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Uganda: Climate change worsening food insecurity in Karamoja 

Karamoja is changing. One thing responsible for this change is rain. It is mostly less or when available, too much. Its pattern no longer predictable. And above all the temperature is rising. MRG’s Africa Regional Information Officer, Mohammed Matovu, analyses how the community is coping.Akong Morris is a pastoralist and pastoralist life is all he knows. He leaves in a manyata (small homestead) with...

Kenya: MRG condemns targeted attacks on Ogiek activists 

Minority Rights Group International (MRG) condemns the recent attack on two activists from the Ogiek community in Ngongogeri, Rift Valley Province in Kenya, and calls on the police and judicial authorities to conduct a full and impartial investigation into the incident.James Rana, 38, an Ogiek land rights activist, was brutally attacked by assailants on Sunday night at his home in Ngongogeri. According to the...

MRG Podcast: March 2011 

Welcome to the March 2011 podcast from Minority Rights Group International. This month we hear about how minorities are affected by the exploitation of natural resources in their communities, learn about how Dalit children are disadvantaged at school by caste discrimination in India and travel to the Balkans to listen to a rousing Romani brass band.Narrator’s transcript: The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization joined forces...

Sri Lankan women's groups demand road access for displaced people through famous nature reserve 

We, the undersigned call on the Government to take immediate action to prevent the destruction of the Wilpattu National Park, while continuing to provide access through the road from Puttalam to Mannar via the park. We believe that through taking corrective measures the Government can ensure that both issues are addressed in order to protect the rights of the expelled Northern Muslims and the...

India: "Social activism is like “onion-peeling” - you successfully peel one layer, but then comes another one." 

Martin Macwan, an Indian lawyer and activist, is the founder of Navsarjan, a grassroots Dalit organisation, based in Gujarat state, India. Being a Dalit himself, he learnt the hard way as a child what caste discrimination means. Dalits, the former "untouchables" in pre-independence India, make up around 166 million of those living in the country, and together with other disadvantaged groups they make up...

Government of Kenya given ultimatum to resolve Mau Narok land issue 

The Government of Kenya has been given an ultimatum of 48hours to solve the controversial Mau Narok Land issue. Youth Led – Narok County Congress Press Release Thursday, March 31, 2011 Our Statement: When we promulgated the new constitution, we thought it was the end of impunity, tribalism and nepotism but it was an exercise infutility because some of the people in...

MRG talk: Land Grabbing and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights 

Carla Clarke, MRG's Legal Cases Officer, gave a talk at a Socio-Economic Rights Group meeting on land rights. The event was organised by A4ID (Advocates for International Development), an organisation of legal and development professionals who work together to gain maximum impact in achieving the Millennium Development Goals.During the conference the panellists explored how approaches to land rights issues are changing in many developing...

MRG Podcast: April 2011 

Welcome to Minority Rights Group International’s April 2011 podcast. This month we investigate the situation for minorities in troubled Pakistan, take a step back into history to hear about how the assimilation of indigenous people into mainstream society in Canada in the 19th Century has left a legacy of social damage, and travel to the Sahara desert to listen to the mesmeric sounds of...

MRG at the UN Forum on Minority Issues 

The video contains the statement given by Carl Soderbergh, MRG’s Director of Policy and Communications, at the 3rd UN Forum on Minority Issues. He points out the exclusion of minorities from the Millennium Development Goals and expresses MRG’s particular concern for minority women, many of whom suffer multiple discrimination. To read the full statement click here"In parts of Europe, Roma face very serious discrimination in employment...

Minorities speak at the UN: Kenya 

At the 3rd session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues, Andrew Songa, of the Centre for Minority Rights and Development expressed his encouragement for Kenya’s new constitution, but also the need to enforce recommendations and decisions to eliminate discrimination against minorities. To read his full statement, click here. “Minority communities in Kenya have been the subject of economic marginalisation that has been characterized by...

Minorities speak at the UN: India 

H. Benjamin Mate, of the Indo-Myanmar Tribal Development Association, spoke at the UN Forum on Minority Issues. He described the condition of Kuki people in India and Burma: alienated  and expropriated of their identity and rights.To read his full statement, click here.“These regions have been often described as India’s biggest zoo by the mainland Indian. The basic necessities such as safe drinking water, sanitation,...

Nepal: impunity for perpetrators of communal violence 

Nepal's government has failed to achieve justice for the victims of communal violence that exploded in 2007 in the Kapilvastu district. On June 2, human rights groups met to discuss their efforts to push the government to take action. The Kapilvastu Violence Victim Struggle Committee (KVVSC) reported that the organization was able to obtain official government reports on the violence that killed 13 people...

San Andres, Colombia - We stay with nothing 

Transcript of an interview with Ras Rolando, an artisan and tourist guide on the Colombian administered Caribbean island of San Andres.  The Colombian controlled Caribbean islands of San Andres and Providence are located some 500 miles from the South American coastline. In contrast, they are just 80 miles from the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua in Central America.After some 120 years of semi isolation and...

Bangladesh: Rohingya refugees suffer from lack of documentation 

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who fled repression in Burma have no protection from abuse , starvation, and detention in Bangladesh because of a lack of documentation, Refugees International highlighted in a recent report. In the report, Bangladesh: The Silent Crisis, Refugees International is urging the international community to work with the Bangladeshi government to register undocumented refugees and improve protection for...

India: Dalits unable to access government disaster relief programs 

Despite the fact that caste-based discrimination is illegal in India, prejudice against Dalits seeps into government-run programs, including disaster relief. Lee Macqueen Paul, documented the impact on Dalit communities during heavy flooding last year. The photo report can be downloaded below. The report was commissioned by National Dalit Watch, an initiative of the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights. In an interview below, Lee...

Interview: ethnic tensions, cattle raiding in Sudan 

As Southern Sudan prepares for independence it faces many challenges, including ethnic tensions that often lead to violence. During a research visit to Boma, Jonglei State, MRG found that competition for scarce resources is often at the root of incidents such as cattle raiding attacks. In this interview, Boma community leader Paul Oleyo Longony speaks about tensions between ethnic groups - and what can be...

Colombia: Community Councils bring real and lasting benefits for african descendants 

Improving the quality of life of Afro Colombian communities in the zones that they have occupied ancestrally depends on effective mobilization by the social organizations that represent them, such as Community Councils.  Community Councils generate processes related to the institution of long term policies, programmes and public projects and also facilitate the presentation of demands, interests and necessities, including protecting their territories from dispossession. ...

Colombia: Strengthening Afro-descendant Community Councils, part I 

This video is one of the products of the project: " Strengthening Community Councils Through Their Rights"  supported by USAID and TEP and carried out with the community councils of the Cauca Basin of the Pacific zone of Colombia. It was  produced in the Municipality of López de Micay with the Association de Colonias Micaysenas, a second level organization consisting of five community councils...

Colombia: Strengthening Afro-descendant Community Councils, part II 

Afro-Colombian Community Councils generate processes related to the institution of long term  policies, programmes and public projects and also facilitate the presentation of the demands, interests and necessities of their communitiesThis video is part of an internationally funded project which seeks to reaffirm the identity of the inhabitants of the territory of the Pacific Region and to strengthen ethno-territorial development and government through Community...

Cattle rustling in South Sudan 

The video focuses on a cattle rustling attack that killed one man and injured another in Jonglei state. There is a lot of tension between ethnic groups in Southern Sudan. Due to competition for scarce resources herders from different tribes often fight over access to water or grazing land, and they often steal each other's cattle. This attack occurred just days before the independence...


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