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India: Dalits demand land rights in Bihar 

On 15th February 2012, a protest march was organized by members of Dalit Shakti Sangathan, Ambedkar Student Forum, Dalit elected representatives and Jan Adhikar Kendra. They were demanding rights over land, highlighting the promises made by the Bihar state government under the schemes of Bihar Mahadalit Vikas Mission. Around 1000 people, including CBO leaders, Dalit sarpanches and members of Social Justice Committees...

A poem from Iran: Al Ahwaz, it shall be free 

There comes a day when death is upon us. There is an hour when a man is hung. There is a second when a child is born. A Child begs his brother to not step out of the door. A mother screams with pain from the torture and hate. A young girl asks to see her father again. He was never alive. A voiceless...

Philippines: Northern folk barrage mining companies in the Metro 

Three hundred people coming from different Northern provinces trooped to mining corporations’ offices in Manila to protest the violations of people’s rights in connection to the inrush of mining projects in the Northern regions.The group, led by Amianan, Salakniban! (Defend the North), Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) and green group Kalikasan-PNE, went around the capital and staged protests in front of...

Bangladesh: Smoke in the hills. A story by Per Liljas, winner of MRG's Young Journalist Award 

Forty years after Bangladesh' liberation war, indigenous communities are still stuck in the same struggleTwelve-year old Dipu Chakma was woken up by the crashing sound when the front door of his family’s hut was kicked in. Five men entered, their faces covered in cloth. Hurriedly, Dipu got up from his bed and ushered his little brother Riku to the back of the hut. Sneaking...

Where is the dignity of Burma? 

Download a report 'Where is the Dignity of the Chin of Burma? Time to speak out about crimes against humanity in Chin State.'...

Philippines: KAMP calls for justice over Lumad killing 

National alliance of indigenous peoples’ organizations in the Philippines, KAMP (Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas) is dismayed by government inaction in the extrajudicial killing of Lumad leader Jimmy Liguyon last March 5, 2012.Liguyon was the vice-chairperson of Kasilo, an organization of Ata-Matigsalug Lumad in Bukidnon. He was shot allegedly by Aldy “Butsoy” Salusad, who is said to lead a paramilitary group that...

Tanzania: Maasai land dispute with safari tourism group 

Freddy Batundi, MRG’s Capacity Building Officer in Africa, reports back on a visit to Maasai communities in northern Tanzania.Towards the end of last year I made a field trip to Loliondo, Tanzania, as part of MRG's work to support Maasai community meetings in the sub-villages of Sukenya, Mondorosi and Enadooshoke, which are part of Soitsambu village in northern Tanzania, to agree on their position...

Philippines: Indigenous people's group alarmed at rising human rights violations 

Attacks on the human rights of indigenous peoples has been rampant this past few weeks according to indigenous peoples' organization Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP.) "The Aquino adminstration seems to tolerate the human rights violations done against the people. In lieu of justice, we find our human rights situation deteriorating," Bontoc-Igorot and KAMP spokesperson Piya Macliing Malayao said. KAMP...

Philippines: ‘Oplan Bayanihan’ blamed for spate of human rights violations on indigenous peoples 

Indigenous peoples and human rights organizations staged a protest action in front of the Department of National Defense gates today, bewailing human rights violations done against indigenous peoples. "The Aquino administration seems to shrug off human rights violations done against the indigenous people. In lieu of justice, we find our human rights continually violated though his counter-insurgency policies," Bontoc-Igorot and KAMP spokesperson Piya Macliing...

Cowboys vs. Indians in Nicaragua's 'Wild East' 

As Nicaragua gears up for the elections that will determine whether the country sticks with the current trend for left-leaning Latin American governments, a largely unreported and increasingly violent struggle for control of communal lands dominates the lives of the Mayangna Indians of Wasakin, in the autonomously administered east of the country.Click on the link below to download the full article....

Colombia: Interview with Hollman Morris, director of MRG documentary 'Suarez Gold' 

On 26th April, Amnesty UK hosted the screening of a new documentary produced by the Minority Rights Group (MRG) on Afro-descendant rights and mining in Colombia, Suarez Gold: Afro-Colombian miners defending heir heritage. Hollman Morris, director of the the film and world-wide recognized journalist spoke to volunteers from the Amnesty London Photography Group. View photos of the event at http://www.flickr.com/photos/amnestylondon/sets/ or download the video at...

