Our mission is to promote and protect the fundamental human rights of minorities and marginalised groups.
GENEVA (21 May 2020) – The government of Malaysia must halt an ongoing crackdown on migrants, journalists and civil society in the context of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and strongly oppose xenophobia and hate speech against migrants, UN experts said today.
GENEVA (26 May 2020) – UN experts* expressed alarm about the ongoing persecution of journalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol in Bangladesh and his previous suspected enforced disappearance. They warned that his detention and the ongoing criminal cases against him compound fears that Bangladesh is using its Digital Security Act to stifle free speech.
’On the 10th of June 2020, professor of Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur, was arrested by the local police under blasphemy charges’’
Blasphemy is incorporated in the Penal Code of Pakistan, which means that anyone who insults the Islam will be punished and in the worst-case scenario they carry a potential death sentence. It is speculated that these laws are being used to persecute minority faiths and unfairly target minorities. Between 1987 and 2017 at least 1,500 people were charged with blasphemy and at least 75 people involved in accusations of blasphemy were killed in Pakistan according to the Center for Social Justice.
‘’The first ship containing Indian ‘laborers’ arrived in Suriname in June 1873’’
It does not matter if you are black or white, almost every individual agrees upon the fact that the slavery period is a dark page in human history. Slavery can be traced back to 221BC, going through the ancient times where people became slaves because ofdebt, born in a slave family or as a punishment of a crime.The medieval changed the notion of slavery, where slaves where seen as prisoners of war. The form of slavery that stays the most with us and has a close connection to our hearts is the movement of 1619 where African people where moved from Africa to America to work on the plantations under horrific circumstances. Not long after European countries followed the practice of America and started transporting slaves to their colonies.
GENEVA (2 June 2020) – Rising disparities in how COVID-19 is affecting communities, and the major disproportionate impact it is having on racial and ethnic minorities, including people of African descent, have exposed alarming inequalities within our societies, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said Tuesday. She noted that similar inequalities are also fuelling the widespread protests affecting hundreds of cities across the United States.
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.