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Newsletter | November 2015
 

Since launching our crowdfunding campaign in July, GHRD has been collecting donations and working with our local partners in Nepal to support the victims of the devastating Nepalese earthquakes. Donations to the campaign have enabled GHRD and its local partners to provide families in remote Nepalese villages with food packages and disaster relief. Read more for a detailed update on our crowdfunding campaign!

The latest edition of our newsletter also covers GHRD’s participation in a press conference and protest supporting religious minorities in Pakistan, and GHRD’s collaboration in organizing a demonstration demanding justice for Hindu victims of violence in Sindh. This edition also explores the plight of sexual minorities in Bangladesh and sexual violence against indigenous women and girls in Bangladesh. You will also find an exciting announcement about GHRD’s ECOSOC status and what it means for the organization in this newsletter.

Keep up to date on GHRD’s work by visiting our website and social media profiles. Thank you for supporting Global Human Rights Defence, our battle against gross human rights violations would not be possible without the generous support of our donors!

GHRD team

 

Developments in Ramechhap and Khokana after the worst natural disaster to hit Nepal in 60 years

Since July 30th, Global Human Rights Defence has been collecting money for the victims of the earthquakes in Ramechhap and Khokana. With the received donations, food packages and disaster relief items have reached the villages otherwise forgotten by everyone else. Bathroom facilities and further aid will be organised throughout the crowdfunding period. With your support, more families can be helped and will be able to slowly rebuild their lives after the disastrous earthquakes.
Read more about the article here. 

Civil Society Vows to Promote Peace & Minority Rights in Faisalabad

Human Rights Focus Pakistan (HRFP), in an attempt to promote peace initiatives and the rights of religious minorities, has undertaken two core actions on International Peace Day on September 21st, 2015. HRFP, in cooperation with Global Human Rights Defence (GHRD), and Coalition for the Rights of Minorities Pakistan (CRMP), organised a press conference and protesting rally in the Faisalabad District. Read more for the details of the events and their significance. 

Read more about it here.

ECOSOC ANNOUNCEMENT

Global Human Rights Defence is happy to announce that we have been granted the Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC).
This is a great honor that marks many years of our and our partners’ hard work and dedication.

Read more about this great news here. 

Working with ECOSOC: an NGOs Guide to Consultative Status

Being a Sexual Minority in Bangladesh: Finding protection in a paradoxical legal system

“Bangladesh’s gender and sexual minorities (LGBT) often feel insecure about their gender identity and sexual orientation for a number of reasons, including the persistent stigmatisation due to religion and cultural norms, a societal and institutional denial about the existence and validity of such diversity and the criminalisation of same-sex relations. The existing traditional conservatism in Bangladesh does not allow expression of sexual and gender plurality in the country.[1] “In addition criminilisation of same-sex relation in Bangladesh leads to a climate of oppression for sexual and gender minorities.

Read more about being a sexual minority here. 

 

Sexual violence against indigenous women and girls in Bangladesh: A timeline of cases from January to July 2015.

Attacks against Hindus in Pakistan must stop

The increasing number of kidnappings, murders, and forced conversions of Hindu girls in the Sindh district of Pakistan impelled human rights organizations such as PHSWT, GHRD, CSSP, PHF, and CRMP to arrange a protest at Press Club Hyderabad in Sindh on September 18th, 2015. This demonstration demanded the attention of official authorities for the protection and rights of minorities of Pakistan, and justice for the families of victims, which include Naseeban Bheel and Hawli Meghwar.

Here you will find out more.