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Yemen: Al-Akhdam face brutal oppression 

Members of Yemen’s Al-Akhdam minority cannot own land. They are subjected to violence, abuse, harassment and exploitation. They are often extremely poor and are forced to carry out the most menial and dirty jobs. They have almost no access to education. Their children are at constant risk of sexual, physical and psychological abuse by dominant members of society. They are generally despised, considered subhuman...

Belize: Maya People Return to Supreme Court for Protection 

Press Release Punta Gorda, Toledo District, The Maya Leaders Alliance and the Toledo Alcaldes Association are once again turning to the courts to hold the government of Belize to its responsibilities and to find the government in contempt of orders issued by the Supreme Court in the Maya Land Rights cases of 2007 and 2010.In 2007, the Supreme Court ruled that the Maya villages...

Kenya: MRG's Head of Law visits Endorois community in the Rift Valley 

Lucy Claridge, Head of Law at MRG (pictured here visiting a community honey cooperative), travelled to Kenya in June 2013 to meet with the Endorois community at Lake Bogoria in Rift Valley province.Click on the photos below to see a gallery showing Lucy's visit to the cultural centre where she was able to view a new 3D map identifying and displaying Endorois traditional land.   ...

Botswana: Government plans to cut off social services to induce indigenous Basarwa out of Ranyane Settlement, leaked confidential report 

According to Mr. Keikabile Mogodu, the Executive Director of Botswana Khwedom Council, an indigenous organization advocating for the political and cultural rights of the San people of Botswana, the government of Botwana has, since 2002, refused to recognize the Basarwa community area as a village. Instead, the government is going ahead with plans to relocate them from their ancestral lands. This year, the...

Chile: Easter Islands, silent genocide 

Easter Island, one of the most magnificent tourist spots in the Pacific Ocean, is mainly known for its moais (Polynesian stone sculptures). If you stay there for a week you’ll enjoy it for sure: archeological sightseeing tours, pink sand beaches, exciting dances.But if you get the chance to know the Rapa Nui people, the originary inhabitants, you’ll find out that there is a well-hidden...

Kenya: Fishermen abducted by Ethiopian militia  

The most recent conflict incident between the Turkana and the Dassenetch of Kenya in Ileret was on 30th July, 2013 when the Dassenetch identified one of his stolen nets in the Turkana boat. A heated quarrel ensued leading to the capture of the Turkana before the intervention was done by the Ileret security personnel and the people from Turkana.However, this as a grudge seemed...

Belize: The "bitter sweet" ruling of the Court of Appeal 

On Thursday, 25th of July 2013, The Court of Appeal in Belize met and gave its final judgement on the appeal of the 2010 Supreme Court case on Maya land rights in Belize.In a Landmark decision handed down by the Supreme Court of Belize on June 28th, 2010, Chief Justice Dr. Abdulai Conteh reaffirmed the customary land rights of 38 Maya communities in southern...

India: Power of participation - women’s groups dramatically improve health for Adivasi mothers and newborns in eastern India 

Case study by Dr Audrey Prost, Dr Prasanta Tripathy and Soumen SarangiInvolving Adivasi women in the planning and evaluating of health care has significantly reduced deaths and empowered women among India’s Adivasi communities in Jharkhand and Odisha.Over 84 million Adivasis (original inhabitants) from more than 500 tribal groups live in western, central, eastern and north-eastern India. Today a quarter of all Adivasis reside in...

Belize: Photo story - Oil drilling on Maya and Garifuna land 

Toledo, Belize, is the ancestral homeland of indigenous Maya people and Afro-descendant Garifuna people.  Under human rights law, the government of Belize must recognize and protect the rights of Maya and Garifuna peoples to their traditional land.But without consulting Maya or Garifuna, the government has opened Toledo to oil drilling by USCapital Energy Belize, Ltd.  The government has ignored decisions by domestic and international...

Kenya/Ethiopia: Conflict between Kenya’s Turkana fishermen and Ethiopia’s Dassanech peoples causing humanitarian crisis 

Retaliatory raids between Turkana fishermen in Kenya and Dassanech tribal peoples of Ethiopia is threatening the peace of communities eking a livelihood around Lake Turkana and has caused an emergency situation. Between July and August this year, these two communities have attacked each other four times causing 14 deaths and loss of property including fishing gear like boats and nets. According to...

