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Iran: Repression of Azerbaijani-Turkish community intensifies as presidential election approaches  

As the June presidential election approaches, Iranian authorities intensify repression against Azerbaijani-Turkish civil rights and political activists, subjecting them to long-term arbitrary detentions and heavy prison sentences.In May 2013, a revolutionary court in Iran’s East Azerbaijan Province charged five members of an organization named New Southern Azerbaijan National Awakening Movement with “establishing an illegal organization to undermine the state's national security” and “engaging in...

Tanzania: Government unrelenting on parceling out Maasai land in Loliondo 

The government of Tanzania, through the Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Hon Ramadhan Mwinyi, during the Permanent Forum on Indigenous issues in New York, delivered a firm stand on their action to parcel out huge chunks of pastoral land for wildlife conservancy. "The government took this decision with the understanding that environment conservation is as important for eco-system protection as it...

Pakistan: Religious Minority Rights; challenges for a new Government in Islamabad 

By Zimran Samuel, Barrister, Bar Human Rights Committee of England and WalesPakistan’s recent elections could prove to be a pivotal moment in the development of democracy and the rule of law in the country. It was the first democratic transition of power in the country’s history. The treatment of minorities and religious freedom generally will present an important challenge for Pakistan’s newly elected Nawaz Sharif.Indeed...

South Sudan: Interview with Paul Oleyo Longony, Boma Community Initiative 

As South Sudanese vote on becoming an independent state, in what has internationally been billed as a “new dawn” and “new chapter in history” for the long-suffering and neglected South, ethnic minority communities harbour guarded optimism.MRG’s Africa Regional Information officer, Mohamed Matovu, talked to Paul Oleyo, the Executive Director of Boma Community Initiative (a Sudanese organisation working on peace-building based in Boma, Jonglei State...

Burma: Leaked documents expose government complicity in persecution of Rohingya 

Leaked government documents reveal severe violations of human rights of Rohingya Muslims in Burma, including restrictions on their freedom of movement, marriage and childbirth, Fortify Rights said in a new report released on Tuesday.The report implicates state and central government officials in the systematic persecution of Rohingya — tantamount to crimes against humanity under international law. 'The impacts of these restrictions are severe and have been well-documented...

Ukraine: Crimean Tatars are being neglected 

While the world press is debating whether or not ethnic Russians in Crimea are under threat and need the protection of the Russian Federation, Crimean Tatars are being neglected. Crimea is getting ready for a referendum, its outcome is obvious – the Russian minority, which in fact is a majority of Crimea’s population, will vote for joining the Russian Federation.The first time I encountered...

SWM 2014: Understanding the dynamic of communal riots against Muslims in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts, Uttar Pradesh, India 

Case study by Sajjad HassanThis research is the result of an extended participatory research study between January and March 2014, undertaken by the Centre for Equity Studies in partnership with Aman Biradari, funded by MRG with support from CAFOD. Context – Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts before the riotsMuzaffarnagar and Shamli districts are part of the agriculturally rich western Uttar Pradesh (UP) region, dominated by...

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...

MRG Podcast: January 2016 

Welcome to the January 2016 edition of MRG’s Minority Voices podcast. This month we find out how discrimination is having the most serious of consequences in the Dominican Republic, and then travel to the Middle East to experience the joyful sounds of Syrian wedding music....

Nepal: Madhesi youths launch initiative to combat discrimination in the Nepali media 

Aashu has witnessed first-hand the skewed portrayal of ethnic Madhesis in the mainstream Nepali media. Last year his father, a journalist with the Kathmandu-based daily Himalayan Times was dispatched to cover a rally by separatist leader CK Raut in their home town Birgunj, near the Indian border. When Raut was arrested by the authorities, the protest turned violent. “Demonstrators were throwing rocks...


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