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Palestine: Interview with Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh, human rights activist 

MRG's Media Intern, Lovemore Luwizhu, interviews Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh, a Palestinian Christian who firmly believes in civic engagement to effect positive change in society.The media regularly exposes us to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, often through the lens of the editorial policy of the news outlet in question. Professor Qumsiyeh, from the town of Beit Sahour in the West Bank, here sheds more light on the...

Belize: US Capital Energy and Government of Belize Taunt Supreme Court SATIIM file for Injunction 

Punta Gorda March 18th, 2014: On October 23rd, 2013, arguments ended in the case between SATIIM and the indigenous communities, and the Government of Belize. Justice Arana reserved judgment. One would expect that a law-abiding and socially responsible company would suspend its activities out of respect for the Belizean justice system until a judgement was delivered. Not so with US Capital Energy. In fact, they...

Namibia: Himba people protest against dam and attempted bribery 

By Rebecca Sommer, for Earth Peoples For over a decade, the indigenous Himba Peoples from Namibia have objected to the construction of the Baynes Hydro Power Plant in Orokawe, Namibia. To voice their objections, they've written letters to the head of state and other relevant governmental authorities, filed complaint procedures at the United Nation with the help of EARTH PEOPLES reports, and carried...

Armenia: Young minority leader preserves Yezidi identity and language  

Boris Murazi-Tamoyan, 24 years old, is an active community leader representing the Yezidi minority of Armenia. Boris was born in Armenia; has graduated from the Academy of Television and Radio, as well as served for 2 years at the national military. He speaks Armenian and Russian languages fluently. However, his native language is Yezidi (Kurmanji).In 2011, Boris along with his friends established the Yezidi...

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: Legislating against and countering hate speech in East Africa 

Case study by Laura A. YoungEast Africa and the Horn has been one of the most volatile regions in the world in recent years. Several states have passed legislation that addresses hate speech, trying to clamp down on incitement to violence, but according to Article 19’s Director for Kenya and Eastern Africa, Henry Maina, these laws often end up punishing minorities instead of protecting...

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: The unequal application of hate crime legislation in Hungary 

Case study by Eszter JovánovicsWhile the conviction, almost five years on, of four people in 2013 for the serial killing of six Roma in 2008 and 2009 is a welcome step in the fight against Hungary’s endemic hate crime, the community is still poorly protected against a rising wave of targeted violence. This is reflected in the fact that the suspected perpetrators were only...

SWM 2014: The experience of Central Asian migrants in Moscow, Russia 

Case study by Anastasia DenisovaThis research is the result of an extended participatory research study between March and April 2014, undertaken by the Civic Assistance Committee and funded by MRG with support from CAFOD.Trapped in the margins – the challenges of being a migrant in RussiaRussia’s migrant population, comprising around 11 million people, is the second largest in the world. The majority are nationals...

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: 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: Action against untouchability in Bangladesh  

Case study by Livia SaccardiAbul Basar is a Bangladeshi activist who for years has been working on a variety of development and human rights issues in the country. In particular, his focus has been on the ongoing marginalization of Dalit communities and the best ways to address the root causes of their situation. Here he discusses with Livia Saccardi the daily discrimination Dalits face...

SWM 2014: Tackling Islamophobia in the United Kingdom 

In the United Kingdom, extremist organizations such as the English Defence League have launched vocal attacks against the Muslim minority. However, while these groups remain at the fringe politically, their activities comprise only a small fraction of the true extent of Islamophobic hate speech and violence. Fiyaz Mughal, director of the charity Faith Matters, discusses the challenges with MRG and how his organization’s Tell...

Nepal: Is REDD+ indigenous-friendly? 

Funded by the World Bank and part of a UN initiative to Reduce Emissions for Deforestation and Forest Degradation (UN-REDD), the REDD+ programme introduced by the government of Nepal has emerged a national priority since 2010. However, this government-led effort to combat climate change has come under fire from indigenous rights activists, who have raised two questions: how is the programme going to be...

Nepal: Indigenous people - still a long way to go  

Looking back over the last 18 years in the history of Nepali Indigenous People (IP), starting from the very first International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples on August 9 in 1995 right up to 2013, there are stories of both glory and despair. Even though IPs, also known as Adivasi Janajati, comprise a significant proportion of Nepal's population, they have systematically suffered marginalisation by the...

Nepal: VIDEO - The exclusion of indigenous people in political decisionmaking  

Nepal’s indigenous people (IP) had hoped that their important stake in the historic Constitution-drafting process would be recognised and that, in the new Constitution, their rights would be legally protected in a manner consistent with the basic principles of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention 169. But their expectations were frustrated, as the Constitution-making process ended on 28 May without a finalised Constitution, thereby...

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....

DRC: Congolese journalists learn to report on indigenous groups 

Goma - Democratic Republic of the Congo. On September 30 - 4 October, 2014, with the generous support of Irish Aid, 25 Congolese journalists were trained by MRG on how to report sensitively on indigenous groups. The training that took place in Goma - the capital of North Kivu Province - also saw the journalists visit a Bambuti community in Kingi, located in the...


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