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Pakistan: Representation of Religious Minorities in Print media 

Click on the attached document to read a study that examines the “Representation of Religious Minorities in Pakistani Print Media 2009 to 2011”.This study was carried out using news, editorials and pictures published in Dawn, The Nation and The News, and concludes that Pakistani print media give positive coverage to minority issues.Photo: Qandeela Ambreen...

Egypt: Copts face discrimination & violence in aftermath of coup 

Copts are Egyptian Christians descended from ancient Egyptians who have lived in the Nile Valley for more than 3000 years and were originally called Bajiptos, which was then deviated to Gypt or Copt.Until the Arabs came into Egypt in the middle of the seventh century AD, Copts were speaking the Coptic language, which is derived from Alheirogrovih, the ancient Egyptian language. But the Arab...

Egypt: Christian churches under attack in Minya 

A report, prepared by a team from the Organisation of Justice and Development for Human Rights, has revealed attacks against an Evangelical church and a Catholic church in Malawi district, Minya province, Egypt.Apart from the attacks on the churches, Coptic shops were burned as well as the Malawi court, the museum and the city council building. There was also a failed attempt to torch...

Egypt: International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances 

August 30 is the International Day of victims of Enforced Disappearances.The Egyptian Association of Victims of Abduction and Enforced Disappearances (AVAED) requests that the Egyptian Government endorses United Nations Resolution 65/209: “International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance”.  Today, Friday August 30, the Egyptian Association released a document outlining two cases of disappearance.  The first case, is the disappearance of...

Egypt: Liberate the emirate of Delga 

After an occupation lasted more than two months by islamic militants, the central security forces, backed by the army, were finally able to enter the village of Delga, located in the south of El-Minya province.Since the imposition of a tax on the Copts (£300 on each family, paid daily), more than 50 families have been forcibly displaced from their homes and shops and their...

Egypt: Christians victims of the growing Islamist non-Islamist divide; the urgent need for peace and reconciliation 

This report by Arab-West Report explains the context of the massive destruction of churches and Christian institutions in Egypt in August 2013. Very often media describe tensions between Muslims and Christians in Egypt in generalized terms, but this report prepared for the German organization, Missio, shows that tensions are primarily between Christians and Islamists.These tensions have deep roots dating back to the founding of...

Syria: Fears for ancient Christian communities continue 

Fears for Syria’s ancient Christian communities continue as they are attacked by both the militias and government forces.The Syrian Christian community makes up approximately 10 per cent of the population, but its size has been declining since the March 2011 uprising due to displacement and emigration. There are Greek Orthodox, Greek Catholic, Syrian Orthodox, Syrian Catholic, Armenian Catholic, Assyrian and Chaldean Christians. The number...

Egypt: Three Churches Pray for Abducted Minor Christian Girls 

The three Churches of Egypt were prompt in responding to calls for prayers, initiated by The Association of Victims of Abductions and Enforced Disappearances (AVAED), in solidarity with abducted minor Christian girls.Both Rev. Rafik Graish, spokesperson of the Catholic Church, and Fr. Luka Rady of the Kousseya Archdiocese of Assyut governorate welcomed the initiative, indicating that they will recite the names of the disappeared...

Ethiopia: Foreign aid must not support oppression in the Horn of Africa 

Human rights violations are growing worse in Oromia. This is illustrated by the kidnapping and subsequent killings of Oromo refugees by the Ethiopian security forces.Despite such gruesome violations of human rights, some Western governments have kept on providing technical and financial support to the dictatorial regime, to the detriment of the oppressed.These simmering, bitter complaints have drawn thousands of Oromo men and women to...

Global: European Parliament urges the EU to fight caste discrimination 

The elected representatives of half a billion Europeans from 28 countries are seriously concerned about caste discrimination. On 10 October the European Parliament will debate and vote on a resolution that urges EU institutions to take action on this important global human rights issue. The EU must step up its efforts to eliminate caste discrimination, one of the world’s most serious human rights...

