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Suriname: Saramaka win case in human rights court  

The Saramaka are one of six Maroon peoples in the Republic of Suriname. Their ancestors were brought to Suriname in the late 17th and early 18th centuries as slaves to work in Suriname's sugar, timber, and coffee plantations. The Saramaka live in a 9,000 square kilometre area of central Suriname. In the 1960s, a hydroelectric dam was built on their traditional land, devastating almost...

Russia: Coal smog settles over Siberia  

Kazas is one of six towns that make up Chauvashinsky National Village in Kemerovo Oblast, in south-west Siberia. The small-numbered indigenous Shor and Teluts make up the population of Kazas. There are only about 13,000 Shors in Russia, of which Kemerovo Oblast is home to the vast majority. They are mainly farmers and beekeepers but still practice traditional hunting, fishing and cedar nut harvestingThe...

Papua New Guinea: Police raids around Porgera gold mine 

The Porgera gold mine is located in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. It is one the largest in the country and has operated since 2006 as part of the Porgera Joint Venture (PJV).PJV is 95 per cent owned by subsidiaries of the Canadian Barrick Gold Corporation (Barrick), the largest gold mining company in the world; the provincial government owns 2.5 per cent, and...

Turkey: Dam deluge for Kurds 

The proposed 12,000 megawatt Ilisu dam on the Tigris River in south-east Turkey is one of the world’s most controversial hydro projects. Up to 78,000 people, mainly Kurds, but also other minorities including Arameans and Arabs will be directly affected by this project. Thousands more people will be affected in the downstream neighbouring countries of Syria and Iraq. Moreover, the 313 square-kilometre reservoir will...

India: Dongria Kondh take mining battle to Supreme Court  

'They want to take these rocks from the mountain. These rocks are the reason our children can live here. Because of these the rain comes. The winter comes, the wind blows, the mountain brings all the water. If they take away these rocks, we’ll all die. We’ll lose our soul. Niyamgiri is our soul.' - Dongria Kondh man (from Mine – Story of a Sacred...

Adivasis of Bangladesh: a year of broken promises  

‘My grandfather used to tell me not to go in there,’ the old man points to a wide expanse of grass where Bengali children are playing football, ‘because of the tigers in the forest’. He is a member of the Garo community; one of Bangladesh’s estimated 46 indigenous or ‘Adivasi’ peoples. He is an activist fighting for his people’s ancestral forests in Modhupur, in...

Kenya: What the Constitutional Court’s ruling on boundaries and electoral areas means for minority communities  

On 9 July 2012, a panel of five judges made their ruling on several petitions filed by dissatisfied community members against how the Indepenedent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in Kenya had gone about fixing new boundaries and electoral areas. MRG’s Africa Regional Information Officer caught up with Molu Korepu Tepo, a consultant with MRG under the Good Governance Project and asked him what...

MRG Event: Business, natural resources and minority rights 

Minority Rights Group International (MRG) is holding a seminar on business, natural resources and minority rights in London, UK, on 17 October 2012.While the principle of corporate responsibility for human rights is gaining ground, the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples have not been given sufficient attention. As a result, these communities around the world continue to face eviction from their lands and other violations...

Philippines: Police, security push protesters from mining conference 

The Chamber of Mines of the Philippines is holding a three-day Mining Conference and Exhibition at the Sofitel Hotel in Pasay City. The event, attended by government officials and representatives of local and foreign mining corporations were apparently oblivious to the barrage of protesters outside the five-star hotel this morning. “While our lands and patrimony are being bargained off by the government to...

Tanzania: MRG's Head of Law visits Maasai communities pitted against safari company over land dispute 

In August 2012, Carla Clarke, MRG's Head of Law, visited the Maasai villages of Sukenya and Mondorosi, which border the world-renowned Serengeti National Park in northern Tanzania.The villagers are involved in an over 12,000-acre land dispute withThomson Safaris, a US-based tourism company which prides itself on its community involvement.The primary cause of the conflict between the local community and Thomson Safaris is over land...

