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Kenya: Hindus urge Kenyatta to visit Kisumu Sikh Temple to show support  

Hindus have urged Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice President William Samoei Ruto to show strong political will to take care of country’s minorities in view of recent Kisumu incidents.Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, reminded Kenyatta of his “core value” to "treat everyone fairly". Zed pointed out to Ruto that if he wanted to "Transform Kenya into an...

Bangladesh: Hindus under threat 

Click on the link below for a report from Star on Hindus under threat as hundreds leave home in panic as Jamaat-BNP-led post-polls terror strikes them in several districts.Photo: Jamaat-Shibir men go on the rampage, in Kornai Bazar of Dinajpur. Credit: Star/ Focus Bangla...

Burma: Leaked documents expose government complicity in persecution of Rohingya 

Leaked government documents reveal severe violations of human rights of Rohingya Muslims in Burma, including restrictions on their freedom of movement, marriage and childbirth, Fortify Rights said in a new report released on Tuesday.The report implicates state and central government officials in the systematic persecution of Rohingya — tantamount to crimes against humanity under international law. 'The impacts of these restrictions are severe and have been well-documented...

Georgia: Photo exhibition highlights fragile Dukhobor culture 

On 20th of March, 2014 Europe House hosted a photo exhibition entitled “Dukhobors in Georgia” by the famous Georgian photographer Natela Grigalashvili. The exhibition was held within the framework of the Regional Art and Culture project in the South Caucasus. The Dukhobors are a Russian ethno-religious group that has inhabited the Ninotsminda municipality of the Samtskhe Javakheti region of Georgia, bordering with...

Turkey: European Syriac Union present annual report on Syriac to EU Commission 

European Syriac Union, ESU presented its annual report entitled “The situation of the Syriac in Turkey-2014” to European Commission Enlargement authorities.ESU Belgium Head Tony Vergili and member of Foreign Affairs Committee David Vergili met with Mr. Christos Makridis to hand ESU report and present latest information regarding the situation, their demands of Syriac people in Turkey and their expectations from the European authorities.Tony Vergili...

SWM 2014: Countering hate content in Pakistan's school textbooks 

Case study by Nicole Girard‘The education system in Pakistan is dominated by people having a particular religious ideology and extremist mindset. These people desire this extremist ideology to be inculcated into the curriculum and thus manipulate the education system.’ Cecil Shane Chaudhry, Executive Director of Pakistan’s National Commission for Justice and PeaceEducation has a central role to play in countering violence and discrimination against...

SWM 2014: The role of civil society in countering hate speech in Burma 

Case study by Hanna HindstromThe rise of extremist rhetoric against Burma’s Muslim minority has been facilitated by the government’s reluctance to take meaningful steps to curb this hate speech. Even pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has attracted criticism for her apparent silence on the targeted abuse and displacement of tens of thousands of Rohingya. The escalation of the violence since the recent thawing...

SWM 2014: Understanding the dynamic of communal riots against Muslims in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts, Uttar Pradesh, India 

Case study by Sajjad HassanThis research is the result of an extended participatory research study between January and March 2014, undertaken by the Centre for Equity Studies in partnership with Aman Biradari, funded by MRG with support from CAFOD. Context – Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts before the riotsMuzaffarnagar and Shamli districts are part of the agriculturally rich western Uttar Pradesh (UP) region, dominated by...

Sri Lanka: Buddhist extremists attack innocent Muslims 

Warning - this post contains graphic and potentially disturbing imagesBudu Bala Sene and its supporters attacked innocent Muslims in some Muslims villages in the South of Sri Lanka today (15-6-14). Buddhist extremists’ movement Budu Bala Sene had its demonstration against Muslims today in Aluthgama town. The following the demonstration they had a meeting. The general secretary of BBS spoke with his vulgar tones and...

SWM 2014: Ukraine fails to address hate crime against migrants and other groups 

Case study by Irene FedorovychThe Ukrainian state has been slow to recognize the reality of hate crime in the country. Even now, there continues to be a clear gap between the small number of cases officially reported each year and the much larger number of incidents recorded by NGOs and rights groups. Furthermore, until recently, while Ukraine had legal provisions (Article 161 of the...

