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Conservation and Sustainable Development at Krast area in Kien Luong District 

From October 7th- 8th 2009, Center for Biodiversity and Development (CBD) coordinated with People Committee in 4 communes in towns including Binh An, Duong Hoa, Binh Tri and Kien Luong to organize the community workshop “Conservation and Sustainable Development at Krast area in Kien Luong district” in Kien Luong district, Kien Giang province of Mekong Delta, Vietnam. This workshop was funded by the...

Himalayan glacier melt will affect 1.3 billion people: scientists 

As a result of global warming, glaciers that feed 10 major Asian rivers are melting at an astounding rate. Minorities in the mountains of Nepal are among the first to feel the impact as changing weather patterns and shifting growing seasons threaten food supplies.  Wangal Tamang sits outside his stone house with his wife, Mendo, and some of his 10...

A scientist discusses glacial retreat in the Himalayas 

This is one of two audio recordings about the effects of glacial melt. In this clip Samjwal Bajracharya, a scientist at the ICIMOD, discusses the effects of glacial retreat in the Himalayas. The ICIMOD team have been collecting data that supports the claim that real physical effects can now be felt from climate change in the Himalayas. Read more about the research...

Nepal: A farmer discusses the effects of glacial melt in the Himalayas 

This is the second of two interviews about the effects of glacial melt.In this recording, farmer Wangal Tamang (voice 1, with translation) says he can no longer grow enough food to feed his family. Lakpa Tamang (voice 2) says the water has become warmer over the past 20 years. The clip ends with sound of women and children pounding and sifting...

Cambodia: Evictions from around the Boeung Kak Lake 

MRG’s Carl Soderbergh and Vuthy Eang (Bridges across Borders) talk about the eviction of more than 1 000 families in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Peoples including the Muslim Cham minorities had been living around a lake called the Boeung Kak Lake in the centre of town until the government granted a 99 years lease to a corporation to use the land for commercial purposes. The...

EU: We report back - Minorities and Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on EU Development Policies 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording:MRG’s Carl Soderbergh summarises the main thoughts and conclusions of the first day of the conference. In the first session Pieter Bangma (EC, DG Dev), Esther Somoire (CIWOCH) and Sazzad Hussein (Odhikar) were discussing relations between the EC and the civil society of developing countries. The second session...

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....

A Journey to Imja Lake: Climate change in the land of the Sherpa  

A film by Anna Colom, for Minority Rights Group InternationalIn the Everest region of Nepal, the Sherpa people are already facing the harsh impact of climate change in the Himalayas. Changes in snow and rainfall patterns are affecting food production and communities face an ever present threat of flooding. A Journey to Imja Lake tells this story by taking us on a winding path...

Kenya: Endorois activist says women's rights need to be fulfilled 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording:Endorois Welfare Council leader Wilson Kipkazi is sharing thoughts about the backward situation of women in his community. Endorois women face problems such as the female genital mutilation (FGM), early marriage, domestic violence or rape. Kipkazi is saying empowerment of women is more important than ever to improve...

Peru: Addressing the needs of marginalized communities in policy formulation and programming  

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording: This is a longer discussion on poverty reduction strategies with special regards to the needs of marginalized communities in policy formulation and programming. Development consultant Samia Khan gives a substantial explanation on the progress of development policies and the strategy to poverty reduction with regards to...

Uganda: Climate change worsening food insecurity in Karamoja 

Karamoja is changing. One thing responsible for this change is rain. It is mostly less or when available, too much. Its pattern no longer predictable. And above all the temperature is rising. MRG’s Africa Regional Information Officer, Mohammed Matovu, analyses how the community is coping.Akong Morris is a pastoralist and pastoralist life is all he knows. He leaves in a manyata (small homestead) with...

Sri Lankan women's groups demand road access for displaced people through famous nature reserve 

We, the undersigned call on the Government to take immediate action to prevent the destruction of the Wilpattu National Park, while continuing to provide access through the road from Puttalam to Mannar via the park. We believe that through taking corrective measures the Government can ensure that both issues are addressed in order to protect the rights of the expelled Northern Muslims and the...

Young Journalist Award runner up: A grassroots revolution 

Minority Rights Group International, in March 2011, announced the winner of the Minority Voices Young Journalist Award - a prize for young professionals 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...

Current drought severely affects minority communities in East and Horn of Africa 

The East and Horn of Africa, which includes Somalia, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Kenya and Uganda, is facing severe drought. Unfortunately this is not ‘new’ news because droughts recur at least once a year in this region. What makes this drought peculiar, according to the United States’ Famine Early Warning Systems Network, is that it is the worst in 50 years The scale of this...

Pakistan’s Dalits denied flood relief because of caste discrimination 

Desperately needed shelter and relief items are not reaching hundreds of thousands of Dalits who are left homeless after the severe flooding in Pakistan’s Sindh province. Dalits are being discriminated against because their caste relegates them to the bottom of the social order in Pakistan and ‘untouchability practices’ exclude them from sharing the same shelters as other members of society. The President of...

Injustices with minorities in flood relief in Pakistan 

Scheduled castes women complaints over relief http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/09/complaint-over-relief.html Rain victims complain of rotten food http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/02/rain-victims-complain-of-rotten-food.html 2 women raped in relief camp http://pakistancriminalrecords.com/2011/10/01/umerkot-2-women-raped-in-relief-camp/ http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/01/two-women-raped-in-relief-camp.html http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2011/10/top-student-gang-raped-in-shahkot/?printType=article More stories about relief discrimination http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=71771&Cat=4...

New report: Urgent measures needed to protect all ethnic groups after recent South Sudan attacks, MRG 

Minority Rights Group International (MRG) condemns the recent attacks between the Lou Nuer and Murle communities in Pibor, Jonglei state, South Sudan, and calls on the government to take immediate steps to protect civilians from all ethnic groups. In the long term, the government must also address the root causes of violence among minority communities through political representation, disarmament and equitable distribution of natural...

New Report: Inter-community conflict in Jonglei State, South Sudan 

This report, by the Boma Development Initiative (an organisation working on peace-building and development in Jonglei State) in partnership with Minority Rights Group International, discusses climate change and inter-community conflict over natural resources in Jonglei State, South Sudan, resulting in displacement, food insecurity and livelihood maladaptation. ...

Namibia: Indigenous groups' long road to claim their rights 

Two indigenous groups have stood up to the powers that be in Namibia to claim their rights. In two separate declarations, the Himba and Zemba ethnic groups made plain their demands to government.Phil ya Nangoloh, a human rights defender and Executive Director of NamRights, a Namibian human rights organization, explained to MRG how a hitherto powerless and voiceless people took their advocacy to the...

New - full version of MRG documentary : A Journey to Imja Lake - Climate Change in the land of the Sherpa 

This 30 minute film, commissioned by MRG in 2010, and directed and produced by Anna Colom, is now available for the first time on MRG's YouTube channel.The documentary tells the story of the Sherpa people in the Everest region of Nepal, who are already experiencing the effects of climate change in the Himalayas: from the changes on the mountains, their spiritual gods, to the impact...


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