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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...

MRG Podcast: March 2011 

Welcome to the March 2011 podcast from Minority Rights Group International. This month we hear about how minorities are affected by the exploitation of natural resources in their communities, learn about how Dalit children are disadvantaged at school by caste discrimination in India and travel to the Balkans to listen to a rousing Romani brass band.Narrator’s transcript: The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization joined forces...

Belize: SATIIM's Oil Summit 

On Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th March the Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management held a district summit. It was a huge success with an excellent turn out from indigenous and local community leaders across the district, as well as representatives from numerous local and national organizations. The decision was made to make a united stand and a People's Position Statement was collaboratively written...

Philippines' indigenous groups protest mining exploration on ancestral lands 

Indigenous peoples alliance, Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) expresses alarm over Royalco Mining Company’s mining exploration in ancestral lands in Bakun, Benguet. “It portrays how mining TNCs, conspiring with government agencies, violate indigenous people’s rights to self-determination,” KAMP spokesperson, Piya Macliing Malayao said. Bakun is ancestral lands of Kankana-ey and Ibaloi Igorot people. The group said it exposes the deception of...

Colombia: Community Councils bring real and lasting benefits for african descendants 

Improving the quality of life of Afro Colombian communities in the zones that they have occupied ancestrally depends on effective mobilization by the social organizations that represent them, such as Community Councils.  Community Councils generate processes related to the institution of long term policies, programmes and public projects and also facilitate the presentation of demands, interests and necessities, including protecting their territories from dispossession. ...

Colombia: Strengthening Afro-descendant Community Councils, part I 

This video is one of the products of the project: " Strengthening Community Councils Through Their Rights"  supported by USAID and TEP and carried out with the community councils of the Cauca Basin of the Pacific zone of Colombia. It was  produced in the Municipality of López de Micay with the Association de Colonias Micaysenas, a second level organization consisting of five community councils...

Colombia: Strengthening Afro-descendant Community Councils, part II 

Afro-Colombian Community Councils generate processes related to the institution of long term  policies, programmes and public projects and also facilitate the presentation of the demands, interests and necessities of their communitiesThis video is part of an internationally funded project which seeks to reaffirm the identity of the inhabitants of the territory of the Pacific Region and to strengthen ethno-territorial development and government through Community...

Bangladeshi government blocks EU-funded anti-torture project 

The Bangladeshi government is blocking an EU-funded program aimed at stopping torture, according to Odhikar, a human rights group. Odhikar has become the victim of numerous acts of harassment by the government agencies. The NGO Affairs Bureau (NGOAB), under the Prime Minister’s Office, has kept pending its approval and fund clearance of Odhikar’s project for more than 6 months when this process should not...

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...

Philippines: indigenous peoples, environmentalists ejected from mining conference 

A group of indigenous peoples and environment activists staged protest at the Sofitel Plaza Hotel in Pasay City where a conference of mining investors was being held. Members of the Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) and Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment led the protest. The protesters were ‘pushed out’ of the hotel lobby by security. The hotel security forcibly took...

Philippines: indigenous activist killed in the latest of a series of deadly attacks 

An indigenous activist has been shot and killed by masked, motorcycle-riding attackers, according to an indigenous peoples’ organization. Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) condemned the slaying of Rabenio Sungit, an indigenous Palaw’an leader. Sungit was shot twice with a .45 caliber pistol at a public market in Quezon Municipality, Palawan, on September 5. He was the ninth indigenous activist to be...

Colombia: Land rights defenders remain under threat  

Spanish language interview with Afro-Colombian lawyer Rosalba Castillo, representative of the Colombian rights federation Afroamerica 21, which is an accredited member of the the civil society consultative group of the Organization of American States. Among the themes discussed are ongoing state neglect and marginalization of Afro-Colombian populations, and the disposession of communally titled Afro-Colombian ancestral lands by armed groups who occupy the territories (which...

Cameroon: Mbororos petition government over delay to implement commission findings  

In 2003, after 17 years of campaigning by the Mbororo people, the office of the president of Cameroon ordered an Investigation into the human rights abuses of Baba Ahmadou Danpullo, which found gross human rights abuses. The inter-ministerial commission, known as The Jani Commission, on the conflict between the Mbororo Community and Baba Ahmadou Danpullo was created under Ref. No. 1621/SG/PR of 27th February...

Philippines: Lumad village suffers third forced evacuation in 5 months 

Indigenous villagers are bearing the brunt of continued clashes between the Philippine military and a leftist rebel group in Mindanao, rights groups say. Renewed clashes this month have forced civilians in one village in Agusan del Norte province to flee their homes for the third time in five months. Residents in Agusan del Norte’s Bangayan village fled fighting last week, which saw weapons fired...

Nuevo documental de MRG y Hollman Morris: El Oro para Suárez - Mineros afrocolombianos defendiendo sus raíces 

Una producción de Minority Rights Group International y dirigida por el aclamado director de cine colombiano Hollman Morris. La minería artesanal ha sido llevada a cabo en Cauca, Colombia por Afrocolombianos desde los tiempos de sus antepasados, los cuales se establecieron en esta zona del país desde el 1637. En la actualidad los descendientes de los mineros siguen picando la piedra roja en busca de...

New documentary from MRG and Hollman Morris: Suárez Gold: Afro-Colombian miners defending their heritage 

Afro-Colombians have been carrying out small-scale mining in Colombia’s Cauca region since their ancestors settled there in 1637. Today their descendants continue to chip away at the red earth in search of gold, seeing it not only as a means for earning a modest living, but also as an activity deeply linked to their culture.Between 2002 and 2010, Colombia’s government gave out 7,500 mining...

Cambodia: Indigenous women face pressure at the forefront of land rights advocacy 

Women, including those from indigenous communities, are increasingly finding themselves on the frontline in advocating for their rights in the face of Cambodia's simmering problem of land disputes.A new report from Amnesty International released this week looks at how women in the Southeast Asian country are fighting against controversial land evictions. But this more prominent role has in turn placed them at greater risk...

Cameroon: violent repression against the Mbororo 

This video shows the violent repression against the minority Mbororo community....

Colombia: Un poema sobre la solidaridad entre los pueblos 

En Diciembre 2011 se estreno en Madrid, España, el nuevo documental de MRG y Hollman Morris El Oro para Suarez - Mineros afrocolombianos defendiendo sus raíces. En la ronda de preguntas después de la presentación del documental participo Rosaliano Riascos Rodriguez, de la Asociación de Afrodescendientes Desplazados (AFRODES) de Colombia. En estos momentos Rosaliano se encuentra en exilio en España debido a las amenazas...

Philippines: Indigenous peoples condemn military harassment of UP students 

Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) condemned the harassment done against University of the Philippines students and four Ayta minors in a remote Ayta community in Porac, Pampanga by members of the Philippine Army. “We vehemently condemn the harassment done against UP students by military personnel. This abrasive and violent attitude towards visitors to our communities is offensive to our people,...


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