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MRG Podcast: June 2011 

Welcome to MRG's June 2011 podcast. This month we hear how Bagyeli people in the rainforests of southern Cameroon are being affected by both resource exploitation and conservation projects, find out what Central American black organisations think of their Governments' responses to the UN declaration of 2011 as 'the year of African descendants', and tune in to the music of The Abyssinians, a Jamaican...

Life on the edge; the Mbororo of Cameroon 

The Mbororo are a semi-nomadic cattle-rearing community who have faced discrimination since arriving in Cameroon in the early 1900s. They are a sub-ethnic group of the largest nomadic group in the world, the Fulani, who are spread across West, Central and North Africa.Many Mbororo live isolated in small, remote communities and come in to conflict with neighbouring majority communities who despise them as illegal...

MRG Podcast: August 2011 

Welcome to Minority Rights Group International’s August 2011 podcast. This month we visit an isolated cow-herding community in Cameroon and hear about how competition for land and resources leads to conflict between neighbours, and learn about the challenges Dalits in Nepal face to escape the age-old caste system. Our minority music selection this month comes from Colombian superstar Toto la Momposina, whose tunes, like...

Interviews with activists: Johanne Ongbenok, Director of FONDAF, Cameroon 

Johanne Ongbenok is the director of FONDAF, an organisation working to support the Bagyeli community in southern Cameroon. The Bagyeli, a nomadic forest people living in the Campo Ma'an national park in southwest Cameroon who are commonly referred to as ‘Pygmies', have sustained themselves for centuries using their vast knowledge of the plant and animal life of the surrounding forest. They traditionally survived by...

Cameroon: Anti-'Pygmy' and Mbororo Hate Campaign on DBS TV 

Download the attached briefing for information about propaganda intended to incite hate, ridicule and discrimination against the Mbororo and 'Pygmy' indigenous peoples of Cameroon. Please take action to help stop this.Photo: Mbororo community leaders, CameroonCredit: Emma Eastwood, MRG...

Cameroon: Justice for victims of powerful commercial landowner 

For the past 25 years thousands of poor Cameroonians have been subjected to serious human rights abuses by Baba Ahmadou Danpullo, a powerful multi-millionaire commercial rancher and a member of the Central Committee of the ruling Cameroon Peoples Democratic Movement (CPDM) Party. As the biggest landowner after the state in the NW Region, he uses police, gendarmes, courts and government officials to...

Cameroon: Mbororos petition government over delay to implement commission findings  

In 2003, after 17 years of campaigning by the Mbororo people, the office of the president of Cameroon ordered an Investigation into the human rights abuses of Baba Ahmadou Danpullo, which found gross human rights abuses. The inter-ministerial commission, known as The Jani Commission, on the conflict between the Mbororo Community and Baba Ahmadou Danpullo was created under Ref. No. 1621/SG/PR of 27th February...

Cameroon: violent repression against the Mbororo 

This video shows the violent repression against the minority Mbororo community....

Cameroon: Participation of Minorities in 2013 Elections 

Watch a video report on the participation of minorities in the 2013 municipal and parliamentary elections.Workshop organised by Laimaru, MBOSCUDA, CAEPA & Pioneers and funded by MRG's Global Advocacy Programme.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWLugwLOoHs...

Cameroun: La situation des minorités Montagnardes  

Lorsqu’on parcourt les documents officiels de l’Etat du Cameroun ainsi que les rapports des organismes (nationaux et internationaux) travaillant sur les questions de « minorités », il ressort clairement que les Montagnards, notamment ceux de la région de l’Extrême-Nord, font partie intégrante des composantes sociologique dites « populations autochtones » ou « minorités »La Loi fondamentale du 18 janvier 1996 reconnaît l’existence des minorités...

Africa: New land grabs exposed. Asian palm oil companies run into trouble 

Indonesia’s largest palm oil company, Sinar Mas, ran into trouble recently when communities in Liberia complained about a 33,000 ha. operation being developed on their lands by its indirectly-owned subsidiary, Golden Veroleum, in Butaw District, Sinoe County.Alfred Brownell, the lawyer from Green Advocates representing the Kru tribes impacted by the project who is attending the 10th Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil being held in...

Africa: Civil society representatives across Africa root for pro-poor land policies 

95 participants from over 22 countries in Africa, representing indigenous and non-indigenous populations, urged governments to implement people-centred land policies as the only sure way to protect poor and vulnerable communities including minority and indigenous peoples. This was during a Land Reform meeting in Cameroon hosted by MBOSCUDA, November 7-8, 2012, under the theme ‘Securing the land rights of indigenous people and rural...

Cameroon: Ethnic minorities petition Biya over marginalisation 

Yuh TimchiaYaoundé Three minority ethnic communities in Cameroon have petitioned President Paul Biya to ensure they are properly represented in state institutions. The Mbororo, Montagnard and the Pygmy communities, specifically, say they want representation in the country’s nascent senate, whose members will be voted early next month. Mr Sarli Sardou Nana, the founder and coordinator of Laimaru, a national network of organisations advocating...

Cameroon: The trial of Musa Usman Ndamba - further evidence of discrimination against the indigenous Mbororo community 

On May 10, 2013, Musa Usman Ndamba was put on trial before the Court of First Instance in Bamenda, Cameroon. He was put on trial for the crimes of defamation committed by one Musa Adamu against a powerful billionaire rancher and landowner in the N.W Region of Cameroon (Alhadji Baba Ahmadou Danpullo). Now, Musa Usman Ndamba is not or has never ever been Musa...

Cameroon: UN experts on minorities and indigenous peoples concerned about destruction of pastoralist homes  

GENEVA (10 April 2014) - The United Nations Special Rapporteurs on minority issues, Rita Izsák, and on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, today called on the Government and the Catholic University in Bamenda, Cameroon, to urgently review the evictions and demolition of houses of a Mbororo pastoralist community. An estimated 300 people have reportedly been made homeless and evicted from their ancestral...



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