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Iraqi Refugees in Sweden: A Yazidi Activist Speaks 

Since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, minority communities, some of whom have lived in the country for more than two millennia, have faced targeted persecution including kidnapping, rape, murder and destruction of homes and businesses, because of their ethnic and religious identities. They form a disproportionate amount of those who have fled to neighbouring countries in Jordan and Syria, and those who...

Iraqi Refugees in Sweden: A Mandaean Priest Speaks  

One of five hard-hitting short films featuring interviews with Iraqi asylum seekers and refugees from minority communities including Mandaeans, Yazidis and Assyrian Christians, made by independent filmmaker Ben Crowe (www.erafilms.co.uk) and MRG in Sweden, August 2008.The films were shot in conjunction with research interviews that took place for the MRG report "Uncertain Refuge, Dangerous Return: Iraq's Uprooted Minorities" (launched 24th September 2009).About the films:Since...

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...

Syria/Iraq: Toward the end of Syriac Christians? 

In this media statement, the European Syriac Union (ESU) highlights the severe pressures faced by Syriac Christians in the Middle East throughout years of conflict. From the Iraq war to the uprising in Syria, Syriacs, also known as Chaldean-Assyrians, have been the victims of policies targeted at vulnerable ethnic and religious groups. The ESU states that the Syrian uprising has cost thousands of lives,...

Iraq: Christian remembers brutal attack on Baghdad church 

On October 31 2010, the church of Our Lady of Salvation in Baghdad was attacked by gunmen, who proceeded to take worshippers celebrating a Syriac Catholic mass hostage.Security forces stormed the church in an attempt to free the hostages. 50 people were killed, with many more wounded, including Louis Climis, a member of MRG partner organisation, the Iraqi Minorities Council, and his son.To commemorate...

Iraq: Violence against minority women is rife and poorly addressed 

According to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) reporting to the UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on Iraq in 2010, women from minorities are ‘the most vulnerable section of Iraqi society’. Their minority status and gender identity put them at particular risk in a female population that is already experiencing great trauma.Violence against women in Iraq has been an increasing problem since the conflict...

Iraq/Kuwait: Kuwaiti family faces discrimination  

I'm an Iraqi, belonging to the Naphtali tribe, but was born in Kuwait and have lived here since 1956. I have no human rights at all and have had no right to travel out of the country since 1990.I am a 32 year old woman who has no right to marry and have her own family. My brother was killed by the Kuwait government...

Iraq: MRG's Head of Conflict Prevention speaks on situation of ethnic minorities and religious groups at the European Parliament  

MRG's Head of Conflict Prevention, Chris Chapman, will be addressing a hearing on 20 June hosted by the Delegation for Relations with Iraq, dedicated to the topic of ethnic minorities and religious groups in Iraq.The hearing will be held in the European Parliament where Mr Chapman will be joined by highly esteemed representatives of the Intergroup for Minorities of the Iraqi Council of Representatives;...

Iraq: We remember the martyrs of Simele massacre in August 1933 

Today we remember one of the darkest moments in the history of humanity. At this day, hundreds of innocent Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian (CSA) civilian people had been killed and massacred under the rule of newly established Kingdom of Iraq. The Simele Massacre took place in August 1933 in Iraq against Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian people. Following the Iraqi independence and establishment of the whole political, social and economic...

Iraq: Religion and identity 

Throughout its long history, Iraq has been an incubator for different religions.Unfortunately, religion has often played a negative role, fuelling conflict between majority & minority communities and suppressing the development of a unifying civic identity.This document was produced by a participant in a training organised by MRG’s partner Iraqi Minorities Council, in Erbil, and talks about the history of religious diScrimination in Iraq, and the importance...

Photo story: Peoples under Threat 2014 

The Peoples under Threat index identifies those countries around the world where communities face the greatest risk of genocide, mass killing or systematic violent repression.It provides early warning of potential future mass atrocities.The Middle East and Africa dominate the list of major risers in the index this year.The war in Syria, whichhas risen dramatically up the table to now rankthird, continues to fragment, and...

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...

Iraq: Ezidies after escaping from mass killing, rape and dying from dehydration 

Ezidies people escaped from their territories to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq because of the genocide perpetrated upon them by the IS (Islamic State). As soon as the IS took over the Ezidies territories, many local people who were Non-Ezidies but well knowing the area and Ezidies families, turned against them with the IS. They together killed men and took families. Hundreds of...

EU/Iraq/Syria: Breakthrough EU resolution supporting Nineveh Plain Safe Haven 

In a unprecedented move European Parliament adopted a resolution regarding Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian (CSA people) in Middle East supporting safe haven in the Nineveh Plain and Syriac Military Council, MFS and further condemning acts of ISIS. Strasbourg, EU – European Parliament, EP adopted historical resolution concerning the recent situation of the CSA people in the Middle East and highlighting importance of the European Union committment...

New MRG documentary film: 'Noun' - a film about the current challenges facing Iraqi Christians  

Directed by Aida Schlaepfer, commissioned and produced by Minority Rights Group International & da ProductionDuration: 24 minutesLanguage: Arabic (English subtitles)The film “Noun” depicts the suffering of Christian Iraqis - their marginalisation, persecution, torture, and murder - culminating in their forced displacement from their homes in northern Iraq, and how this systematic displacement, which began at the turn of the 20th Century, continues to this...

Iraq/Turkey: 15,000 Displaced Yezidis in Turkey seek mass exodus to EU through Bulgaria 

The world fails to address Yazidi Crisis; 7000 enslaved, 5000 killed, and a half million displaced; they now plea for resettlement.Diyarbakir, Turkey – June 27, 2015.  Nearly 15,000 Yazidi displaced refugees in southeast of Turkey are seeking mass exodus to European Union countries through Turkish-Bulgarian crossing point where they plan to formally request temporary residency in Bulgaria, and admission to other EU countries as...

Iraq: One year on and thousands of Yazidis remain uprooted 

From a group of volunteers who have been supporting displaced Iraqis since August 2014, specifically Yazidis, with whom they have been in touch regularly.The children in this photo, and thousands like them, fled their homes when ISIS attacked the town of Sinjar and the villages of Yazidis, Christians and other minorities in the Nineveh plain in Iraq.Most of the displaced Yazidis live in the camps which...

Iraq/Syria: ESU Statement on International Day of Genocide Victims 

On this day of December 9 as the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of the Genocide and the Prevention of this Crime, it is our moral and historical duty to remember victims of the Genocides and the survivors of the Sayfo 1915, Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian people face another genocide in the Middle East and existential threat. Commemoration...

Minority Voices Podcast - March 2016 

Welcome to MRG's March 2016 Minority Voices Podcast. This month we speak to one of our staff members about her recent trip to Iraq, an experience which also held great personal significance, and check out a protest song from the Nigerian master of Afrobeat himself, Fela Kuti....

Syria/Iraq/Lebanon: The Forgotten Genocide - new report from A Demand for Action 

“The Forgotten Genocide” - In this document, we have interviewed Assyrians/Chaldeans/Syriacs and other Christians who have fled their homes with only the clothes on their backs, and who now live under harsh conditions in places like the ghettos of Beirut. Many of them have missing family members. Some have been kidnapped, others raped, many tortured-all because of their faith. What they have gone...


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