Kenya: Forceful evictions of Maasai from Narasha a recipe for ethnic clashes 

Kenya was at it a month ago when a three-decade land ownership dispute, pitting the Maasai and Kikuyu in Naivasha took an ugly turn. Reminiscent of the post elections violence of 2008, over 200 youths believed to be members of the proscribed sect Mungiki, under the escort of heavily armed police men, descended on the Maasai community in Narasha with all manner...

Kenya: The impact of land-grabbing, displacement and discrimination on health 

Case study by Chelsea PurvisThe plight of the Ogiek community highlights the impact of land-grabbing, displacement and discrimination on health. The Ogiek are an indigenous group of about 20,000 people in Kenya.The Kenyan government has repeatedly and forcibly evicted the Ogiek from their ancestral land in the Mau Forest and around Mount Elgon. This has left entire communities of Ogiek homeless or without proper...

Uganda: Batwa – sexual violence and lack of health care spreads HIV/AIDS 

Displacement and loss of access to ancestral territory has had devastating effects on indigenous peoples, including on their health status. Arguably, those most severely affected have been the Batwa communities of East and Central Africa.With recent news about increases in HIV infection rates in Uganda, MRG interviewed Faith Tushabe, Executive Director of African International Christian Ministry, an NGO that works closely with Batwa communities...

Cambodia: In remote Ratanakkiri province, resource exploitation puts pressure on indigenous communities 

Ploy Them is an ethnic Tampuan woman living in Ratanakkiri province in Cambodia’s remote north-east.In 2004, Them says the government awarded a land concession to a firm that quickly opened up a large gem mining operation. Her fellow villagers were allowed to stay, but some of the gem mine infringed on the local community forest. By the time the company left several years later,...

Kenya: MRG's Head of Law addresses Ogiek about pending legal case 

In July 2013, Lucy Claridge, MRG's Head of Law, visited the Ogiek of Nessuit location, Nakuru District, to explain the effect of a recent court ruling in the Ogiek's against the Government of Kenya, currently pending before the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights.  The first case of its kind to be considered by the African Court, the case challenges the Ogiek's eviction...

Philippines: Indigenous Peoples group slams DOJ dismissal on ‘Capion massacre’ 

Only days before the first anniversary of the murders of 27-year-old Juvy Capion and her two sons in an alleged armed encounter with elements of the of the 27th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army in Tampakan, Kimlawis, Davao del Sur, a resolution from the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor in Digos City, Davao del Sur received by the complainant, Sukim K. Malid, ordered...

Tanzania: October cyclical drought should not catch government unaware 

That time of year is upon us again in Tanzania. Pastoralists are asking will the rains come, or not? With many experts now claiming that the cyclical pattern of drought in east Africa is no longer accidental,  MRG Kampala office intern Maud Tournier looks at the impact of the drought that set in in mid-October, and how minorities and indigenous peoples are coping. ...

Kenya: The customary bylaws of the Chepkitale Ogiek of Mount Elgon 

As a result of an intense community process of mapping and dialogue, the Ogiek of Mount Elgon, Kenya, have written down their customary bylaws for the first time, in order to ensure the continued conservation of their ancestral lands and natural resources.As one Ogiek community member explains:"We have never conserved. It is the way we live that conserves. These customary bylaws we have had...

Burma: Kachin group slams China’s new CSR report on Myitsone dam 

Kachin activists have slammed a new corporate social responsibility (CSR) report aimed at bolstering support for seven China-backed hydropower projects along the Irrawaddy River in northern Burma, including the deeply unpopular Myitsone mega dam.The Upstream Ayeyawady Confluence Basin Hydropower Co. (ACHC), part of state-owned Chinese Power Investment (CPI), launched its “Ayeywady Dams Corporate Responsibility Report” in Rangoon in December, claiming the projects would be...

Kenya: Stop forced eviction of indigenous Sengwer/Cherangany people 

We are deeply concerned by the forced eviction, and consequent other human rights violations, that threaten the forest life and forest homes of the 6000-7000 indigenous people and other communities in Embobut Forest in the Cherangany Hills (Elgeyo Marakwet County, Kenya).We appeal to the Government and Parliament of Kenya and to the UN organs responsible for guarding and securing the fundamental rights of such...


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