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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...

Minorities at the UN: Effective participation of Dalit women in India's economic life 

The Centre for Social Equity and Inclusion (CSEI), an NGO based in New Delhi, India, recently spoke at the fourth session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues, focusing on the challenges faced by Dalit women in participating in economic life.Arti Verma, CSEI's representative, stated that despite constitutional and legislative provisions put in place to address the issue of caste discrimination, Dalit women continue...

Minorities at the UN: Protect the rights of Kurdish women in Turkey 

Ela Esra Gunad represented the Association for Social Change, an NGO based in Turkey, at the recent UN Forum on Minority Issues. She spoke about how Kurdish women in Turkey, who, as a result of displacement and discrimination, face difficulties in securing their economic and social rights.Gunad states that on top of these difficulties, Kurdish women also face issues of poverty, discrimination in employment...

Minorities at the UN: Uyghur women face severe rights violations in China 

Rebiya Kadeer, the president of the World Uyghur Congress, spoke at a side event organised by MRG and UNPO at the UN Forum on Minorities in November 2011. The event focused on the subject of violence against women and their access to justice.In her presentation, Kadeer drew attention to severe rights abuses faced by Uyghur women in China. She stated that due to their...

Minorities at the UN: Improve access to early childhood services for Roma in Europe 

The Roma Education Fund (REF), an NGO based in Budapest, Hungary gave a presentation at a side event arranged by the OHCHR and chaired by MRG, that complemented the fourth session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues.  REF works on closing the gap in educational outcomes between Roma and non-Roma children in 14 different countries in Europe.Beata Bislim Olahova, represented REF at the...

Minorities at the UN: Eradicate racism towards Afro-Latinas in Latin America 

At a side event on 29 November 2011, organized by the OHCHR and chaired by MRG’s Executive Director Mark Lattimer, Leonardo Reales, an Ethnic Rights Consultant for AFROLATINOS and ECODESARROLLO,  spoke on the many challenges faced by Afro-Latin women in Latin America, drawing on examples from his home country Colombia. He highlighted the fact that Afro-Colombian women were the poorest of poor, in a...

Honduras: Preserving native Bay Island culture and involving youth on Roatan Island 

The Bay Islands, located approximately 40 miles off the coast of Honduras in Central America, are an Anglophone Caribbean enclave in a predominantly Spanish speaking region. Roatan, which is the largest island in the chain, is now a popular daily port of call for large holiday cruise ships.Honduras acquired sovereignty over the Bay Islands in 1860, however it was not until the rapid growth...

Namibia: Indigenous groups' long road to claim their rights 

Two indigenous groups have stood up to the powers that be in Namibia to claim their rights. In two separate declarations, the Himba and Zemba ethnic groups made plain their demands to government.Phil ya Nangoloh, a human rights defender and Executive Director of NamRights, a Namibian human rights organization, explained to MRG how a hitherto powerless and voiceless people took their advocacy to the...

Syria/Iraq: Toward the end of Syriac Christians? 

In this media statement, the European Syriac Union (ESU) highlights the severe pressures faced by Syriac Christians in the Middle East throughout years of conflict. From the Iraq war to the uprising in Syria, Syriacs, also known as Chaldean-Assyrians, have been the victims of policies targeted at vulnerable ethnic and religious groups. The ESU states that the Syrian uprising has cost thousands of lives,...

Ensuring minority rights in Nepal's new constitution 

These photos were taken by Support Nepal that had recently organized a regional training conference called 'Together for Rights' that focused on minority rights within the context of state restructuring in Nepal. The conference, held earlier this year in January, was held in seven places all around Nepal's five regions and included the participation of minority communities such as the Madeshi, Dalits, Mahilas, Janjatis...

