Global Threats to Freedom of Religion or Belief: Panel and Luncheon Featuring Special Rapporteurs Heiner Bielefeldt and Rita Izsák

Originally posted on NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief:

The NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief, in collaboration with the International Center for Law and Religion Studies of Brigham Young University, will host a discussion and luncheon on Thursday, October 23, 2014, featuring the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Heiner Bielefeldt, and the Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues, Rita Izsák. The discussion will center on global threats to freedom of religion or belief, especially for religious and nonreligious minorities.

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Global Minorities Alliance calls for equality for LGBTI Community worldwide

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Global Minorities Alliance calls for equality for LGBTI Community worldwide

Johannesburg, South Africa: A Glasgow based human rights organisation calls for the societal change in a fight for the rights of the persecuted LGBTI community in South Africa and worldwide.

During the recent lecture at the Johannesburg’s Monash University Campus, the representative of Alliance, a Johannesburg- based human rights activist Cleora Broens, raised awareness about the challenges of African women that are being hounded by their male counterpart due to their sexual orientation.

In 1996, South Africa became the first country in the world to promulgate anti discriminatory law of homophobia however, like many other countries around the world LGBTI community face unprecedented challenges and hostility every day due to their sexual orientation.

It is estimated that nearly 80 countries around the world where LGBTI members face criminal sanctions and subject to all kinds of humiliation and persecution.

During the lecture Miss Broens said: “Corrective rape (subject to gay community in a bid to ‘cure’ them) has spiked in the recent past which is causing issues for the communities already torn apart with issues like economic deprivation and discrimination. She said, that more than 10 lesbians are gang raped weekly.

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The event was attended by University students of International Relations who later quizzed about the various ways South African society can come forward to stop this discrimination against the gay community in Africa.

It is estimated that at least 500 lesbians become victims of corrective rape every year in South Africa and that 86% of black lesbians in the Western Cape live in fear of being sexually assaulted.

Victims of corrective rape are less likely to report it because of the negative social view of homosexuality.” said Miss Borens.

Global Minorities Alliance Chief Executive, Manassi Bernard, said that “Human rights are for everyone and we need to step up our efforts both on the societal, and International levels to root out any discrimination by raising awareness as well as reaching out to the communities through effective grass root projects”.

We are committed as an organisation to fight against all forms of prejudices and injustices against all communities to demand fair, equal and fundamental rights for everyone” Mr Bernard further maintained.

Earlier this year, Global Minorities Alliance organised a talk during the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow University to highlight human rights abuses in the Commonwealth Countries and demanded for equal rights and protection where communities are torn apart with institutional or societal prejudice.

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The life of a Christian in Pakistan

Christians in Pakistan

By Lubna Thomas Benjamin

‘The land of pure’ is the meaning of the name of my native country, Pakistan. The country’s population is 97% Muslim while the remaining 3% is divided into Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Parsis and other minorities.

Ever since the inception of Pakistan in 1947, the country has gone through various political turmoils, which always posed a great challenge towards the stability of the country.

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