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SWM 2015: Ukraine/Russian Federation - Deteriorating rights for Crimean Tatars under Russian rule 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Nataliya Novakova At the beginning of 2014, following the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, the government of Ukraine lost control over the peninsula. The subsequent transition to the legislation of the Russian Federation and the continued presence of unregulated paramilitary groups, known as samooborona, posed considerable threats to the local population, particularly for ethnic and religious...

SWM 2015: Brazil - Preserving indigenous heritage in Rio de Janeiro 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Umamah BasitRio de Janeiro has a significant indigenous population, many of whom have been driven out of their ancestral lands in the Amazon due to poverty, deforestation and persecution. Due to unaffordable housing and lack of state support, these groups have settled in the poorest of urban slums, commonly known as ‘favelas’, where they face rampant...

SWM 2015: Honduras - The Garifuna’s battle to protect their land from urban development on the ‘Banana Coast’ 

Case study by Kara ChiucharelliLand rights are an ongoing struggle for Honduras’ Garifuna community, who for decades have faced forced eviction and the sale of titled communal lands as their territory has been appropriated for mining, oil extraction and palm oil cultivation. But communities are now being displaced to secure access to another resource – their pristine coastline.‘There is now a process of expulsion...

State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2015 - focus on cities: Case studies 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)The battle for respect for the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples is increasingly being played out in cities, says Minority Rights Group International in its annual report.Our flagship annual global report, State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2015, focuses on cities, and explores the many challenges communities face in urban areas, from segregation and lack of...

Iran: New 'I recognize Al-Ahwaz as an Arab State' media campaign gains 1,000 prominent Arab supporters within the first two days  

A call by a senior UAE official on Monday for formal recognition of Al-Ahwaz as an occupied Arab country has sparked a rapidly growing pan-Arab media campaign, with over 1,000 prominent Arab figures across the region so far announcing their support of ‘I recognise Al-Ahwaz as an Arab State’. Despite only being launched a couple of days ago, the campaign is also spreading beyond...

Thailand: Karen woman fights for justice over husband’s disappearance 

On 17 April 2014, Billy Rakchongcharoen was stopped at a checkpoint near Bangkloy village in western Thailand.  He was accused of stealing honeycomb from Kaeng Krachan National Park and taken into detention. The park authorities claim he was released after being questioned. But nobody has seen him since.His wife, a soft-spoken 29-year-old, is convinced he was murdered. Billy was not only a prominent land...

Pakistan: New Blasphemy Case is Registered 

Naveed Masih, a 24 year old Christian man, is accused of blasphemy, was arrested and is in police custody. Persecution of minorities in Pakistan has become a common practice especially in the era of the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) (PML [N]). A young man, 24, is been accused of blasphemy. (FIR is registered U/S 295 - A, file No. 619 in Satellite Town Police Station...

Kenya: Being Maasai - Photo story 

This October MRG and 9 Eastern European journalists travelled to the Maasai Mara, the land of the Maasai in Narok, Kenya. Visiting journalists were making news to spread the word back at home about life in developing countries and thus help their compatriots understand their countries' role and commitments in the global world and international development. This photo story gives you a few snapshots of the traditional...

Kenya: Minority within the minority - The Ogiek in Narok. Photo story. 

This October MRG and 9 Eastern European journalists travelled to the Mau Forest in Narok County, Kenya inhabited mostly by the Ogiek people. Visiting journalists were making news to spread the word back at home about life in developing countries and thus help their compatriots understand their countries' role and commitments in the global world and international development. These photos share the moments of...

Kenya: Inspection panel faults World Bank for ‘noncompliance’ with own indigenous peoples and involuntary resettlement policies  

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors met on Tuesday October 20, 2015 to discuss the Inspection Panel investigation of the Kenya Electricity Expansion Project. The $330 million IDA project, approved in May 2010, aims to increase the capacity, efficiency, and quality of electricity supply as well as expand access to electricity in urban, peri-urban, and rural areas. The Inspection Panel’s investigation responded...

Indonesia/Tanzania/Paraguay: How indigenous people can use the law to fight the takeover of their lands 

Indigenous peoples are using national, regional and international law to fight against the takeover of their lands. But what are the risks and advantages associated with going to court? In 'Using the Law', learn from communities that have used national and international law to defend their rights. This 12-minute video looks at three legal cases in Indonesia, Tanzania and Paraguay using national, regional and...

Kenya: Is the new constitution a 'magic bullet' for challenges facing minorities?  

How the National Constitution treats minorities is a good test of a nation’s maturity. How government applies their rules is a good test of the state’s maturity. New constitution-making has surged in agrarian economies since 1990, correspondent to significant political change (multi-partyism in particular) and a surge in globalisation, and of which, among other trends, the noted surge in large-scale land acquisition...

Ethiopia/Kenya/South Sudan: African Dam Project Threatens Massive Armed Conflict, Human and Environmental Devastation 

This extensive report details the catastrophy facing indigenous pastoralists, agropastoralists and fishers in the tri-nation border region of Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan. It was posted in 2013 on the internet and is the predecessor to the more extensive book forthcoming (in April 2016) with Springer-Verlag Publishing, entitled, "River Basin Development and Human Rights in Eastern Africa — a Policy Crossroads." Construction of...

Kenya: Indigenous Women and the LAPSSET Corridor in Laikipia and Isiolo counties 

Unclear land tenure, overlapping land, land grabbing and creation of conservation is a major issue faced by the indigenous peoples living along the LAPSSET Corridor (Lamu Port Southern Sudan Ethiopia Transport Corridor). Most of these territories occupied by indigenous peoples often do not hold formal title to their lands and their land rights are therefore not recognized or protected by the governments, hence causing...

Tanzania: Maasai community video for advocacy 

Maasai community members in Loliondo, Tanzania have been trained to make their own videos to help them resist land-grabs by foreign investors.In 1992, a luxury hunting company from the United Arab Emirates occupied 1500 km2 of village land in Loliondo to set up a private game reserve beside the Serengeti National Park. Since then, Maasai have been denied access to vital grazing land and...

Ukraine: A year without Ervin 

The 24th May 2016 was a crucial date for Crimean Tatar and Ukrainian human rights. Activist and member of the Bakhchysaray regional mejlis, Ervin Ibragimov (aged 30) went missing on that day near his house in Bakhchysarai, central Crimea. The abduction occurred around 11:00 PM as shown by footage from a CCTV camera of a building nearby. Ibragimov was forced into a van (Ford...


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