Coalition for the Defense of Human Rights
The Coalition for the Defense of Human Rights (CDHR) is an organization that began in 1993 as a cooperative effort of ethnic and religious organizations pledged to share resources, information, and to work together for the promotion of human rights in countries where Islamic extremism is dominant.
The coalition represents minority religious and ethnic communities from around the world. The organization claims that these communities have borne the "historical degradation of their cultures" and still endure "the ravaging effects of an ideological movement that is intolerant, discriminatory, racist and even genocidal".
CDHR represents organizations from the following communities: Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Baha'is, Humanist Muslims, Copts, Assyrians, Syriacs, Southern Sudanese, Maronites, Philippinos, West Africans, Ibos, Slavic Christians, Armenians, Arab Christians, Nubians, secular intellectuals, and women's groups.
Worst Affected Countries
CDHR claims that the following countries are the worst affected:
- Pakistan: anti-Christian legislation
- Iran: Systematic oppression of the Bahai community
- Sudan: Murder and enslavement of Black Africans
- Saudi Arabia: Apartheid for all non-Muslims
- Indonesia: Terrorizing of Christian minorities
- Egypt: Oppression of Coptic Christians
- Bangladesh: Terrorizing of Hindu and Christian minorities by Islamic radicals
They say that under Shari'ah there is an "institutionalized apartheid". These include:
- Official discriminations against the Dhimmi, such as the poll-tax or jizyah
- No legal rights. "Jews may not testify in court against a Muslim and have no legal right to dispute or challenge anything done to them by Muslims. There is no such thing as a Muslim raping a Jewish woman; there is no such thing as a Muslim murdering a Jew (at most, it can be manslaughter). In contrast, a Jew who strikes a Muslim is killed".
- Humiliation and vulnerability. "Jews and Christians had to walk around with badges or veils identifying them as Jews or Christians. The yellow star that Jews had wear in Nazi Germany did not originate in Europe. It was borrowed from the Muslim world where it was part of the apartheid system of Dhimmitude".
- Conditional protection. "The protection of the Dhimmi is withdrawn if the Dhimmi rebels against Islamic law, gives allegiance to non-Muslim power (such as Israel), refuses to pay the poll-tax, entices a Muslim from his faith, or harms a Muslim or his property. If the protection is lifted, jihad resumes. For example, Islamists in Egypt who pillage and kill the Copts do so because they no longer pay their poll-tax and therefore are no longer protected".
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