The Vulnerability of the Ahmadi Community in Pakistan


Pakistan is the home to the largest population of Ahmadi Muslims in the world, yet Ahmadis are a relatively small minority compared to other religious groups. The Ahmadi community faces discriminatory restrictions on their freedom of religion and in attaining the same rights as other communities in Pakistan. In 1974, Pakistan passed a constitutional amendment declaring Ahmadi Muslims to be “non-Muslim”. In practice it means that Ahmadis cannot call themselves Muslims or "pose as Muslims". In 1984, Pakistan passed anti-blasphemy and anti-Ahmadi laws criminalizing religious practices of Ahmadi Muslims, which are punishable by fine, imprisonment or capital punishment.

Equal Rights for All: Village Development Foundation Fights Discrimination


"Fight Discrimination - Equal Rights for All” aims to address the discriminatory problems faced by the marginalised groups. The project helps to empower the poor and minorities to claim their rights and to stop child marriage and untouchability practices through human rights awareness and legal literacy training.

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia - Bangladesh Celebrates IDAHOT


GHRD marked IDAHOT together with its partner Bandhu Social Welfare Society (BSWS); one of the foremost Bangladeshi organization working on sexual health rights of vulnerable and stigmatized groups. BSWS, in collaboration with GHRD,organised series of activities to celebrate IDAHOT 2014 nationwide.

Indigenous Khasi Villagers Attacked by Land Grabbers


A recent episode of indigenous land grabbing happened on 30th March, at Nahar Punjee-1, in Moulvibazar's Srimangal upazila. Around 11:00 AM, Nahar Punjee-1, a hilltop village of indigenous Khasi people, was attacked by approximately 200 people led by Pijush Kanti Bhattacharya, manager of Nahar Tea Garden.

Bangladesh: High Court Orders protection for Hindu minorities following a writ petition from GHRD’s local partners


On 27th April a mob attacked several homes and a temple at Baghsitarampur, a Hindu majority village, in Comilla District. The attack occurred after allegations that two young people from the Hindu community posted blasphemous comments on Facebook. Nearly 35 households were looted and police forces arrived after the perpetrators had fled the scene.

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