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Newsletter | July 2014
 

Over the past few months GHRD staff has been busy kick-starting some amazing events and campaigns! Key highlights include celebration of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), capacity building activities in Bangladesh and local trainings organised by GHRD's local partners in Pakistan.

Read further to learn more about what is on our human rights agenda, such as increasing tension in the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh and the human rights situation of Ahmadis in Pakistan. Also check out our other various projects in India, Nepal and The Netherlands.

 

Active Volunteer, Active Citizen

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. Read more...

Jabala – A New Life, A New Chance

"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. Read more...

Equal Rights for All

“Fight Discrimination, Equal Rights for All” aims to address the discriminatory problems faced by the Dalit minorities. 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. Read more...

 

 

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. Read more...

Increasing Insecurity for Indigenous Peoples in Bangladesh

The violent attacks indicate that increasing insecurity, 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. Read more...

The vulnerability of the Ahmadi community in Pakistan

Ahmadi Muslims face great 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". Read more...

Growing Religious Intolerance – Is it our future?

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. Read more...

Human Rights Alliance in Bangladesh: GHRD contributes to Factors of Change

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. Read more...

Bangladesh - Minorities must be protected

Religious minorities and indigenous people in Bangladesh were subjected to increased human rights violations in 2013.  Since the national elections, 5th January 2014, the human rights situation of minorities has not improved. Government officials and security forces have responded inadequately to ensure the full protection of minorities. GHRD’s local partners are investigating the violations against minorities and doing their utmost to promote and protect the rights of these communities. Read more…