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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...

Bangladesh: Government closes down project for human rights defenders 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in July 2010.In this recording: Sazzad Hussain from Odhikar tells us how the government of Bangladesh tried to close down their project on training human rights defenders. In the framework of this project, parliamentarians, jail authorities, heads of district administration and police, lawyers, local journalists and members of NGOs and civil society...

Kenya&EU: Maasai activist compares financing procedures of USAID and EC funds 

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 compares the financing procedures of the USAID and the EC funds.ContactFor...

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...

Kenya&EU: Maasai activits and EC representative discuss EC 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording: This is an excerpt from the plenary ‘Liaison between the civil society of developing countries and the European Commission’. 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...

EU: Farah Mihlar discusses what difficulties minorities and indigenous peoples face when doing advocacy 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording:MRG’s Farah Mihlar is talking about what difficulties minorities and indigenous peoples face when doing advocacy: minorities live far away from the cities where EU in-country delegations are settled, their capacity is lower compared to national organisations and moreover, their life can be threatened in conflict areas if...

Pakistan: Small ideas brought benefit to poorer communities in Pakistan 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording:Development consultant Samia Khan is talking about the power of human action and self-initiative which are rooted within all communities. Besides knocking on the door of governments and making them accountable, she highlights the importance of realising small ideas which can bring benefit to the people provided there...

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...

EU: EC representative discusses the role of EC delegations on the ground 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording:This is an excerpt from the plenary ‘Liaison between the civil society of developing countries and the European Commission’. Pieter Bangma, the Civil Society and NGO Liaison Officer from the DG Dev of the European Commission gives an insight into his work with special regards to the role...

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...

Kenya: A visit to Maasai Mara 

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

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....

EU: New member states of the EU need to open up to developing countries 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording:DemNet’s policy officer Brigitta Jaksa is talking about the specificities of new member states’ development policies, in particular, that of Hungary. She is listing difficulties of new member states when it comes to implementing development programmes in the developing countries in Africa, Asia or Latin America....

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...

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...

India: Raising awareness about India’s Prevention of Atrocities Act among Dalits is a key issue to give meaning to the law 

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 introducing India’s Prevention of Atrocities Act specific for scheduled castes and scheduled tribes. Based on this act, any person who is verbally or physically attacked or their property is stolen because of their belonging to any of the scheduled castes or scheduled...

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...

Human Rights Day Celebration in Ndugulu, Kenya 

Last December, members of Kenya's Ogiek community gathered in the village of Ndugulu to celebrate and commemorate Human Rights Day.  Human Rights Day falls on 10 December and marks the anniversary of the UN General Assembly's adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Thousands of Ogiek attended the event, which included speeches and the distribution of Ogiek-language literatrure about the Universal...


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