This project is in partnership with The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief.
The UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, an independent expert appointed by the UN Human Rights Council, is mandated to identify existing and emerging obstacles to the enjoyment of the right to freedom of religion or belief and present recommendations on ways and means to overcome such obstacles.
The Special Rapporteur plans to submit a report to the Human Rights Council on how anti-Muslim hatred manifests itself as violation of, or an obstacle to, the right to freedom of religion or belief of Muslims around the world, and make recommendations to governments, international organisations, civil society, media and other relevant stakeholders on how to address the challenges posed by anti-Muslim hatred.
Violations of the right to freedom of religion and belief are increasing globally in scale, depth and blatancy. Carried out by both government and non-state actors, they range from obstructive (e.g. administrative restrictions) to extreme (e.g. genocide). Muslims are a diverse mix of ethnicities, religious and theological affiliations, philosophical beliefs, political persuasions, secular tendencies, languages and cultural traditions.
Globally, however, trends indicate that Muslim individuals and communities are suffering increased human rights violations on the grounds of their religious identity. In the West, intolerance and discrimination against Muslims is being debated, legislated, and normalised. Intra-Muslim intolerance and violence between Sunni and Shia extremist organizations and militias in Pakistan and Iraq is stark.
Ahmadi Muslims face persecution in Pakistan, Indonesia and Algeria. Muslim women and girls often bear the brunt of anti-Muslim hatred that results from some governments’ counter-terrorism tactics. From discrimination and violent exchanges, the destruction of mosques and properties, gender-based violence and forced sterilization, to arbitrary detention, the human rights impacts of anti-Muslim hatred are manifold and are in need of urgent action. Tackling discrimination and intolerance on the grounds of religious belief - or indeed non-belief - is also essential to reducing social, economic and political division and conflict worldwide.
The Human Rights Centre Clinic will provide Dr Shaheed with research to inform his report.