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Netherlands: Territories in Dispute Conference 

On the 30th May - 1st June, the University College Roosevelt of Utrecht University will hold a two-day conference titled ‘Territories in Dispute: Epistemologies, Resistances, Spirtitualities and Rights’. The conference is hosted by the University College Roosevelt, Utrecht University, University of Deusto, University of Milan, EURAC research, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and the Human Rights Centre of Ghent University. This conference aims to...

Mauritanie: Communiqué - audience RABIAA ET SOEURS 

Dans sa première audience tenue le 28 mars 2018, la cour spéciale pour la répression de l’esclavage s’est prononcé sur les dossiers RP 252/2011 et RP072/2015 relatifs aux affaires de Rabi ‘a et ses sœurs et Boujoum’a Ould Bilal sur lesquels Riv’a Mint Mohamed et Salek Ould Amar et son fils Hamoud Ould Salek pratiquaient l’esclavage. C’est l’organisation SOS ESCLAVES constituée en partie civile...

Algeria: Day care centre for Christian children in Kabylie closed by authorities 

Authorities in Algeria’s north-eastern city of Tizi-Ouzou, in the Kabylie region, have closed down a day-care centre for Christian children. The Early Childhood Home was established more than 10 years ago by Église Protestante du Plein Évangile (The Full Gospel Protestant Church), also known by its French acronym EPPETO. EPPETO is the biggest church in Algeria. It welcomes 1,200 members for its...

Kenya: Mbechot - access to clean water welcomed by Endorois  

In line with #Envision2030 Goal 6 of SDGs - Access to Clean Water and Sanitation - I set out in December 2017 to interrogate the issue and current status. Mbechot, is in the middle of the territory of Endorois people of Baringo, Kenya. Access to water remains an elusive thing. This borehole drilled by the government of Japan in partnership with the...

Pakistan: Christian and Hazara minorities under attack in Quetta 

Once again, in the month of April, Christian and Hazara minority communities were killed by militant groups repeatedly in Quetta, Pakistan. Religious minorities feel that the Islamic Republic of Pakistan has failed to provide safety and security to its citizens who have been constantly under attack by ISIS, and other terrorist groups.By Aftab Alexander Mughal (4 May 2018) - In two attacks in April, the...

Iraq: Sabean Mandeans in the spotlight 

AL Miezan Association for Human Rights Development carried out a project in Amarah City, in Iraq's Maysan Province, to encourage community dialogue between the Muslim majority and minorities such as Sabean-Mandaeans. The project, which started in October 2017 with support from MRG, included a visit to a Sabean-Mandaean temple in the city. Mandaeans, followers of one of the oldest monotheistic religions, are historically settled in Southern Iraq,...

Pakistan: Attack on the Interior Minister for blasphemy allegation 

Pakistan’s interior minister Ahsan Iqbal, a Sunni Muslim, was shot after a public meeting in the village of Kanjroor, about 150 miles southeast of Islamabad, on 6 May. Abid Hussain, a member of a hard-line Islamist group, was immediately overpowered by the police force. According to his statement, a ‘Muslim Saint’ ordered him in his dreams to kill the interior minister for blasphemy against...

Minority Voices Podcast May 2018: An interview with Daniel Kobei 

In May 2017, the Ogiek indigenous community of Kenya successfully challenged the denial of their land rights before the African Court of Human and Peoples Rights. Following an eight-year legal battle, the Court found that the Kenyan government violated seven separate articles of the African Charter, in a case that dates back to colonial times. This landmark ruling recognised that the Ogiek – and...

Morocco: Christian minority couple denied legal marriage now risking illegal pregnancy and receiving death threats 

The Moroccan Association for Religious Rights and Freedom calls on the Moroccan authorities for the protection of the Christian couple, Kamal Rasayen and Lubna Al Bazi, who were denied legal marriage, and are now risking illegal pregnancy and receiving death threats.According to the Moroccan Association for Religious Rights and Freedom, Kamal Rasayen was denied his right of marriage, when the local authorities in Tetouan...


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