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This Week in Minority Rights 2018–10–29


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Humanist Voices)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2018/10/29

“Days ahead of Sunday’s deciding vote, however, right-wing front-runner Jair Bolsonaro has pushed them off the fence, splitting Brazilian women along deep fault lines.

On one side, he has won the backing of women fed up with crime, corruption scandals and economic recession under the leftist Workers Party, represented by his rival Fernando Haddad.

On the other, women say they cannot bring themselves to vote for a man with a track record of offending minorities and women, including telling a fellow lawmaker she was too ugly to rape and defending the gender pay gap.”


“Alberta NDP Government House Leader Brian Mason, in his farewell address to the party he once led, urged members to prepare for a spring vote fight that will be both daunting and bruising.

“We have a wonderful legacy and we want to add to that legacy, but it is under threat,” Mr. Mason told delegates Saturday at the party’s annual convention, held at a downtown hotel convention centre.

“And there’s no question about it — this is going to be a tough election.””


“On 22 October the Non-Governmental Organizations Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief at the United Nations hosted an event on the importance of the freedom of religion acting as an overall indicator of human rights protections. United Nations Special Rapporteurs Ahmed Shaheed for freedom of religion or belief, Karima Bennoune for cultural rights, and Fernand de Varennes for minority issues came together to discuss the topic and set goals for the future. They focused on the global situation of religious freedom and how this impacts and acts as a barometer for the legal recognition of human rights more broadly.

“From religious belief comes the idea that every human being is equal to one another,” said Ahmed Shaheed.

“Infringements on freedom of religion or belief serve as the early warning signs of violent conflict. It is not only a barometer of other human rights, it is central to providing human rights more broadly. Freedom of religion or belief is at the heart of rights of minorities,” said Dr. de Varennes.”


“ISLAMABAD: The Sindh Public Service Commission (SPSC) has announced the result of the Re-Scheduled Combined Competitive Examination (CCE), held in December 2017 on the orders given in the Supreme Court of Pakistan’s Suo Motu case No 18/2016. According to the result, 182 candidates have been recommended against the allocated posts in the Government of Sindh (GoS). Only four candidates out of 182 are from minority groups belonging to Sindh. It is pertinent to mention that more than 20 candidates from different such backgrounds passed the written exam of the rescheduled CCE-2013 and subsequently appeared in the interview, but only four of them have been recommended for allocation of posts in the GoS. However, in this entire process the five per cent reserved job quota for the minorities has been ignored and eligible candidates from minority groups have been denied their constitutional right. The allocated posts are of executive level.”


“The white of our flag has been stained red too many times; representatives of that tainted portion have faced discrimination and violence.

1947 witnessed the victory of a group in minority. Muslims- who had been on the receiving end of enough religious discrimination- knew better than anyone else the meanings of discrimination. The Quaid reassured our minorities: “You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place or worship in this State of Pakistan…you may belong to any religion or caste or creed — that has nothing to do with the business of the State.” If such was the vision that gave birth to Pakistan, why out of 428 Hindu temples in Pakistan only 20 remain today? Why do cases against minorities continue to mark our history? Why do reports of forced conversions scream our intolerance? Why does the number of minorities continue to decline?”



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