The Middle East is one of the most diverse ethnic, religious, and sectarian regions. Indeed, religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Turkey, and Iran account for large groups in these countries. Accordingly, sections within major religious groups can identify themselves with other ethnic minorities, and vice versa. This explains the importance of the issue of minority groups and its association with the political system. Minority rights in the Middle East are mainly related to the building of the state and the strengthening of the notion of citizenship; based on the fundamental belonging to the nation, rather than religious and ethnic identities.
"The Permanent Forum on the Minorities of the Middle East" is a regular event, held by The European Center for Middle East Studies (E.C.M.E.S). It is mainly concerned with the affairs and issues relating to minorities. Within this major event, the center announces its open call for activists to volunteer as local coordinators, translators, and researchers in an effort to obtain a scientific and pragmatic approach that ensures the rights of minorities in the Middle East.
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