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Iran: Racial Discrimination Plagues the Lives of Millions of Ahwazi Arabs 

Characterised as lizard-eaters and camel milk-drinkers, barefooted and uncivilised nomads, Arabs in al-Ahwaz face racial discrimination in all areas of public life. In his latest report, rights activist Rahim Hamid explores how the Iranian regime tries to crush the willpower of Ahwazi Arabs to pursue their cultural practices.As the source of 40 to 50 per cent of Iran's gross domestic product, al-Ahwaz is one...

Iran: Harrowing report reveals discrimination against Ahwazi Arab workers  

Shunned from the workforce and stricken with poverty, Arabs in Iran's al-Ahwaz region face discrimination on a daily basis. Rahim Hamid's latest report reveals that employment levels in al-Ahwaz are disproportionately low in relation to the rest of Iran. The economic projects underway in the region are under the control of Persian contracters who have close ties with government officials. As a result, most...

Minority Voices Podcast: September 2014 

Welcome to the Minority Voices September 2014 podcast. This month we are firmly rooted in South Asia - we talk to a young activist from India's little-known descendants of enslaved Africans, and our minority music selection comes from Pakistan's Sufi community, who are increasingly under threat from Islamic hard-liners....

Sri Lanka: The Forgotten People: 24 years of Forcible Eviction of Northern Muslims 

Over 75 Muslims expelled from their native districts of Northern Sri Lanka by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) within a short period of time in October 1990 have still been living in a state of protracted displacement out of the Northern Province for the past 24 years.The minority Muslim community comprises about 8 percent of the country’s population of 20.2 million, according...

Iran: Outbreak of communicable diseases claim the lives of Ahwazi Arab prisoners  

Owing to lack of sanitation, severe restrictions in access to health care, dirty and unsanitary environment of prison besides overcrowding of prison’s wards have resulted into outbreak of fatal contagious diseases among prisoners in Shushtar prison in Al-Ahwaz region, the prisoners’ families reported.According to Ahwazna reliable sources from Ahwaz, an Ahwazi Arab prisoner by the name of Farhan Mohammad Taher has died last week...

Syria: Assyrian villages in Khabour, Syria under ISIS attack 

Assyrian Christian villages along the Khabour river in the Hassake region are under heavy attacks of ISIS. Hundred of people left the region and number of women and children have been kidnapped by ISIS. Clashes continue between MFS, YPG against ISIS. On Monday around 5am ISIS carried out an attack on the Assyrian villages in the Khabour region leaving casualties and another exodus...

EU/Iraq/Syria: Breakthrough EU resolution supporting Nineveh Plain Safe Haven 

In a unprecedented move European Parliament adopted a resolution regarding Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian (CSA people) in Middle East supporting safe haven in the Nineveh Plain and Syriac Military Council, MFS and further condemning acts of ISIS. Strasbourg, EU – European Parliament, EP adopted historical resolution concerning the recent situation of the CSA people in the Middle East and highlighting importance of the European Union committment...

New MRG documentary film: 'Noun' - a film about the current challenges facing Iraqi Christians  

Directed by Aida Schlaepfer, commissioned and produced by Minority Rights Group International & da ProductionDuration: 24 minutesLanguage: Arabic (English subtitles)The film “Noun” depicts the suffering of Christian Iraqis - their marginalisation, persecution, torture, and murder - culminating in their forced displacement from their homes in northern Iraq, and how this systematic displacement, which began at the turn of the 20th Century, continues to this...

New MRG documentary/Pakistan: Shaheedo Tum Kahan Ho - a film about Pakistan's Hazara  

Shaheedo Tum Kahan Ho gives an account of the targeted killings of members of the Shi’a Hazara community in Pakistan, highlighting how they face discrimination in their everyday lives, while security concerns and death threats make routine activities like going to school or the market a potential hazard.This interview-based documentary weaves a comparison between the violent discrimination against the Hazara and the problems faced...

Middle East: Rifugio, a new book about Christians of the Middle East 

The birthplace of Christianity lies on the Iranian slopes from Mount Ararat to Mount Lebanon. Since those ancient times, the rugged valleys and gorges have served as a refuge for monastic communities and those in search of solitude. Nowadays, 12 million Christians are assumed to live in the Middle East, but only a few of them remain to live in the region because of...

