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Chile: Anti-terror law used against Mapuche activists  

In late November 2011, Mapuche protesters in the southern region of Araucania once again clashed with Chilean police. They demonstrated against plans to build an airport on Mapuche land; police used tear gas against the demonstrators, who were blocking the highway. Earlier in January, the Santiago Court of Appeals had rejected the Mapuche claim and ruled that the airport project could go ahead. The...

Malaysia: Indigenous groups contest mega-dams in Sarawak 

Sarawak — a forested Malaysian state on the island of Borneo — is home to 2.5 million people and 40 indigenous groups. The rights of many of these groups are now under threat as three of China’s state-owned companies are helping to build as many as 51 controversial dams in Sarawak. These projects will displace large numbers of indigenous communities who lack the legal...

Burma: International support needed to protect Rohingyas from persecution 

Statement, 14 June 2012 Odhikar is deeply alarmed by rapidly deteriorating sectarian violence in the Rakhine State of western Burma since June 3, 2012. So far the facts and evidence received by Odhikar depicts a grim scenario in which the minority Rohingyas are particularly persecuted and forced to leave their homeland. They are being killed, wounded and their villages burnt and when they try...

Film: State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2012 

Natural resource development projects such as logging and dams, oil and mineral extraction and large-scale agriculture have been successful in generating vast revenues across the globe. But at what cost to minorities and indigenous peoples?In its flagship annual publication, State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2012, Minority Rights Group International documents hundreds of case studies about marginalized groups who have been adversely...

State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2012 

Natural resource development projects such as logging and dams, oil and mineral extraction and large-scale agriculture have been successful in generating vast revenues across the globe. But at what cost to minorities and indigenous peoples?In its flagship annual publication, State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2012, Minority Rights Group International documents hundreds of case studies about marginalized groups who have been adversely...

India: Dongria Kondh take mining battle to Supreme Court  

'They want to take these rocks from the mountain. These rocks are the reason our children can live here. Because of these the rain comes. The winter comes, the wind blows, the mountain brings all the water. If they take away these rocks, we’ll all die. We’ll lose our soul. Niyamgiri is our soul.' - Dongria Kondh man (from Mine – Story of a Sacred...

Afro-Colombian women defend their heritage 

‘I’m really proud of mining, of course. In this region most women are miners, because that’s how we earn a living to raise our kids. For me it’s really unfair, because there are people who come from other places to occupy our mines. I mean, they want to come and take over territories where there’s mining. The mines should be just for people from...

Ethiopia: Outrage as World Bank funds power lines linked to controversial dam 

Human rights organizations, including Survival International and Human Rights Watch, have fiercely criticized a decision by the World Bank to fund power lines in Ethiopia linked to the controversial Gibe III dam. The newly-approved project will help transport power generated by a notorious hydroelectric dam in southern Ethiopia, to Kenya’s power grid. Ethiopia’s controversial Gibe III dam is expected to be complete...

Kenya: What the Constitutional Court’s ruling on boundaries and electoral areas means for minority communities  

On 9 July 2012, a panel of five judges made their ruling on several petitions filed by dissatisfied community members against how the Indepenedent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in Kenya had gone about fixing new boundaries and electoral areas. MRG’s Africa Regional Information Officer caught up with Molu Korepu Tepo, a consultant with MRG under the Good Governance Project and asked him what...

Democratic Republic of Congo: Indigenous organizations call for humanitarian assistance for displaced Batwa people  

We, organizations of indigenous Batwa people and those who accompany them, regret to note the following:- Large-scale displacement of indigenous Batwa across the entire province of North Kivu due to numerous conflicts that occur. Therefore, they are the primary innocent victims;- Indigenous Batwa people do not have access to, or have difficulty accessing, emergency humanitarian aid in IDP (internally displaced persons) camps due to...

