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Peru: ¡Aquí estamos! Niñas, niños y adolescentes afroperuanos 

En el marco de la Convención sobre los Derechos del Niño que establece la obligación que tienen los Estados de promover que todas las niñas y los niños ejerzan sus derechos en igualdad de condiciones, se planteó la elaboración del estudio “¡Aquí estamos! Niñas, niños y adolescentes afroperuanos”.Este estudio ofrece un primer acercamiento al ejercicio de los derechos de las niñas, los niños y...

Egypt: National Security Department’s actions heighten tension between religious groups 

This past week, Egypt has witnessed a number of important events regarding relations between Egyptian Copts and Salafists that have not been widely broadcasted in the media.On the evening of Thursday 2nd May, several hundred Salafi demonstrators protested outside the headquarters of the National Security Department to denounce what is seen to be an increase in prosecutions against practising Salafis. The protestors claimed that...

Mauritania: Why do Haratine women still live in slavery? 

The government must step up efforts to eradicate all forms of slavery and provide health care for its most vulnerable citizens.Though facing serious obstacles Mauritania, 155th of 187 countries on the UN Development Programme’s (UNDP’s) Human Development Index, has been taking steps towards meeting the MDGs. In 2010 it was reported to be very close to halving extreme poverty, and had made slight progress...

Cambodia: Roza Dao speaks at the 6th UN Forum on Minority Issues in Geneva 

At the UN Forum on Minority Issues in Geneva on 26-27 November 2013, Mrs Roza Dao spoke to delegates on behalf of the Cham National Federation of Cambodia, an NGO representing the interests of the Champa minority community. The theme of the intervention was "beyond freedom of religion or belief: guaranteeing the rights of religious minorities". Read the full text of Roza Dao's speech below:Madam...

Burma: Leaked documents expose government complicity in persecution of Rohingya 

Leaked government documents reveal severe violations of human rights of Rohingya Muslims in Burma, including restrictions on their freedom of movement, marriage and childbirth, Fortify Rights said in a new report released on Tuesday.The report implicates state and central government officials in the systematic persecution of Rohingya — tantamount to crimes against humanity under international law. 'The impacts of these restrictions are severe and have been well-documented...

Thailand: Annual festival supports hill tribe communities' education 

Each year, a festival takes place in the northern Thailand province Mae Hong Son that brings together marginalized hill tribe communities and raises money for hill tribe children’s education. The festival is organized by Toys for Thailand, a charity providing support to 29 remote hill tribe village schools located near the Burmese border in Mae Hong Son. Maria S. Miller and Sasha Billar, directors...

Bangladesh: Education on human rights for minority groups 

From the 1st to the 31st of January 2014 the Bangladesh Center for Human Rights & Development (BCHRD) in association with Aparajeyo-Bangladesh, provided basic human rights education, life skills training and Theater for Development (TFD) for 90 direct beneficiaries.The training was funded by Plan International Bangladesh under the Girl Power Project with the goal of ‘reducing gender based violence against girl & young women’,...

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: Understanding the dynamic of communal riots against Muslims in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts, Uttar Pradesh, India 

Case study by Sajjad HassanThis research is the result of an extended participatory research study between January and March 2014, undertaken by the Centre for Equity Studies in partnership with Aman Biradari, funded by MRG with support from CAFOD. Context – Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts before the riotsMuzaffarnagar and Shamli districts are part of the agriculturally rich western Uttar Pradesh (UP) region, dominated by...

SWM 2014: Using the internet to pre-empt hate speech in Kyrgyzstan 

Case study by Katya Quinn-JudgeKyrgyzstan has one of Central Asia’s most vibrant and fastest-growing internet scenes, and online platforms are playing an increasingly important role in the country. These have the potential to serve as an information bridge not only between Kyrgyzstan and other countries, but also among its different regions, which are relatively isolated due to the country’s harsh topography. At the same...

