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The Noble Peace Prize and the Forgotten Genocide

The Noble Peace Prize and the Forgotten Genocide

Nadia Murad was honoured with a Nobel Prize recently for her work with women and genocide survivors. She is Yazidi from Iraq and survived a kidnapping and rape by ISIS, upon her escape she was able to get her story out to the international community. She became a representative for her community in 2016 and […]

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Why are the non-Muslim minorities leaving the Islamic world in droves?

Why are the non-Muslim minorities leaving the Islamic world in droves?

Due to the intense religious persecution that they face, increasingly minorities are forced to flee the Muslim world. As time progresses, the Islamic world is becoming more and more homogenous. Fewer and fewer non-Muslims who have lived amongst Muslims since antiquity are choosing to remain in their ancestral homeland. The trend began with the establishment […]

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Dismantling Trump’s Immigration Lies: The Travel Ban

Dismantling Trump’s Immigration Lies: The Travel Ban

The Trump team has been pushing false rhetoric regarding immigrants since the moment Trump announced his candidacy in 2015. Starting with his infamous “they’re rapists” comment at his candidacy announcement speech to his call for a “complete and total shutdown of all Muslims entering the United States,” Trump has made it abundantly clear that one […]

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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 and abduction. While this massacre […]

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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 Western, traditional Jewish, traditional […]

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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 as Hindus in India, they […]

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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:  263 million children are […]

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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, the son of former […]

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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 he sees as […]

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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 of some legal entrants […]

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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 Ramadan began, the Bangladeshi law enforcement […]

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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. “The thought that any State would seek […]

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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 over the past 49 years points […]

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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 is the hope of Bangladeshi Hindu […]

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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 that while on paper under the […]

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