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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...

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...

India: West Pakistan refugees stateless even after 65 years of Independence 

We the members of West Pakistan Refugees Action Committee wish to submit that we migrated from West Pakistan during partition of India and Pakistan in 1947 and have since been living in Jammu Division of Jammu and Kashmir State as refugees.Our present population is around 250,000. We have been deprived from all our constitutional rights by the state government, whereas refugees who migrated to other...

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...

Hungary: Roma children arbitrarily separated from families 

The case of a Roma woman whose children were taken away because of alleged ‘mental disabilities’ shows how social services are failing vulnerable families in Hungary.The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union has been representing a case that shows eloquently how the most vulnerable people can be abused and how authorities treat them arbitrarily, affecting the most important aspects of their lives.A 20-year-old woman called LV...

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...

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...

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:...

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...

Ukraine: Crimean Tatars are being neglected 

While the world press is debating whether or not ethnic Russians in Crimea are under threat and need the protection of the Russian Federation, Crimean Tatars are being neglected. Crimea is getting ready for a referendum, its outcome is obvious – the Russian minority, which in fact is a majority of Crimea’s population, will vote for joining the Russian Federation.The first time I encountered...

Uganda: 'Batwa may be poor, but they have immense cultural wealth' 

The tiny village of Nteko is set atop a 2000 metre-high hill, with stunning views of distant misty lakes and verdant valleys. Yet for Batwa this paradise is a living hell.You may well know Batwa as Pygmies, their more common, but derogatory name. Batwa have lived as hunter gatherers in the forests of south-west Uganda for millennia, depending on their forest home not only...

Iran: April 20 marked as the day of the Ahwazi revolution 

According to the British Middle East Center for Studies and Research (BMCSR) 3000 Members of EU’s Ahwazi Arab community gathered yesterday outside the European Parliament to protest against the recent executions of Arab political prisoners. The protesters also condemned Iranian occupation of their land.Ahwazis voiced their support for the EU parliament call for UN Special Rapporteur on Iran Ahmed Shaheed to enter Iran and assess...

SWM 2014: Kenya/Tanzania - Defending land rights in the face of hate speech 

Case study by Laura A. YoungIn their efforts to secure their land rights, indigenous peoples regularly become the subject of hate speech and hate crimes. Like other human rights defenders and like many marginalized groups, when they speak out or take other action to defend their rights indigenous peoples find themselves charged with crimes such as incitement to violence, criminal trespass or hate speech....

SWM 2014: Legislating against and countering hate speech in East Africa 

Case study by Laura A. YoungEast Africa and the Horn has been one of the most volatile regions in the world in recent years. Several states have passed legislation that addresses hate speech, trying to clamp down on incitement to violence, but according to Article 19’s Director for Kenya and Eastern Africa, Henry Maina, these laws often end up punishing minorities instead of protecting...

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: The unequal application of hate crime legislation in Hungary 

Case study by Eszter JovánovicsWhile the conviction, almost five years on, of four people in 2013 for the serial killing of six Roma in 2008 and 2009 is a welcome step in the fight against Hungary’s endemic hate crime, the community is still poorly protected against a rising wave of targeted violence. This is reflected in the fact that the suspected perpetrators were only...

SWM 2014: The experience of Central Asian migrants in Moscow, Russia 

Case study by Anastasia DenisovaThis research is the result of an extended participatory research study between March and April 2014, undertaken by the Civic Assistance Committee and funded by MRG with support from CAFOD.Trapped in the margins – the challenges of being a migrant in RussiaRussia’s migrant population, comprising around 11 million people, is the second largest in the world. The majority are nationals...

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...

SWM 2014: The impact of violence on communities in Boma Sub-County, South Sudan 

Case study by Paul Oleyo LongonyThis research is the result of a month-long participatory research study undertaken by the Boma Development Initiative, funded by MRG with support from CAFOD. In December 2013, a confrontation between Dinka and Nuer soldiers quickly escalated into a major civil conflict between President Salva Kiir Mayardit and former Vice-President Riek Machar. The ensuing violence, which has taken on a...


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