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The South Asia Collective

We are a group of human rights activists and organisations that dream of a just, caring and peaceful South Asia. We came together in December 2015, to document the condition of the region’s minorities, hoping this would help in advocacy for better outcomes for the marginalized groups. We have since succeeded in rallying other like-minded groups and platforms, to our cause. This coming together is particularly gratifying, given the otherwise fraught political environment in the region. Eventually, we want to see the establishment of a South Asia charter of minority and human rights, and regional and national mechanisms to enforce those.



Founding members of the South Asia Collective are:

  • Law and Society Trust, Colombo
  • Misaal – Centre for Equity Studies, New Delhi
  • Nagorik Uddyog, Dhaka
  • National Commission for Justice and Peace, Lahore
  • Omar Sadr, Kabul-Delhi
  • Social Science Baha, Kathmandu
  • Women in Struggle for Empowerment, Lahore

Our partners are:

  • People’s SAARC, regional and country chapters
  • Minority Rights Group International, London
  • Books for Change, New Delhi

Misaal, New Delhi, anchors the South Asia Collective

South Asia State of Minorities Report, 2016

South Asia State of Minorities Report, 2016: Mapping the Terrain

The inaugural edition of the South Asia State of Minorities Report series, seeks to create a baseline of minority groups and minority rights regimes, mechanisms and practices, by country, for the South Asia region. To do this, the report examines both the theory and the practice of minority rights protection in each country, looking at the range of rights guaranteed by national and international instruments.It also proposes a set of recommendations for the region, as well as for each country, separately. The current report covers six SAARC member countries, viz. Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. In our future editions, we plan to include Bhutan and Maldives, the other SAARC member-states, and Myanmar.

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Download Executive Summary Download Introduction

Download Country Chapters

Afghanistan Bangladesh India Nepal Pakistan Sri Lanka

Regional Release

The South Asia State of Minorities Report 2016, was released in a formal launch event, on 11th November 2016, in Kathmandu. South Asia regional and Kathmandu based civil society groups participated in the event. Later that day, members of the South Asia Collective, presented a copy of the report to the Secretary General of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), and apprised him of the work of the collective to raise awareness about minority rights protection and promotion in the region.


Download release programme Download memorandum submitted to Secretary General SAARC by The South Asia Collective

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