Discrimination against indigenous people continues to be one of the biggest problems in Bangladesh, and indigenous women and girls are especially prone to violence . One of our local partners documented 42 cases in the first half of 2015 concerning violence against indigenous women and girls. This amount is very disturbing considering how many cases go undocumented. The above timeline provides just a few examples of these cases and paints an alarming image of the vulnerability of women and girls in the country.
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. “In addition criminilisation of same-sex relation in Bangladesh leads to a climate of oppression for sexual and gender minorities.
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.
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.
In April 2015 I was working towards the release of my new album Unexpected Turn of Events, safe and sound in the comfort of my home, a luxury I sometimes take for granted. Seeing the news on the earthquakes that hit Nepal during that same period reminded me once again of my privilege to not have to worry about basic necessities to survive. That privilege gives us not only comfort, but more importantly power. The power to do something to contribute, even if it’s a contribution in the smallest sense.