood...

Nigeria: Amnesty to Boko-Haram, a misnomer 

Nigeria appears to be in a quandary with the daunting security challenges in the country.Jonathan declares “I can’t grant amnesty to ghosts [faceless people] but I’m open to negotiation if members of Boko-Haram would show themselves physically with their demands”.Outwardly, he disparages that Boko-Haram has infiltrated his government. Nevertheless, Mr President endorses zealots (some indicted) as his advisers, security and police chiefs....

Egypt: International Religious Freedom Report welcomed 

The Alkalema Center for Human Rights has welcomed the US State Department’s International Religious Freedoms report, which documents further decline in religious freedoms in Egypt, following the December 22nd 2012 ratification of the new Egyptian constitution. While theoretically the constitution enshrines the right to religious freedom, these provisions are undermined by Egyptian laws, constitutional texts and the policies and practices of the Egyptian government.Although...

USA: American-Muslims dispel the stereotypes of Muslim women who cover - new photo exhibit 'iCover' 

The International Museum of Women (IMOW) is an  online museum that showcases art, stories and ideas to celebrate and advance the lives of women around the world. IMOW's exhibit Muslima: Muslim Women's Art & Voices presents inspiring art and innovative ideas from Muslim women worldwide who are leading the movement for a more just, equitable, and inclusive world.This exclusive selection of portraits from iCover,...

Nepal: Muslim leader killed, community calls it a political murder 

Kathmandu (AsiaNews) - Sadrul Miya Haq, a 55-year-old Muslim religious leader, was killed today in Saptari District, eastern Terai."Another public figure from the Muslim community was murdered amid government indifference," said Mohammad Naiimuddi, vice president of the Muslim Association of Nepal. "We think it was political motivated." The victim had his throat cut some 200 metres from a police station. Law enforcement...

Nepal: Muslim leaders form alliance to press demands 

KATHMANDU, April 17: In a bid to exert pressure to ensure constitutional guarantee for Muslim rights and identity, Muslim organisations and the Muslim wings of various political parties have formed a broad alliance named National Muslim Struggle Alliance (NMSA). The alliance formed on Monday comprises a total of 31 organizations including Rastriya Muslim Mukti Morcha of UCPN (Maoist), Nepal Muslim Sangha of Nepali...

Mauritania: MRG visits Haratine community as part of campaign to end slavery 

Vernonique Dion, MRG's Mauritania Programme Coordinator (pictured left in the photograph), and Shobha Das, our Head of Programmes, visited Mauritania in September 2012 to meet with members of the Haratine community.MRG’s work in Mauritania, with SOS-Esclaves and Association des Femmes Chef de Famille, hopes to establish new organisations representing Haratine women, and strengthen their capacity to better advocate for their rights.Haratine in Mauritania are...

Iraq: MRG's Head of Conflict Prevention speaks on situation of ethnic minorities and religious groups at the European Parliament  

MRG's Head of Conflict Prevention, Chris Chapman, will be addressing a hearing on 20 June hosted by the Delegation for Relations with Iraq, dedicated to the topic of ethnic minorities and religious groups in Iraq.The hearing will be held in the European Parliament where Mr Chapman will be joined by highly esteemed representatives of the Intergroup for Minorities of the Iraqi Council of Representatives;...

Pakistan: Human Rights Commission of Pakistan releases State of Human Rights in 2012 Report 

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan - State of Human Rights in 2012 The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has released its State of Human Rights 2012 report, documenting  human rights abuses in a period of heightened political activity in the run up to the May 2013 elections The report is scathing of the level of rights violations in the country, and classifies 2012 as ‘another...

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...

Pakistan: Religious Minority Rights; challenges for a new Government in Islamabad 

By Zimran Samuel, Barrister, Bar Human Rights Committee of England and WalesPakistan’s recent elections could prove to be a pivotal moment in the development of democracy and the rule of law in the country. It was the first democratic transition of power in the country’s history. The treatment of minorities and religious freedom generally will present an important challenge for Pakistan’s newly elected Nawaz Sharif.Indeed...

Bangladesh: Temples and residences of Hindu minority attacked in Rajganj of Begumganj 

On February 28, 2013 the International Crimes Tribunal sentenced Secretary General of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh, Delwar Hossain Sayeedi with death penalty for crimes committed against humanity during the liberation war of 1971. In protest against the judgment, Jamaat-eIslami called for hartal all over the country, which claimed five lives in brutal clashes between the police and the activists in Begumganj Upazila of Noakhali district’s Dotter...

Iraq: We remember the martyrs of Simele massacre in August 1933 

Today we remember one of the darkest moments in the history of humanity. At this day, hundreds of innocent Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian (CSA) civilian people had been killed and massacred under the rule of newly established Kingdom of Iraq. The Simele Massacre took place in August 1933 in Iraq against Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian people. Following the Iraqi independence and establishment of the whole political, social and economic...

Pakistan: The Christian Sweeper Community, Pakistan's Untouchables 

A couple of weeks ago, a senior politician made a statement on television saying "only non-Muslims will be recruited for sanitary jobs", drawing more attention to the kind of neglect this community is facing. This short documentary looks at the socioeconomic barriers faced by the Christian sweepers piled with racial discrimination. It will look at in depth how sweepers are being exploited by...


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