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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...

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...

Kenya: Beading young Samburu girls into sexual bondage 

This video, which first appeared on NTV Kenya on Oct 21, 2012, was filmed in the dry, somewhat barren Rift Valley Province in Kenya, and tells the story of how the Samburu community – a semi-nomadic pastoralist group closely related to the Masaai - use an entrenched aspect of their culture to violate the sexual rights of girls as young as eight years...

Sri Lanka: The Price of Tea - campaign video supporting Tamil tea pickers 

Ceylon tea is a global brand and is one of the biggest income-earners for Sri Lanka. But an average tea-picker earns less in a day than the amount you pay for a cup of tea at your local café.Minority Rights Group International, Society for Threatened Peoples, The National Campaign on Dalit Rights, Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice, International...

Sri Lanka: Indian Tamils - A fertilizer for the economic well-being of the country 

'Before I go into my story I would like to give a brief introduction to myself. I am Subashini Selvaraj from Ratnapura District which is located in a beautiful hilly part of Sri Lanka. Originally I am an Indian Tamil girl who is unrecognized in the country with broken dreams and hopes. Thanks to God that I have got a chance to help my...

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...

Namibia: 1000 Himba and Zemba protest again against dam and human rights violations 

By Rebecca Sommer EARTH PEOPLES- Namibia, March 26, 2013Yesterday, about a 1000 Himba and Zemba held a protest march in Opuwo to show the Government of Nambia (GoN) that they had enough. This was the third protest in a row, but by far the largest. The two Indigenous semi-nomadic tribes, from the semi-desert northern region of Namibia, began their well-organized...

Mauritania: MRG visits Haratine community as part of campaign to end slavery 

Vernonique Dion, MRG's Mauritania Programme Coordinator (pictured left in the photograph), and Shobha Das, our Head of Programmes, visited Mauritania in September 2012 to meet with members of the Haratine community.MRG’s work in Mauritania, with SOS-Esclaves and Association des Femmes Chef de Famille, hopes to establish new organisations representing Haratine women, and strengthen their capacity to better advocate for their rights.Haratine in Mauritania are...

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...

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: Campaign against harmful beading culture in Samburu communities 

They are beautiful when worn around the neck. But unknown to many, some beads symbolize bondage to young girls from the Samburu and Rendile communities who inhabit Samburu, Isiolo, Laikipia and Marsabit counties.While some parents buy the beads for their daughters, others wait for the community warriors (morans) to give them; a gesture that announces the commencement of an intimate relationship. This relationship is...

Burma: Network calls for action for rivers  

The Burma Rivers Network, comprising several organizations defending the communities in Burma against the effects of dams' construction, organized the international day of action for rivers and against dams to focus attention on a project undertaken by China, Thailand and Burma for building dams on the Salween River. The goal of the organization is to stop the plan that puts at risk not only the...

UK: Chagossians protest MPA outside UK Court of Appeal 

Click on the gallery to see photos of a protest on 31 March by Chagos Islanders outside the UK Court of Appeal in central London. The Court met to hear a challenge to the creation of the Chagos Marine Protected Area.In 2010 the UK government created the world's largest marine reserve around the Chagos Islands, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean. The Islands' original...

Iran: April 20 marked as the day of the Ahwazi revolution 

According to the British Middle East Center for Studies and Research (BMCSR) 3000 Members of EU’s Ahwazi Arab community gathered yesterday outside the European Parliament to protest against the recent executions of Arab political prisoners. The protesters also condemned Iranian occupation of their land.Ahwazis voiced their support for the EU parliament call for UN Special Rapporteur on Iran Ahmed Shaheed to enter Iran and assess...

Egypt: TEDx talk - A Love-Hate Relationship with Revolution 

Sarah El Ashmawy, MRG's Egypt Programme Coordinator, recently gave a talk at TEDx Exeter about the 2011 uprising in her country.Sarah El Ashmawy left Egypt one week before the popular uprising of 2011. Her realisation that she had become disconnected from her country led her to return and conduct conversations about responses to the revolution and its outcomes, and why it is so important...

Burma: Press release by people forcibly relocated due to Myitsone Dam project 

26 March, 2014Mungchying Rawt Jat (MRJ)On March 12, 2014, local people in Aung Myin Tha relocation camp, who had been moved to make way for the Myitsone Dam, carried out a referendum asking people to choose between whether they “Liked” or “Did Not Like” the Myitsone Dam. The aim was to show the real wishes of the affected people.In total, 1,160 people aged over...

SWM 2014: Countering hate content in Pakistan's school textbooks 

Case study by Nicole Girard‘The education system in Pakistan is dominated by people having a particular religious ideology and extremist mindset. These people desire this extremist ideology to be inculcated into the curriculum and thus manipulate the education system.’ Cecil Shane Chaudhry, Executive Director of Pakistan’s National Commission for Justice and PeaceEducation has a central role to play in countering violence and discrimination against...

SWM 2014: The role of civil society in countering hate speech in Burma 

Case study by Hanna HindstromThe rise of extremist rhetoric against Burma’s Muslim minority has been facilitated by the government’s reluctance to take meaningful steps to curb this hate speech. Even pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has attracted criticism for her apparent silence on the targeted abuse and displacement of tens of thousands of Rohingya. The escalation of the violence since the recent thawing...

SWM 2014: Addressing the vulnerability of South Africa’s migrant communities 

South Africa’s relative wealth and economic opportunities have for many years attracted migrants from other countries in the region, such as Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Mozambique, to live and work in the country. However, the outbreak of anti-migrant riots in 2008, beginning in Johannesburg and spreading to other cities across the country, left at least 62 people dead and highlighted the ongoing stigmatization that foreign...

SWM 2014: Countering racism in South American football 

Case study by Antonio Cicioni and Natalia TorresIt is well known how enthusiastic South Americans are when it comes to football. However, while the region has attracted positive attention for the passion and commitment it invests in the game, this image has also been tarnished by incidents of racism. As in other regions, South American stadiums are places where hate speech and xenophobia have...


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