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Minorities at the UN: Effective participation of Dalit women in India's economic life 

The Centre for Social Equity and Inclusion (CSEI), an NGO based in New Delhi, India, recently spoke at the fourth session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues, focusing on the challenges faced by Dalit women in participating in economic life.Arti Verma, CSEI's representative, stated that despite constitutional and legislative provisions put in place to address the issue of caste discrimination, Dalit women continue...

Minorities at the UN: Uyghur women face severe rights violations in China 

Rebiya Kadeer, the president of the World Uyghur Congress, spoke at a side event organised by MRG and UNPO at the UN Forum on Minorities in November 2011. The event focused on the subject of violence against women and their access to justice.In her presentation, Kadeer drew attention to severe rights abuses faced by Uyghur women in China. She stated that due to their...

Kenya's fisherwomen helping themselves out of poverty 

Women in the Fishing Industry Programme (WIFIP), is an NGO based in Kenya that works on education and development activities for women in the fishing industry to bring about their socio-economic empowerment. WIFIP's work often centers around vulnerable, marginalized, rural and urban populations and those in situations of chronic economic insecurity. In this photo story, we take a look at the women who strive to empower themselves socially and...

Minorities at the UN: Improve access to early childhood services for Roma in Europe 

The Roma Education Fund (REF), an NGO based in Budapest, Hungary gave a presentation at a side event arranged by the OHCHR and chaired by MRG, that complemented the fourth session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues.  REF works on closing the gap in educational outcomes between Roma and non-Roma children in 14 different countries in Europe.Beata Bislim Olahova, represented REF at the...

Minorities at the UN: Eradicate racism towards Afro-Latinas in Latin America 

At a side event on 29 November 2011, organized by the OHCHR and chaired by MRG’s Executive Director Mark Lattimer, Leonardo Reales, an Ethnic Rights Consultant for AFROLATINOS and ECODESARROLLO,  spoke on the many challenges faced by Afro-Latin women in Latin America, drawing on examples from his home country Colombia. He highlighted the fact that Afro-Colombian women were the poorest of poor, in a...

Ensuring minority rights in Nepal's new constitution 

These photos were taken by Support Nepal that had recently organized a regional training conference called 'Together for Rights' that focused on minority rights within the context of state restructuring in Nepal. The conference, held earlier this year in January, was held in seven places all around Nepal's five regions and included the participation of minority communities such as the Madeshi, Dalits, Mahilas, Janjatis...

Mass protests in India to reclaim Dalit budgetary rights 

On 9th of May thousands of Dalits and Adivasis (Tribals) from all over India stormed up to the Parliament in New Delhi to demand their rightful economic share in the state and union budgets. “The scorching heat did not deter their spirits as they shouted in unison and one could her the beating drums as if to stir the capital to...

UK/India: UPR reviews at the UN, time to act on caste discrimination 

When India and the UK come up for review by the UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on 24 May, IDSN urges all UN member states to seize this important opportunity to address concerns about caste discrimination based on recommendations by civil society and UN human rights bodies. Ahead of the reviews, IDSN has launched an Appeal to UN Member States, Special Procedures, and...

Iran: New wave of demonstrations in Iranian Azerbaijan suppressed by riot police 

A new wave of mass demonstrations to save Lake Urmia was violently suppressed by Iranian security forces and riot police in streets of Azerbaijani cities of Iran such as Tabriz, Urmia, Marand, Marageh and Miyaneh. The riot police and security forces used tear-gas and batons to disperse the crowed, arresting scores of protesters. In the city of Urmia, capital of West Azerbaijan province, tens...

Iran: Azeris protest against dams and government neglect 

Azeris in Iran have joined together to protest against dam construction on Lake Urmia’s tributaries that is destroying the region’s ecological and economic resources.Lake Urmia, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, is situated between the East and West Azerbaijan provinces and is one of the largest salt lakes in the world. But over the past 15 years it has shrunk by 60 per cent due to...

India: Land and life lost in Bihar 

On April 5, Belwanti Devi was shot to death during a protest in a Musahar colony in the heart of Bihar state capital, Patna. The protest was spurred by a land grab in a Musahar Dalit community where she lived with her family. Her family had lived there for more than a century when Jai Niwas Construction Company (or Amit Constructions) grabbed land located...

Chile: Anti-terror law used against Mapuche activists  

In late November 2011, Mapuche protesters in the southern region of Araucania once again clashed with Chilean police. They demonstrated against plans to build an airport on Mapuche land; police used tear gas against the demonstrators, who were blocking the highway. Earlier in January, the Santiago Court of Appeals had rejected the Mapuche claim and ruled that the airport project could go ahead. The...

Burma: International support needed to protect Rohingyas from persecution 

Statement, 14 June 2012 Odhikar is deeply alarmed by rapidly deteriorating sectarian violence in the Rakhine State of western Burma since June 3, 2012. So far the facts and evidence received by Odhikar depicts a grim scenario in which the minority Rohingyas are particularly persecuted and forced to leave their homeland. They are being killed, wounded and their villages burnt and when they try...

India: Adivasis fight mega-dams  

A new “powerhouse” is emerging in the frontier state of Arunachal Pradesh, north-eastern India. Public and private companies have proposed 168 massive dams, to produce 57,000 megawatts of hydropower, in this strategically important region, which borders Myanmar in the east, Bhutan in the west and China in the north. All of these dams are proposed for the upper reaches of the Brahmaputra...

Sudan: Correction - Intisar Sharif Abdulla still in custody 

SIHA is sorry to have to correct its statement of Thursday June 19th that Intisar Sharif Abdallah, who had been sentenced to death by stoning for alleged adultery on 22nd of April 2012 by Ombadah/Omdurman criminal court, had been unconditionally released. This information given to us by Omdurman prison staff proved to be wrong. In fact, the appeal court of Karari/Omdurman referred the case...

Film: State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2012 

Natural resource development projects such as logging and dams, oil and mineral extraction and large-scale agriculture have been successful in generating vast revenues across the globe. But at what cost to minorities and indigenous peoples?In its flagship annual publication, State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2012, Minority Rights Group International documents hundreds of case studies about marginalized groups who have been adversely...

China: Tibetans stop mining on sacred mountain 

Tibetans call the Plateau of Tibet ‘the land surrounded by mountains’. Among the massive mountain chains, a few peaks are especially sacred, attracting pilgrims from afar. In rugged eastern Tibet, nowhere is a sacred as the hidden land of Kawa Kharpo. The sacred Kawagebo mountain sits on the border between the Tibetan Autonomous Region and China’s Yunnan Province; its eastern side is part of...

State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2012 

Natural resource development projects such as logging and dams, oil and mineral extraction and large-scale agriculture have been successful in generating vast revenues across the globe. But at what cost to minorities and indigenous peoples?In its flagship annual publication, State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2012, Minority Rights Group International documents hundreds of case studies about marginalized groups who have been adversely...

Ethiopia: Outrage as World Bank funds power lines linked to controversial dam 

Human rights organizations, including Survival International and Human Rights Watch, have fiercely criticized a decision by the World Bank to fund power lines in Ethiopia linked to the controversial Gibe III dam. The newly-approved project will help transport power generated by a notorious hydroelectric dam in southern Ethiopia, to Kenya’s power grid. Ethiopia’s controversial Gibe III dam is expected to be complete...

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...


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