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Interviews with Activists: Paul Oleyo Longony on the implications of Sudan's referendum for minorities 

Sudan will face a historic referendum on 9 January 2011 to determine if the south of the country will be separated from the north. Paul Oleyo Longony, Executive Director of Boma Development Initiative is based in Jonglei state in southern Sudan where there are several minority communities. Here Paul given up date on the latest situation in southern Sudan. He also explains the concerns...

Kenya: A visit to Maasai Mara 

Contact For more information contact Mohamed Matovu, MRG's Africa Regional Information Officer, via the Contact page....

Kenya: MRG condemns targeted attacks on Ogiek activists 

Minority Rights Group International (MRG) condemns the recent attack on two activists from the Ogiek community in Ngongogeri, Rift Valley Province in Kenya, and calls on the police and judicial authorities to conduct a full and impartial investigation into the incident.James Rana, 38, an Ogiek land rights activist, was brutally attacked by assailants on Sunday night at his home in Ngongogeri. According to the...

Afro descendant in the Americas: A Struggle for Recognition 

African descendants in the Americas: A Struggle for RecognitionThe United Nations and the Organization of American States has decreed 2011 to be the Year of African descendants.There are over 150 million people of African descent in Latin America and the Caribbean   with the largest numbers concentrated in Brazil, Colombia and VenezuelaAfrican descendant peoples in the region, display consistent realities and are affected by currents...

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...

Young Journalist Award runner up: Respect Wanted: Domestic Workers in Bolivia 

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...

Argentina: 2010 Census - Successful or not? 

Afro-Argentinian reaction to latest census exercise.For the first time since 1895 the Argentina national census of 2010 took measures to include a count of people of African descent.  In October the many thousands of census-workers who fanned out across every province were supposed to collect data on the number of people in the country including those who self-identify as Indigenous people  and African descendant....

Interviews with activists: Sidney Francis, President of the Central American Black Organization  

The 41st regular session of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) was held from June 5th to 7th 2011, in the Central American country of El Salvador.  A number of civil society organizations (CSOs) that were approved by the OAS Permanent Council, received  official invitations under the accreditation of "Special Guest" .These included CSOs from the Americas that represented women,...

Nepal: Dalits hope their true numbers will be revealed in census 

Dalits in Nepal are hoping their numbers will be accurately reflected in the 2011 census after civil society groups carried out a public education campaign. Previous figures show that Dalits make up for 13 percent of Nepal’s population. But civil society groups have long claimed this figure is inaccurate. They claim that Dalits may account for more than 20 percent. ...

Kenya: Justice for Indigenous Peoples - The Endorois Case 

The Endorois, a semi-nomadic people, had for centuries herded their cattle and goats around Lake Bogoria in the Rift Valley, Kenya. In the 1970’s they were evicted from their traditional lands to create a nature reserve intended as a tourist attraction.The creation of the reserve deprived the Endorois of access to grazing lands and ultimately consigned them to lives of poverty and deprivation.  However,...

Argentina: Radio programme on the Barlovento Group 

Indoafroamerica is a weekly radio program dedicated to minority rights produced by Argentina rights organization Casa Indo-Afro-Americana, which has been on the air for more than a decade on Radio Nacional Santa Fe. Some programs are now being made available on line as a collection of podcasts.The program is about the Barlovento Group, an emerging branch of the global African philosophical tradition, established in...

Argentina: Programa Radial sobre la Legitimización de las tierras Mocovies 

Entrevista vía telefónica con Manuel Troncoso explicando el proceso de legitimización de tierras de la comunidad de Mocovíes en Argentina. Los mocovíes (o moqoit) son un grupo étnico desprendido del conjunto llamado guaycurú ( "guaykurú" denominación insultante que daban los guaraníes a las etnias pámpidas del Gran Chaco).Los desafíos que enfrentan este grupo indígena en el reconocimiento de sus derechos ancestrales a la tierra,...

Argentina: Radio Programme on African-descendant self-recognition in the Americas 

Indoafroamerica is a weekly radio program dedicated to minority rights produced by Argentina rights organization and MRG partner Casa de la Cultura Indo-Afro-Americana, which has been on the air for more than a decade on Radio Nacional de Santa Fe.This episode, Program 393: Autoreconocimiento Afrodescendiente, focuses on Afro-descendants' need for self recognition of their ancestral origins as a means of dealing with social alienation...

Panama: Afropanamanian Newsletter October 2011 

Monthly newsletter produced by members of Afro-Panamanian community aimed at rescuing values, customs and cultural traditions and highlighting notable individuals to serve as examples for young readers....

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...

Kenya passes anti-FGM law, will it stop the Cut? 

MRG’s Africa Regional Information Officer, Mohamed Matovu, probes the success of the anti-FGM law that Kenya and several other African countries have passed.Kenya recently passed a law outlawing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), joining a small but growing list of African countries that have criminalized the cut.Those who practice, cause to practice or make snide remarks to those who don’t undergo the cut will from...

Dominican Republic: Marginalized, harrassed and criminalized 

Spanish language interview with Chandai Estevez of the Dominican Republic, a member of the youth organization Afro-Alianza Dominicana and Executive Secretary of the Circulo de Juventud Afro de las Americas (Circle of Afrodescendant Youth of the Americas)Among the themes covered are age discrimination, youth policy and participation and a particular concern with the racial profiling, police violence, harrasment, extra-judicial killings and  criminalization of regional...

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: 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...


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