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May, 2020

  • 14 May

    Unparalleled Violence In Afghanistan Claims Lives of Newborns and Mothers

    Shia Rights Watch expresses its condolences for the lives lost in the maternity ward attack in Kabul, Afghanistan.  The attack on Tuesday was unparalleled and demanded actions reciprocal in strength.  On May 12th, a militant attack on the Dashte-Barchi hospital in Kabul left 40 deceased and at least 16 others …

March, 2020

  • 18 March

    How Methods of Prevention Matter

    Amidst developments of the Coronavirus or COVID-19, increased scrutability has been placed on measures taken at the national and local levels. The most recent and troublesome prevention measures was that of the mismanaged closure of major Shia Shrines in Qum and Mashhad. A topic of great importance to the Shia …

  • 11 March

    Battling Coronavirus and Prejudice in Bahrain

    Tension over COVID-19 or the Coronavirus disease looms internationally as nations combat the expansion of the disease. Amidst the chaos, reports of discrimination are also prevalent. Ethnicities native to countries with the highest prevalence of the disease report being the target of violence as well as racial slurs.  In the …

February, 2020

  • 3 February

    Profiling Religious Identity at US Customs and Border Protection

    In a leaked one-page memo, discriminatory measures within the US Customs and Border Protection after US-Iran tensions. Shia Rights Watch expresses concern about profiling by religion and nationality. The organization notes that such targeting calls into question background checks done by immigration services previous to the issuing of visas and …

January, 2020

December, 2019

  • 12 December

    Discriminatory Inclusion Measures in India

    ShiaRightsWatch

    On Wednesday, December 11, 2019, Indian lawmakers approved an amendment to the nation’s Citizenship Law which, as claimed by proponents, grants dignity and equal opportunity for those facing religious prosecutions in neighboring nations. Through the new legislation, illegal migrants who have lived in India for five years can apply for …

August, 2018

  • 13 August

    On the Front-lines of Political Unrest

    Today, Shia Muslims make up over 20% of the world population. The Pew Forum reports an approximation of one-fifth of the Muslims population lives in a non-Muslim country.  However, given that at this point in history there are only nations with self-proclaimed Shia governances, Iran and Iraq, a large percentage …

  • 7 August

    What Pakistan’s Elections Mean for Shia Muslims

    Author: Hannah Westphall The recent elections in Pakistan have been fraught with worry. In a place where the military has directly ruled for roughly half of its 70-year existence and has seen only one peaceful transition of administrative power uncertainty has plagued the entire process. For the roughly 200 million …

July, 2018

  • 9 July

    Expansion of Anti-Shia Laws in Bahrain

    Shia Rights Watch_Fact about Bahrain

    07/09/2018 Author:  Hannah Westphall After 9/11, the US adopted an ideology of “war on terror,” a systematic campaign using a variety of legislative and judicial methods designed to target extremist groups bent on the destruction of civil society. Some have suggested that in the years following many authoritarian regimes have …

May, 2018

  • 17 May

    Cultural to Direct Violence: Opportunities for Prevention Ignored

    For decades, Shia Muslims have lived under fear of identification by their religion. Ethnically distinct groups such as the Hazara, who are physically distinguishable and recognized as Shia Muslims have seen a 58% reduction in their population since the 18th century. Other groups such that of the Shia living in …