After an extended hiatus, I am excited to relaunch the Middle East File as a regular email from RFI's Middle East Action Team.
You'll recognize much that has stayed the same for those who have followed along in the past. We have some new things we will be introducing in the weeks to come.
In the Middle East File, you can expect to find updates from our work and links to what we are reading, watching, and listening to regarding the ideas, policies, and conditions impacting religious freedom across the Middle East. The resources featured will often include content on governance and security, humanitarian assistance and development, geopolitics and foreign policy, human rights, religious debates, technological trends, and much more.
While much of what you find here will be recent publications on current developments, we will also share older content that remains relevant to current and emerging challenges.
Also, stay tuned for the launch of an interview series that will be a venue for conversations with many of the voices from the Middle East File.
More on that soon.
In the meantime, here is what you can find in this edition of the Middle East File:
RFI Middle East's Miles Windsor wrote for Newsweek on the continuing decline of religious freedom in Algeria, particularly targeting the Algerian protestant community.
Shivan Fazil presents a compelling look at the political marginalization of Iraq's ethnic and religious minorities in his contribution to a special issue of Manara Magazine focused on minorities in the Middle East and North Africa.
The heightened risks for religious minority communities in times of conflict is a significant issue we seek to address. The IBAHRI held two side events focused on this theme on the margins of the 49th Session of the UN Human Rights Council. The events also included a discussion of the recently released thematic report on the topic from Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief.
Finally, Open Doors released its fifth annual report looking at the gender dynamics of religious persecution around the world. This report unpacks critical insights into how persecution impacts women and girls, men and boys, and how that ought to inform tailored responses and interventions to address those issues.
As always, you will find each of those articles, a brief comment on why it matters, and additional links to more resources. As with any email of this sort, the inclusion of an article is not necessarily an endorsement of the content or publication.
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