Paint Bangladesh Orange: Pervasive Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls

Since January 2014, GHRD together with its local partners documented at least 58 cases of sexual and physical assaults against indigenous women and girls in Bangladesh. The UN called on the world to join the "Orange YOUR Neighbourhood" campaign to mobilise action for a future without violence against women and girls. The situation in Bangladesh proves that such campaigns are now more needed than ever due to a long-standing culture of impunity for violence against indigenous women and girls. Read more...

Prisoners of Faith: The Ahmadis in Pakistan

Amongst the numerous religious minorities in Pakistan, the Ahmadiyya community is one of the most persecuted. Their claim of belonging to the larger Muslim community is offensive the Muslim majority (both Shia and Sunni) in Pakistan, thus causing severe discrimination on religious grounds. and aggression against them is currently at its peak. Consequently, GHRD has been paying particular attention to human right violations towards the community. Read more...

Injustice with a Personal Face

In 2014 GHRD monitored over 20 cases of abductions, forced conversions or forced marriages. Such abuses happen in Pakistan on a daily basis. Valyan Kolhi is 15-year old Hindu girl. She was raped several times at the age of 13 by the nephew of her landlord. What happened to her is dreary, yet not unique. Her case is one of too many. Read more...

Human Rights Defenders Unite for the Rights of Minorities

On 17th November 2014, Human Rights Alliance Bangladesh (HRAB) organised a "National Meeting on Human Rights Situation of Minority Population" at the Daily Star Centre in Dhaka. The event brought together human rights defenders working for the rights of various minority communities including LGBT people, religious minorities and indigenous people. Read more...

Diversity Voices: Empowering Human Rights Defenders

GHRD’s 4-year human rights programme focuses on empowering HRDs in Bangladesh through various capacity building activities. One of the amazing outcomes: a photo exhibition about the LGBT community in Bangladesh. Read more... 

Hijra Pride: The Days of Stigma, Discrimination and Fear are Over

In November 2014, a thousand Hijras took to the streets of Dhaka to celebrate the landmark decision made by the Government to legally recognise Hijras as a third gender. This was the first ever transgender pride, organised by GHRD’s local partner Bandhu Social Welfare Society (BSWS), which marked the decision of the Government and celebrated gender diversity in Bangladesh. Read more...

A Stolen Childhood: #SAVEKAJAL Campaign

In recent years, the rate of abductions and forced conversions of girls in Pakistan has seen an alarming increase. Kajal Bheel is one of such cases: abducted from her home, married and converted in the space of a single day.GHRD started the “#SaveKajal” campaign: we directed the case file to various international bodies and started an online petition. We welcome you to join us in this call for justice by signing the petition. Read more...

A Word From the Ground: One Volunteer’s Stories of Nepal’s Human Rights Activism

Stephanie Eger, one of GHRD’s volunteers, has spent 4 weeks travelling through Nepal on behalf of GHRD. The purpose of her trip was meeting and working alongside GHRD’s local partners in order to better understand their everyday realities and explore new avenues for the promotion of human rights through GHRD and its local grass-root partners. Here’s her story. Read more....

Education as The Power Of Change: Celebrating Universal Children’s Day in Bihar, India

This year Manav Vikash Kendra organized a 4-day long celebration with the focus on the right to education of Musahar Children. The Musahar is a Hindu caste who lives on the margin of society due to India's harsh cast system. The marginalisation is especially visible when it comes to development, be it economic growth or social perception. Read more...

Discovering Youth Projects in Europe

GHRD has been implementing and participating in several European youth projects funded by the European Commission since 2009. Two of GHRD's interns went abroad to catch some of the action. Read more...