Our mission is to promote and protect the fundamental human rights of minorities and marginalised groups.
The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) invites civil society to an online presentation of the UN Human Rights report 2019, chaired by the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, which will take place on Friday 5 June from 14:00 to 15:00 via Zoom.
On Tuesday May 19th, 2020 2pm Muslim perpetrators attacked a helpless minority Hindu family in Lalitashar village of Mohanpur union in Comilla district’s Debidwar upazila, Bangladesh. Seven members of one Hindu family were injured. 3 to 4 of them are currently undergoing treatment at the local hospital (source: Dainik Oporad dated: May 23, 2020). The victims have been identified as Nitai Chandra Dutt (48), his mother Yuti Bala Dutt (65), wife Shakha Rani Dutt (35), son Tapu Chandra Dutt (20), elder brother Nimai Chandra Dutt (56), son Sujan Chandra Dutt (26) and niece Shant Dutt (14).
To all Permanent Missions to the United Nations Office at Geneva:
The Secretariat of the Human Rights Council presents its compliments to the Permanent Missions to the United Nations Office at Geneva, international organizations or their offices, national human rights institutions, non-governmental organizations and other human rights bodies, and with reference to the note dated 20 May 2020
By HRFP and GHRD
The pandemic COVID-19 is affecting everyone globally. Pakistan is showing an alarming increase in patients affected by the virus. Since March 21, Pakistan has been placed on lockdown by authorities seeking to slow the spread of the virus. All over the country, the case rate is above 3,000 and over 60 persons have died until this date. Critics argued that the number of cases and deaths may be higher than the published data.
Since the 1830s Indians have found labour on the many tea plantations in Sri Lanka. Tea and rubber were the country’s main export products for over a hundred years, during and after the period of British rule. Because of the employment opportunities and the need for labourers on the plantations, many Indians started as migrant workers on the island.
By HRFP and GHRD
Bonded labour is a modern form of slavery. A person is enslaved as a bonded labourer due to debt bondage when his or her labour is acquired as a way of paying certain loan. Quite often bonded labourers are subjected to physical and sexual violence. They live under various forms of surveillance (at times through armed guards). The ILO Supplementary Convention on the Abolition of Slavery, the Slave Trade and Institutions and Practices Similar to Slavery (1956) defines debt bondage as:
Under the banner of “Stand Up for Human Rights”, GHRD alongside our partners, celebrated Human Rights Day 2019. Events were held in Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh, aimed to educate the next generation on the rights owed to them and work together to put an end to discriminatory practices, violence against women and children, and child labour.
Attacked for Defending Human Rights
Naveed Walter, head of Human Rights Focus Pakistan and partner of GHRD, has been targeted by Pakistan for defending the rights of minorities and women. GHRD calls on Pakistan to protect all human rights defenders.
GHRD held a press conference at the Press room of the Italian Parliament in Rome, concerning the human rights violations faced by women belonging to religious minorities in Pakistan.
In India, transgender people’s human rights are not being sufficiently protected by the current legal framework. Our paper explores options to improve on the current status of these rights.
Religious minorities in Pakistan are in the process of being wiped out, due to systemic discrimination and human rights violations.
Please help us in demanding that the UN and EU take action to protect religious minorities in Pakistan.