India: Communal violence against Muslim minority in Madhya Pradesh 

In Madhya Pradesh state of India hardly a month passes without one or another incident of communal violence not being reported. According to the information furnished in Indian parliament by the Central government, between 2009 and 2013, 432 communal incidents took place in the state and it was among the top three states in the country in this respect.On September 19, 2013 (Thursday), at...

Egypt: Promotion and protection of the identity of religious minorities 

Thank you Mr. Chairman for the opportunity for this intervention.My name is Mamdouh Nakhla and I work as the head of Alkalema center for Human Rights, an organization concerned with the prevention of religious and ethnic discrimination in Egypt. I belong to the Coptic minority, which makes up 17 million of the total population of 87 million, about 20 per cent, and is considered...

Sri Lanka: Statement at 6th Session of the UN's Forum on Minority issues 

6th Session of the UN’s Forum on Minority Issues (26-27 November 2013) Madam Chair, Thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak. My name is Suhood Fasleem and I am speaking on behalf of the Muslim Community, a religious minority in minority who was forcibly expelled from Northern Province of Srilanka by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in 1990.One of the most...

MRG’s Carl Soderbergh addresses the 6th UN Forum on Minority Issues in Geneva 

Carl Soderbergh, MRG's Director of Policy & Communications, addressed the 6th UN Forum on Minority Issues in Geneva, held on  the 26-27 November 2013.His speech focused on the topic of legal frameworks and key concepts, discussing the impact of discriminatory legal practices on many minority communities around the globe, in particular with regards to religious minority women.Read the full text of his intervention below:Madam...

Georgia: Bishop Rusudan Gotsiridze speaks at the 6th UN Forum on Minority Issues 

Bishop Rusudan Gotsiridze of the Evangelist Baptist Church of Georgia spoke at the 6th Forum on Minority Issues on 26 November.Her intervention raised the issue of recent discrimination and attacks on religious minorities in Georgia and the failure of the authorities to provide adequate protection.Watch her speech in full below:...

Palestine: Interview with Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh, human rights activist 

MRG's Media Intern, Lovemore Luwizhu, interviews Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh, a Palestinian Christian who firmly believes in civic engagement to effect positive change in society.The media regularly exposes us to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, often through the lens of the editorial policy of the news outlet in question. Professor Qumsiyeh, from the town of Beit Sahour in the West Bank, here sheds more light on the...

Iraq: Religion and identity 

Throughout its long history, Iraq has been an incubator for different religions.Unfortunately, religion has often played a negative role, fuelling conflict between majority & minority communities and suppressing the development of a unifying civic identity.This document was produced by a participant in a training organised by MRG’s partner Iraqi Minorities Council, in Erbil, and talks about the history of religious diScrimination in Iraq, and the importance...

Minorities at the UN: Javed Anis, Urban and Rural Growth Academy Bhopal, India 

Javed Anis, on the behalf of Urban and Rural Growth Academy spoke at the UN Forum on Minority Issues in Geneva on 26-27 November 2013 . His intervention was based on AGENDA ITEM # 3: Protection of the existence of and prevention of violence against religious minorities. Read the full text of his intervention below. Thank you Madam ChairMy name is Javed Anis....

Burma: Systematic sexual violence in ethnic areas, new report 

Today marks the launch of an important new report documenting ongoing crimes of sexual violence-over 100 cases documented since 2010, including 47 gang rapes--perpetrated by the Burmese military in ethnic regions of Burma.The Women's League of Burma (WLB), consisting of thirteen women's organizations representing different ethnic areas in Burma, released the report, "Same Impunity, Same Pattern: Sexual abuses by the Burma army will not...

MRG Podcast February 2014 

Welcome to Minority Rights Group International’s February 2014 podcast. This month we investigate the current situation for religious minorities in Pakistan, take a look at the plight of Burma’s stateless Rohingya, and check out a Maasai choir from the plains of East Africa....


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