Members of Coalition for the Rights of Minorities (CRM) discussed minority issues prevailing in Pakistan including the increase of religious intolerance towards minorities over the last two decades. Human rights defenders present at the event shared their concerns regarding the atmosphere of fear, insecurity and distress surrounding the minority communities.
GHRD continues to make a difference in South Asia through implementation of its four year human rights programme called "Raising Minority Voices". The programme adopts creative campaigning initiatives, strengthens collaboration between local human rights defenders and enables community empowerment in order to defend and promote the rights of marginalised groups and minorities. GHRD supported the establishment of a human rights platform, Human Rights Alliance Bangladesh (HRAB), for local human rights defenders and civil society organisations (CSOs) to have a greater positive social impact on the communities that we work for.
As a human rights organisation active in multiple fields including education and youth, GHRD has been engaged in several European projects since 2009. The European Voluntary Service (EVS), part of the European Commission’s new Erasmus+ programme for education, training, youth and sport provides the opportunity for young people to participate in various voluntary activities, both within and outside of Europe.
The violent attacks, sustained by culture of impunity, not only affects indigenous peoples, whose human rights have been systematically violated, but also human rights defenders who are dedicated to shed much-needed light on these violations.
The project A New Life, A New Chance aims to rehabilitate survivors of trafficking after providing them vocational trainings. Consequently, the survivors can earn their own livelihood. So far, job opportunities were created for 30 survivors and 7 of these survivors are now earning their livelihood in making Saris and by working in the Herbal Garden. The others are showing interest in the program as well.