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Pakistan: Small ideas brought benefit to poorer communities in Pakistan 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording:Development consultant Samia Khan is talking about the power of human action and self-initiative which are rooted within all communities. Besides knocking on the door of governments and making them accountable, she highlights the importance of realising small ideas which can bring benefit to the people provided there...

Activists call for end to violence against the world’s ‘untouchable’ women 

On the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25th of November, Dalit women activists are urging the world to pay attention to the plight of women subjected to horrific acts of violence because of their caste and gender. While the world is busy praising India’s booming economy and status as ‘the world’s biggest democracy’, Dalit women are subjected...

MEPs: The EU must act now to help end one of the biggest human rights issues in the world  

PRESS RELEASE from The International Dalit Solidarity Network Brussels, March 1, 2011 (IDSN) --- MEPs stated that EU action must be taken to help end caste discrimination, affecting 260 million people worldwide. The statements came during a hearing on caste discrimination in South Asia, at the European Parliament Monday afternoon. This was also the message delivered by Dalit rights advocators at the hearing, who...

Christian and Sikh minorities in Pakistan 

A selection of images of Pakistan's religious minorities, photographed in 2009 by MRG's Jared Ferrie. The images include Christians in Mardan and Peshawar, and Sikhs at the Hassanabdal temple in Punjab province....

Pakistan's Christian Leader Buried In His Native Village 

On March 4, thousands of Christians and Muslims gathered in Khushpur, a Christian village in the Punjab province of Pakistan, at the funeral of late Shahbaz Bahtti. Young boys were beating their chests and women wailed in grief during the burial ceremony. Shahbaz Bhatti, Federal Minister for Minorities Affair, was killed by unknown assassins on March 2 in Islamabad. Bhatti, a Christian, was the...

Voices of Pakistani Christians and Sikhs 

 On March second, Pakistan minister for minorities, Shahbaz Bhatti, was gunned down in broad daylight in the capital Islamabad. It was a shockingly violent attack, but it was not necessarily a surprising one. Bhatti had been speaking out against the country’s blasphemy laws, which are meant to protect Islam, but have often been used to target religious minorities.    Attacks on religious minorities in Pakistan...

MRG Podcast: April 2011 

Welcome to Minority Rights Group International’s April 2011 podcast. This month we investigate the situation for minorities in troubled Pakistan, take a step back into history to hear about how the assimilation of indigenous people into mainstream society in Canada in the 19th Century has left a legacy of social damage, and travel to the Sahara desert to listen to the mesmeric sounds of...

Pakistan's leaders promise equal rights for minorities 

Pakistan’s political leaders have affirmed their government’s commitment to equal rights for religious minorities. President Asif Ali Zardari addressed the country on August 11, World Minorities Day. He said the government stands committed to ensuring equal rights for all the minorities as enshrined in the Constitution of Pakistan and the UN Declaration of Human Rights. He said: “Minorities Day, every year on August 11...

Pakistan’s Dalits denied flood relief because of caste discrimination 

Desperately needed shelter and relief items are not reaching hundreds of thousands of Dalits who are left homeless after the severe flooding in Pakistan’s Sindh province. Dalits are being discriminated against because their caste relegates them to the bottom of the social order in Pakistan and ‘untouchability practices’ exclude them from sharing the same shelters as other members of society. The President of...

Injustices with minorities in flood relief in Pakistan 

Scheduled castes women complaints over relief http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/09/complaint-over-relief.html Rain victims complain of rotten food http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/02/rain-victims-complain-of-rotten-food.html 2 women raped in relief camp http://pakistancriminalrecords.com/2011/10/01/umerkot-2-women-raped-in-relief-camp/ http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/01/two-women-raped-in-relief-camp.html http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2011/10/top-student-gang-raped-in-shahkot/?printType=article More stories about relief discrimination http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=71771&Cat=4...

