Misaal – Aman Biradari Trust, along with a collective of research and advocacy groups across South Asia, is putting together a report on the condition of religious, linguistic and ethnic minorities in each of the countries of the region. The idea is to understand and systematically track minorities’ condition and assess state’s provisioning for them, by country, and for the region as a whole. Countries covered include all members of SAARC – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. This is a collective effort, by all partners, who are investing their research resources into the effort, voluntarily, with the intention that the report will become an annual feature. 2016 edition will act as a baseline report, to be followed up with periodic tracking in subsequent years. The larger objective of the initiative is to create a body of evidence, on condition of minorities, for use by country and regional groups and networks, for advocacy for minority rights with different stakeholders.
Authors of individual chapters include organisations as well as individuals:
i. Afghanistan: Omar Sadr, PhD scholar, South Asian University. New Delhi
ii. Bangladesh: Nagorik Udyog, Dhaka,
iii. India: Misaal-Aman Biradari Trust & Naaz Khair, independent, New Delhi
iv. Nepal: Social Science Baha, Kathmandu
v. Pakistan: national Commission for Justice and peace, Lahore
vi. Sri Lanka: Law and Society Institute, Colombo
Our communication and advocacy partners include:
i. Minority Rights Group International, London
ii. People’s SAARC, Kathmandu and various regional capitals
iii. Books for Change, New Delhi (also our publishers)
All partners – author teams as well as advocacy partners – make up the South Asia State of Minorities Report Collective, a platform that own the report. Misaal is anchoring the design, preparation and outreach related to the 2016 report.
Work on the 2016 report was launched in Kathmandu, on 14-15 December 2015, at a retreat of contributing authors, supported by Centre for Study of Society and Secularism, Mumbai. Release of the report is planned for mid-September 2016, with the aim to target advocacy efforts to SAARC, whose next biennial summit is scheduled for November 2016. It’s also planned to release the report in each country, through September-November 2016.