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MRG's Head of Law, Lucy Claridge, visits Burundi  

Lucy Claridge, Head of Law at MRG, travelled to Burundi in December 2009 to further investigate a Batwa due process/land rights legal case that was proceeding but delayed at the domestic level. Lucy's trip included meeting with the Batwa community in Mutaho, meeting a local lawyer, collecting statements and evidence, assessing the merits of the case and considering next steps. Contact For more...

Iraqi Refugees in Sweden: A Yazidi Activist Speaks 

Since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, minority communities, some of whom have lived in the country for more than two millennia, have faced targeted persecution including kidnapping, rape, murder and destruction of homes and businesses, because of their ethnic and religious identities. They form a disproportionate amount of those who have fled to neighbouring countries in Jordan and Syria, and those who...

Iraqi Refugees in Sweden: A Mandaean Priest Speaks  

One of five hard-hitting short films featuring interviews with Iraqi asylum seekers and refugees from minority communities including Mandaeans, Yazidis and Assyrian Christians, made by independent filmmaker Ben Crowe (www.erafilms.co.uk) and MRG in Sweden, August 2008.The films were shot in conjunction with research interviews that took place for the MRG report "Uncertain Refuge, Dangerous Return: Iraq's Uprooted Minorities" (launched 24th September 2009).About the films:Since...

Minorities struggle with identity and discrimination in divided Cyprus 

By Farah MihlarFoziye Tayim Ataya, is a Palestinian living in Cyprus. In 1948, her parents came to the country when war broke out in Israel. They never returned. She is now part of a 5 -6,000 small Palestinian community, mostly asylum seekers from Iraq and Gaza, living in southern Cyprus. Having lived her entire life in Cyprus, Foziye now works closely with recent Palestinian...

Activists call for end to violence against the world’s ‘untouchable’ women 

On the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25th of November, Dalit women activists are urging the world to pay attention to the plight of women subjected to horrific acts of violence because of their caste and gender. While the world is busy praising India’s booming economy and status as ‘the world’s biggest democracy’, Dalit women are subjected...

MRG Podcast: November 2010 

In our November podcast, produced and presented by MRG’s Emma Eastwood, we visit Iraqi minority refugees in Syria; speak to indigenous activists about how climate change is affecting their communities; and listen to an example of Afro-Latin music from Cuba....

Interviews with Activists: Thomas Philips on religious minorities in Malaysia 

Reverend Dr. Thomas Philips of the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) explains the difficulties faced by religious minorities in Malaysia. Malaysia’s religious minorities include Hindus, Buddhists, Taoists, Sikhs, and Christians. For more information contact Jared Ferrie, MRG's Asia Regional Information Officer, via the Contact page....

Interviews with Activists: Daozhang Ng Chek and K Shanmuga on Muslims in Malaysia 

Malaysian minority rights lawyers Daozhang Ng Chek and K Shanmuga explain legal problems faced by Malay Muslims who want to convert to other religions. Malaysia’s religious minorities include Hindus, Buddhists, Taoists, Sikhs, and Christians.  For more information contact Jared Ferrie, MRG's Asia Regional Information Officer, via the Contact page....

Christian and Sikh minorities in Pakistan 

A selection of images of Pakistan's religious minorities, photographed in 2009 by MRG's Jared Ferrie. The images include Christians in Mardan and Peshawar, and Sikhs at the Hassanabdal temple in Punjab province....

Pakistan's Christian Leader Buried In His Native Village 

On March 4, thousands of Christians and Muslims gathered in Khushpur, a Christian village in the Punjab province of Pakistan, at the funeral of late Shahbaz Bahtti. Young boys were beating their chests and women wailed in grief during the burial ceremony. Shahbaz Bhatti, Federal Minister for Minorities Affair, was killed by unknown assassins on March 2 in Islamabad. Bhatti, a Christian, was the...