SWM 2014: Hate speech and Saudi Arabia’s Shi’a minority 

Case study by Glenn PayotFrom religious freedom and education to justice and employment, Saudi Arabia’s Shi’a minority has for decades suffered discrimination in almost every aspect of their lives. A key element in their marginalization, however, is the dissemination of negative stereotypes and misinformation about the group, as well as the failure of authorities to effectively address these representations. Faced with the challenge of...

Nepal: How to save indigenous tongues from extinction 

Four-year-old Siriya Shahi from Kathmandu is a shy girl if you try to talk to her in Nepali. Unable to speak or understand, she stays quietly in a corner of the classroom, unwilling to participate in school activities. But talk to her in her native language, Newar, and she springs into action.Siriya is one of many Nepalese children from different indigenous communities and linguistic...

Iran: Repressive Regime to Expand its Prisons in Ahwaz 

The number of public hospitals has not increased, yet Iran's Al-Ahwaz region has seen a dramatic growth in numbers of patients diagnosed with various types of cancer linked to air and water pollution. Meanwhile, the situation in Ahwaz with regards to education and infrastructure is worse ever. Millions are on the verge of starvation due to the abject poverty that plagues most of Ahwaz's...

Minority Voices Podcast: September 2014 

Welcome to the Minority Voices September 2014 podcast. This month we are firmly rooted in South Asia - we talk to a young activist from India's little-known descendants of enslaved Africans, and our minority music selection comes from Pakistan's Sufi community, who are increasingly under threat from Islamic hard-liners....

Cambodia: Lao minority fight to retain their language 

Um Simeng is the only person in her family who doesn’t speak the Khmer language.“When I need to run an official errand I have to take a translator with me,” says the 55-year-old ethnic Lao woman, resting in the shade beneath a small wooden hut in Kok Lao village, Ratanakiri province. “Usually I take one of my sons.”In her village, a remote constellation of...

The Manu Project: Building a 21st century queer totem for Auckland Pride 

The Manu Project has been conceived by London-based friends and collaborators Lyall Hakaraia and Emma Eastwood.Lyall Hakaraia is a creative director and curator of Māori descent, who has produced publicly engaging work at art power houses such as the ICA and The Barbican and in the fields of Glastonbury Festival. He has designed and made wearable art pieces for popular artists such as Beyonce,...

SWM 2015: Poland - Remembering Warsaw’s Jewish community through heritage conservation 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Dobroslawa Wiktor-Mach Before the outbreak of the Second World War, when Poland was home to the largest Jewish community in Europe, more than 380,000 Jews lived in Warsaw. During the war, however, the Nazis annihilated the large majority of the city’s Jewish population and destroyed much of their physical heritage. Under Communist rule, the surviving...

MRG and ACGRC calls on Armenia to adopt an anti-discrimination law 

Minority Rights Group (MRG) and the Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation (ACGRC) today called on the Armenian authorities at the 29th session of the Human Rights Council to adopt a comprehensive anti-discrimination law. On behalf of MRG, Mr Glenn Payot spoke. Thank you Mr. President, Minority Rights Group (MRG) and the Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation (ACGRC), our partner in Armenia, would like to make three...

SWM 2015: Bulgaria - Segregated and excluded – the situation of Roma  

Case study by Svetlozar KirilovBulgaria’s Roma are among the country’s most excluded urban population. Poverty, high levels of unemployment and limited education combine with social stigmatization, leaving them very isolated from mainstream society and unable to access many of the benefits of cities. Urban segregation has also increased over the last two decades, further reducing their visibility: ethnic Bulgarians who used to live in...

Uganda: School feeding program increasing Batwa pupil enrollment 

Most Batwa communities in the East Africa region live in impoverished conditions. And for a community that has been almost entirely dispossessed of their land by the government due to national conservation policies and is facing eminent extinction, education would rank least on their priority list. That is why in all national development indicators, they rank lower than national averages. ...


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