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Colombia: Ruta Pacífica rechaza acciones guerreristas contra organizaciones de mujeres y defensoras de Derechos Humanos 

Las intimidaciones provienen de las Águilas Negras, grupo al margen de la ley que declara objetivo militar a movimientos y ciudadanos que, según sus argumentos, obstaculizan las políticas del Gobierno Nacional. Amenazas son dirigidas a lideresas y organizaciones de mujeres, especialmente indígenas, afrodescendientes y de población desplazada. Bogotá, 24 de mayo de 2010. – Ante el incremento de las amenazas...

Cambodia: Khmer Rouge leaders charged with genocide against minorities 

Among other crimes, former members of the Khmer Rouge’s ruling clique are facing charges of genocide for the regime’s alleged targeting of minorities.In September, the Co-Investigating Judges at an international tribunal issued a Closing Order in the case of four former Khmer Rouge leaders. The Closing Order lays out the final case against four of leaders of the regime that killed at least 1.7...

Asia: Farah Mihlar and Samia Khan discuss conflicting interests within minority communities 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in July 2010.In this recording: MRG’s Farah Mihlar is sharing thoughts about the uniqueness of minorities and indigenous peoples. Unless these cultural attributes and their close ties with nature are not taken into consideration when doing development work, it can have a detrimental effect to the communities. She brings up a school...

Traditional methods a useful tool for conflict resolution in Africa. 

Many African states are faced with long-standing armed conflicts. According to a ranking compiled by Minority Rights Group International in 2010, more than half of the top 20 countries in the world, where people are most under threat were in Africa. Many of these conflicts make headline news for various reasons, including the level of violence and the inter-state links. There are, however, several...

Activists call for end to violence against the world’s ‘untouchable’ women 

On the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25th of November, Dalit women activists are urging the world to pay attention to the plight of women subjected to horrific acts of violence because of their caste and gender. While the world is busy praising India’s booming economy and status as ‘the world’s biggest democracy’, Dalit women are subjected...

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: 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: 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...

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...

MEPs: The EU must act now to help end one of the biggest human rights issues in the world  

PRESS RELEASE from The International Dalit Solidarity Network Brussels, March 1, 2011 (IDSN) --- MEPs stated that EU action must be taken to help end caste discrimination, affecting 260 million people worldwide. The statements came during a hearing on caste discrimination in South Asia, at the European Parliament Monday afternoon. This was also the message delivered by Dalit rights advocators at the hearing, who...

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...

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...

Pakistan's Christian Leader Buried In His Native Village 

On March 4, thousands of Christians and Muslims gathered in Khushpur, a Christian village in the Punjab province of Pakistan, at the funeral of late Shahbaz Bahtti. Young boys were beating their chests and women wailed in grief during the burial ceremony. Shahbaz Bhatti, Federal Minister for Minorities Affair, was killed by unknown assassins on March 2 in Islamabad. Bhatti, a Christian, was the...

Oromo Refugees trapped in Libya with nowhere to turn 

Photo: Oromo women in Harar, Ethiopia. Credit: CharlesFred  More than 230 Oromo people, including pregnant women, young children and elderly people are trapped in Benghazi with time running out to save their lives. Many of these Oromo refugees, who fled Ethiopia due to political and ethnic persecution are not able to leave their homes, have minimal access to food and other basic supplies, and are...

"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...

Voices of Pakistani Christians and Sikhs 

 On March second, Pakistan minister for minorities, Shahbaz Bhatti, was gunned down in broad daylight in the capital Islamabad. It was a shockingly violent attack, but it was not necessarily a surprising one. Bhatti had been speaking out against the country’s blasphemy laws, which are meant to protect Islam, but have often been used to target religious minorities.    Attacks on religious minorities in Pakistan...

Young Journalist Award runner up: Human rights repression in Western Sahara 

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...

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...

Nepal: impunity for perpetrators of communal violence 

Nepal's government has failed to achieve justice for the victims of communal violence that exploded in 2007 in the Kapilvastu district. On June 2, human rights groups met to discuss their efforts to push the government to take action. The Kapilvastu Violence Victim Struggle Committee (KVVSC) reported that the organization was able to obtain official government reports on the violence that killed 13 people...


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