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Maasai villagers turn to US courts for information on abusive evictions by US safari company 

February 26, 2014, Boston — Today, with the assistance of EarthRights International (ERI), three Tanzanian Maasai communities turned to a United States federal court to support their ongoing legal battle over the land they lost to Thomson Safaris, a high-end safari outiftter based in Watertown, Massachusetts. The communities originally filed suit in 2010, in a local court in Tanzania, after they were forced from...

Tanzania: UN demands information from gov't on eviction of Maasai 

­Click on the link below for the full text of a letter from the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous people, James Anaya, to the Tanzanian government, calling for information concerning the alleged forcible eviction and other human rights issues affecting indigenous Maasai pastoralists in the area of Sukenya Farm, Arusha Region.For more information regarding this case and MRG's involvement see the...

MRG Podcast March 2014 

Our March podcast features music and interviews from a visit by MRG’s Media Officer, Emma Eastwood, to Batwa communities in south west Uganda. Batwa, who Emma describes as Africa’s untouchables, are one of the most vulnerable groups on the continent, and part of a growing number of conservation refugees, forcibly removed from their ancestral forest home to make way for a national park....

Belize: US Capital Energy and Government of Belize Taunt Supreme Court SATIIM file for Injunction 

Punta Gorda March 18th, 2014: On October 23rd, 2013, arguments ended in the case between SATIIM and the indigenous communities, and the Government of Belize. Justice Arana reserved judgment. One would expect that a law-abiding and socially responsible company would suspend its activities out of respect for the Belizean justice system until a judgement was delivered. Not so with US Capital Energy. In fact, they...

Uganda: 'Batwa may be poor, but they have immense cultural wealth' 

The tiny village of Nteko is set atop a 2000 metre-high hill, with stunning views of distant misty lakes and verdant valleys. Yet for Batwa this paradise is a living hell.You may well know Batwa as Pygmies, their more common, but derogatory name. Batwa have lived as hunter gatherers in the forests of south-west Uganda for millennia, depending on their forest home not only...

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...

Iran: April 20 marked as the day of the Ahwazi revolution 

According to the British Middle East Center for Studies and Research (BMCSR) 3000 Members of EU’s Ahwazi Arab community gathered yesterday outside the European Parliament to protest against the recent executions of Arab political prisoners. The protesters also condemned Iranian occupation of their land.Ahwazis voiced their support for the EU parliament call for UN Special Rapporteur on Iran Ahmed Shaheed to enter Iran and assess...

Tanzania: Maasai Villagers Win Fight For Information about Land-Grabs and Forced Eviction 

APRIL 21, 2014, BOSTON — A high-end safari operator must turn over documents and testimony about alleged land-grabbing and violence to the leaders of three Maasai villages in Tanzania, according to an order issued Friday by a federal magistrate judge in Boston. The villagers, assisted by EarthRights International (ERI), petitioned to receive this evidence in order to support their fight in the Tanzanian courts...

Kenya: Preparing for REDD in the Embobut Forest and forcing Sengwer People “into extinction” 

Last year the Government of Kenya was getting “ready” for REDD in the Embobut Forest, now it is violently evicting the Sengwer People and forcing them “into extinction.” According to Survival International, “as many as a thousand homes have already been torched.”Sengwer spokesman Yator Kiptum denounced the “disaster” caused by combined force of the Kenya Forest Service and Administration Police, a paramilitary unit of...

SWM 2014: Kenya/Tanzania - Defending land rights in the face of hate speech 

Case study by Laura A. YoungIn their efforts to secure their land rights, indigenous peoples regularly become the subject of hate speech and hate crimes. Like other human rights defenders and like many marginalized groups, when they speak out or take other action to defend their rights indigenous peoples find themselves charged with crimes such as incitement to violence, criminal trespass or hate speech....

VIDEO: Interviews with editor and author of MRG's State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2014 

Lucy Claridge, MRG's Head of Law and Carl Soderbergh, MRG's Director of Policy and Communications, speak about the 2014 State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples, which focuses on hate speech and hate crime.Download the full report at www.minorityrights.org...

