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South Asia State of Minorities Report 2020 Desk Researcher/Author

The SAC is seeking a researcher/author to conduct desk research and write the ‘annual update’ section of the upcoming South Asia State of Minorities Report 2020.

The South Asia State of Minorities Report is an annual publication produced by the SAC, which seeks to document and produce authoritative research concerning the conditions of minorities across the region. The report consists of two components: 1) an in-depth exploration of a specific theme relevant to minority rights across the region; and 2) an annual record of key developments relevant to minorities in countries across South Asia. The thematic focus of this year’s report is on shrinking civic space and its impact on minority human rights defenders and those advocating for minority rights.

The SAC is seeking a researcher/author to produce the annual record/update component of this report. This would involve:

  • Producing 7 country updates (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka) of approximately 750 words each. This means the project in total would be made up of 7 country specific write-ups, totalling approximately 5,250 words
  • The country updates are to cover relevant events and developments concerning minorities over the period from 1 January 2020 until late August
  • The SAC has a primary focus on religious minorities in South Asia, so it is required that the update include a significant focus on developments concerning religious minorities where applicable. However issues affecting other minorities and of intersectional discrimination should also be included (e.g. issues facing minority women, indigenous communities adhering to a minority religion, those suffering caste-based discrimination, ).

The type of issues that these updates should cover can be gleaned from earlier editions of the SAC report, as well as the SAC bulletin. It is anticipated that the author will be able to pull material from the ‘Latest Developments’ section of the SAC bulletins (specifically, April 2020 and an upcoming bulletin being released in late July 2020). Therefore, while some desk research will be required, it is anticipated that much of this will already be provided to the researcher/author, to help streamline this process.

Some of the issues that the country updates may include from the time period noted are (but are not limited to): any laws or legal decisions which impact minorities; specific

instances of or statistics concerning violent attacks, hate speech, or forms of discrimination against minorities; issues regarding the social, economic, and cultural rights of minorities; access to justice for minorities. Given the developments of the past several months, it is also anticipated that the update section will include a considerable focus on the impact of COVID-19 on minorities in the region as well. Where appropriate, positive developments concerning minority rights in the regional should also beincluded.

As indicated above, this will primarily involve selected desk research, and primary research will not be required. However if the researcher/author would like to speak to an expert on minority rights in each respective country for some guidance, the SAC will be able to help arrange this.

The primary audiences for this write-up will be the general public as well as advocacy targets, both within South Asia and globally. It is therefore critical to ensure that the language remains accessible, and that developments are contextualised as much as possible (bearing in mind the space limitations).

The final write-up should be approximately 5,250 words long and in English, and should be completed no later than 30 August 2020. One draft version of the text will be expected before this final version – the date of submission will be as agreed between the selected author and the SAC. Remuneration for this will be 450 EUR.

Applicants should have proven experience writing on human and minority rights related issues in South Asia.

If you are interested in being considered for this, please send the following to sac@thesouthasiacollective.org by 31 July 2020.

  • CV
  • A writing sample (this can be either in the form of an attachment, or links to writing samplesonline)

If you have any questions, please contact the same address listed above.

 This call is part of  the project “Supporting Religious Pluralism across South Asia“,  which    is funded by the European Union. This content is the sole responsibility of Minority Rights Group and the South Asia Collective, and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.

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