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Interviews with Activists: Paul Oleyo Longony on the implications of Sudan's referendum for minorities 

Sudan will face a historic referendum on 9 January 2011 to determine if the south of the country will be separated from the north. Paul Oleyo Longony, Executive Director of Boma Development Initiative is based in Jonglei state in southern Sudan where there are several minority communities. Here Paul given up date on the latest situation in southern Sudan. He also explains the concerns...

"There is nothing like a Zimbabwean culture. There are Zimbabwean cultures." 

Kucaca Phulu visited Budapest on the 28th February, as a delegate of the Zimbabwe Europe Network. Also stopping by in Geneva and Brussels, as part of its European-wide advocacy tour, the network aimed to ensure that progressive policies and actions were taken by the European Union concerning Zimbabwe. Phulu is the president of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association and a member of the country's...

Support the peaceful demonstrators in Syria 

The people in Syria went on the streets in Daraa, Damascus, Lattakia, Homs, Qamishli and many other cities and showed their will to have change in their country. They said no to the massive violation of Human Rights, no to corruption, no to dictatorship.The Syrians have been suffering over the last decades under Al Baath regime and under Al Assad Senior and junior. The...

Interviews with activists: Patrick Kensenhuis, Member of The National Assembly of the Republic of Suriname 

The Hon. Patrick Kensenhuis of the Republic of Suriname, represents a district with a majority indigenous and African descendant population.During the era of Dutch colonization of the Guiana region of South America, many enslaved Africans escaped into the rainforests of what is now the Republic of Suriname. These self liberated Africans (also known as "Maroons", "Djukas" or "Bakabusi Nengre") set up independent communities and...

Cattle rustling in South Sudan 

The video focuses on a cattle rustling attack that killed one man and injured another in Jonglei state. There is a lot of tension between ethnic groups in Southern Sudan. Due to competition for scarce resources herders from different tribes often fight over access to water or grazing land, and they often steal each other's cattle. This attack occurred just days before the independence...

Foreign investment threatens Burma's ethnic minorities: report 

Foreign investment has risen dramatically over the past year, as international companies cooperate with Burma’s government to exploit the country’s natural resources. But those resources are concentrated in areas occupied by ethnic minorities, and projects such as hydroelectric dams have already sparked fighting between ethnic armed groups and government forces.The influx of investment threatens both ethnic minorities and the environment, according to a new...

Syria in change - Solution for the Kurdish issue 

Since 15th March of this year, citizens rose up against the regime in Syria, which is considered as one of the most brutal and repressive regimes in the Arab world. The reaction of the Syrian regime on the protests of the Syrian people has showed this brutality. Thousands of Syrians have paid with their life for their demand for freedom, democracy and human rights.The...

Panama: Current reality and key concerns of the Afro-Panamanian population  

Interview with Afro-Panamanian community organizer Samuel Samuels.From the early colonial period Afro-Panamanians have played a significant role in the creation of the republic.  The descendants of the Africans who arrived during the colonial era are intermixed in the general population or are found in majority Afro-Panamanian communities along the Atlantic Coast .Other Afro-Panamanians are the descendants of later migrants from the Caribbean, who came...

Photo story: Inside Egypt's Revolution 

The defining event of the Arab Uprising has been the revolutionary protests in Tahrir Square that brought down Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. One year after the protests began, MRG met with human rights defenders in Cairo to assess the impact of the revolution and prospects for cross-community cooperation. All photographs ©Mark Lattimer/MRG January 2012...

Interview with MRG Director Mark Lattimer: Minorities face attack as revolutions sour in Middle East and North Africa, says new global Peoples Under Threat survey 

EMBARGO: 00.01 (GMT +1) 24 May 2012Peoples under Threat is Minority Rights Group’s annual authoritative rankings table which highlights those countries around the world where the risk of mass killing is greatest.Peoples under Threat is created by compiling data on the known antecedents to genocide or mass political killing. While the individual indicators describe the current situation – what is happening – the index...

