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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...

Interview with Akli Bessadah: an Amazigh who escaped Libya 

Akli Bessadah is an Amazigh from Libya.Unrecognised by the Libyan government, the Amazigh people had to flee their desert homes because of environmental calamities and lack of resources. They remain on the sidelines of mainstream society, face discrimination and are forced to live isolated from the rest of the population (in the interview Akli says “they are forced to live in the corner of these states”).Akli, together...

MRG Podcast: April 2011 

Welcome to Minority Rights Group International’s April 2011 podcast. This month we investigate the situation for minorities in troubled Pakistan, take a step back into history to hear about how the assimilation of indigenous people into mainstream society in Canada in the 19th Century has left a legacy of social damage, and travel to the Sahara desert to listen to the mesmeric sounds of...

MRG Podcast: May 2011 

Click above to listenWelcome to Minority Rights Group International’s May 2011 podcast. This month we hear about how it’s hard to be black in Argentina, learn how minorities in Libya are being affected by the country’s bloody revolution and experience the pleasure and the pain of Spain’s gypsies through flamenco music.First up we have an interview with Nengumbi Celestin Sukama, president of the...

Interview with MRG Director Mark Lattimer: Minorities face attack as revolutions sour in Middle East and North Africa, says new global Peoples Under Threat survey 

EMBARGO: 00.01 (GMT +1) 24 May 2012Peoples under Threat is Minority Rights Group’s annual authoritative rankings table which highlights those countries around the world where the risk of mass killing is greatest.Peoples under Threat is created by compiling data on the known antecedents to genocide or mass political killing. While the individual indicators describe the current situation – what is happening – the index...

Interviews with activists: Ahamat Molikini says Tibu minority still face oppression in post-Arab Spring Libya 

MRG: Who are the Tibu?Ahamat: The Tibu are black Africans who live in Southern Libya and are also found in parts of Sudan (Darfur), Chad and Niger. Colonial borders separated them and divided them between countries. In Libya, Tibus live mainly in the Sebha, Kufra, Awbari, Qatrun and Murzuq regions. They are Libyans and were in the region before the Arabs.MRG: What language do...

Libya: Amazigh demand equality and respect 

The Amazigh people in north Africa in general, and in Libya specifically, have been suppressed for centuries.  However the worst suppression has been during these past five decades.Since Libya gained independence in 1951 the Amazigh were sidelined and deprived of all the rights of indigenous people. The worst was in Ghadafi's time between 1969-2011, when we were denied even to say that we were...

Libya: Tafsweet Amazigh cultural festival in Jadoo 

The Tafsweet cultural festival took place between the 7th and 9th of November in Jadoo, an Amazigh town located at Nafusa mountain, about 200 kilometers south west of Tripoli. The festival was attended by diplomats from American, British and Italian embassies.The festival celebrated Amazigh culture, with lectures, live music, and an Amazigh play. There were also displays of cultural objects, from kitchen equipment and textiles...

Libya: Amazigh freely celebrate New Year for only second time in centuries 

Today The 13th of January 2013 is the first day of January 2963 in the Amazigh calendar. This new year has a special taste in Libya .The Libyan Amazigh are celebrating this new year freely for the second year in the past few centuries, because of the freedom that Libyans are enjoying after the success of the 17th February revolution.Yesterday morning I...

Peoples under Threat 2013 photo story: Risk of mass killing reaches critical level in Africa and the Middle East 

Each year, Minority Rights Group’s annual Peoples under Threat survey lists countries where communities are most at threat of genocide or mass killing.The latest survey, launched in July 2013, shows that sectarian killing between Sunni and Shi’a has risen dramatically and presents an urgent threat to life across much of the Middle East and into Asia.According to authoritative indicators factored into the Peoples under...

SWM 2015: Libya - Hopes and fears in cities after the fall of Gaddafi  

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Sarah El-AshmawyOf all the North African countries undergoing political change in the wake of the Arab spring, Libya has perhaps experienced the most uncertain and difficult transition. Since the fall of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi from power after decades of authoritarian rule, Libya’s cities have been characterized by rising political discord and armed opposition. Despite a government...

Libye: La vente aux enchères de migrants noirs a suscité une profonde indignation internationale 

La vente aux enchères de migrants noirs originaires d’Afrique sub-saharienne a fait l’objet d’une large couverture médiatique et suscité une profonde indignation de l’ensemble de l’opinion internationale attachée aux droits et à la dignité des êtres humains. Cette indignation a été particulièrement ressentie par les peuples noirs du continent africain et de la diaspora et leur a rappelé les douloureux souvenirs de la traite...



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