MRG Event: Business, natural resources and minority rights 

Minority Rights Group International (MRG) is holding a seminar on business, natural resources and minority rights in London, UK, on 17 October 2012.While the principle of corporate responsibility for human rights is gaining ground, the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples have not been given sufficient attention. As a result, these communities around the world continue to face eviction from their lands and other violations...

Lithuania's Roma - stateless and excluded 

Click on the links below to learn more about the history leading to the current statelessness of some members of the Roma community in Lithuania, as well as the factors maintaining their exclusion from citizenship, and the Roma Holocaust and the lack of public conscience of it in the country. http://advocacynet.org/wordpress-mu/efilo/2012/09/09/of-course-the-horse-is-still-romantic-but-a-car-would-be-preferable/http://advocacynet.org/wordpress-mu/efilo/2012/08/04/weve-all-heard-the-call-to-%E2%80%9Cnever-forget%E2%80%9D/Photo: A Romani family in The Kirtimai settlement in Vilnius.Credit: Eglė Kristina Kucinskaite...

Tanzania: MRG's Head of Law visits Maasai communities pitted against safari company over land dispute 

In August 2012, Carla Clarke, MRG's Head of Law, visited the Maasai villages of Sukenya and Mondorosi, which border the world-renowned Serengeti National Park in northern Tanzania.The villagers are involved in an over 12,000-acre land dispute withThomson Safaris, a US-based tourism company which prides itself on its community involvement.The primary cause of the conflict between the local community and Thomson Safaris is over land...

Namibia: UN Envoy says minorities and indigenous peoples crave inclusion 

As the main human rights monitoring and advocacy NGO in Namibia, NamRights welcomes the Statement (click on the link below to download) of UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya, upon ending his visit to the African country. During a media conference held at UN Center in the Namibian capital Windhoek this morning, Anaya pointed out that all the...

Lithuania: Nobody wants a 'gypsy' on their staff 

Read a blog by Elise Filo about the discrimination and difficulties Roma face in finding work in Vilnius, Lithuania.Elise is a human rights advocate and photographer, currently focusing on Roma rights.Image: The Advocacy Project...

Cameroon: Participation of Minorities in 2013 Elections 

Watch a video report on the participation of minorities in the 2013 municipal and parliamentary elections.Workshop organised by Laimaru, MBOSCUDA, CAEPA & Pioneers and funded by MRG's Global Advocacy Programme.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWLugwLOoHs...

Cameroun: La situation des minorités Montagnardes  

Lorsqu’on parcourt les documents officiels de l’Etat du Cameroun ainsi que les rapports des organismes (nationaux et internationaux) travaillant sur les questions de « minorités », il ressort clairement que les Montagnards, notamment ceux de la région de l’Extrême-Nord, font partie intégrante des composantes sociologique dites « populations autochtones » ou « minorités »La Loi fondamentale du 18 janvier 1996 reconnaît l’existence des minorités...

Pakistan: UN review - Urgent protection needed for minorities 

The Government of Pakistan has failed to honour the commitments it made at the UN review of its human rights record four years ago. International NGOs are urging states to recommend it to ensure full protection of minorities, including Dalits and other marginalised groups.Click on the link below to download the press release....

Egypt: A Step Back for Minorities in New Draft Constitution? 

My definition of “minorities” is the legal terminology mentioned in international law which protects ethnic, religious and cultural-linguistic minorities. Political minorities, however, are another issue to be discussed. Although the January 25, 2012 Egyptian Revolution began for freedom, social justice, full equality and equal opportunities without discrimination among citizens, Mohamed Morsi’s presidential election victory in June 2012 has hijacked this sentiment, rendering it...

Egypt: Part II - Minorities in the constitution draft, a step back 

Part II of a series of articles reflecting on the drafting of Egypt's new constition, by Mamdouh NakhlaMinorities' fears are rightly aroused by code three of the latest draft of the constitution which states that, 'the principles of legislation of the Jews and the Christians is the main source that discipline their family affairs, their religious affairs, and the electing their spiritual leaders.'This code...


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