Minorities combat economic exclusion - photo story from the UN Minorities Forum

The third UN Forum on Minority Issues took place in Geneva in December 2010. This year’s Forum, which is the only one of its kind and focused on effective participation in economic life, brought 500 participants together, including minority activists from all regions of the world, NGOs, academics and experts, as well as delegates from some 75 States.

MRG’s Media Officer, Emma Eastwood, was there to document this crucial gathering. Here are some of her photos and excerpts from delegates’ speeches, describing the barriers and challenges minorities face in their work to combat economic exclusion.

Full statements from all of the participants can be read here.

A summary of the Forum by the Chairperson, Professor Gita Sem can be found here.

Photo: Ms Gay McDougall, UN Independent Expert on Minority Issues

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Diane Ala'i, Baha'i International Community. "In the Islamic Republic of Iran the authorities are carrying out a systematic plan to prevent adherents of the Bahá'í Faith from earning a livelihood"
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Utim Terhemen Benjamin, Humanity Knights Network, Nigeria. "The UN should work with governments to mainstream minority rights into poverty reduction strategies"
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Mamdouh Nakhla, Al-Kalema Center, Egypt. "Copts suffer discrimination reaching leading positions in the Army, the Police, the judicial system and the diplomatic field”
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Manjula Pradeep, Navsarjan Trust, India. “In the public sector Dalits are mainly employed as clerks, peons and sanitation workers, who risk their lives cleaning filth and garbage and go down inside manholes”
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Hunde Dhugassa, Oromia Support Group, Ethiopia. “The current land grabbing by the Ethiopian government for lease to private foreign companies will fuel conflict, create political instability, uproot the indigenous peoples and result in food insecurity”
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Maria L. H. Angulo, Conamunece, Ecuador. “Las brechas sociales de los afroecuatorianos demuestran los graves indicadores negativos de educación que presentamos, factor que incide fuertemente en las oportunidades de desarrollo y en el mercado laboral"
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Date: 24/03/2011

Countries:

Ethiopia
Nigeria
Ecuador
India
Iran

Categories:

Poverty
Employment/Unemployment
UN Forum on Minority Issues

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