Pakistan: Access to water key to development 

For many disadvantaged minority communities, basic access to water is a key barrier to progress and development. In Pakistan’s Bahawalpur district, the problem is even more acute. Much of the district lies on arid desert, where water is scarce. Without access to water, the district’s minority Christian and Hindu populations struggle to pull themselves out from poverty. But local non-governmental organizations are trying to...

Pakistani schools portray Hindus, minorities negatively: US study 

Pakistan's public schools and madrassas negatively portray the country's religious minorities and reinforce biases which fuel acts of discrimination, and possibly violence, against these communities, according to a new US study. Titled "Connecting the Dots:Education and Religious Discrimination in Pakistan," the study involved the examination of social studies, Islamic studies, and Urdu textbooks and pedagogical methods in Pakistan's public school system and its madrassa...

Pakistan: Religious diversity must for peace, development 

Respecting religious diversity and promoting religious harmony is essential for peace and sustainable development in Pakistan, said Sustainable Development Policy Institute’s Senior Advisor on Education and Religious Diversity Ahmed Salim here on Monday.Ahmed Salim was addressing the opening session of a 3-day training on “Religious harmony: a must for peace and development in Pakistan’ organised by SDPI and Minority Rights Group International (MRG). Teachers...

Pakistan: Let Her Rest in Peace – A Hindu Girl Buried in a Muslim Graveyard 

On 29th April 2009, a 13 year old girl Shahmira, an Oad (Non-Muslim) by cast, resident of village Khuda Bux Chandio, Hyderabad, died due to an unknown disease. With the permission of local elders, she was buried in a Muslim graveyard located in a nearby village. The burial became an issue when a local religious cleric (Mulla), eight months later, proclaimed this burial as...

Pakistan: Study shows Christians in Lahore lag behind in education, employment 

Progress and development of any nation depends upon its socioeconomic factors, it will not be wrong if we say that socioeconomic indicators act as back-bone for the prosperity of a nation. In order to scrutinize the socio-economic conditions of Christians residing in Lahore (Pakistan) an extensive and profound survey is carried out.Lahore is among the largest Christian populated cities of Pakistan, approximately 0.7 million...

Interview with MRG Director Mark Lattimer: Minorities face attack as revolutions sour in Middle East and North Africa, says new global Peoples Under Threat survey 

EMBARGO: 00.01 (GMT +1) 24 May 2012Peoples under Threat is Minority Rights Group’s annual authoritative rankings table which highlights those countries around the world where the risk of mass killing is greatest.Peoples under Threat is created by compiling data on the known antecedents to genocide or mass political killing. While the individual indicators describe the current situation – what is happening – the index...

Pakistan: Photo story - the daily life of Christian workers 

The photo story below depicts the daily life of two christian workers in a government department in Pakistan and shows their living and working conditions. The inadequate living standards and harsh conditions of weather do not stop them earning a living for their families. Though many poor people belonging from all communities more or less have similar conditions of life, the minority communities are...

Pakistan: Karachi unrest, the role of the media and the courts 

Click on the link below to read an article on the conflict in Karachi involving ethnic and linguistic communities living in the largest city of Pakistan.The article examines both the role of different communities in the spread of violence, and the print media in highlighting the issue before it was taken up by the Supreme Court of Pakistan.The article was published in the quarterly...

Pakistan: Religious minorities must be rendered equal 

Hatred and repulsion towards minorities in Pakistan has almost become a routine matter. The curriculum in the educational institutions starts teaching the children from grade 4, that other than Muslims the rest of the communities belonging to minorities are either inferior to us or are our adversaries. Hindus, Sikhs, Parsis, Ahmedis and Christians constantly fear persecution in their own country due to the weak...

Pakistan: UN review - Urgent protection needed for minorities 

The Government of Pakistan has failed to honour the commitments it made at the UN review of its human rights record four years ago. International NGOs are urging states to recommend it to ensure full protection of minorities, including Dalits and other marginalised groups.Click on the link below to download the press release....


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