Oscar-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy has launched a website called “White in the Flag” to educate people regarding minorities in Pakistan. The website features legislation and minority issues with the information on human rights defenders. Other than that, the website also features minority communities and their stories.
The news was announced by Chinoy herself on Instagram. She said, “Between forced conversions, abductions, terrorism at their places of worship, and target killings, Pakistan’s minorities face an uphill battle to exist. With White in the Flag, we want to ensure that citizens experiencing religious discrimination in our society can have their voices heard on issues that are important to them, protect and promote their rights, have their views and wishes genuinely considered when decisions are being made about their lives and communities.”
The website aims to become a platform that fully supports activists, legislators, and students to be able to come together on a single platform and find solutions to their problems that are common among religious minorities in the country.
This section on the website is dedicated to minority stories where you can access feature films and podcasts. These include Representations of Minorities in the Media: Ahmadis, Representations of Minorities in the Media: The Mandir, the Defender, Minorities and Social Pariahism, Minorities and Section 295-C, The Story of Abdul Sattar Edhi and Kulsoom Hazara, the Karate Wonder.
Human Rights Defenders:
Human rights defenders of Pakistan are featured in this section with short write-ups on their lives. These include Asma Jehangir, Jogendra Nath Mandal, John Joseph, Rashid Rehman, Salman Taseer, Shahbaz Bhatti, Arafat Mazhar, Jibran Nasir, IA Rehman, Peter Jacob, Hina Jilani, Veerji Kohli, Paul Bhatti, Haroon Sarab Diyal, Saif ul Malook, Romana Bashir and Jalila Haider.
Legislations and Minority Issues:
This is the section that is the most important one of all. It includes discriminatory laws against minorities and punishment, blasphemy law, and other important issues usually left in the dark. This will prove to be a great help for those who are looking for basic information.
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