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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...

MRG at the UN Forum on Minority Issues 

The video contains the statement given by Carl Soderbergh, MRG’s Director of Policy and Communications, at the 3rd UN Forum on Minority Issues. He points out the exclusion of minorities from the Millennium Development Goals and expresses MRG’s particular concern for minority women, many of whom suffer multiple discrimination. To read the full statement click here"In parts of Europe, Roma face very serious discrimination in employment...

South Asia: Dalit women voice concerns at the UN Forum on Minority Issues 

Dalit representatives from India, Nepal and Bangladesh voiced their concerns about effective political participation of Dalit women at the 4th session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues. The thematic focus of the session, which was held in Geneva on 29-30 November 2011, was “Guaranteeing the rights of minority women”. Several Dalit representatives actively participated in the panel discussions and side events of...

Minorities at the UN: Ensure Dalit women's political participation in India 

Lee Macqueen of the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights, represented Dalit women in the recent UN Forum on Minority issues, focusing on Dalit women’s political participation in local governance. She took the floor to highlight the obstacles faced by the marginalized community.Macqueen states that even though one-third of the seats in local government offices or panchayats, are reserved for women, amongst the Dalit...

Minorities at the UN: Crimean Tatar women face unemployment and discrimination in Ukraine 

Nara Narimanova of the Crimean Tatar Youth Council spoke at the recent UN Forum on Minority Issues, after having completed online advocacy training courses as part of MRG’s Global Advocacy Programme (GAP).She took the opportunity to raise issues faced by Crimean Tatar women in Ukraine who are particularly vulnerable in the face of poor living conditions, unemployment and high levels of discrimination. With the...

Minorities at the UN: Improve education for minorities in Zimbabwe 

On 29 and 30 November 2011, MRG's partners took part in the fourth session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues as part of MRG's Global Advocacy Programme (GAP) which offers online and practical training and direct advocacy opportunities to minority activists across the world.Misheck Gondo, the National Chairperson of the National Association of Youth Organisations was one of several participants who had taken...

Minorities at the UN: Guarantee the rights of minority women in Kyrgyzstan 

MRG partner, the Institute for Regional Studies (IFRS), based in Kyrgyzstan, participated in MRG’s Global Advocacy Programme (GAP), and recently spoke on the topic of guaranteeing the rights of minority women at the recent UN Forum on Minority Issues.Luiza Khier highlighted the issues of entrenched gender roles that make early marriages common, often meaning the lack of education amongst young women and therefore affecting...

Minorities at the UN: The socio-economic empowerment of women in Kenya 

Jennipher Kere represented the Women in the Fishing Industry Programme (WIFIP), an MRG patrner organisation in Kenya which works to   empower of women, at the fourth session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues. WIFIP has campaigned for psycho-social rehabilitation of war widows who have faced trauma, internal displacement and face sexual and reproductive health risks.WIFIP points out the particular plight of the women...

Minorities at the UN: Couples in inter-caste marriages face rampant discrimination in Nepal 

Anita Bishanka, project coordinator of the Nepal National Dalit Social Welfare Organisation (NNDSWO), spoke at the fourth session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues recently on the issue of discrimination faced by couples in inter-caste marriages in Nepal.Bishanka pointed out that Dalit women face multiple discrimination on the basis of caste, gender and poverty. Couples in inter-caste marriages often face discrimination, rendering the...

MRG at the UN: Minority women face increased risks in conflict 

Ann Blomberg, MRG’s Representative at the UN in Geneva, spoke at the recent session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues, drawing on the issue of meaningful participation of minority women in post-conflict peace-building processes.She touched on the many risks women face in conflict situations, including being coerced into sex work to be able to support their families or when displaced. Women from minority...

Minorities at the UN: Uyghur women face severe rights violations in China 

Rebiya Kadeer, the president of the World Uyghur Congress, spoke at a side event organised by MRG and UNPO at the UN Forum on Minorities in November 2011. The event focused on the subject of violence against women and their access to justice.In her presentation, Kadeer drew attention to severe rights abuses faced by Uyghur women in China. She stated that due to their...