SWM 2014: Hate speech and Saudi Arabia’s Shi’a minority 

Case study by Glenn PayotFrom religious freedom and education to justice and employment, Saudi Arabia’s Shi’a minority has for decades suffered discrimination in almost every aspect of their lives. A key element in their marginalization, however, is the dissemination of negative stereotypes and misinformation about the group, as well as the failure of authorities to effectively address these representations. Faced with the challenge of...

Sri Lanka: Who is responsible for attacks on innocent Muslims in Aluthgama Town? 

After multiple atrocities against innocent Muslims in Aluthgama, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has finally requested some Muslim MPs to produce evidence of the religiously-motivated attacks on Muslims in Aluthgama.One can only wonder, where does our president live? Does he live in Sri Lanka or on another planet? It is self-evident that all these discriminatory attacks are carried out by BBS cohorts following the inciteful speech...

SWM 2014: Taking steps to promote peace and reconciliation in West Africa 

Case study by Paige Wilhite JenningsThough much of this chapter makes grim reading, there are concrete grounds for hope in the region. In Sierra Leone, where around 60 per cent of the population is believed to be Muslim and another 20 to 30 per cent Christian, ethnicity played a role in over a decade of war. Religion, however, reportedly did not. Sierra Leone, according...

Nepal: Muslims still being punished for 2004 hostage massacre  

Right after the massacre of 12 Nepalese hostages by Islamic militants in Iraq on 1st September 2004, Nepalese Muslims not only suffered violent attacks on their Jame Masjid (Mosque) in Kathmandu, but also on their businesses and family homes. Since then, they have been living in fear, treated with suspicion and portrayed as terrorists. Nepalese Muslims remember the 2004 massacre as "a black day”...

India: Union Budget 2014-15 yet again belies expectations of Dalits, Adivasis 

PRESS RELEASE: Union Budget 2014-15 yet again belies expectations of Dalits, Adivasis: NCDHR 11 July 2014, New Delhi With no significant policy for inclusive and equitable growth as promised by the Modi Government, the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR)-Dalit Arthik Adhikar Andolan (DAAA) today described the Union Budget 2014-15 as extremely disappointing, while saying it belied the expectations of the...

Bangladesh: SHAREE investigation finds rampant discrimination in allocation of Religious Affairs budget 

SHAREE, a national voluntary organization in Bangladesh, conducted a study to investigate discrimination in allocation of the budget for the Ministry of Religious Affairs. According to the organisation, their findings are a burning example of how the state discriminates against religious minorities.Click on the link below to read the entire study.Photo: Dalit women in DhakarCredit: Livia Saccardi/MRG...

India: Gita's Story 

Gita lives on the edge of Muru, a small village in the Kutch (or Kachchh) district of Gujarat, bordering on the salt marshes of the Rann of Kachchh. The region encompasses thousands of square kilometres of grassland and desert, and the majority of its population lead a rural existence, far from major cities. Muru is home to a community of barely a thousand, who...

Iran: Repressive Regime to Expand its Prisons in Ahwaz 

The number of public hospitals has not increased, yet Iran's Al-Ahwaz region has seen a dramatic growth in numbers of patients diagnosed with various types of cancer linked to air and water pollution. Meanwhile, the situation in Ahwaz with regards to education and infrastructure is worse ever. Millions are on the verge of starvation due to the abject poverty that plagues most of Ahwaz's...

Iran: Torture, Imprisonment and Summary Execution for Ahwazi Arabs  

Conducted behind closed doors, before biased judges and in the absence of legal representation, the unfair trials of Arabs in the al-Ahwaz region are part of a long-standing persecution of this minority group in Iran. Despite the fact that this recurring miscarriage of justice is in flagrant violation of the Islamic Republic's constitution, Iran's jails are filled with Ahwazi political prisoners who face brutal...

Iraq: Ezidies after escaping from mass killing, rape and dying from dehydration 

Ezidies people escaped from their territories to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq because of the genocide perpetrated upon them by the IS (Islamic State). As soon as the IS took over the Ezidies territories, many local people who were Non-Ezidies but well knowing the area and Ezidies families, turned against them with the IS. They together killed men and took families. Hundreds of...


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