It’s been a brutal week for minority religions and spiritual movements in Islamist states.
The persecution of the Baha’i minority faith under the Iranian regime continues, according to Brazilian television.
Also, in Egypt this week the Salafi Party denounced the pro-democracy movement as — you guessed it — “Freemasonry” and “Zionism.”
In Iraq, liquor stores belonging to Yezidis (sun worshippers) and Assyrian Christians were attacked by mobs, set alight and destroyed. The violence erupted after Mala Ismail Osman Sindi’s Friday sermon. The imam has since been criticized for the attacks, but he insists that he “only said that instead of massage parlors, people should build mosques.”
In the aftermath of the attacks the Kurdish regional government (KRG) has been sharply criticized by the Iraq Sustainable Democracy project:
The KRG’s criminal justice track record indicates that violence against Christian Assyrians and Yezidis will go unpunished and that the victims will once again be reminded of their second-class citizenship in the face of a culture of impunity when targeting minorities in the KRG.
In Pakistan, Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee and others stand accused of forcing 60 Hindus to convert to Islam during the Liberation War in Pirojpur in southwestern Bangladesh. Sayedee is also accused of helping the Pakistani army to rape Hindu women.
In Bonn, Germany, this week there were protests against the treatment of Hindus and Sikhs in Afghanistan.
People of Shambhala is a new website dedicated to highlighting the oppression of minority faiths around the world.