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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...

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...

Sri Lankan women's groups demand road access for displaced people through famous nature reserve 

We, the undersigned call on the Government to take immediate action to prevent the destruction of the Wilpattu National Park, while continuing to provide access through the road from Puttalam to Mannar via the park. We believe that through taking corrective measures the Government can ensure that both issues are addressed in order to protect the rights of the expelled Northern Muslims and the...

State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2011 

Women from minority and indigenous communities are targeted for rape and other forms of sexual violence, torture and killings specifically because of their ethnic, religious or indigenous identity, Minority Rights Group International says in its 2011 annual report launched today. In the flagship annual publication, State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2011, MRG documents cases from across the world showing how...

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...

Sri Lanka: villagers denied right to return home 

During its push to defeat the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE), the government uprooted many communities, some of whom continue to be displaced even though the war ended in 2009. One of these communities is the coastal village of Sampur. Sampur was the initial target of the advancing government forces and the entire village was moved to Batticaloa. From Batticaloa they were...

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...

Sri Lanka: Women From The North And East Call For Real Peace, Justice And Accountability 

Released by the North East Women’s Network as part of the International Women’s Day Campaign (March 08th 2012)The end of the brutal 30 year old war brought with it a hope of reconciliation, peace, development and equality for all. However in the last three years the Sri Lankan State’s lack of commitment to these basic principles have left women in the North and East...

Sri Lanka: Arrest and abduction of human rights activist - No progress in investigations 

It's been nearly three years since Mr. Sinnvan Stephen Sunthararaj, Programme Manager of the Centre for Human Rights and Development (CHRD) was abducted by unknown gunmen in army uniforms in Colombo. Mr. Sunthararaj, who worked as Project Manager of the CHRD, was taken into custody by the Army near his office in Colombo on February 12, 2009, and handed over to the Kollupitiya...

The situation of Sri Lanka’s northern Tamils three years after the war 

‘I need not state afresh that this day – the 19th of May - is now a great historic day in our country. Today marks third celebration of victory of the nation under a single flag. It is the great victory that restored the honorable peace that our country had preserved through many centuries. Similarly, it is also the great victory that freed many...

Sri Lanka: The Price of Tea - campaign video supporting Tamil tea pickers 

Ceylon tea is a global brand and is one of the biggest income-earners for Sri Lanka. But an average tea-picker earns less in a day than the amount you pay for a cup of tea at your local café.Minority Rights Group International, Society for Threatened Peoples, The National Campaign on Dalit Rights, Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice, International...

Sri Lanka: Indian Tamils - A fertilizer for the economic well-being of the country 

'Before I go into my story I would like to give a brief introduction to myself. I am Subashini Selvaraj from Ratnapura District which is located in a beautiful hilly part of Sri Lanka. Originally I am an Indian Tamil girl who is unrecognized in the country with broken dreams and hopes. Thanks to God that I have got a chance to help my...

Sri Lanka: Improve protection for women migrant workers 

Today, on International Women’s Day 2013, Migrant Forum Lanka (MFL), a collective of local Sri Lankan civil society organizations, trade unions, researchers, lawyers and activists, takes the opportunity to underscore the importance of Sri Lankan women migrant workers and promote the protection of their human rights before, during and beyond the migration process. This year’s global theme of, “A promise is a...

Sri Lanka: Statement at 6th Session of the UN's Forum on Minority issues 

6th Session of the UN’s Forum on Minority Issues (26-27 November 2013) Madam Chair, Thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak. My name is Suhood Fasleem and I am speaking on behalf of the Muslim Community, a religious minority in minority who was forcibly expelled from Northern Province of Srilanka by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in 1990.One of the most...

Sri Lanka: Buddhist extremists attack innocent Muslims 

Warning - this post contains graphic and potentially disturbing imagesBudu Bala Sene and its supporters attacked innocent Muslims in some Muslims villages in the South of Sri Lanka today (15-6-14). Buddhist extremists’ movement Budu Bala Sene had its demonstration against Muslims today in Aluthgama town. The following the demonstration they had a meeting. The general secretary of BBS spoke with his vulgar tones and...

Sri Lanka: The Forgotten People: 24 years of Forcible Eviction of Northern Muslims 

Over 75 Muslims expelled from their native districts of Northern Sri Lanka by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) within a short period of time in October 1990 have still been living in a state of protracted displacement out of the Northern Province for the past 24 years.The minority Muslim community comprises about 8 percent of the country’s population of 20.2 million, according...

Sri Lanka: Condemning Attacks on Muslim Minority 

 The government is accountable for attacks on Muslims in SrilankaJaffna Muslim Community International  Jaffna Muslim Community International (JMC-I) strongly condemns the recent violence against Muslims in Ampara-Srilanka in the morning on 27.02.2018 and urged the government to uphold minority rights and freedom of religion.In 2014, three Muslims were killed in riots stirred up by hardline groups. President Sirisena was elected the following year after...



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