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Pakistan, Stop Underaged Forced Conversions and Marriages!

Tuesday 12 December 2017
Pathé Buitenhof, Buitenhof 20, The Hague
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In Pakistan, at least 1.000 girls per year are victims of forced religious conversions and child marriages. The exact amount is expected to be much higher due of the fact that many cases are not reported. The victims are often girls belonging to religious minorities. Since 2008, GHRD has received more than 300 individual cases of its local partners. These cases include kidnapping, forced conversions and child marriages of predominantly Christians, Hindus and other religious minorities. 

These awful cases do not get any (media) attention and thus stay unknown. Reasons for this are in particular the failing judicial system and the government which abstains from law enforcement. Also, the unlawful administering of the sharia works against the victims and their relatives.

It is imperative that this gruesome situation ends. GHRD therefore invites you to raise your awareness about these human rights violations by attending the screening of two documentaries and a Q&A-session. These short documentaries will be shown on Tuesday 12 December 2017, from 16:00 till 19:00 at Pathé Buitenhof, Buitenhof 20, The Hague. After the screening, you will be given the opportunity to interact with a human rights activist from Pakistan.

GHRD counts on your presence! On behalf of GHRD, I kindly request you to confirm your presence by registering through this link.

We request you to bring a valid ID to the event.

It starts with awareness, let the victims know that they are not alone, together we stand stronger!


BANGLADESH: Dysfunctional justice system and increasing extremist violence

Secular bloggers, academics, gay rights activists, foreigners and members of religious minorities including Shia, Sufi and Ahmadi Muslims, Christians, Hindus and Buddhists have been victims of targeted killings and many of them hacked to death. The wave of targeted killings began in 2013 and intensified since April 2016. Many of the attacks were claimed by Islamic militants. The initial response from the authorities lacked decisive action and was inefficient to prevent future attacks. In June 2016, almost within 5 days, the government arrested over 11,000 people, most young men, in connection to the spree of killings. According to the police sources only 145 of those arrested were suspected militants having a membership to militant organisations. Though this is not a sufficient evidence to show that they were connected to the brutal killings. The authorities should investigate the attacks and bring those responsible to justice, but the mass arbitrary arrests without proper evidence of a crime will lead to lack of assurance that the monstrous killings will be stopped and those responsible will be found while due process is upheld.


BANGLADESH: We Demand Justice for the brutal killings of civil society members including LGBT rights activists

The month of April witnessed vicious killings of civil society members in Bangladesh. The killings are a harrowing indication of the authorities’ failure in protecting individuals who are exercising their right to freedom of expression and engaging in peaceful activism. Xulhaz Mannan, the founder of the first LGBT magazine in Bangladesh, and his friend, Mahbub Tonoy were the latest to be murdered in the killing spree. The slaughter of LGBT rights activists underscored the mounting violence faced by those promoting human right and equality.


We for Us Project – Making a Difference

In collaboration with Global Human Rights Defence, the Organisation for Socio-Economic Development Nepal (OSED) organised the ‘We for Us’ project to improve the living conditions of marginalised communities in Khokana, Nepal. In the context of this project, OSED produced a number of events and seminars dedicated to raise awareness on human rights and women’s rights. Concurrently, OSED has made significant efforts to build collaborations with other local and international organisations to widen the reach of the impact of OSED’s activities and improve their human rights platform.



GHRD celebrated its Special Consultative Status with the United Nations together with its supporters and partners by a joyful reception event on 12th November. The attendees enjoyed the speech by Mr. Sradhanand Sital, Chairman of GHRD along with Naz Tuncay, Human Rights Officer and Tatsiana Yankelevich, Lobby and Advocacy Officer.

The event underscored the achievements of GHRD and local partners in the pursuit of a sound respect for human rights. Since 2003, GHRD together with its local partners have brought attention to the forgotten issues and atrocities faced by minorities in South Asia. Acquiring the Special Consultative Status is an important milestone for our international lobby and advocacy efforts to put minorities on the agenda of international human rights mechanisms.

GHRD thanks all who joined our reception event to celebrate this memorable achievement with us. We would like to specially thank Ron van den Berg, director at Bruynzeel Keukens for their generous donation to support our core human rights work. Without our supporters and dedicated team, it would not be possible for us to reach this important milestone.


Annual Report 2014


2014 has been a year of increased cooperation for GHRD, as well as its local and international partners. Marked with 27 international events celebrations, increased coalitions memberships, independent hands-on research, and various campaigns and trainings in Europe.


GHRD needs continued support to maintain our human rights monitoring activities and aid projects in South Asia. If you believe in our cause and would like to support our activities, please donate via our website or if you are interested in supporting a specific project, please contact us at: info@remove-this.ghrd.org

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Pakistan - Stop Underaged Forced Conversions and Marriages!

12th December 2017

Pathe Buitenhof Den Haag

16.00 - 19.00