Tag Archives: minority protection

Minorities decry Indonesian president’s award

There is a growing number of incidents of alleged religious persecution usually perpetrated by militant members of Indonesia’s Sunni majority – often with the tacit and sometimes open support of the authorities. Yet on the other side of the world, amid the lustre of a $25,000-a-head reception at The Pierre hotel in New York, Indonesian […]

PKK sets date for withdrawal from Turkey

The Kurdish rebel group the PKK has announced it will withdraw its thousands of fighters from Turkey starting on May 8. The rebels from the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK), who have been fighting the Turkish government for the last three decades, will move to northern Iraq after leaving Turkish territory. During the announcement, the armed group […]

Serbia and Kosovo reach EU-brokered landmark accord

Serbia and its former province of Kosovo have reached an EU-brokered accord aimed at normalising relations between the Balkan neighbours. “And the white smoke is out! Habemus pactum!” Kosovo’s Integration Minister Vlora Citaku tweeted after the talks. Kosovo unilaterally declared independence in 2008. While many countries recognise it as an independent country, Serbia does not. Serbia must normalise […]

Attack on Christians in Egypt Comes After a Pledge

Police officers firing tear gas joined with a rock-throwing crowd fighting a group of Christian mourners Sunday in a battle that escalated into an attack on Egypt’s main Coptic Christian Cathedral that lasted for hours. It was the third day of an outburst of sectarian violence that is testing the pledges of Egypt’s Islamist president to protect […]

Attacks on Elderly Armenian Women in Turkey Awaken Fears

ISTANBUL — The man in the ski mask struck in the twilight of late afternoon, strangling the elderly woman from behind, beating her senseless and leaving her for dead. He ran off with 50 Turkish lira, about $30, and her engagement ring, a last memory of her long-dead husband. Ms. Asik was left bruised and blinded […]

Mali’s Tuareg people retain dream of independence amid persecution

The French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, recently berated Mali’s president Dioncounda Traoré about increasing reports of military violence against light-skinned civilians. Human Rights Watch and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights have also accused the Malian army of racist attacks against innocent Tuareg, Arabs and Fulani men. As many feared, wresting the northern two […]

Serbia-Kosovo talks end without accord

Leaders from Serbia and Kosovo have failed to come to agreement on the status of Serb-dominated northern Kosovo in talks held in Brussels. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who had been mediating in the talks, said in a statement that the gap between the two sides was “very narrow, but deep.” She said the 12-hour […]