Positive attitude towards improving religious freedoms vital for Pakistan’s new government, says international rights organisation
As Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and his Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) begin to form a new government after 11 May general elections, Minority Rights Group International urges them to seize this unique opportunity to bring about positive change for the country's religious minorities.
‘We welcome Mr Sharif's early signals that he is looking for stability and peace between diverse communities in Pakistan,' says Shobha Das, MRG's Head of Programmes. ‘The time is now ripe to end discrimination against religious minorities, and repeal the blasphemy law, which is open to abuse and applied disproportionately against minority communities,' she added. Read more...
MRG Blog - Minorities in Focus
UN Human Rights Chief: Speech laws must strike balance
Chelsea Purvis and Awaz Raoof, lawyers who are currently assisting MRG’s Legal Cases Team, report back from a talk in London by Navi Pillay on hate speech. Read more...
The silent killings
Freddy Batundi, MRG Africa’s Capacity Building Officer, raises the alarm about a dangerous pattern of discrimination towards the Hunde in his hometown of Kitshanga, in the beleaguered eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Read more...
Full length documentary from MRG and Hollman Morris: Suárez Gold - Afro-Colombian miners defending their heritage
Afro-Colombians have been carrying out small-scale mining in Colombia’s Cauca region since their ancestors settled there in 1637. Between 2002 and 2010, Colombia’s government gave out 7,500 mining exploration titles to national and foreign companies eager to exploit the country’s precious resources.
In this documentary we hear of the Afro-Colombian community of La Toma’s brave, and sometimes deadly struggle to prevent the invasion of mining companies and defend their ancestral livelihoods at all costs. Watch it in the Minority Voices Newsroom.