Minorities at the UN: Improve access to early childhood services for Roma in Europe 

The Roma Education Fund (REF), an NGO based in Budapest, Hungary gave a presentation at a side event arranged by the OHCHR and chaired by MRG, that complemented the fourth session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues.  REF works on closing the gap in educational outcomes between Roma and non-Roma children in 14 different countries in Europe.Beata Bislim Olahova, represented REF at the...

Minorities at the UN: Eradicate racism towards Afro-Latinas in Latin America 

At a side event on 29 November 2011, organized by the OHCHR and chaired by MRG’s Executive Director Mark Lattimer, Leonardo Reales, an Ethnic Rights Consultant for AFROLATINOS and ECODESARROLLO,  spoke on the many challenges faced by Afro-Latin women in Latin America, drawing on examples from his home country Colombia. He highlighted the fact that Afro-Colombian women were the poorest of poor, in a...

Egypt: Copts "exposed to daily assaults" says Chairman of rights group 

At the fifth session of the UN Forum on Minority Isuues in Geneva, Mamdouh Nakhla gave the following intervention about the status of the Copts in Egypt: "Thank you Mr. President for giving me the word. My name is Mamdouh Nakhla, I am the chairman of the al-Kalema, ”Word”, Organization for Human Rights, I am one of the Coptic minority. The Coptic community is the...

Pakistan: Arooj Khalid addresses the UN Forum on Minority Issues in Geneva 

As part of Minority Rights Group International's Global Advoacacy Program, a number of minority rights activists from around the world came to Geneva to the UN Forum on Minority Issues, which held its 5th Session in November 2012. The theme of the forum was the implementation of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities, which was adopted...

Egypt: Promotion and protection of the identity of religious minorities 

Thank you Mr. Chairman for the opportunity for this intervention.My name is Mamdouh Nakhla and I work as the head of Alkalema center for Human Rights, an organization concerned with the prevention of religious and ethnic discrimination in Egypt. I belong to the Coptic minority, which makes up 17 million of the total population of 87 million, about 20 per cent, and is considered...

Sri Lanka: Statement at 6th Session of the UN's Forum on Minority issues 

6th Session of the UN’s Forum on Minority Issues (26-27 November 2013) Madam Chair, Thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak. My name is Suhood Fasleem and I am speaking on behalf of the Muslim Community, a religious minority in minority who was forcibly expelled from Northern Province of Srilanka by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in 1990.One of the most...

MRG’s Carl Soderbergh addresses the 6th UN Forum on Minority Issues in Geneva 

Carl Soderbergh, MRG's Director of Policy & Communications, addressed the 6th UN Forum on Minority Issues in Geneva, held on  the 26-27 November 2013.His speech focused on the topic of legal frameworks and key concepts, discussing the impact of discriminatory legal practices on many minority communities around the globe, in particular with regards to religious minority women.Read the full text of his intervention below:Madam...

Cambodia: Roza Dao speaks at the 6th UN Forum on Minority Issues in Geneva 

At the UN Forum on Minority Issues in Geneva on 26-27 November 2013, Mrs Roza Dao spoke to delegates on behalf of the Cham National Federation of Cambodia, an NGO representing the interests of the Champa minority community. The theme of the intervention was "beyond freedom of religion or belief: guaranteeing the rights of religious minorities". Read the full text of Roza Dao's speech below:Madam...

Georgia: Bishop Rusudan Gotsiridze speaks at the 6th UN Forum on Minority Issues 

Bishop Rusudan Gotsiridze of the Evangelist Baptist Church of Georgia spoke at the 6th Forum on Minority Issues on 26 November.Her intervention raised the issue of recent discrimination and attacks on religious minorities in Georgia and the failure of the authorities to provide adequate protection.Watch her speech in full below:...


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