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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...

Interviews with activists: Sidney Francis, President of the Central American Black Organization  

The 41st regular session of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) was held from June 5th to 7th 2011, in the Central American country of El Salvador.  A number of civil society organizations (CSOs) that were approved by the OAS Permanent Council, received  official invitations under the accreditation of "Special Guest" .These included CSOs from the Americas that represented women,...

Nepal: Dalits hope their true numbers will be revealed in census 

Dalits in Nepal are hoping their numbers will be accurately reflected in the 2011 census after civil society groups carried out a public education campaign. Previous figures show that Dalits make up for 13 percent of Nepal’s population. But civil society groups have long claimed this figure is inaccurate. They claim that Dalits may account for more than 20 percent. ...

China pressured Cambodia to deport Uighur refugees: Wikileaks 

China put considerable pressure on Cambodia to deport Uighur refugees requesting political asylum, leaked US diplomatic cables suggest. The refugees arrived in Cambodia after fleeing China following deadly rioting and a police crackdown in Xinjiang province. Cambodia deported the Uighurs, a Muslim minority, two days before China’s vice president visited Phnom Penh in December 2009, and signed off on a loans and...

Bangladeshi government blocks EU-funded anti-torture project 

The Bangladeshi government is blocking an EU-funded program aimed at stopping torture, according to Odhikar, a human rights group. Odhikar has become the victim of numerous acts of harassment by the government agencies. The NGO Affairs Bureau (NGOAB), under the Prime Minister’s Office, has kept pending its approval and fund clearance of Odhikar’s project for more than 6 months when this process should not...

Foreign investment threatens Burma's ethnic minorities: report 

Foreign investment has risen dramatically over the past year, as international companies cooperate with Burma’s government to exploit the country’s natural resources. But those resources are concentrated in areas occupied by ethnic minorities, and projects such as hydroelectric dams have already sparked fighting between ethnic armed groups and government forces.The influx of investment threatens both ethnic minorities and the environment, according to a new...

Recent attacks on women in the north and east of Sri Lanka - impunity and lack of rule of law. 

In the month of August 2011 many women in the north and the east of Sri Lanka have been attacked individually, and the female population terrorized more generally, by unidentified men, attackers now colloquially referred to as ‘Grease Yakas’. These incidents and the response of law enforcement and government agencies indicate a larger problem in the law and order situation in the north and...

Indonesia: local governments pass laws discriminating against the Ahmadiyah community 

PROTECTING THE VICTIM, NOT DEFENDING THE ACTORSWhile the minority Ahmadiya Muslim community suffers violent attacks, local government are using the legal system to perpetuate discrimination against them. The Association of Human Rights Lecturers of Indonesia examines the implications of such laws in this position paper, entitled The issuance of Regional Laws and Policies on the Prohibition of Religious Activities of the Jamaah Ahmadiyah Indonesia...

India: Dalit women trained on advocacy 

These photos are of a training session with minority women, taken in January, 2011. The participants were Dalits in the Sundarban area of West Bengal state. Training was based around awareness creation on gender and empowerment, and the importance of children rights. The training focused on: community mobilisation, empowerment processes,  development leadership qualities, lobby and advocacy strategies The Christian Children Fund of Canada works on...

India: Anti-corruption movement excludes minorities 

[The following is the statement of Dr John Dayal, Secretary General, All India Christian Council, on behalf of the Council, on the apprehensions of the religious minorities and marginalised people on the so called Jan Lok Pal Bill, the proposed anti-corruption bill.]The All India Christian Council fully understands the angst of the common people, the Dalits, Tribals, Religious Minorities against the evil of corruption....

Philippines: indigenous peoples, environmentalists ejected from mining conference 

A group of indigenous peoples and environment activists staged protest at the Sofitel Plaza Hotel in Pasay City where a conference of mining investors was being held. Members of the Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) and Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment led the protest. The protesters were ‘pushed out’ of the hotel lobby by security. The hotel security forcibly took...

MRG Podcast: September 2011 

Welcome to Minority Rights Group International’s September 2011 podcast. This month we learn about the effect of development projects on ethnic minorities in Burma’s war-torn border areas, hear about a Dalit hero who continues to provide inspiration for millions of Indians suffering caste-based discrimination, and tune in to the sweet melodies of contemporary Maori music from New Zealand....

Nepal: launch of 100 day campaign against caste discrimination and untouchability 

“I commit to end caste-based discrimination and untouchability!” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, in her video message, kicking off the bold 100 day campaign launched by her office and the National Dalit Commission (NDC) in Nepal. The High Commissioner is encouraging everyone to pledge their commitment to end caste discrimination* and untouchability and the campaign website - http://www.100daysagainstcastediscrimination.com/index.php -...

Nepal: Killing underscores persistent problem of inter-caste discrimination 

Recent violence sparked by an inter-caste marriage in a Nepali village shows the government must do more to end caste-based discrimination, advocates say. Rights groups say the family of a woman from a so-called upper caste attacked and killed Sete Damai, a 50-year-old Dalit man in central Nepal in August. The violence was sparked after the man’s 20-year-old son, Santa Bahadur Damai, eloped with...

Kenya: Justice for Indigenous Peoples - The Endorois Case 

The Endorois, a semi-nomadic people, had for centuries herded their cattle and goats around Lake Bogoria in the Rift Valley, Kenya. In the 1970’s they were evicted from their traditional lands to create a nature reserve intended as a tourist attraction.The creation of the reserve deprived the Endorois of access to grazing lands and ultimately consigned them to lives of poverty and deprivation.  However,...

Panama: Current reality and key concerns of the Afro-Panamanian population  

Interview with Afro-Panamanian community organizer Samuel Samuels.From the early colonial period Afro-Panamanians have played a significant role in the creation of the republic.  The descendants of the Africans who arrived during the colonial era are intermixed in the general population or are found in majority Afro-Panamanian communities along the Atlantic Coast .Other Afro-Panamanians are the descendants of later migrants from the Caribbean, who came...

Argentina: Radio programme on the Barlovento Group 

Indoafroamerica is a weekly radio program dedicated to minority rights produced by Argentina rights organization Casa Indo-Afro-Americana, which has been on the air for more than a decade on Radio Nacional Santa Fe. Some programs are now being made available on line as a collection of podcasts.The program is about the Barlovento Group, an emerging branch of the global African philosophical tradition, established in...

Argentina: Programa Radial sobre la Legitimizaci├│n de las tierras Mocovies 

Entrevista vía telefónica con Manuel Troncoso explicando el proceso de legitimización de tierras de la comunidad de Mocovíes en Argentina. Los mocovíes (o moqoit) son un grupo étnico desprendido del conjunto llamado guaycurú ( "guaykurú" denominación insultante que daban los guaraníes a las etnias pámpidas del Gran Chaco).Los desafíos que enfrentan este grupo indígena en el reconocimiento de sus derechos ancestrales a la tierra,...

Argentina: Radio Programme on African-descendant self-recognition in the Americas 

Indoafroamerica is a weekly radio program dedicated to minority rights produced by Argentina rights organization and MRG partner Casa de la Cultura Indo-Afro-Americana, which has been on the air for more than a decade on Radio Nacional de Santa Fe.This episode, Program 393: Autoreconocimiento Afrodescendiente, focuses on Afro-descendants' need for self recognition of their ancestral origins as a means of dealing with social alienation...


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