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Newsletter | August 2012

The past few months have been packed with GHRD action! Key highlights include the delivery of our petition to protect the indigenous peoples in Bangladesh on World Indigenous Day and helping minorities in Pakistan raise their concerns for minority rights on Pakistani National Minorities Day. 

Keep reading to hear about GHRD’s Youth in Action project, protests in Pakistan and The Hague for minority rights, and to learn about the daily discrimination that the Hindu minorities encounter in Pakistan’s Sindh Province. Also read a special interview with Bangladeshi human rights worker Khushi Kabir on her views about the situation in Bangladesh.


News Youth in Action Project

This week, GHRD starts our Youth in Action exchange programme Equality: A European Quality, supported by the European Commission, bringing twenty-five students from across Europe (the Netherlands, Poland, Turkey and Bulgaria) to participate in an 8-day training session to encourage intercultural dialogue on equality in Europe. Read more...

Human Rights Education

In the past two months, GHRD received study visits from international students from across the Americas, including from Macalester college, Minnesota and the Universidade Estadual Paulista and the Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, Brazil. It was a pleasure having them all at our office! GHRD also gave training on Campaign communications for Human Rights NGOs at the UNPO international human rights training conference Speak Out. Read more...

Blog Competition: How to foster Intercultural dialogue

Are you an ambitious young writer? Are you passionate about other cultures, human rights, global justice, peace and development? Do you want to take the first step against intolerance and discrimination among different cultures?

Make your voice heard, join our blog competition here!

World Indigenous Day

On the 11 August, World Indigenous Day, GHRD presented the results of a one month global online petition campaign together with Jumma peoples in Bangladesh, the United Kingdom and Australia. Read about the petition action here.

Holding governments accountable is not just people voting every five years” – Interview with Khushi Kabir

Khushi Kabir is Coordinator of Nijera Kori, a grassroots organisation that supports the landless of Bangladesh, and a new member of the Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission (CHT). GHRD talked to her about the current situation in the CHT, issues faced by minorities today and her thoughts on the future for her country.
Click here to read the full interview  

Minorities in Pakistan mark Pakistani National Minorities Day a ‘black day’

“We don’t accept Minorities Day and we will keep marking August 11 as the black day”. Government institutions and dignitaries celebrated National Minorities Day on 11 August, but the members of minority communities marked the day as a ‘black day’. Read more...

Daily Life for minority Hindus in Sindh Province

Local Hindus recently explained the daily discrimination they experience in the shape of individual assaults, kidnappings and physical attacks, legal challenges and boycotts against their businesses.
Click to hear more of what local Hindus had to say

Hindu community protests outside Pakistan Embassy in The Hague on Pakistani Independence Day

Young Hindus living in the Netherlands took action on 14 August, Pakistani Independence Day, by holding a protest against the injustices that minorities living in Pakistan experience outside the Pakistani embassy in The Hague.

Read more here.  

Police involvement in attack on an Indigenous Chakma Village in Teknaf, Bangladesh

Eleven Chakma villagers were severely wounded by a group of land grabbers who attacked the village Amtali in Teknaf in cooperation with the local police between the May 29th and 31st, 2012.

Read more here... 

Donation from C’est Bon Bon

On July 19th, 2012 GHRD received a donation of €250 towards our Back to School Bali project from Mr. Sen Raumatar and his customers at luxury confectionary store C’est Bon Bon in Zoetermeer, the Netherlands. For the full story on this donation, click here...