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Continuing the Fight for the Yazidi: What Needs to be Done

Continuing the Fight for the Yazidi: What Needs to be Done

In 2014, the Islamic State’s massacre of the Northern Iraqi Sinjar District changed thousands of Yazidi – as well as Christian, Shia, and other non-Sunni – lives.  Though many were able to flee quickly, those left behind would unknowingly be subject to the Islamic State’s pre-planned objectives of mass genocide ...

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Bangladesh, Please Don’t Compel Hindu Women to Wear The Hijab

Bangladesh, Please Don’t Compel Hindu Women to Wear The Hijab

Choosing the way that one dresses is a pivotal human right.   For any woman, choosing the way that one dresses is a pivotal human right. In both the US and Israel, we pride ourselves in the fact that a woman can dress however she pleases, regardless of whether it is ...

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India should adopt Israel’s right of return policy

India should adopt Israel’s right of return policy

The Hindus of Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan are being forced to flee to India but are not receiving Indian citizenship. The time has come for this to change. Many Pakistani, Afghani and Bangladeshi Hindus living in India face a dire situation. Even though they share the same faith and culture ...

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Education Is A Right That Must Be Fulfilled Urgently

Education Is A Right That Must Be Fulfilled Urgently

  Disruptors are becoming ever more prevalent as bold solutions are offered for global problems. In health, transport, and agriculture big ideas are at the centre of fierce debates about reform and innovation; nowhere is this more evident than in education. In developing countries, quality education for the poor is rare:  ...

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 Youth Activists Push for Political Accountability in The Democratic Republic of Congo

 Youth Activists Push for Political Accountability in The Democratic Republic of Congo

Current Political Crisis The Democratic Republic of Congo has been plagued with political instability ever since independence from Belgium in 1960. This instability has contributed greatly to widespread government corruption, due to limited mechanisms of accountability. In 2006, the first democratic elections were held in over four decades and Joseph Kabila, ...

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Children at the Border, Part 2: Failure, Chaos, and Deceit

Children at the Border, Part 2: Failure, Chaos, and Deceit

This is the second of two parts. The CHIP Model Applied to the Border To understand the fate of children at the border, it may be necessary to examine what else was happening at the time. Trump’s campaign and presidency have focused on the issue of illegal immigration, in particular on what ...

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Children at the Border, Part 1: Hostage Taking as Bargaining Tactic

Children at the Border, Part 1: Hostage Taking as Bargaining Tactic

This is the first of two parts. Has the Donald Trump administration instituted a practice of using children as hostages in Congressional negotiations? In April the administration introduced an extraordinary policy of separating children from their families in the case of people crossing the border illegally and, apparently, in the case ...

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Hindu dissident: “Bangladeshi government supports killing in the name of political Islam”

Hindu dissident: “Bangladeshi government supports killing in the name of political Islam”

In an exclusive interview, Shipan Kumer Basu, the President of the World Hindu Struggle Committee, has claimed that for the Bangladeshi government, there is a direct link between the murder of Bangladeshi opposition figures as well as minorities and the promotion of Islam: “As soon as the month of ...

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein Condemns Separation of Children from their Parents at US Southern Border

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein Condemns Separation of Children from their Parents at US Southern Border

During the opening statement of the 38th session of the Human Rights Council held in Geneva on June 18th, the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein condemned the Trump Administration’s decision to separate children from their parents at the United States (US)-Mexico border. ...

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Bangladeshi Professor: “There will be no Hindus in Bangladesh within 3 decades”

Bangladeshi Professor: “There will be no Hindus in Bangladesh within 3 decades”

According to research conducted by Professor Abdul Barakat of Dhaka University, who recently published a book titled “The Political Economy of Reforming Agriculture: Land Water Bodies in Bangladesh,” there will be no Hindus left within Bangladesh within 30 years. He told the Dhaka Tribune: “The rate of the exodus ...

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Bangladeshi Hindu activist calls upon India to stop supporting his country’s government

Bangladeshi Hindu activist calls upon India to stop supporting his country’s government

In recent times, diplomatic relations between Israel and India have been stronger than ever. Israeli Druze diplomat Mendi Safadi, who is a strong advocate for Hindu human rights, is set to meet in the coming days with India’s Deputy President and other senior level Indian politicians. Given this, it ...

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Hindu human rights activist: “Give us back our property”

Hindu human rights activist: “Give us back our property”

According to Shipan Kumer Basu, the President of the World Hindu Struggle Committee, in recent times, the Bangladeshi government has been utilizing the Vested Property Law in order to seize Hindu property and to claim it as their own, thus turning Bangladeshi Hindus into homeless underprivileged paupers. He noted ...

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What happened to the Jews of Bangladesh?

What happened to the Jews of Bangladesh?

The Jewish community of Bangladesh is virtually non-existent thanks to the persecution of minorities in the country. In the wake of the increased persecution experienced by Buddhists, Christians and Hindus in Bangladesh, one must ponder, what happened to another persecuted minority group that used to reside in the Bengal ...

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Bangladeshi Hindu Human Rights Activist: “Muslims celebrate destruction of Hindu home”

Bangladeshi Hindu Human Rights Activist: “Muslims celebrate destruction of Hindu home”

  As we speak, the political situation in Bangladesh is deteriorating for the Hindu community. Millions of acres of Hindu land has been confiscated and redefined as enemy property. According to Shipan Kumer Basu, the President of the World Hindu Struggle Committee, “Local land grabber Manik Miah has occupied the ...

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Minorities of the Islamic World, Unite!

Minorities of the Islamic World, Unite!

At this critical hour, when the influence of radical Islamist groups such as ISIS, Al Qaeda, the Al Nusra Front, Hezbollah, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hamas, the Taliban and Lashkar e-Toiba alongside the oppressive Iranian, Syrian and Iraqi regimes plague the Islamic world, the Hindu, Buddhist, Yezidi, Christian, Druze ...

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