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Cambodia must provide citizenship to Khmer Krom refugees: human rights group 

The Cambodian government should begin to immediately provide citizenship to Khmer Krom arriving from Vietnam where they claim they are discriminated against, said the Cambodian Centre for Human Rights (CCHR). Khmer Krom live mostly in the Mekong Delta area of Vietnam, but share the Khmer ethnicity with the majority of Cambodia’s population. Many Khmer Krom arrive in Cambodia claiming that they face discrimination...

Burma: conflict leads to spike in trafficking of Palaung minority 

The Palaung Women’s Organization (PWO) has released a new report that explores and uncovers human trafficking in ethnic Palaung areas of Burma.PWO has documented 72 cases of actual or suspected trafficking involving 110 people, which took place along the China-Burma border, mostly during the past six years. The majority of those trafficked were young Palaung women from tea farming communities in Namkham, Namhsan and...

Current drought severely affects minority communities in East and Horn of Africa 

The East and Horn of Africa, which includes Somalia, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Kenya and Uganda, is facing severe drought. Unfortunately this is not ‘new’ news because droughts recur at least once a year in this region. What makes this drought peculiar, according to the United States’ Famine Early Warning Systems Network, is that it is the worst in 50 years The scale of this...

Life on the edge; the Mbororo of Cameroon 

The Mbororo are a semi-nomadic cattle-rearing community who have faced discrimination since arriving in Cameroon in the early 1900s. They are a sub-ethnic group of the largest nomadic group in the world, the Fulani, who are spread across West, Central and North Africa.Many Mbororo live isolated in small, remote communities and come in to conflict with neighbouring majority communities who despise them as illegal...

Bangladeshi government blocks EU-funded anti-torture project 

The Bangladeshi government is blocking an EU-funded program aimed at stopping torture, according to Odhikar, a human rights group. Odhikar has become the victim of numerous acts of harassment by the government agencies. The NGO Affairs Bureau (NGOAB), under the Prime Minister’s Office, has kept pending its approval and fund clearance of Odhikar’s project for more than 6 months when this process should not...

Foreign investment threatens Burma's ethnic minorities: report 

Foreign investment has risen dramatically over the past year, as international companies cooperate with Burma’s government to exploit the country’s natural resources. But those resources are concentrated in areas occupied by ethnic minorities, and projects such as hydroelectric dams have already sparked fighting between ethnic armed groups and government forces.The influx of investment threatens both ethnic minorities and the environment, according to a new...

MRG Podcast: August 2011 

Welcome to Minority Rights Group International’s August 2011 podcast. This month we visit an isolated cow-herding community in Cameroon and hear about how competition for land and resources leads to conflict between neighbours, and learn about the challenges Dalits in Nepal face to escape the age-old caste system. Our minority music selection this month comes from Colombian superstar Toto la Momposina, whose tunes, like...

India: Dalit homes destroyed without warning by Delhi authorities 

Imagine sitting in your home. It’s ten o´clock in the morning and you suddenly see a bulldozer, with its jaws wide open, drive up to your front door. You are told that you have thirty minutes to collect your belongings and get out of the family home you have lived in for decades, before it is completely destroyed, reduced to a worthless pile of...

Interviews with activists: Johanne Ongbenok, Director of FONDAF, Cameroon 

Johanne Ongbenok is the director of FONDAF, an organisation working to support the Bagyeli community in southern Cameroon. The Bagyeli, a nomadic forest people living in the Campo Ma'an national park in southwest Cameroon who are commonly referred to as ‘Pygmies', have sustained themselves for centuries using their vast knowledge of the plant and animal life of the surrounding forest. They traditionally survived by...

Syria in change - Solution for the Kurdish issue 

Since 15th March of this year, citizens rose up against the regime in Syria, which is considered as one of the most brutal and repressive regimes in the Arab world. The reaction of the Syrian regime on the protests of the Syrian people has showed this brutality. Thousands of Syrians have paid with their life for their demand for freedom, democracy and human rights.The...

Sri Lanka: Discrimination against Tamils continues after the war  

Sri Lanka’s Tamil minority continues to suffer discrimination despite the defeat of the Tamil Tiger rebel group, activists say.Government forces in 2009 overwhelmed the Tamil Tigers, or the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE), ended a bloody war in which the rebel group fought to secure a separate state.Human rights activists and civil society groups say the end of the conflict has opened the...

Sri Lanka: villagers denied right to return home 

During its push to defeat the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE), the government uprooted many communities, some of whom continue to be displaced even though the war ended in 2009. One of these communities is the coastal village of Sampur. Sampur was the initial target of the advancing government forces and the entire village was moved to Batticaloa. From Batticaloa they were...

Cambodia: forum seeks ways to address marginalization of indigenous peoples 

Government officials and representatives of several UN agencies have met to discuss issues concerning Cambodia's indigenous people, calling for greater attention to preserve cultural value of the indigenous groups and improve their economic status so as to reduce inequities between them and the majority of the country's population. The pursuit of socio-economic development that is inclusive can help minimize threat to the way of life of the...

China digs in across conflict-ridden Burma to access oil and gas  

A report released by the Shwe Gas Movement reveals the disturbing extent to which China has advanced construction of a trans-Burma oil and gas pipelines project, despite raging conflict and associated abuses. Sold Out details the expanding construction of a deep sea port, gas terminal, and oil transfer point in Burma’s western Arakan State as well as the laying of nearly 800...

Sri Lanka: laws fail to protect minorities 

The government of Sri Lanka ratified the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on 18th February 1982, and it entered into force on 20th March 1982. Upon ratifying the convention, national laws were imposed by the Sri Lankan government to enhance all citizens, including people belonging to minority groups. Unfortunately, legislation has done little to help the minorities, but instead has led...

Philippines: indigenous peoples, environmentalists ejected from mining conference 

A group of indigenous peoples and environment activists staged protest at the Sofitel Plaza Hotel in Pasay City where a conference of mining investors was being held. Members of the Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) and Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment led the protest. The protesters were ‘pushed out’ of the hotel lobby by security. The hotel security forcibly took...

MRG Podcast: September 2011 

Welcome to Minority Rights Group International’s September 2011 podcast. This month we learn about the effect of development projects on ethnic minorities in Burma’s war-torn border areas, hear about a Dalit hero who continues to provide inspiration for millions of Indians suffering caste-based discrimination, and tune in to the sweet melodies of contemporary Maori music from New Zealand....

UK: Dale Farm residents resist controversial eviction by Basildon Council  

These pictures were taken on 20 September at Dale Farm in Basildon, Essex, UK, which is home to 90 Traveller, Romani and Gypsy families. The land, a former scrapyard, is owned by the families and is the UK's largest Traveller settlement. Part of Dale Farm was granted permission for residential use by Basildon Council. However the portion of the land where around 400 people...

Philippines: indigenous activist killed in the latest of a series of deadly attacks 

An indigenous activist has been shot and killed by masked, motorcycle-riding attackers, according to an indigenous peoples’ organization. Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) condemned the slaying of Rabenio Sungit, an indigenous Palaw’an leader. Sungit was shot twice with a .45 caliber pistol at a public market in Quezon Municipality, Palawan, on September 5. He was the ninth indigenous activist to be...

Kenya: Justice for Indigenous Peoples - The Endorois Case 

The Endorois, a semi-nomadic people, had for centuries herded their cattle and goats around Lake Bogoria in the Rift Valley, Kenya. In the 1970’s they were evicted from their traditional lands to create a nature reserve intended as a tourist attraction.The creation of the reserve deprived the Endorois of access to grazing lands and ultimately consigned them to lives of poverty and deprivation.  However,...


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