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Aya Hachem: Rationed Humanity

On May 17, Aya Hachem, a 19-year old student, was shot in the chest and killed on a trip to the grocery store. The Hachem family were refugees from Lebanon living in the United Kingdom.  Shia Rights Watch expresses its sincerest condolences for the family of Aya Hachem and voices …

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Incidents of Anti-Shiism, April 2020

Shia Rights Watch continues to monitor human rights violations against Shia Muslims in the month of April. In total, an approximate 40 incidents of violence took the lives of 77 Shia Muslims and injured 41 others in the nations of Afghanistan, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq.  It is important to …

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Anti-Shiism Highlighted by USCIRF

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) recently released its annual religious freedom report. The report documents concerns about religious freedom in Countries of Particular Concern and Special Watch List Countries.  Among the endangered religious minorities were Shia Muslims, who exist across the world as residents and citizens.  …

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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 …

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Incidents of Anti-Shiism, February 2020

Anti-Shiism Monthly February February stood witness to 151 incidents of anti-Shiism. Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Pakistan, Nigeria, Egypt, and Afghanistan were all nations in which violence against Shia Muslims occurred. Bahrain The treatment of Shia Muslims in Bahrain is worrisome. Shia Muslims in the country, while they make up the …

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Incidents of Anti-Shiism, January 2020

Incidents of Anti-Shiism January 2020 Shia Rights Watch continues its commitment to studying trends of anti-Shiism in the year 2020.  The first month of the new year targeted violence against Shia Muslims remained prevalent and in need of international attention.  In January 2020, a total of 121 incidents of anti-Shiism …

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Pushing for Protection: Advocating for the Shia

Shia Rights Watch_Pushing for protection 2019

Annual Report 2019 In this report, Shia Rights Watch quantifies violence against Shia Muslims and presents the dynamics of anti-Shiism in various nations of the world. This report reflects year-round investigations arranged by native activists and international researchers on actions taken to endanger populations based on their Shia identity.  Pushing …

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Incidents of Anti-Shiism, November 2019

Incidents of Anti-Shiism, November 2019 In November, Shia Rights Watch continues its oversight on anti-Shia incidents all over the world. Events noted in this statement are a collection of violence against Shia Muslims reported by grassroots activists and reporters. The organization notes that ongoing cases that follow up incidents cited …

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Incidents of Anti-Shiism in September, 2019

Incidents of Anti-Shiism in September 2019 The month of September corresponded with the holy month of Muharram. Shia Rights Watch took special attention towards violence that targeted Shia Muslims in their religious congregations. A special report that highlighted acts of violence in the first ten days of the Holy month …

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Anti-Shiism in Muharram 2019

Shia Muslims spend the first ten days of the holy month of Muharram in ritual mourning commemorating the death of Hussain, son of Ali, grandson of the Prophet Mohammad.   Muharram rituals are central to the Shia faith. The nature of these rituals make this population highly visible, and thus, Shia …

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