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Hungary: Bódvalenke Fresco Village – a marginalised village turned into a touristic sight 

This film is a product of Cicsero, the Independent Roma News Agency of Cserehát run by local Roma people in Hungary. The current report is about Bódvalenke, Hungary which has become known as a Fresco Village. A village in the most marginalised region of the country has been turned into a touristic sight by a group of activists and Roma painters. The film was...

40 Years Protecting Minorities 

On Thursday 11th February 2010 MRG celebrated its 40 year anniversary with an exciting literary event at Foyles in London. Distinguished authors Roma Tearne and Louise Doughty reflected on how minority issues have informed or affected their lives and work. The event was chaired brilliantly by BBC Special News Correspondent Razia Iqbal. MRG was founded on the belief that minorities should be represented...

Meet the Activists: Esther Somoire 

MRG’s Web and Production Editor, Kristen Harrison, met Esther Somoire at the Minority Voices Training in Botswana. Esther is the founder of Centre for Indigenous Women and Children (CIWOCH), a community-based organisation working primarily with the Maasai communities of Southern Kenya. The Maasai are a pastoralist people with a strong and vibrant culture. As nomadic people, most Maasai move from place to...

Hungary: Rap in Halmaj 

The reporters of Cicsero took a trip down to Halmaj and they had a conservation with a talented young man who spends his spare time with rapping, and already got noticed in a talent scouting competition.Barnabás Filep, 28, has been living here for six years. Currently he is unemployed, but occasionally he works for the local government. Unfortunately he did not have a chance...

Hungary: Cicsero - the story of a Roma news agency 

 Cicsero.net began its activity in October 2008 in Cserehát, which is a small and marginalised region in the North-East part of Hungary. Cicsero’s mission is to provide written and audio-visual news about issues related to the Roma minority living in Cserehát and to show the local and minority angle. This video gives you an insight into the very start of the project. You can...

Kenya&EU: Maasai activist says access is limited to EC delegations in Kenya 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording:Esther Somoire, executive director of CIWOCH, an organisation representing the interests of the Maasai community gives the perspective of a community-based organisation in Kenya when it comes to relations with the European Commission. In this excerpt, she brings up an example from Kenya about the mismanagement of an...

EU: Minority Voices - a community-based media initiative 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording:MRG’s Mohamed Matovu and Vanessa Ntekola Chandapiwa (RETENG) give an insight into the methodology of the Minority Voices Programme, a community-based media programme targeting the EU media. MRG’s Emma Eastwood adds that this is a ‘training for trainers’ programme as well, therefore modules can be passed on to...

Interviews with Activists: Ann Sintoyia Tome and Mariamu Ntausian Lekisemon on right to education of Maasai girls in Kenya 

Ann Sintoyia Tome of the Samburu Women for Education & Environment Development Organisation and Mariamu Ntausian Lekisemon of the Rural Women Development Network speak about the difficulties girls in the Maasai community face. Ann explains that Maasai women are discriminated from outside of their communities and from within their communities. In this clip the two Maasai activists describe the lifestyle of young Maasai girls...

Interviews with Activists: Rorian Cherono on the Ogiek of Kenya 

Rorian Cherono is the first woman from the Ogiek community to graduate from university. The Ogiek are a hunter gatherer community living mostly around the Mao forest in Kenya. Here Cherono discusses the obstacles children from the Ogiek community have in accessing education. In the concluding part of this clip, Cherono speaks of how she was motivated to continue her education and what having...

Kenya: A visit to Maasai Mara 

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India: Affirmative action is needed to improve schooling and employment opportunities for Dalits 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording:One World Action’s Tara Brace-John is emphasising the need for disaggregated data on the enrolment of Dalit children in schools in South Asia. EU companies based in the region should also be aware that groups such the Dalits need special attention and foreign business actors need to take...

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...

Malaysia: Possible crackdown on marginalised Indians 

To: Governments, United Nations, International NGOsUrgent Request to Government of Malaysia on the Crackdown and possible violence by United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) sponsored underworld “3 Line”, Pekida and Extremist Perkasa on Human Rights AdvocatesDear Sir/Madam,I write to you with the utmost urgency for your attention on the above matter.HINDRAF is a Human Rights organisation that advocates the rights of the marginalized Indian community...

Canada: Interview with Chief Wilton Littlechild 

Interview with Chief Wilton Littlechild - Member of Canada's Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission.Photo courtesy of Neeta Lind"We are still marginalized. The poverty for example  of indigenous children is on the rise.  The taking away of the child is still going on. We still fill the prisons, .... I went to an institution for young offenders and 100 percent of the inmates were...

"There is nothing like a Zimbabwean culture. There are Zimbabwean cultures." 

Kucaca Phulu visited Budapest on the 28th February, as a delegate of the Zimbabwe Europe Network. Also stopping by in Geneva and Brussels, as part of its European-wide advocacy tour, the network aimed to ensure that progressive policies and actions were taken by the European Union concerning Zimbabwe. Phulu is the president of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association and a member of the country's...

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...

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...

Minorities speak at the UN: India 

H. Benjamin Mate, of the Indo-Myanmar Tribal Development Association, spoke at the UN Forum on Minority Issues. He described the condition of Kuki people in India and Burma: alienated  and expropriated of their identity and rights.To read his full statement, click here.“These regions have been often described as India’s biggest zoo by the mainland Indian. The basic necessities such as safe drinking water, sanitation,...

Young Journalist Award runner up:The Ghosts Without Pigment 

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...

Thailand: Education desperately needed for migrant and stateless children 

Thailand has accepted less than 16% of registered migrant children into its education system, according to the Foundation for Rural Youth (FRY). In Bangkok, the situation is particularly critical with less than 4% of migrant children enrolled in registered schools, says FRY, which is working to increase registration of migrant children in Thai schools.Since 1984, there has been mass migration of people from Burma...


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