Tag Archives: Human_Rights

Anti Shia Remark John Kirby

March 5, 2021 As the Pope is set to visit Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani on Saturday, the Department of Defense’s Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs and spokesman, John Kirby makes an Anti-Shia and xenophobic statement that has outraged religious and minority rights activists. In the Pentagon …

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Muharram 2020 Advisory

Late August 2020 coincides with the Holy month of Muharram. Shia Muslims face heightened rates of human rights violations in this month as their open and visible rituals make them targets for anti-Shiism.  In advance of Muharram 2020, threats of arrest and detainment of mourners have been announced by authorities …

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International Youth Day, 2020

Shia Rights Watch observes August 12 as the International Youth Day.  Designated by the United Nations in 1999, International Youth Day celebrates young people’s actions and engagement in political, economic, and social processes.  Approximately 26% of the international population is under the age of 15, yet the group is underrepresented …

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Incidents of Anti-Shiism, July 2020

The month of July stood witness to 406 individual incidents of violence, mainly in the countries of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Iraq.  Shia Rights Watch emphasizes that reports of anti-Shiism serve as the tip of the iceberg. Many cases of Anti-Shiism are not reported due to fear of …

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Incidents of Anti-Shiism, May 2020

In the month of May, 59 incidents of Anti-Shiism occurred, resulting in a total death count of 79 people, the injury of 264, and the arrest of 3 others. Reported incidents were from the countries of Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan.  Shia Rights Watch notes that this report …

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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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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 …

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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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