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Citizens of Tomorrow: International Youth Day

While youth make up a slight majority of the world’s population today, they make up all of tomorrow. Of the world 7.6 billion population, there are 1.4 billion individuals between the ages of 15-24. If one were to use the internationally comprehensive classification of “young people,” the world is comprised …

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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 …

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SRW Hajj 2018 Travel Advisory

Every year, millions of Muslims travel to the cities of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia to make their pilgrimage to these holy cities. In the past, Shia pilgrims have faced targeted discrimination by Saudi law enforcement agents, such as unwarranted searches, summons, imprisonment, and general harassment. Shia pilgrims are …

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Incidents of Anti-Shiism in July, 2018

In July, Shia Muslims around the world continue to be discriminated against for practicing their faith. The claim that Shia Muslims are “idolatrous” or “heretical” is often used to justify heinous human rights abuses against Shia Muslims, and to obstruct their right to religious freedom. Shia Muslims throughout the world …

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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 …

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