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Tanzania: Pastoralists face famine as effects of drought are worsened by government neglect 

A severe hunger crisis has developed over the past two months in the Ngorongoro area in northern Tanzania. Seasonal rains have largely failed in October and November, weakening cattle that are now dying of disease. Consequently, the local Maasai people who depend on their cattle for nutrition, are starving. A large number of children have died of malnutrition and related causes already. An investigation...

Southern Africa: San Peoples sign common rights declaration 

Members of the San peoples in Southern Africa have signed a Declaration on their rights and what they want their respective countries to do in order to advance their issues. The Declaration is a product of the three days San Rights Regional Conference held in Gobabis, Namibia.The conference was organized by the Working Group of Minorities in Southern Africa and brought in San representatives...

Colombia: Short film on the exploitation of natural resources, conflict and displacement 

This film, produced by Swedish NGO Colombianätverket, describes the violence and displacement faced by indigenous and Afro-colombian communities, at the hands of mining corporations and armed groups. The documentary features interviews with MRG's Media Officer, Emma Eastwood, and human rights defender Gustavo Ulcue, as well as excerpts from MRG's 2011 film Suárez Gold: Afro-Colombian miners defending their heritage, by acclaimed Colombian filmmaker and journalist Hollman...

Colombia: Defeating Invisibility - Landscapes of Violence and Human Rights Violations Against Afro-descendant Women 

The Black Communities’ Process in Colombia (PCN) released a report on the plight of Black women and launched the Afro-Colombia Women Human Rights Defenders Project, accompanied by the following press release: "As the Colombia government sits at the table to negotiate peace with the armed opposition group FARC and the nation hopes for peace, Afro-Colombia communities continue to see an escalation in violence from...

India: Kuki State Demand Committee launch "Quit Kuki Land" Movement 

THE TIMES OF INDIA TNN | Jan 22, 2013, 06.35 AM IST CHURACHANDPUR: The agitating Kuki State Demand Committee (KSDC) has announced the launch of its 'Quit Kuki Land' movement, incorporating a series of stirs including an indefinite roadblock in 'Kuki areas' of Manipur from Thursday evening. "If the government continues to ignore our longstanding legitimate demand for creation of a separate...

Kenya: Songs, drama, artifact exhibition colour Ogiek community cultural day  

The Ogiek community in Kenya marked their cultural day, which has become an annual fixture, in celebratory pomp with 14 cultural groups performing songs, drama and exhibiting rare traditional artifacts. The day, held towards the end of December at Nessuit Primary School in Nakuru County, saw Kipkurere youth group emerge the best, with Soget Ogiek Dancers and Kaplelach Women Group, the runners up....

Ethiopia/UK: Oromo rally in London 

Oromo people living in UK staged a rally against human rights violations by the government of Ethiopia. The demonstration was organised jointly by the Oromo Community in UK, the Oromo Relief Association, the Oromo Support Group and the Oromo Youth Association. “Shame on you UK tax payers; you’re paying killers in Ethiopia; Shame on you UK government; you’re supporting the tyrant of Ethiopia!”   January...

Kenya: In politics there are no permanent enemies, only permanent promises 

Kenyans head to the polls on March 4th 2013. This has been billed as a defining moment for a country whose momentous economic growth was disrupted with the 2007 post-election violence. During this period Kenya grounded to a halt. The new Constitution promises to give East Africa’s economic giant a new kiss of life. MRG’s Africa Regional Information Officer, Mohamed Matovu, takes a look...

Nepal: Indigenous Tharus in the east mark their win over Regional Waste Management Project 

Biratnagar, 11 March 2013 After Finland’s Government formally withdrew its support to Regional Waste Management Project for eastern Nepal citing dissent from ‘locals’ last month, indigenous Tharus of Dangraha village in Morang district on Monday marked their victory over their lands acquired for construction of landfill site in the village under the project. Under joint financing of Governments of Finland and Nepal,...

