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Pakistan: Geneva event - debate on UN review 

Click on the link below to download information on a 'chat show style' debate on Pakistan's Universal Periodic Review, to be held at the UN on 31 October 2012.Hosted by MRG and G Media Centre, moderated by UPR.info with participating panellists from MRG, Save the Children, the International Dalit Solidarity Network and Pakistan Press Foundation....

Pakistan: Campaign for religious minorities in Balochistan 

Center for Peace and Development (CPD) is one of the largest rights-based organizations in the province of Balochistan. Our core value is to promote peace and we use different tools to ensure peace in all walks of life, for us the provisions and sustainability of human rights is the foundation to ensure peace amongst all groups, irrespective of their color, cast, creed, race, culture,...

Video: Interview with Professor Heiner Bielefeldt, UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief 

MRG’s Head of Programmes, Shobha Das, interviews the United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Professor Heiner Bielefeldt, on religious freedom around the world, particularly in Pakistan. Professor Bielefeldt discusses the controversy surrounding The Age of the Innocents film, as well as some of the positive responses to the video from around the world. He also identifies barriers to freedom of...

Pakistan: Arooj Khalid addresses the UN Forum on Minority Issues in Geneva 

As part of Minority Rights Group International's Global Advoacacy Program, a number of minority rights activists from around the world came to Geneva to the UN Forum on Minority Issues, which held its 5th Session in November 2012. The theme of the forum was the implementation of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities, which was adopted...

India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal: Call for UN focus on Dalit women - MRG co-host event 

IDSN has urged UN member states to recognise Dalit women as a particularly vulnerable group in the upcoming annual resolution in the Human Rights Council on violence against women.Dalit women are frequently subjected to multiple forms of discrimination and violence due to their caste as well as their gender. This issue will be discussed at a side event at the UN Human Rights Council...

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 photo story: Risk of mass killing reaches critical level in Africa and the Middle East 

Each year, Minority Rights Group’s annual Peoples under Threat survey lists countries where communities are most at threat of genocide or mass killing.The latest survey, launched in July 2013, shows that sectarian killing between Sunni and Shi’a has risen dramatically and presents an urgent threat to life across much of the Middle East and into Asia.According to authoritative indicators factored into the Peoples under...

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...

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...

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...

State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2013: Interview with South Asia author 

Minorities and indigenous peoples suffer more ill-health and receive poorer quality of care, says MRG in its new global report.MRG's flagship report, State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2013, presents a global picture of the health inequalities experienced by minorities and indigenous communities.The report is launched to coincide with a United Nations General Assembly meeting to follow up on efforts made towards...

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...

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....

Photo story: Peoples under Threat 2014 

The Peoples under Threat index identifies those countries around the world where communities face the greatest risk of genocide, mass killing or systematic violent repression.It provides early warning of potential future mass atrocities.The Middle East and Africa dominate the list of major risers in the index this year.The war in Syria, whichhas risen dramatically up the table to now rankthird, continues to fragment, and...

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: Photo story 

Hate crime towards minorities and indigenous peoples is a daily reality in many countries across the globe, says Minority Rights Group International (MRG) in its annual report, but is often ignored by authorities.The international organisation’s flagship report, State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2014, focuses on ‘Freedom from hate’ and presents compelling evidence showing that hate crime and hate speech are prevalent...

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....

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...

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...


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