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Kenya/Ethiopia: Conflict between Kenya’s Turkana fishermen and Ethiopia’s Dassanech peoples causing humanitarian crisis 

Retaliatory raids between Turkana fishermen in Kenya and Dassanech tribal peoples of Ethiopia is threatening the peace of communities eking a livelihood around Lake Turkana and has caused an emergency situation. Between July and August this year, these two communities have attacked each other four times causing 14 deaths and loss of property including fishing gear like boats and nets. According to...

Burma: Kachin group slams China’s new CSR report on Myitsone dam 

Kachin activists have slammed a new corporate social responsibility (CSR) report aimed at bolstering support for seven China-backed hydropower projects along the Irrawaddy River in northern Burma, including the deeply unpopular Myitsone mega dam.The Upstream Ayeyawady Confluence Basin Hydropower Co. (ACHC), part of state-owned Chinese Power Investment (CPI), launched its “Ayeywady Dams Corporate Responsibility Report” in Rangoon in December, claiming the projects would be...

Burma: Leaked documents expose government complicity in persecution of Rohingya 

Leaked government documents reveal severe violations of human rights of Rohingya Muslims in Burma, including restrictions on their freedom of movement, marriage and childbirth, Fortify Rights said in a new report released on Tuesday.The report implicates state and central government officials in the systematic persecution of Rohingya — tantamount to crimes against humanity under international law. 'The impacts of these restrictions are severe and have been well-documented...

Burma: Network calls for action for rivers  

The Burma Rivers Network, comprising several organizations defending the communities in Burma against the effects of dams' construction, organized the international day of action for rivers and against dams to focus attention on a project undertaken by China, Thailand and Burma for building dams on the Salween River. The goal of the organization is to stop the plan that puts at risk not only the...

Philippines: Bajao Community in the Aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan 

Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm ever recorded to make landfall, hit the Philippines in the early morning hours of November 8, 2013, leaving unimaginable infrastructural devastation and human suffering in its wake. The Bajao community, living in the municipality of Isabel on Leyte Island, was one of the hardest hit communities.The article (click on link below to read) explores recovery efforts and proposed relocation...

Burma: Press release by people forcibly relocated due to Myitsone Dam project 

26 March, 2014Mungchying Rawt Jat (MRJ)On March 12, 2014, local people in Aung Myin Tha relocation camp, who had been moved to make way for the Myitsone Dam, carried out a referendum asking people to choose between whether they “Liked” or “Did Not Like” the Myitsone Dam. The aim was to show the real wishes of the affected people.In total, 1,160 people aged over...

SWM 2014: The impact of violence on communities in Boma Sub-County, South Sudan 

Case study by Paul Oleyo LongonyThis research is the result of a month-long participatory research study undertaken by the Boma Development Initiative, funded by MRG with support from CAFOD. In December 2013, a confrontation between Dinka and Nuer soldiers quickly escalated into a major civil conflict between President Salva Kiir Mayardit and former Vice-President Riek Machar. The ensuing violence, which has taken on a...

Africa/USA: Future "Big Africas" 

Writer and activist Sabamya Jaugu challenges Africans to "go it alone" in terms of economic development. For too long, claims Jaugu, Africans have leaned on the shoulders of their former colonialists and deprived themselves of independence. They purchase foreign-produced commodities at a high expense, even though they do produce enough of their own. The Big Africa concept provides a radical solution to these economic...

Ethiopia: Obang Metho condemns ‘Life Grabs’ and the Second Scramble for Africa 

Speaking at MRG’s London office as part of a nationwide tour, Executive Director of the Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia, Obang Metho, sheds light on the systematic violation of indigenous land rights by Ethiopia’s autocratic regime, resulting in the alleged torture and imprisonment of those who resist. And although this is happening in a land far, far away, says Obang, these atrocities are...

Syria: Assyrian villages in Khabour, Syria under ISIS attack 

Assyrian Christian villages along the Khabour river in the Hassake region are under heavy attacks of ISIS. Hundred of people left the region and number of women and children have been kidnapped by ISIS. Clashes continue between MFS, YPG against ISIS. On Monday around 5am ISIS carried out an attack on the Assyrian villages in the Khabour region leaving casualties and another exodus...

