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The Hague, Binnenhof

The Hague, Binnenhof

MEFD, London – Middle East Forum for Development (MEFD) and British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA) are delighted with the decision of the Dutch government to designate Pakistani Christians as a ‘risk group’, implicating a major change in the country’s asylum policy towards the minority group that will make it easier for them to be recognised as refugees in The Netherlands. (more…)

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Dr Ahmed Shaheed, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran. Photo courtesy: shaheedoniran.org

Dr Ahmed Shaheed, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran. Photo courtesy: shaheedoniran.org

London, MEFD –  The latest report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, has been released. The report was submitted in accordance with Human Rights Council resolution 25/24  to the 69th session of the UN General Assembly in October 2014. (more…)

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Newly arrived Internally Displaced People in Mogadishu, Somalia. Photo courtesy: Amnesty International

Newly arrived Internally Displaced People in Mogadishu, Somalia. Photo courtesy: Amnesty International

Amnesty International – The Netherlands’ repeated attempts to argue for the forcible return of Somalis to areas controlled by the Islamist armed group al-Shabaab exposes them to grave risks of human rights abuses and would be a blatant violation of international law, Amnesty International said in a new briefing published today. (more…)

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London, (Amnesty International) – Shi’a militias, supported and armed by the government of Iraq, have abducted and killed scores of Sunni civilians in recent months and enjoy total impunity for these war crimes, said Amnesty International in a new briefing published today. (more…)

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MEFD special hearing in the Dutch House of Representatives on minorities in Pakistan

MEFD special hearing in the Dutch House of Representatives on minorities in Pakistan

The Hague, 05 Mar. (MEFD)

On Tuesday 4th March, Middle East Forum for Development organised a special hearing regarding the human rights situation of minorities in Pakistan in the Dutch House of Representatives. The foreign affairs committee hearing, which was chaired by Pieter Omtzigt, Member of Parliament (MP) from the Christian Democrats, was attended by fellow MPs; Michiel Servaes of the Labour Party and Joël Voordewind of the Christian Union.
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