Category: Religious Minorities

  • Booklet on the Minorities Declaration
    • The Declaration on the Rights of Persons belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities sets essential standards to ensure the rights of persons belonging to minorities and as such is a key reference for United Nations work. This booklet gives guidance of following and captures the essence of the Declaration, which is printed in full in this publication.
  • Drawing the Lines: The Right to Religion and Religious Crisis in Nigeria
    • This paper reflects on the ongoing friction between Nigerian Muslims and Christians, which was exacerbated by the recent Presidential elections that resulted in violence in the northern part of the country between these two religious groups. Primarily, the paper explores the relationship between the right to religion, which is protected in the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria and other international human rights instruments, and the continuing religious crisis in Nigeria.
  • Folleto de los Derechos de las Minorías
    • La Declaración sobre los Derechos de las Personas Pertenecientes a Minorías Nacionales o Étnicas, Religiosas y Lingüísticas establece normas fundamentales para garantizar los derechos de las personas pertenecientes a minorías y como tal es una referencia clave para la labor de las Naciones Unidas. Este folleto recoge la esencia de la Declaración, cuyo texto completo se incluye en esta publicación.
  • Hunting the Vulnerable: Witchcraft and the Law in Malawi
    • This paper explores the issue of witchcraft, witchcraft accusations and witch-hunts in Malawi, focusing specifically on the gendered nature of witchcraft accusations, as well as the complex legal issues surrounding the issue. In recent months, the local and international media spotlight fell on the plight of more than eighty suspected witches (mostly elderly women) currently incarcerated in Malawian jails.
  • Minorities
    • This page describes the human rights to which all members of minorities should be entitled.
  • Minority Rights: International Standards and Guidance for Implementation
    • This publication was prepared by OHCHR to raise additional awareness, among its staff and colleagues in other United Nations organizations and specialized agencies, of minority rights and the impediments minorities face in the enjoyment of these rights.
  • Prevention of Discrimination on the Basis of Race, Religion or Belief; and Protection of Minorities
    • This page contains links to United Nations' documents in many languages related to ending discrimination against minorities.
  • Revenge in the Name of Religion: The Cycle of Violence in Plateau and Kano States
    • This report provides the first detailed analysis of clashes between Muslims and Christians in northern and central Nigeria and the factors that continue to threaten the stability of central and northern Nigeria. It provides detailed documentation of two major outbreaks of violence in the town of Yelwa, Plateau State, and a reprisal attack in the northern city of Kano.
  • Tandem Project
    • The Tandem Project is a non-profit, non-governmental organization working to build understanding and respect for diversity of religion or belief, and prevent discrimination in matters relating to freedom of religion or belief. Works to build understanding, respect and support for Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the 1981 UN Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief.