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DRC: Refugees in their own land 

Armed conflict has left an estimated 2 million people displaced in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Among the worst affected are Bambuti Pygmies who, since being forced to leave their homes, have suffered repeated displacement. A joint mission by the Congolese Network of Pygmy Organizations and Minority Rights Group International in September 2009 found how, despite the presence of UN peacekeepers, they...

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...

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...

DRC: Buela community at a disadvantage  

The Buela, a forest community in the Congo Basin, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, signed an agreement in 2011 with Sodefor (Société de Developpement Forestier), a subsidiary of Nordsudtimber, a Liechenstein-based company, to allow forest areas used by the community to be logged by the company. However, the process leading up to the signing was skewed in favour of the company. According to...

Democratic Republic of Congo: Indigenous organizations call for humanitarian assistance for displaced Batwa people  

We, organizations of indigenous Batwa people and those who accompany them, regret to note the following:- Large-scale displacement of indigenous Batwa across the entire province of North Kivu due to numerous conflicts that occur. Therefore, they are the primary innocent victims;- Indigenous Batwa people do not have access to, or have difficulty accessing, emergency humanitarian aid in IDP (internally displaced persons) camps due to...

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...

Democratic Republic of Congo: Forest Peoples Programme launches pioneering book on indigenous peoples free, prior and informed consent 

As part of its project: "REDD financing, Human Rights and Economic Development for Sustainable Poverty Reduction of forest communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)", Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), and it’s local partners in the DRC have published, in collaboration with the Organisation d’Accompagnement et d’Appui aux Pygmées (OSAPY), the first volume of a new book series titled Forêts Africaines - Tabernacle des...

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...

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...

New Video: Peoples under Threat 2014 - interview with MRG Executive Director 

 New online map shows Middle East, Africa states dominate Peoples under Threat 2014 survey on risk of mass killing.Syria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Yemen, South Sudan, Central African Republic and Egypt are among the most significant risers in this year's internationally acclaimed global ranking Peoples under Threat, published each year by Minority Rights Group International (MRG).This film features an interview with Mark Lattimer, MRG's...

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...

DRC: Congolese journalists learn to report on indigenous groups 

Goma - Democratic Republic of the Congo. On September 30 - 4 October, 2014, with the generous support of Irish Aid, 25 Congolese journalists were trained by MRG on how to report sensitively on indigenous groups. The training that took place in Goma - the capital of North Kivu Province - also saw the journalists visit a Bambuti community in Kingi, located in the...

DRC: Les Populations Autochtones Pygmees Faces Au Processus Electoral En RD Congo 

Tout citoyen a droit de participer pleinement à la vie politique de son Pays. Ceci est l’un des baromètres pour apprécier la démocratie dans un Etat. Les Pygmées de la RD Congo, singulièrement ceux de la Province du Nord-Kivu lance un cri d’alarme face au risque qu’ils courts, celui de n’est pas participés aux élections suite au manque de carte d’électeur, unique moyen...

DRC: Journée Internationale des Populations Autochtones 

Dans le cadre de la Journée Internationale des Populations Autochtones, du 09 Aout 2015, nous avons l'honneur de vous transmettre les images et la note de plaidoyer présentée au gouvernement Congolais via le Ministère Provincial des Affaires Foncières du Nord-Kivu.Notons que des promesses fermes ont été données par Son Excellence le Ministre Provincial en termes d'engagements face aux différentes recommandations des Pygmées-Bambuti.Une commission de suivi des acquis de ce plaidoyer...

DRC: MRG's Head of Law visits Batwa communities 

The Batwa of South Kivu, DRC, have lived in an area now called Kahuzi-Biega National Park (PNKB) since time immemorial. In 1937, a law was passed creating a nature reserve in the area, but the Batwa were allowed to remain in the forest. However, in 1970, a further law was passed creating the PNKB, at the proposal of the Congolese Institute for the Conservation...

DRC/Australia: 'Still a Pygmy' 

The shortness of a mini-eggplant is its mature size. – BaTembo Pygmy proverb How did a Pygmy from Congo end up living in Sydney, Australia? Growing up as a hunter-gatherer in the forests of Congo, where Pygmies were considered inferior to all other Africans and fit only for slave labour and witchcraft rituals, Isaac Bacirongo never dreamed he would end up...

DRC: Mort d’un autochtone pygmee dans la prison du district police Rutshuru en province du nord-Kivu, a l’est de la RDC 

C’est avec consternation que nous avons été alertés ce Lundi, 30 Janvier 2017 de la mort de Barigira Rugayu, un autochtone Pygmée de Burai dans le territoire de Rusthuru à plus ou moins 70 km de Goma, dans la Province du Nord-Kivu.Selon des sources crédibles, la mort de Barigira Rugayu serait occasionnée par la torture subit dans la prison du District de Rutshuru par...

DRC: Batwa killed and injured in Kahuzi-Biega National Park. 

South-Kivu, DRC. Civil society organizations and Pygmies Communities from the province of South Kivu denounce the assassination of MBONE NAKULIRE Batwa child, occurred on Saturday 26 of August in Kahuzi-Beiga National Park.The atrocity occurred around 09:00 AM of that Saturday morning, when unarmed Batwa child and his father were looking for medicinal plants and ended up being shot by park guards in the premises...



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