Georgia: More voices against intolerance needed 

Author wants to thank for their contribution to Tamta Mikeladze (Human Rights Monitoring and Education Center, Georgia and Andrew Smith, Legal officer at Article 19, UK). Violent incidents against religious minorities have been persistent within the last two years in Georgia. In many incidents, police have failed to protect minorities from violence and discrimination, and have repressed minority protests with excessive use of...

SWM 2015: Lebanon - The disappearance of Wadi Abu Jmil, Beirut’s Jewish district 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Rania El RajjiLebanon’s wars have had a lasting impact on the country’s urban fabric. The infamous ‘green line’ which divided Beirut into East and West between 1975 and 1990 forced various religious groups – primarily Muslims and Christians, but also other smaller minorities who found themselves drawn into the conflict – to resettle on either side...

State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2015 - focus on cities: Case studies 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)The battle for respect for the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples is increasingly being played out in cities, says Minority Rights Group International in its annual report.Our flagship annual global report, State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2015, focuses on cities, and explores the many challenges communities face in urban areas, from segregation and lack of...

Iraq/Turkey: 15,000 Displaced Yezidis in Turkey seek mass exodus to EU through Bulgaria 

The world fails to address Yazidi Crisis; 7000 enslaved, 5000 killed, and a half million displaced; they now plea for resettlement.Diyarbakir, Turkey – June 27, 2015.  Nearly 15,000 Yazidi displaced refugees in southeast of Turkey are seeking mass exodus to European Union countries through Turkish-Bulgarian crossing point where they plan to formally request temporary residency in Bulgaria, and admission to other EU countries as...

Pakistan: Celebration of Minorities' Day  

11th of August was declared as Minorities’ Day in Pakistan in 2009 by the efforts of Shahbaz Bhatti “The Martyred”.The idea of that particular day was the historical speech of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah The Founder of Pakistan, delivered on 11th of August 1947 to Constituent Assembly, had clearly laid down the outlines of the type of state he visualized Pakistan to become. “You...

Iraq: One year on and thousands of Yazidis remain uprooted 

From a group of volunteers who have been supporting displaced Iraqis since August 2014, specifically Yazidis, with whom they have been in touch regularly.The children in this photo, and thousands like them, fled their homes when ISIS attacked the town of Sinjar and the villages of Yazidis, Christians and other minorities in the Nineveh plain in Iraq.Most of the displaced Yazidis live in the camps which...

Iran: Cancer cases rising at an alarming pace in Al-Ahwaz 

Rahim HamidIn Iran’s Al Ahwaz region, the population is facing a frightening growth in cancer rates.  Al Ahwaz is threatened to be overwhelmed by a burgeoning cancer epidemic and despite an acute increase in cancer incidences no real urgent action is seen to be taken by the government authorities in cancer prevention, improvement of health-care systems and facilities, improvement of access to essential medical...

Syria: ESU condemns killing of Assyrian civilians from Khabour by Isis 

The ongoing conflict in the Middle East, especially in Iraq and Syria, is causing irrevocable damage to native people, minorities, ethnic and religious groups. From the beginning of the fall of Mosul city until today, Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian people and Ezidis had been subject of killings, executions, ransom and mass-displacement. In a recently published video by ISIS, reported by various Middle East media outlets, it is...

Pakistan: New Blasphemy Case is Registered 

Naveed Masih, a 24 year old Christian man, is accused of blasphemy, was arrested and is in police custody. Persecution of minorities in Pakistan has become a common practice especially in the era of the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) (PML [N]). A young man, 24, is been accused of blasphemy. (FIR is registered U/S 295 - A, file No. 619 in Satellite Town Police Station...

India: My 98 days in detention; Illegally framed in a criminal case. 

In recent years, Intolerance & religious, lingual & regional extremism has been rising so fast in all corners of India. The movement of peace, harmony & human rights is being weakened as an strategy of communal forces, opportunist political leaders & selfish clerics. In December, 1992 after demolition of Babri Masjid when communal forces, opportunist political leaders & selfish clerics were playing their...


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