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Parachinar: Post-Conflict Remunerations

For Shia Muslims, the Holy month of Ramadan is a month of fear and anxiety as attacks on Shia congregations are prevalent. Terror Organizations feed on already existing anti-Shia sentiment to encourage suicide bombings. On June 23rd, twin blasts went off in northwestern Pakistan. The city of Parachinar became the …

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Unraveling Centuries of Power

In the month of June, five Shia Muslims were reported killed on the basis of their religion every day. Note, this statistic is based on incidents reported to Shia Rights Watch, and that from only six countries.  In the past decade, cases of anti-Shiism have become more and more evident …

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Who is Responsible?

Mapping Responsible Parties of Anti-Shia Violence from January – July 2015 Since the beginning of 2015, Shia Rights Watch has collected data on incidences of anti-shi’ism around the world. By our records and reports there have been a total of 2,959 Shia killed and 3,662 wounded in various bombings, attacks, …

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Children in Bahrain: From Playground to Prison

Shia Rights Watch paper in #HRC29 Side Event; “Children in Bahrain From Playground to Prison” 06/19/2015 Childhood moments are meant to produce memories of carefree enjoyment. At the same time childhood experience cultivates the foundations of our education of society, and builds our understanding of the socio-structures of how to …

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Moharrams Message for Anti Shia Leaders

In the midst of ISIS intimidation in the area, Shia Muslims unite under the flag of Hussain, the third Shia Imam. Shia populations of Baghdad come together in Moharram to commemorate the death of Imam Hussain, honoring the martyrdom of a man who fought for freedom and justice for all. …

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Five Question and Answers about “ Call to Arm” in Iraq

On Friday the 13th Ayatollah Ali Sisitani’s representative, Mortaza Kishmiri, urged Iraqis to take up arms in order to defend their country and protect religious Shrines. Since then, many Shia, both men and women, put on military uniforms and joined the Iraqi Army. This article aims to answers five important …

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AEI: Shia Muslims are not Iran

“Mideast Shi’ites defy Iranian Domination?” was the title of a conference held by American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) on June 19th in Washington DC. It seems like the West is finally hearing what the Shia community has been trying to say. Shia Muslims across the globe have …

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Who is who in Yemen?

Yemenis, like citizens of number of other Islamic countries, have gone through tough times seeking social justice and freedom. In such process some groups gain power and some lose fair representation due to political agendas. Usually minorities are ones who are easier to sacrifice, and once again Yemeni Shia are …

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UN Permanent Members are Among the Most Important Arms Dealers

SIPRI, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, published a troubling report on the increased spending on arms by countries responsible for human rights violations. According to the report, China, Russia and Saudi Arabia are among 23 countries that have more than doubled their military expenditure since 2004. While developing countries …

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Hooray for the Mothers of Activists!

As Mother’s Day (May 11) draws closer and closer, Shia Rights Watch (SRW) would like to express its appreciation to all mothers of activists who have raised generations of peacemakers. An Arabic-language channel’s recent interview of with the mother of a Saudi fighter in Syria brought hidden emotions and pain …

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