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Cambodia: Proposed NGO law will threaten advocates from minority, indigenous communities 

A controversial proposed law on non-governmental organizations in Cambodia could have devastating consequences for advocates from minority and Indigenous communities, a local human rights groups says.Advocates say Cambodia will use its proposed Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations to silence its critics and shut down NGOs that refuse to toe the government line.The widely criticized law would make it mandatory for NGOs to officially...

Argentina: Programa Radial sobre la Legitimización de las tierras Mocovies 

Entrevista vía telefónica con Manuel Troncoso explicando el proceso de legitimización de tierras de la comunidad de Mocovíes en Argentina. Los mocovíes (o moqoit) son un grupo étnico desprendido del conjunto llamado guaycurú ( "guaykurú" denominación insultante que daban los guaraníes a las etnias pámpidas del Gran Chaco).Los desafíos que enfrentan este grupo indígena en el reconocimiento de sus derechos ancestrales a la tierra,...

Cameroon: Anti-'Pygmy' and Mbororo Hate Campaign on DBS TV 

Download the attached briefing for information about propaganda intended to incite hate, ridicule and discrimination against the Mbororo and 'Pygmy' indigenous peoples of Cameroon. Please take action to help stop this.Photo: Mbororo community leaders, CameroonCredit: Emma Eastwood, MRG...

Cameroon: Justice for victims of powerful commercial landowner 

For the past 25 years thousands of poor Cameroonians have been subjected to serious human rights abuses by Baba Ahmadou Danpullo, a powerful multi-millionaire commercial rancher and a member of the Central Committee of the ruling Cameroon Peoples Democratic Movement (CPDM) Party. As the biggest landowner after the state in the NW Region, he uses police, gendarmes, courts and government officials to...

Colombia: Land rights defenders remain under threat  

Spanish language interview with Afro-Colombian lawyer Rosalba Castillo, representative of the Colombian rights federation Afroamerica 21, which is an accredited member of the the civil society consultative group of the Organization of American States. Among the themes discussed are ongoing state neglect and marginalization of Afro-Colombian populations, and the disposession of communally titled Afro-Colombian ancestral lands by armed groups who occupy the territories (which...

MRG photo story: Uncertain future for Israel's indigenous Bedouin 

In the next few months, the Israeli parliament is expected to legislate on a plan to demolish homes and displace 30,000 Arab Bedouins from the Negev desert of southern Israel. On 11 September 2011, the Israeli cabinet decided to go ahead with the controversial ‘Prawer plan’ that is aimed at providing a full resolution to continuing issues between the state and Bedouin over land...

New documentary from MRG and Hollman Morris: Suárez Gold: Afro-Colombian miners defending their heritage 

Afro-Colombians have been carrying out small-scale mining in Colombia’s Cauca region since their ancestors settled there in 1637. Today their descendants continue to chip away at the red earth in search of gold, seeing it not only as a means for earning a modest living, but also as an activity deeply linked to their culture.Between 2002 and 2010, Colombia’s government gave out 7,500 mining...

Israel: Interview with Hanan Al Sanah, a Bedouin womens' rights activist 

Bedouin Arab women face high rates of poverty. They face disproportionately low levels of education and employment compared to other Israeli women. They are discriminated by the state and from within the community due to strict cultural traditions and customs. Hanan Al Sanah is a women’s rights activist who works with Sidreh, a Bedouin women’s organisation. Here she explains some of the major problems...

Israel's Bedouin Arabs at risk: the Prawer plan 

30,000 Arab Bedouin in Israel are going to be evicted from their homes in the next few years as part of a government plan known as the Prawer plan. The plan is expected to be put to parliament shortly. Ravia Abu Rabia, from the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, explains what the implications of the Prawer plan are for the community....

Cambodia: Indigenous women face pressure at the forefront of land rights advocacy 

Women, including those from indigenous communities, are increasingly finding themselves on the frontline in advocating for their rights in the face of Cambodia's simmering problem of land disputes.A new report from Amnesty International released this week looks at how women in the Southeast Asian country are fighting against controversial land evictions. But this more prominent role has in turn placed them at greater risk...

