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Argentina: IT'S HARD TO BE BLACK HERE  

Racism, xenophobia and racial discrimination in Argentina English language audio interview with activist Nengumbi Celestin Sukama, president of IARPIDI (Instituto Argentino para la Igualdad, Diversidad e Integración).  The NGO works in Argentina to defend the rights of asylum seekers and political refugees from the African continent, and to combat racial discrimination against native Afro-Argentinians and African descendants from other countries in the hemisphere. The...

San Andres, Colombia - We stay with nothing 

Transcript of an interview with Ras Rolando, an artisan and tourist guide on the Colombian administered Caribbean island of San Andres.  The Colombian controlled Caribbean islands of San Andres and Providence are located some 500 miles from the South American coastline. In contrast, they are just 80 miles from the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua in Central America.After some 120 years of semi isolation and...

Young Journalist Award runner up: Street racing queen of Ramallah 

Minority Rights Group International, in March 2011, announced the winner of the Minority Voices Young Journalist Award - a prize for young professional and student journalists keen to cover issues affecting minorities and indigenous communities in developing countries.The three-member panel of judges, formed both from journalism and development experts, recognised the excellent level of the entries received. In particular the committee named five applicants...

Iran: Baha’i educational programme targeted in raids 

GENEVA, 22 May 2011 – A coordinated series of raids have been carried out against the homes of several Iranian Baha’is, active in a community initiative to provide a higher education programme for young members who are barred from university.Initial reports indicate that raids took place yesterday on houses in Tehran, Karaj, Isfahan, and Shiraz. As many as 30 people may have already been...

Nepal: activists call for Dalit rights to be enshrined in new constitution 

Activists are calling on Nepal’s government to make special provisions for the rights of Dalit in the new constitution. A recent conference organized by the Feminist Dalit Organization (FEDO) yielded the “Kathmandu Proclamation”, which will be submitted to authorities in charge of formulating Nepal’s new constitution.Among other measures, the proclamation suggested that the constitution ensure proportional representation for Dalit women in all government bodies...

Colombia: Community Councils bring real and lasting benefits for african descendants 

Improving the quality of life of Afro Colombian communities in the zones that they have occupied ancestrally depends on effective mobilization by the social organizations that represent them, such as Community Councils.  Community Councils generate processes related to the institution of long term policies, programmes and public projects and also facilitate the presentation of demands, interests and necessities, including protecting their territories from dispossession. ...

Colombia: Strengthening Afro-descendant Community Councils, part I 

This video is one of the products of the project: " Strengthening Community Councils Through Their Rights"  supported by USAID and TEP and carried out with the community councils of the Cauca Basin of the Pacific zone of Colombia. It was  produced in the Municipality of López de Micay with the Association de Colonias Micaysenas, a second level organization consisting of five community councils...

Colombia: Strengthening Afro-descendant Community Councils, part II 

Afro-Colombian Community Councils generate processes related to the institution of long term  policies, programmes and public projects and also facilitate the presentation of the demands, interests and necessities of their communitiesThis video is part of an internationally funded project which seeks to reaffirm the identity of the inhabitants of the territory of the Pacific Region and to strengthen ethno-territorial development and government through Community...

Current drought severely affects minority communities in East and Horn of Africa 

The East and Horn of Africa, which includes Somalia, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Kenya and Uganda, is facing severe drought. Unfortunately this is not ‘new’ news because droughts recur at least once a year in this region. What makes this drought peculiar, according to the United States’ Famine Early Warning Systems Network, is that it is the worst in 50 years The scale of this...

Cambodia: Bilingual education offers opportunities to indigenous communities 

The Cambodian government has established Khmer language schools in the highland provinces of Rattanakiri, and Mondulkiri. However, minority people in these provinces are failing to gain a good education in the government system,
mostly because many of them do not understand Khmer, the national language and medium of instruction. This has resulted in successive generations growing up illiterate and unable to speak the national language....

Uganda: Meet the first Mutwa graduate 

Alice Nyamihanda is the first Mutwa person from Uganda to achieve a university diploma. In this video, she talks about the barriers to education she faced growing up, and how she overcame these challenges to attend university and finish her diploma.Batwa in Uganda are originally forest dwellers and have been almost entirely dispossessed of their land by the combined pressures of government departments responsible for...

MRG Podcast: October 2011 

Welcome to Minority Rights Group International’s October 2011 podcast. This month we hear from a Bedouin woman from the unrecognised villages of the Negev in Israel, speak to the first Ugandan Mutwa to gain a university degree, and get spiritual with the early blues of the USA’s Deep South....

Kenya passes anti-FGM law, will it stop the Cut? 

MRG’s Africa Regional Information Officer, Mohamed Matovu, probes the success of the anti-FGM law that Kenya and several other African countries have passed.Kenya recently passed a law outlawing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), joining a small but growing list of African countries that have criminalized the cut.Those who practice, cause to practice or make snide remarks to those who don’t undergo the cut will from...

Israel: Interview with Hanan Al Sanah, a Bedouin womens' rights activist 

Bedouin Arab women face high rates of poverty. They face disproportionately low levels of education and employment compared to other Israeli women. They are discriminated by the state and from within the community due to strict cultural traditions and customs. Hanan Al Sanah is a women’s rights activist who works with Sidreh, a Bedouin women’s organisation. Here she explains some of the major problems...

Kenya: An Ogiek woman's journey to liberation 

My story is a tale of twists and turns.When I sit down and recall my journey, I could not have anticipated, given my childhood which was full of hardships, that I today would be among those who can garner the courage to stare injustice straight in the face and say, enough. As an Ogiek girl child, accessing education was the last thing on my...

Minorities at the UN: Improve education for minorities in Zimbabwe 

On 29 and 30 November 2011, MRG's partners took part in the fourth session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues as part of MRG's Global Advocacy Programme (GAP) which offers online and practical training and direct advocacy opportunities to minority activists across the world.Misheck Gondo, the National Chairperson of the National Association of Youth Organisations was one of several participants who had taken...

Minorities at the UN: Guarantee the rights of minority women in Kyrgyzstan 

MRG partner, the Institute for Regional Studies (IFRS), based in Kyrgyzstan, participated in MRG’s Global Advocacy Programme (GAP), and recently spoke on the topic of guaranteeing the rights of minority women at the recent UN Forum on Minority Issues.Luiza Khier highlighted the issues of entrenched gender roles that make early marriages common, often meaning the lack of education amongst young women and therefore affecting...

Minorities at the UN: The socio-economic empowerment of women in Kenya 

Jennipher Kere represented the Women in the Fishing Industry Programme (WIFIP), an MRG patrner organisation in Kenya which works to   empower of women, at the fourth session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues. WIFIP has campaigned for psycho-social rehabilitation of war widows who have faced trauma, internal displacement and face sexual and reproductive health risks.WIFIP points out the particular plight of the women...

African Canadians: Navigating the Ontario justice system & rebuilding young lives 

" There is a broad understanding that as a population black young people in Canada are more likely to be stopped by the police than any other ethnic group … It's a process of criminalization,  it's a process of stereotyping. You find there is greater police presence and police surveillance in black communities ...on almost every street corner you will see a police car." - Mobafa BakerThe...

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...


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