Namibia: UN Envoy says minorities and indigenous peoples crave inclusion 

As the main human rights monitoring and advocacy NGO in Namibia, NamRights welcomes the Statement (click on the link below to download) of UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya, upon ending his visit to the African country. During a media conference held at UN Center in the Namibian capital Windhoek this morning, Anaya pointed out that all the...

Cameroun: La situation des minorités Montagnardes  

Lorsqu’on parcourt les documents officiels de l’Etat du Cameroun ainsi que les rapports des organismes (nationaux et internationaux) travaillant sur les questions de « minorités », il ressort clairement que les Montagnards, notamment ceux de la région de l’Extrême-Nord, font partie intégrante des composantes sociologique dites « populations autochtones » ou « minorités »La Loi fondamentale du 18 janvier 1996 reconnaît l’existence des minorités...

Malaysia: The road to Murum dam 

The government-built tarred road to Murum dam is pitted with large potholes: a casualty of overflowing, under-regulated logging trucks. This road begins from the junction leading to Bakun dam, off the old Bintulu-Miri highway in the Malaysian Borneo state of Sarawak. It then merges into a logging road at the turn-off where a large sign beckons with the words, Murum dam. The road...

Africa: New land grabs exposed. Asian palm oil companies run into trouble 

Indonesia’s largest palm oil company, Sinar Mas, ran into trouble recently when communities in Liberia complained about a 33,000 ha. operation being developed on their lands by its indirectly-owned subsidiary, Golden Veroleum, in Butaw District, Sinoe County.Alfred Brownell, the lawyer from Green Advocates representing the Kru tribes impacted by the project who is attending the 10th Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil being held in...

Zimbabwe: San elders make anti-discrimination case before minister, receive children's learning materials in symbolic act 

On Sunday 4 November 2012, the Co-Minister in charge of National Healing and Reconciliation, the Honorable Moses Mzila Ndlovu, met about 180 San elders in Tsholotsho, Gariya Community Centre in Tsholotsho Ward 10.The one-on-one meeting, itself a rarity with a senior government official, discussed key issues affecting the San, inluding; The San discrimination,  Lack of access to clean water, education and health services,  Discriminatory...

Belize: EIA 'consultation' neither free nor fair 

The sole public consultation to discuss the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for US Capital Energy´s proposal to drill in Belize's Sarstoon-­TemashNational Park did not allow for a full and proper venting of community concerns, nor did it facilitate responses to critical questions impacting the indigenouscommunities.Click on the link below to download a press release from SATIIM, MLA, TAA and communities of the Sarstoon Temash...

Europe: Video - 20 years of the Office of the High Commissioner for Minorities 

MRG staff attended a conference organised by the European Centre for Minority Issues in Flensburg, Germany, in July 2012, to celebrate 20 years of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe's Office of the High Commissioner for National Minorities (HCNM).The conference aimed to discuss the future challenges of minority rights protection in Europe, and enhance knowledge and understanding of the HCNM’s functions and...

Africa: Civil society representatives across Africa root for pro-poor land policies 

95 participants from over 22 countries in Africa, representing indigenous and non-indigenous populations, urged governments to implement people-centred land policies as the only sure way to protect poor and vulnerable communities including minority and indigenous peoples. This was during a Land Reform meeting in Cameroon hosted by MBOSCUDA, November 7-8, 2012, under the theme ‘Securing the land rights of indigenous people and rural...

Zimbabwe: San people forced to abandon their homes in search of water  

About one thousand members of the San community in Tsholotsho, Zimbabwe, may be forced to abandon their homesteads in the next 5 days and settle in the bush in a quest to access water for both human and animal use. The Chairperson of the San Community in Tsholotsho, Mr Christopher Dube, has revealed that shortage of water has reached its peak levels in...

India: Kuki blockade Manipur highways in last ditch attempt to force government to dialogue 

Dr Manmohan SinghPrime Minister Govt of India12/11/2012 Subject: Political dialogue with the Kukis, represented by KSDC and Kuki Militant OrganisationsHon'ble Prime Minister,Prior to the advent of the Biritsh colonialists, the Kukis were an independent people, ruled by their noble Chieftains. The Meitei people of present-day Manipur and the Kukis co-existed in peace, politically independent of each other. From time to time, the...


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