Colombia: Interview with Dr Andy Higginbottom on the links between mining, militarisation and displacement 

On 26th April, Amnesty UK hosted the screening of a new documentary produced by the Minority Rights Group (MRG) on Afro-descendant rights and mining in Colombia, Suarez Gold: Afro-Colombian miners defending heir heritage, Andy Higginbottom, principal lecturer in politics and Human Rights at Kingston University and also secretary of the Colombia Solidarity Campaign spoke to volunteers from the Amnesty London Photography Group. See...

Kenya: Beads of Bondage - How beads are used to ‘book’ Samburu girls into sexual relationships 

Beading is a practice in the Samburu indigenous community of Kenya which involves the sexual engagement and exploitation of girls as young as nine years old by male relatives.Download the newsletter by Kenyan organisation Samburu Women for Education and Development Programme (SWEEDO) to find out more....

Phillipines: ‘Where is your title?’ asked NCIP Commissioner to protesting IPs 

It seems these words are not exclusive to land-grabbers, says Piya Macliing Malayao, spokesperson of Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP.) Malayao referred to the words spoken by National Commission on Indigenous Peoples Chairperson Hon. Zenaida Brigida Hamada-Pawid when members of Lumad tribes in Mindanao staged protest in her office in Quezon City. “We were taken aback by when Pawid asked...

Israel: Uphold the right to land and decent living for Bedouins in the Naqab 

This morning, the residents of the AlAraqib village in the Naqab (Negev) witnessed yet another demolition of their homes and community by the Israeli Interior Ministry. The Palestinian Bedouin population of AlAraqib is being confined to the village cemetery by police forces, barred from protecting their properties or salvaging their belongings. The Israeli Interior Ministry and Land Authority have also continued their destructive policy...

Burma: Foreign investment is a catalyst for conflict 

Foreign investments are causing increasing conflict and abuses in northern Burma, despite recent ceasefire agreements and talk of reform in the country, according to a briefing paper released today by an ethnic Ta’ang group. Catalyst for Conflict by the Ta’ang Students and Youth Organization (TSYO) documents how Burma Army soldiers deployed to secure Chinese mega projects, including oil and gas pipelines and hydropower...

Interview with MRG Director Mark Lattimer: Minorities face attack as revolutions sour in Middle East and North Africa, says new global Peoples Under Threat survey 

EMBARGO: 00.01 (GMT +1) 24 May 2012Peoples under Threat is Minority Rights Group’s annual authoritative rankings table which highlights those countries around the world where the risk of mass killing is greatest.Peoples under Threat is created by compiling data on the known antecedents to genocide or mass political killing. While the individual indicators describe the current situation – what is happening – the index...

Colombia: estudio sobre la comunidad de mineros de Buenos Aires, Cauca 

Proyecto de Practica por Julián Mesa y Frei Díaz.Programa de Artes visuales y estética, Universidad del Valle. Cali, Colombia, 2011En la primera fase de nuestro trabajo comenzamos creando nexos con la comunidad de mineros de la vereda Munchique municipio Buenos Aires departamento del Cauca, donde tuvimos la oportunidad de relacionarnos mucho con las personas y enterarnos un poco más sobre las actividades de esta...

Ethiopia: Land grabs fuel violence in Gambella 

The Ethiopian government has committed gross human rights violations by uprooting the indigenous people of Gambella from their traditional territories, which they have inhabited for centuries, in order to make more land available for commercial agricultural investment.During the first phase of the government’s “villagization” programme, over 21,000 households were forcefully relocated from their traditional villages, farms and water resources. By the end of the...

Kenya/Ethiopia: Escalation of border conflict between ethnic communities 

This report highlights the most recent conflicts between the Dassenetch community of Southwest Ethiopia and the Kenya security forces at Todonyang along the Kenya – Ethiopia common border on 15th April, 2012.The Dassenetch community, who are agro –pastoralists living along the banks of River Omo extending to where the River ends in the Lake at the Kenya – Ethiopia border. The Turkana neighboring community...


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