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Botswana: Lentswe La Batswapong 

Lentswe La Batswapong is an organisation that represents the Batswapong minority group. Its main aims are to advance the aspirations and be the mouth piece of Batswapong in different spheres. The organisation aims to make the views of Batswapong known not only to the Government but to the world at large. The aims are:1. to show case the cultural aims of Batswapong 2....

Mbanderu Community in Botswana-Minority Voice 

The Ovambanderu Community in Botswana originated from Namibia and settled in Botswana in 1904 after there were displaced by the Germans who colonised Namibia. The Community is widely spread across Botswana with the majority of them residing in the North Western part of Botswana and symbolised by their unique attire. As a result of their migration from their native land and influence...

Malawi to celebrate World Mother Language Day 

Malawi will on 15th May this month celebrate World Mother Language Day to be held at Mzuzu Stadium. Briefing journalists on Monday, chairperson of the celebrations Ndabazake Thole said the celebration will help to encourage indigenous languages among the people. “We will also launch advocacy for promotion, development and use of indigenous languages in Malawi,” said Thole. He said the world...

Cambodia: An ancient language, and a people, face extinction 

Samrong Loeu Village, Southwestern CambodiaOnly a handful of S'aoch still speak their native language, mirroring the situation for indigenous peoples in Cambodia and throughout the world. Linguists warn that languages - and cultural diversity - are disappearing globally at an alarming rate.In this tiny village, only about 10 elderly members of the S'aoch indigenous minority still speak their language. Once they are gone, experts...

Cambodia: French linguist Jean-Michel Filippi talks about the ancient language of the S'aoch 

This is the second of two audio clips to accompany Jared Ferrie's story: An ancient language, and a people, face extinction in CambodiaIn this clip, French linguist Jean-Michel Filippi speaks about why the S'aoch are losing their language and culture, as well as the importance of preserving minority languages on a global scale.Click here to listen to the other audio clip, in...

Cambodia: A member of the S'aoch minority tells a story in his language 

This is the first of two audio clips to accompany Jared Ferrie's story: An ancient language, and a people, face extinction in CambodiaIn this clip Noi, a member of the S'aoch community, tells a story in his language, S'aoch, about a 19th century attack in which a Thai admiral captured S'aoch and took them as slaves. Jean-Michel Filippi translates.Click here to listen to the...

MRG Podcast: October 2010 

MRG is pleased to present our first podcast, which features interviews and music recorded by staff members as they go about their work in support of minorities and indigenous peoples around the world. October’s podcast includes:French linguist Jean-Michel Filippi speaking about why the S'aoch people of Cambodia are losing their language and culture.An interview in Spanish with Oswaldo Bilbao of the Peruvian organisation, Ethnic...

MRG Podcast: February 2011 

Welcome to the February 2011 podcast from Minority Rights Group International. This month we hear how indigenous communities in Cambodia are affected by development projects, learn about an innovative new way to tackle racism in the Dominican Republic and travel to Uganda, where minority language issues are illustrated through song....

"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...

San Andres, Colombia - We stay with nothing 

Transcript of an interview with Ras Rolando, an artisan and tourist guide on the Colombian administered Caribbean island of San Andres.  The Colombian controlled Caribbean islands of San Andres and Providence are located some 500 miles from the South American coastline. In contrast, they are just 80 miles from the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua in Central America.After some 120 years of semi isolation and...

Nepalese Minority Groups; Struggle for Identity & Representation 

Nepal has experienced a series of remarkable changes over the past few years as it has evolved from being a Hindu Kingdom with a Maoist insurgency to a secular Republic with a Maoist-led government. The people’s movement of April 2006, the November 2006 Comprehensive Peace Agreement to end the armed conflict, and the April 2008 Constituent Assembly election all marked critical steps towards the...

Sri Lanka: Discrimination against Tamils continues after the war  

Sri Lanka’s Tamil minority continues to suffer discrimination despite the defeat of the Tamil Tiger rebel group, activists say.Government forces in 2009 overwhelmed the Tamil Tigers, or the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE), ended a bloody war in which the rebel group fought to secure a separate state.Human rights activists and civil society groups say the end of the conflict has opened the...

Cambodia: Bilingual education offers opportunities to indigenous communities 

The Cambodian government has established Khmer language schools in the highland provinces of Rattanakiri, and Mondulkiri. However, minority people in these provinces are failing to gain a good education in the government system,
mostly because many of them do not understand Khmer, the national language and medium of instruction. This has resulted in successive generations growing up illiterate and unable to speak the national language....

Sri Lanka: laws fail to protect minorities 

The government of Sri Lanka ratified the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on 18th February 1982, and it entered into force on 20th March 1982. Upon ratifying the convention, national laws were imposed by the Sri Lankan government to enhance all citizens, including people belonging to minority groups. Unfortunately, legislation has done little to help the minorities, but instead has led...

Indigenous Chichewa dictionary launched in Malawi  

The Chichewa Dictionary has just been launched in Malawi.Chichewa, also known as Nyanja, is a Bantu spoken language. It is the national language of Malawi but is also an official language in several African countries including Zambia (mostly spoken in the Eastern Province, Lusaka), Mozambique and Zimbabwe.Chichewa is traceable from the Eastern Province of Zambia from the 15th century. In Zambia, Chewa is spoken...

Iran: Four Ahwazi Human Rights Activists Arrested for Organising Arabic Cultural Activities 

Five Arab teachers have been arrested in the city of Hamidiya Arabistan Al Ahwazi. Ali Qasim, Mohammed Jasim, Kadim Saadoun and Tariq Manshad have been arrested on Friday 4 October and charged with acting against national security and illegal gatherings. They were arrested after a raid on their homes by the security forces and transferred to Sepidar Quds prison in Ahwaz. No judicial...

Honduras: Preserving native Bay Island culture and involving youth on Roatan Island 

The Bay Islands, located approximately 40 miles off the coast of Honduras in Central America, are an Anglophone Caribbean enclave in a predominantly Spanish speaking region. Roatan, which is the largest island in the chain, is now a popular daily port of call for large holiday cruise ships.Honduras acquired sovereignty over the Bay Islands in 1860, however it was not until the rapid growth...

Ensuring minority rights in Nepal's new constitution 

These photos were taken by Support Nepal that had recently organized a regional training conference called 'Together for Rights' that focused on minority rights within the context of state restructuring in Nepal. The conference, held earlier this year in January, was held in seven places all around Nepal's five regions and included the participation of minority communities such as the Madeshi, Dalits, Mahilas, Janjatis...

Sudan: Urgent action - 20 year old Intisar Sharif Abdulla sentenced to death by stoning 

On April 22nd 2012, Judge Sami Ibrahim Shabo sentenced Intisar Sharif Abdulla, 20, a Nuba Muslim woman from South Kordofan, Sudan, to death by stoning. She was accused of having a relationship and becoming pregnant by a man who was not her husband.Initially, Intisar and her co-accused pleaded not guilty, however, after reportedly being beaten by her own brother, she later “admitted” to the...

Thailand: Documentary film - jungle dwelling indigenous community threatened by influx of 'outsiders' 

Mani 2.0 is a 25-minute documentary about an indigenous jungle dwelling community, the Mani, of Southern Thailand, who are now facing challenges and influences from the 'outside' world. Watch the film on YouTube:Part1:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXD0M3FhWKY&feature=g-upl Part2:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQJSg-pLgcQ&feature=relmfu...


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