Kenya: What the Constitutional Court’s ruling on boundaries and electoral areas means for minority communities  

On 9 July 2012, a panel of five judges made their ruling on several petitions filed by dissatisfied community members against how the Indepenedent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in Kenya had gone about fixing new boundaries and electoral areas. MRG’s Africa Regional Information Officer caught up with Molu Korepu Tepo, a consultant with MRG under the Good Governance Project and asked him what...

Cameroon: Participation of Minorities in 2013 Elections 

Watch a video report on the participation of minorities in the 2013 municipal and parliamentary elections.Workshop organised by Laimaru, MBOSCUDA, CAEPA & Pioneers and funded by MRG's Global Advocacy Programme.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWLugwLOoHs...

Egypt: A Step Back for Minorities in New Draft Constitution? 

My definition of “minorities” is the legal terminology mentioned in international law which protects ethnic, religious and cultural-linguistic minorities. Political minorities, however, are another issue to be discussed. Although the January 25, 2012 Egyptian Revolution began for freedom, social justice, full equality and equal opportunities without discrimination among citizens, Mohamed Morsi’s presidential election victory in June 2012 has hijacked this sentiment, rendering it...

Europe: Video - 20 years of the Office of the High Commissioner for Minorities 

MRG staff attended a conference organised by the European Centre for Minority Issues in Flensburg, Germany, in July 2012, to celebrate 20 years of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe's Office of the High Commissioner for National Minorities (HCNM).The conference aimed to discuss the future challenges of minority rights protection in Europe, and enhance knowledge and understanding of the HCNM’s functions and...

Bangladesh: Religious minorities (Hindu, Christian, Buddhist) must be counted in census if elections are to be fair 

SHAREE is a non-Government organization established in the year 1992 by a group of women. It is managed by women and committed to promote and protect the rights of Religious Minorities & marginalized Dalit communities in Bangladesh.Religious minority people have been declining in Bangladesh over the course of time. But there is another issue of debate - undercounting minorities in the population census.According to...

Kenya: MRG Street Theatre Programme spreads messages of peace 

MRG's international Street Theatre Programme uses the power of theatrical performance to challenge racism against indigenous and minority groups. In Kenya, MRG has partnered with Sponsored Arts For Education (SAFE), a local charity that uses street theatre and community programmes to educate, inspire and deliver social change. Gina Rico, MRG Street Theatre Programme Assistant, recently travelled to Kenya to support the project there. Her photos (below)...

Egypt: Coptic community prepares for coming parliamentary elections  

On Saturday 12th January, human rights activists and members of the Coptic community, invited by AlKalema Center for Human Rights in Egypt, held a conference in a Cairo hotel to discuss a collective action plan to ensure fair representation of the Coptic minority in the next Parliament. The Conference schedule had indicated a discussion over possible strategies to be conducted over the coming parliamentary...

Kenya: In politics there are no permanent enemies, only permanent promises 

Kenyans head to the polls on March 4th 2013. This has been billed as a defining moment for a country whose momentous economic growth was disrupted with the 2007 post-election violence. During this period Kenya grounded to a halt. The new Constitution promises to give East Africa’s economic giant a new kiss of life. MRG’s Africa Regional Information Officer, Mohamed Matovu, takes a look...

Kenya: Street theatre group release film promoting peace ahead of elections 

Kenyan orghanisation Sponsored Arts For Education (SAFE) have produced a film of their recent street theatre production Ni Si Si (It Is Us), which promotes peace and unity. The film will be aired on TV and released in cinemas in Kenya in the run up to presidential elections on March 4th. Watch the trailer below.MRG's Street Theatre Programme supported SAFE in developing and touring Ni Si...

Cameroon: Ethnic minorities petition Biya over marginalisation 

Yuh TimchiaYaoundé Three minority ethnic communities in Cameroon have petitioned President Paul Biya to ensure they are properly represented in state institutions. The Mbororo, Montagnard and the Pygmy communities, specifically, say they want representation in the country’s nascent senate, whose members will be voted early next month. Mr Sarli Sardou Nana, the founder and coordinator of Laimaru, a national network of organisations advocating...


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