CRIMES AGAINST RELIGIOUS MINORITIES IN SOUTH ASIA: A SAGACIOUS STUDY OF EACH SOUTH- ASIAN NATION
Abstract: Minorities around the world are also often the victims of armed conflicts and internal strife. This paper sheds light on the situation of refugees and internally displaced persons from minority backgrounds across South Asia. The paper provides an overview of the persons belonging to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities are often victims of multiple discrimination and they may lack access to, among other things, adequate housing, land and property, and even a nationality. Since country engagement and a human rights-based approach constitute key elements in identifying durable solutions to address the plight of minorities, this paper is prepared to raise additional awareness, of minority rights and the impediments minorities face in the enjoyment of these rights. In practice, under international law, certain minority rights have been made applicable to recently arrived migrants in the sub-continent who share an ethnic, religious, or linguistic identity. Their treatment is to be rooted in the customary international law principle of non-discrimination, which is fundamental in international law and is reflected in all human rights instruments and documents.