Voices of Pakistani Christians and Sikhs 

 On March second, Pakistan minister for minorities, Shahbaz Bhatti, was gunned down in broad daylight in the capital Islamabad. It was a shockingly violent attack, but it was not necessarily a surprising one. Bhatti had been speaking out against the country’s blasphemy laws, which are meant to protect Islam, but have often been used to target religious minorities.    Attacks on religious minorities in Pakistan...

India: Dalit Christians in search for justice 

Christian and Muslim Dalits in India have long demanded for separate quotas that will help address their historical marginalisation in areas of education and employment. In February 2011, the Indian Supreme Court was scheduled to take up a Public Interest Litigation case on the issue of quotas. John Dayal, an Indian civil society activist campaigning on Dalit issues, comments on the status of the...

India: "Social activism is like “onion-peeling” - you successfully peel one layer, but then comes another one." 

Martin Macwan, an Indian lawyer and activist, is the founder of Navsarjan, a grassroots Dalit organisation, based in Gujarat state, India. Being a Dalit himself, he learnt the hard way as a child what caste discrimination means. Dalits, the former "untouchables" in pre-independence India, make up around 166 million of those living in the country, and together with other disadvantaged groups they make up...

Philippines: legal changes needed to address inequality of Muslim women 

This article discusses current initiatives in the Philippines to advocate for gender justice in laws and policies, especially in the Philippine Code of Muslim Personal Laws. Muslims in the Philippines bear at least one or more commonly, two minority identities: a national minority identity, which is the "Moro" and a religious minority identity being Muslims. Moros, in turn, are comprised as well of various...

India: Orissa Freedom of Religion Act 1967 is Anti-Minority  

“My religious conversion is not inspired by any material motive. This is hardly anything I cannot achieve even while remaining an Untouchable. There is no other feeling than that of a spiritual feeling underlying my religious conversion. Hinduism does not appeal to my conscience. My self-respect cannot assimilate Hinduism. In your case change of religion is imperative for worldly as well as spiritual ends....

India: Warrant issued for police officer who removed turban 

17 April 2011, Mohali, Panjab –A bailable warrant of arrest was issued yesterday against the concerned officer of Mohali Phase VIII Police Station for failing to attend court to report on a complaint filed by UNITED SIKHS concerning the removal of a turban of a Sikh youth by two Punjab Police officers last month.Judicial Magistrate First Class, Jaswinder Singh, said that the warrant is...

Vietnamese and Thai authorities blocked launch of human rights report 

The Vietnamese and Thai governments prevented a human rights report from being launched in Bangkok. Authorities in Thailand cancelled a press conference scheduled at a private venue, while human rights representatives were prevented from traveling to the Thai capital. The report, which accused Vietnam of violating the rights of groups including ethnic minorities, was complied by the Paris-based International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)...

Nepal: impunity for perpetrators of communal violence 

Nepal's government has failed to achieve justice for the victims of communal violence that exploded in 2007 in the Kapilvastu district. On June 2, human rights groups met to discuss their efforts to push the government to take action. The Kapilvastu Violence Victim Struggle Committee (KVVSC) reported that the organization was able to obtain official government reports on the violence that killed 13 people...

San Andres, Colombia - We stay with nothing 

Transcript of an interview with Ras Rolando, an artisan and tourist guide on the Colombian administered Caribbean island of San Andres.  The Colombian controlled Caribbean islands of San Andres and Providence are located some 500 miles from the South American coastline. In contrast, they are just 80 miles from the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua in Central America.After some 120 years of semi isolation and...

Young Journalist Award runner up: Street racing queen of Ramallah 

Minority Rights Group International, in March 2011, announced the winner of the Minority Voices Young Journalist Award - a prize for young professional and student journalists keen to cover issues affecting minorities and indigenous communities in developing countries.The three-member panel of judges, formed both from journalism and development experts, recognised the excellent level of the entries received. In particular the committee named five applicants...


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