New MRG documentary film: 'Noun' - a film about the current challenges facing Iraqi Christians  

Directed by Aida Schlaepfer, commissioned and produced by Minority Rights Group International & da ProductionDuration: 24 minutesLanguage: Arabic (English subtitles)The film “Noun” depicts the suffering of Christian Iraqis - their marginalisation, persecution, torture, and murder - culminating in their forced displacement from their homes in northern Iraq, and how this systematic displacement, which began at the turn of the 20th Century, continues to this...

Minority Voices Podcast - April 2015 

MRG's April 2015 Minority Voices Podcast features a report back from the jungles of Thailand, where indigenous communities are being displaced in the name of conservation, and folk music from the war-torn Nuba Mountains in Sudan.Photo: Mue Naw, wife of a disappeared Karen land rights activist, Thailand, March 2015.Credit: Emma Eastwood/MRG   Thanks to Atanas Kutsev for providing the field recording of Paethai Paera playing the dennaku...

SWM 2015: Turkey - Little change, two decades on, for displaced Kurds  

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Bill BowringTurkey’s Kurdish community, besides being the largest minority in the country, is also one of the most discriminated against. Historically, Kurds are concentrated in the eastern and south-western parts of the country. Their situation deteriorated further following the outbreak of fighting in 1984 between the government and the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK), an armed opposition group...

Iraq/Turkey: 15,000 Displaced Yezidis in Turkey seek mass exodus to EU through Bulgaria 

The world fails to address Yazidi Crisis; 7000 enslaved, 5000 killed, and a half million displaced; they now plea for resettlement.Diyarbakir, Turkey – June 27, 2015.  Nearly 15,000 Yazidi displaced refugees in southeast of Turkey are seeking mass exodus to European Union countries through Turkish-Bulgarian crossing point where they plan to formally request temporary residency in Bulgaria, and admission to other EU countries as...

Iraq: One year on and thousands of Yazidis remain uprooted 

From a group of volunteers who have been supporting displaced Iraqis since August 2014, specifically Yazidis, with whom they have been in touch regularly.The children in this photo, and thousands like them, fled their homes when ISIS attacked the town of Sinjar and the villages of Yazidis, Christians and other minorities in the Nineveh plain in Iraq.Most of the displaced Yazidis live in the camps which...

DRC: Journée Internationale des Populations Autochtones 

Dans le cadre de la Journée Internationale des Populations Autochtones, du 09 Aout 2015, nous avons l'honneur de vous transmettre les images et la note de plaidoyer présentée au gouvernement Congolais via le Ministère Provincial des Affaires Foncières du Nord-Kivu.Notons que des promesses fermes ont été données par Son Excellence le Ministre Provincial en termes d'engagements face aux différentes recommandations des Pygmées-Bambuti.Une commission de suivi des acquis de ce plaidoyer...

DRC: MRG's Head of Law visits Batwa communities 

The Batwa of South Kivu, DRC, have lived in an area now called Kahuzi-Biega National Park (PNKB) since time immemorial. In 1937, a law was passed creating a nature reserve in the area, but the Batwa were allowed to remain in the forest. However, in 1970, a further law was passed creating the PNKB, at the proposal of the Congolese Institute for the Conservation...

Uganda: School feeding program increasing Batwa pupil enrollment 

Most Batwa communities in the East Africa region live in impoverished conditions. And for a community that has been almost entirely dispossessed of their land by the government due to national conservation policies and is facing eminent extinction, education would rank least on their priority list. That is why in all national development indicators, they rank lower than national averages. ...

Iran: Cancer cases rising at an alarming pace in Al-Ahwaz 

Rahim HamidIn Iran’s Al Ahwaz region, the population is facing a frightening growth in cancer rates.  Al Ahwaz is threatened to be overwhelmed by a burgeoning cancer epidemic and despite an acute increase in cancer incidences no real urgent action is seen to be taken by the government authorities in cancer prevention, improvement of health-care systems and facilities, improvement of access to essential medical...

Pakistan: New Blasphemy Case is Registered 

Naveed Masih, a 24 year old Christian man, is accused of blasphemy, was arrested and is in police custody. Persecution of minorities in Pakistan has become a common practice especially in the era of the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) (PML [N]). A young man, 24, is been accused of blasphemy. (FIR is registered U/S 295 - A, file No. 619 in Satellite Town Police Station...


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