Indigenous Peoples and the UN: Triumphs & Tragedies 

It has been 13 years since the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) began holding annual meetings amongst the representatives of the world’s estimated 370 million indigenous peoples from over 90 different countries. The meetings mark a global effort to address the rights of indigenous people and unprecedented progress has been made. Nonetheless, there is ongoing frustration amongst indigenous peoples who continue to...

Nepal: Is REDD+ indigenous-friendly? 

Funded by the World Bank and part of a UN initiative to Reduce Emissions for Deforestation and Forest Degradation (UN-REDD), the REDD+ programme introduced by the government of Nepal has emerged a national priority since 2010. However, this government-led effort to combat climate change has come under fire from indigenous rights activists, who have raised two questions: how is the programme going to be...

Nepal: Indigenous locals demand that development projects respect their rights 

For the past month, local communities such as the indigenous people of the Sindhuli District have been obstructing the works of the Khimti-Dhalkebar 220KV electricity transmission line project. It is the highest-capacity line in Nepal that is funded by the World Bank and is working in collaboration with Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA).While the project is aimed at developing Nepal’s hydropower potential in an environmentally...

Guatemala: Interview with Isabel Turuy Patzan, Representative of the 12 Communities in Resistance 

San Juan Sacatapéquez is a Guatemalan town, rich in natural resources and biodiversity, where indigenous Maya Kaqchikel form 82 per cent of the population. In 2006, the government granted concessions to the Guatemalan company CEMPRO (Cemento Progreso S.A.) to build a quarry and a cement factory in the area, and a new road cutting through communal land. Indigenous communities from San Juan were not...

Ethiopia: Obang Metho condemns ‘Life Grabs’ and the Second Scramble for Africa 

Speaking at MRG’s London office as part of a nationwide tour, Executive Director of the Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia, Obang Metho, sheds light on the systematic violation of indigenous land rights by Ethiopia’s autocratic regime, resulting in the alleged torture and imprisonment of those who resist. And although this is happening in a land far, far away, says Obang, these atrocities are...

Iran: Ethnic cleansing and oppression practices of Iranian regime against Ahwazi Arab villages 

Written By Rahim Hamid and Mehdi HashemiSince the former eras of the Pahlavi dynasty until the emergence of the Islamic Republic regime we have seen that the Arab villages of Ahwaz region in the south and south west of Iran have always been subjected to ethnic cleansing policies and systematically dragged into destruction. This report focuses on gruesome evidence of the ethnic cleansing practices...

Minority Voices Podcast - April 2015 

MRG's April 2015 Minority Voices Podcast features a report back from the jungles of Thailand, where indigenous communities are being displaced in the name of conservation, and folk music from the war-torn Nuba Mountains in Sudan.Photo: Mue Naw, wife of a disappeared Karen land rights activist, Thailand, March 2015.Credit: Emma Eastwood/MRG   Thanks to Atanas Kutsev for providing the field recording of Paethai Paera playing the dennaku...

SWM 2015: Israel/Palestine - Life in a divided city – one Palestinian community under threat in East Jerusalem 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Tom PalmerWhile 35 per cent of land in East Jerusalem has been expropriated for the establishment of a dozen Jewish settlements, housing around 200,000 Israeli citizens, under the current Israeli master plan only 13 per cent of East Jerusalem is zoned for Palestinian construction, even though 300,000 Palestinians reside in the area. Decisions regarding planning policy...

SWM 2015: Kenya - Urban migration and the loss of traditional culture among Endorois youth 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Rebecca MarlinIndigenous Endorois had inhabited Lake Bogoria for centuries when, in the 1970s, the Kenyan government forcibly removed them from their ancestral land. Their eviction brought to an end a unique way of life rich with culture and tradition, and they have been advocating for the rightful return of their land ever since. Despite a 2010...


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