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Minority Rights Reports

UPR: Tajikistan, 25th Session, 2015

United Nations Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review: Tajikistan Executive Summary The prevalence in Tajik society of conservative strains of Islam, combined with traditional practices predicated on the subservience of women and a lack of government action, has led to overwhelming structural discrimination against women. This is […]

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Global Pro Bono Report: Accessing Justice – 3 Year Anniversary Review

The Global Pro Bono Report shows the breadth and depth of ICAAD’s ability to leverage multidisciplinary partnerships to catalyze social impact; helping women, girls, and minorities to achieve equality. Inside the report you’ll find informative comments from our partners, experts in their fields, on our ambitious work […]

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ICCPR Shadow Report on the French Ban on Religious Manifestation

Summary The International Center for Advocates Against Discrimination (ICAAD) submits this report to highlight concerns regarding Frances Law No. 2004-228 of 15 March 2004 (the Act), which prohibits students in public primary schools, secondary schools, and lycée from wearing symbols and clothing manifesting a religious affiliation. French […]

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Go Home Terrorist: A Report on Bullying Against Sikh American School Children

In March of 2014, the Sikh Coalition published their Report: “Go Home Terrorist” and acknowledged ICAAD’s work on the report: “We are thankful to the lead researchers of this report, Hansdeep Singh, JD, LLM, Co-Founder and Director of Legal Programs of the International Center for Advocates Against […]

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ICCPR Shadow Report on the U.S. and Hate Crimes

SUMMARY This Shadow Report is an initial submission to the United Nations Human Rights Committee and is not covered in the list of issues or NGO list of issues reports. The violations detailed in this Report have not been thoroughly briefed before the Human Rights Committee, and […]

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Asian American Law Journal at Berkeley: Structural Discrimination

This article outlines a methodology for addressing issues of structural discrimination in the context of hate crimes. Part I of this article explores how a systems approach can be used to identify issues of structural discrimination that perpetuate the U.S. government’s failure to respond to bias-motivated violence […]

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“Combating Intolerance, Negative Stereotyping, Stigmatization, Discrimination, Incitement to Violence and Violence against Persons, based on Religion or Belief”

Input for the U.N. Secretary General’s Forthcoming Report on General Assembly Resolution 67/178: “Combating Intolerance, Negative Stereotyping, Stigmatization, Discrimination, Incitement to Violence and Violence against Persons, based on Religion or Belief” – Focus on the Baha’i Community in Iran Introduction Resolution 67/178 adopted by the General Assembly […]

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LGBT Rights: Supreme Court Amicus Brief on Marriage Equality

Supreme Court of the United States Dennis Hollingsworth, et. al., v. Kristin M. Perry, et al., BRIEF OF INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATES AS  IN SUPPORT OF RESPONDENTS Summary of Argument: This Court has an opportunity to either solidify or reverse an established and accelerating international trend toward […]

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Department of Justice (CRT): Hate Crimes Documentation

Hate Crimes Documentation The 2010 FBI Hate Crime Statistics reveal that out of 6,624 single-bias incidents, 20% were motivated by religious bias. What is both significant and shocking about this number is that it represents the highest percentage of religiously motivated hate crimes ever recorded by the […]

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Amicus Brief in 5th Cir. on Religious Accommodation of the Kirpan

In Tagore v. IRS, ICAAD files this brief in support of the Appellant, Kawaljeet K. Tagore. ICAAD strongly believes that the District Court erred in granting summary judgment to the United States and in denying Ms. Tagore’s Motion for Summary Judgment. Specifically, ICAAD believes that, in concluding that Ms. Tagore’s kirpan […]

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This Civil Rights and Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we’d like to challenge you to reflect on how fear may have influenced your opinions, especially of others, and to take a step towards the courage to overcome those fears. Why the focus on fear you might ask?

Famed marketer and author Simon Sinek in his book “Start with Why” outlines six typical manipulations used in sales and marketing, one of which is the use of fear. On fear, Sinek says, “When fear is being employed, facts are incidental. Deeply seated in our biological drive to survive, that emotion cannot be quickly wiped away with facts and figures.”

In the current political atmosphere, in the U.S. and around the globe, fear is often used by politicians and campaigners to polarize debates and to demonize marginalized communities, using them as scapegoats for the real economic, social, and political challenges that societies face.

Martin Luther King, Jr. understood how important fear is, so much so that he gave a sermon on it named “Antidotes for Fear.” It’s worth reading in its entirety, especially because it recognizes the importance, necessity, and creativity of fear (kinginstitute.stanford.edu/king-papers/documents/draft-chapter-xiv-mastery-fear-or-antidotes-fear). However, particularly pertinent section was highlighted by King’s wife Coretta Scott King in her book “My life with Martin Luther King, Jr”:

“First Martin spoke of the many kinds of fear that troubled men and women in this period of change and "calamitous uncertainty"— fear of illness or economic disaster, fear of personal inadequacy in our highly competitive society. More terrible was the fear of death, even racial annihilation, in this atomic age, when the whole world teetered on "a balance of terror . . . fearful lest some diplomatic faux pas ignite a frightful holocaust."

"Some fears are normal and necessary," he said, like the fear of snakes in a jungle, but when they become neurotic and unchecked, they paralyze the will and reduce a man to apathy or despair. He quoted Emerson, who wrote, "He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear."

How, then, to overcome fear? First, Martin said, "We must un-flinchingly face our fears . . . this confrontation will, to some measure, grant us power. . . . "Second, we can master fear through one of the supreme virtues known to man— courage . . . courage is the power of the mind to overcome fear.”"

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