Cameroon: Ethnic minorities petition Biya over marginalisation 

Yuh TimchiaYaoundé Three minority ethnic communities in Cameroon have petitioned President Paul Biya to ensure they are properly represented in state institutions. The Mbororo, Montagnard and the Pygmy communities, specifically, say they want representation in the country’s nascent senate, whose members will be voted early next month. Mr Sarli Sardou Nana, the founder and coordinator of Laimaru, a national network of organisations advocating...

Liberia: Land reforms must learn from and protect communities' customary land and resource rights, urge Grand Cape Mount communities in new report 

Instances of conflict between communities and large-scale agricultural concessions have recently brought the issues of land and human rights into focus in Liberia, and throughout Africa. Rural communities in Grand Cape Mount, north-western Liberia, have been at the sharp end of a dispute with Malaysian oil palm giant Sime Darby, that received national and international attention. Today, these communities will...

Namibia: German GIZ directly engaged with dispossessing indigenous peoples of their lands and territories 

By Earth Peoples The history of the Germans invading, oppressing, enslaving, exploiting, and ruthlessly killing the people of Namibia is an extremely shameful one. It is important to understand Germany’s terrible past, to consider why especially German involvement through it’s GIZ branch in support of Namibia’s Land Reform efforts are highly inappropriate. To ensure monopoly rights to exploit mineral deposits...

Nepal: Indigenous Magars submit memorandum against preparations to declare buffer zone around Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve 

April 5, 2013 In a memorandum submitted on Monday 1 April, indigenous Magars have called on the Government of Nepal to immediately halt any preparation for declaring a buffer zone in Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve without consulting them or obtaining their consent as they are entitled to under international human rights standards. According to the memorandum, the State policies to operate the Hunting...

Tanzania: Maasai Women Taking Bold Stance to Protect Land Rights 

More than 2,000 Maasai women are taking a bold political stand in a move aimed at protecting community land rights. From the 27th of March until the 7th of April, women gathered in Magaiduru village, one of the nine villages in Loliondo Division that has recently been declared by the government as a wildlife corridor, essentially prohibiting any future use of the lands...

Full length 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...

Botswana: Bushmen face imminent eviction for ‘wildlife corridor’  

Survival International has received disturbing reports about an imminent eviction of several hundred Bushmen in southern Botswana to make way for a ‘wildlife corridor’.The Bushman community at Ranyane has allegedly been told by the local government that trucks will arrive on Monday to remove them from land they have inhabited for generations.Their houses will be destroyed. The Bushmen’s land is in a proposed...

Democratic Republic of Congo: Forest Peoples Programme launches pioneering book on indigenous peoples free, prior and informed consent 

As part of its project: "REDD financing, Human Rights and Economic Development for Sustainable Poverty Reduction of forest communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)", Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), and it’s local partners in the DRC have published, in collaboration with the Organisation d’Accompagnement et d’Appui aux Pygmées (OSAPY), the first volume of a new book series titled Forêts Africaines - Tabernacle des...

Tanzania: Government unrelenting on parceling out Maasai land in Loliondo 

The government of Tanzania, through the Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Hon Ramadhan Mwinyi, during the Permanent Forum on Indigenous issues in New York, delivered a firm stand on their action to parcel out huge chunks of pastoral land for wildlife conservancy. "The government took this decision with the understanding that environment conservation is as important for eco-system protection as it...

Cameroon: The trial of Musa Usman Ndamba - further evidence of discrimination against the indigenous Mbororo community 

On May 10, 2013, Musa Usman Ndamba was put on trial before the Court of First Instance in Bamenda, Cameroon. He was put on trial for the crimes of defamation committed by one Musa Adamu against a powerful billionaire rancher and landowner in the N.W Region of Cameroon (Alhadji Baba Ahmadou Danpullo). Now, Musa Usman Ndamba is not or has never ever been Musa...

Kenya: Speaking of Home - The Story of the Mount Elgon Ogiek  

SHALIN Finland proudly presents 'Speaking of Home - The Story of the Mount Elgon Ogiek'The Ogiek people live on the slopes of Mount Elgon in Kenya. This documentary shows the Ogiek's relationship to their homeland and to the world.An indigenous people without official minority status in Kenya, the Ogiek have gone through evictions from their native land for decades.Time after another they have returned...


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