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MRG Podcast: January 2012 

Welcome to MRG’s first podcast of 2012. This month we learn about the current plight of Kosovo’s Roma refugees who fled the ravages of the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s and listen to the sounds of Tuvan throat singing, a variant of overtone singing practiced by the Tuva people of the remote region of southern Siberia in the Russian Federation....

The global pandemic of environmental racism and corporate impunity 

By Chizom Ekeh Friday 3 March 2012The indigenous Uwa peoples of northern Colombia have threatened to commit collective suicide if multinational corporations get government permission to extract oil from their ancestral homelands.In resistance to government’s attempts to displace them from their territories, the Uwa have said they will continue to fight for a future that is not dependent on oil and gas.In a Youtube...

Russia: Reindeer herders seek deal with energy giants 

The Russian Federation is home to about 200 ethnic groups. Of these, 41 are legally recognized as “indigenous, small-numbered peoples of the North, Siberia, and the Far East”. This status is confined to groups numbering less than 50,000; maintaining a traditional way of life; inhabiting certain remote regions of Russia; and identifying themselves as a distinct ethnic community. Russia is the...

Russia: Coal smog settles over Siberia  

Kazas is one of six towns that make up Chauvashinsky National Village in Kemerovo Oblast, in south-west Siberia. The small-numbered indigenous Shor and Teluts make up the population of Kazas. There are only about 13,000 Shors in Russia, of which Kemerovo Oblast is home to the vast majority. They are mainly farmers and beekeepers but still practice traditional hunting, fishing and cedar nut harvestingThe...

Russia: Sakha protest mining rush in Siberia 

Sakha (or Yakut) are one of the largest native ethnic groups of Siberia.  With a population of over 400,000, the Sakha are considered too numerous to fit within the official Russian category of “indigenous”.  This status is confined to groups numbering less than 50,000; maintaining a traditional way of life; inhabiting certain remote regions of Russia; and identifying themselves as a distinct ethnic community. ...

Russia: Indigenous health care system in the remote areas of the north 

High prevalence of tuberculosis and other infectious diseases, particular problems with alcohol and mental health, and difficulties accessing health care are among the most pressing health problems facing indigenous peoples in Russia’s far north.There are few studies and little data on the health of indigenous peoples in the Russian Arctic, because these groups live in remote areas with few medical services. Considerable variation exists...

SWM 2014: The experience of Central Asian migrants in Moscow, Russia 

Case study by Anastasia DenisovaThis research is the result of an extended participatory research study between March and April 2014, undertaken by the Civic Assistance Committee and funded by MRG with support from CAFOD.Trapped in the margins – the challenges of being a migrant in RussiaRussia’s migrant population, comprising around 11 million people, is the second largest in the world. The majority are nationals...

SWM 2014: Photo story 

Hate crime towards minorities and indigenous peoples is a daily reality in many countries across the globe, says Minority Rights Group International (MRG) in its annual report, but is often ignored by authorities.The international organisation’s flagship report, State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2014, focuses on ‘Freedom from hate’ and presents compelling evidence showing that hate crime and hate speech are prevalent...

SWM 2015: Ukraine/Russian Federation - Deteriorating rights for Crimean Tatars under Russian rule 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Nataliya Novakova At the beginning of 2014, following the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, the government of Ukraine lost control over the peninsula. The subsequent transition to the legislation of the Russian Federation and the continued presence of unregulated paramilitary groups, known as samooborona, posed considerable threats to the local population, particularly for ethnic and religious...

Central Asia: Russian-speaking population is leaving due to terrorist threat growth 

Such a conclusion was made by the authors of the report “ISIS: threat for the Central Asia and Caspian region”. The report was based on the results of a long-term monitoring of the activities of the Islamist terroristic organizations in Central Asia and Caspian region carried out within the frameworks of the project entitled “Central Asia: evaluation of risks of the Caspian region security”....



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