Kenya: National park to be created on Samburu land without their consent 

Indigenous Samburu in Kenya fear that the newly created Laikipia National Park, which will encompass 17,000 acres of their land, may forever threaten their cattle-herding way of life.On 25 November in the Kisargei area police rounded up around 3,000 cattle and 5000 goats and sheep belonging to the Samburu community. Police attacks on Samburu homes have also been reported in the area.For more information...

Burma: Regime's land grabs disrupt lives in minority communities 

Almost two-thirds of farming families from ethnic Ta’ang communities in Burma’s northern Shan State have lost land to the country’s powerful military, according to a new report. The Ta’ang Students and Youth Organization, or TSYO, says 63 percent of farming families from the Ta’ang community in the area have had land confiscated by the military. The Ta’ang are also known as Palaung. TSYO researchers...

Burma: Mega-dams to impact thousands 

Burma’s military-backed government is proceeding with two mega dams on Burma’s Shweli River, a major tributary of the Irrawaddy, which will forcibly displace 3,000 people and directly impact over 15,000 people. The report, Shweli Under Siege, details how farmlands have been confiscated, roads built, and surveying conducted under military escort in preparation for construction of two hydropower dams in northern Shan State,...

Philippines: Violations against indigenous peoples soar under Aquino administration, rights groups claim 

Human rights violations against indigenous peoples in the Philippines are continuing, rights groups are warning. According to Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP), also known as the National Alliance of Indigenous Peoples' Organisations in the Philippines, the government of President Benigno Aquino III has done little to stem violence against indigenous activists. "In the 18-months-old Aquino administration, 13 indigenous people became victims...

Cambodia: Communal land titles awarded, but indigenous land remains under threat 

The Cambodian government has issued communal land titles to three indigenous communities--the first of their kind in the country.The government awarded the land titles this month to two villages in Ratanakkiri province in Cambodia's remote northeast. A third village in eastern Mondulkiri province will be given a communal land title in January. Together, the titles comprise a total area of almost 3,800 hectares and...

Kenya: An Ogiek woman's journey to liberation 

My story is a tale of twists and turns.When I sit down and recall my journey, I could not have anticipated, given my childhood which was full of hardships, that I today would be among those who can garner the courage to stare injustice straight in the face and say, enough. As an Ogiek girl child, accessing education was the last thing on my...

Colombia: Un poema sobre la solidaridad entre los pueblos 

En Diciembre 2011 se estreno en Madrid, España, el nuevo documental de MRG y Hollman Morris El Oro para Suarez - Mineros afrocolombianos defendiendo sus raíces. En la ronda de preguntas después de la presentación del documental participo Rosaliano Riascos Rodriguez, de la Asociación de Afrodescendientes Desplazados (AFRODES) de Colombia. En estos momentos Rosaliano se encuentra en exilio en España debido a las amenazas...

New report: Urgent measures needed to protect all ethnic groups after recent South Sudan attacks, MRG 

Minority Rights Group International (MRG) condemns the recent attacks between the Lou Nuer and Murle communities in Pibor, Jonglei state, South Sudan, and calls on the government to take immediate steps to protect civilians from all ethnic groups. In the long term, the government must also address the root causes of violence among minority communities through political representation, disarmament and equitable distribution of natural...

Philippines: Indigenous peoples wary over new mining policy 

Indigenous peoples’ organization Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) criticized President Bengino Aquino’s actions in a meeting of foreign chambers of commerce last Thursday. “Aquino acted like a kid amongst bullies in a schoolyard,” Piya Macliing Malayao, KAMP spokesperson said. “But instead of lunch money, he gave away national economy and patrimony without a fight.”Aquino promised investors of a new...

Minorities at the UN: Protect the rights of Kurdish women in Turkey 

Ela Esra Gunad represented the Association for Social Change, an NGO based in Turkey, at the recent UN Forum on Minority Issues. She spoke about how Kurdish women in Turkey, who, as a result of displacement and discrimination, face difficulties in securing their economic and social rights.Gunad states that on top of these difficulties, Kurdish women also face issues of poverty, discrimination in employment...


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