Sri Lanka: Arrest and abduction of human rights activist - No progress in investigations 

It's been nearly three years since Mr. Sinnvan Stephen Sunthararaj, Programme Manager of the Centre for Human Rights and Development (CHRD) was abducted by unknown gunmen in army uniforms in Colombo. Mr. Sunthararaj, who worked as Project Manager of the CHRD, was taken into custody by the Army near his office in Colombo on February 12, 2009, and handed over to the Kollupitiya...

Tanzania: Maasai land dispute with safari tourism group 

Freddy Batundi, MRG’s Capacity Building Officer in Africa, reports back on a visit to Maasai communities in northern Tanzania.Towards the end of last year I made a field trip to Loliondo, Tanzania, as part of MRG's work to support Maasai community meetings in the sub-villages of Sukenya, Mondorosi and Enadooshoke, which are part of Soitsambu village in northern Tanzania, to agree on their position...

Kenya: Beads of Bondage - How beads are used to ‘book’ Samburu girls into sexual relationships 

Beading is a practice in the Samburu indigenous community of Kenya which involves the sexual engagement and exploitation of girls as young as nine years old by male relatives.Download the newsletter by Kenyan organisation Samburu Women for Education and Development Programme (SWEEDO) to find out more....

Israel: Uphold the right to land and decent living for Bedouins in the Naqab 

This morning, the residents of the AlAraqib village in the Naqab (Negev) witnessed yet another demolition of their homes and community by the Israeli Interior Ministry. The Palestinian Bedouin population of AlAraqib is being confined to the village cemetery by police forces, barred from protecting their properties or salvaging their belongings. The Israeli Interior Ministry and Land Authority have also continued their destructive policy...

Mass protests in India to reclaim Dalit budgetary rights 

On 9th of May thousands of Dalits and Adivasis (Tribals) from all over India stormed up to the Parliament in New Delhi to demand their rightful economic share in the state and union budgets. “The scorching heat did not deter their spirits as they shouted in unison and one could her the beating drums as if to stir the capital to...

Interview with MRG Director Mark Lattimer: Minorities face attack as revolutions sour in Middle East and North Africa, says new global Peoples Under Threat survey 

EMBARGO: 00.01 (GMT +1) 24 May 2012Peoples under Threat is Minority Rights Group’s annual authoritative rankings table which highlights those countries around the world where the risk of mass killing is greatest.Peoples under Threat is created by compiling data on the known antecedents to genocide or mass political killing. While the individual indicators describe the current situation – what is happening – the index...

Ethiopia: Land grabs fuel violence in Gambella 

The Ethiopian government has committed gross human rights violations by uprooting the indigenous people of Gambella from their traditional territories, which they have inhabited for centuries, in order to make more land available for commercial agricultural investment.During the first phase of the government’s “villagization” programme, over 21,000 households were forcefully relocated from their traditional villages, farms and water resources. By the end of the...

India: Discrimination against Dalits still rife in Madhya Pradesh village  

Yuva Samvad, Nagrik Adhikar Manch and National Secular Forum conducted an investigation on 2 May 2012 in Maregaon Village of Gadarwara Tehsil of Narsinghpur district and uncovered the following details: Maregoan Village has a population of approximately 2000 individuals. Out of these, 100 families are of the Ahirwar community. Dalits make up most of the agricultural labourers in this area, where Ahirwars (Chamars)...

Iran: Azeris protest against dams and government neglect 

Azeris in Iran have joined together to protest against dam construction on Lake Urmia’s tributaries that is destroying the region’s ecological and economic resources.Lake Urmia, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, is situated between the East and West Azerbaijan provinces and is one of the largest salt lakes in the world. But over the past 15 years it has shrunk by 60 per cent due to...

India: Land and life lost in Bihar 

On April 5, Belwanti Devi was shot to death during a protest in a Musahar colony in the heart of Bihar state capital, Patna. The protest was spurred by a land grab in a Musahar Dalit community where she lived with her family. Her family had lived there for more than a century when Jai Niwas Construction Company (or Amit Constructions) grabbed land located...


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