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Liberia: Land reforms must learn from and protect communities' customary land and resource rights, urge Grand Cape Mount communities in new report 

Instances of conflict between communities and large-scale agricultural concessions have recently brought the issues of land and human rights into focus in Liberia, and throughout Africa. Rural communities in Grand Cape Mount, north-western Liberia, have been at the sharp end of a dispute with Malaysian oil palm giant Sime Darby, that received national and international attention. Today, these communities will...

Namibia: 1000 Himba and Zemba protest again against dam and human rights violations 

By Rebecca Sommer EARTH PEOPLES- Namibia, March 26, 2013Yesterday, about a 1000 Himba and Zemba held a protest march in Opuwo to show the Government of Nambia (GoN) that they had enough. This was the third protest in a row, but by far the largest. The two Indigenous semi-nomadic tribes, from the semi-desert northern region of Namibia, began their well-organized...

UK/Mauritania/Global: Actress and writer Meera Syal supports Minority Rights Group BBC Radio 4 appeal 

Appeal broadcast dates and times: Sunday 21 April 2013 (07:55, 21:26) and Thursday 25 April 2013 (15:27)Tune in to BBC Radio 4 on FM 92.4-94.6 or LW 198 or listen at www.bbc.co.uk/radio4. Did you know that slavery still exists in the world today? Even in 2013 there are still places in the world where people are born and die as slaves. Where belonging to a...

Bosnia: Listen to an interview with Sheri Rosenburg on Minority Rights and the Principles of International Intervention 

In a podcast published by the Council of Europe, Sheri Rosenberg - international law expert at Cardozo Law School in New York – discusses her visit to Strasbourg to urge Council of Europe member states to support the implementation of the European Court of Human Rights' judgement in Finci and Sejdić v Bosnia and Herzegovina. In its ground-breaking judgment on 22 December 2009,...

Tanzania: Maasai Women Taking Bold Stance to Protect Land Rights 

More than 2,000 Maasai women are taking a bold political stand in a move aimed at protecting community land rights. From the 27th of March until the 7th of April, women gathered in Magaiduru village, one of the nine villages in Loliondo Division that has recently been declared by the government as a wildlife corridor, essentially prohibiting any future use of the lands...

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...

Botswana: Bushmen face imminent eviction for ‘wildlife corridor’  

Survival International has received disturbing reports about an imminent eviction of several hundred Bushmen in southern Botswana to make way for a ‘wildlife corridor’.The Bushman community at Ranyane has allegedly been told by the local government that trucks will arrive on Monday to remove them from land they have inhabited for generations.Their houses will be destroyed. The Bushmen’s land is in a proposed...

Democratic Republic of Congo: Forest Peoples Programme launches pioneering book on indigenous peoples free, prior and informed consent 

As part of its project: "REDD financing, Human Rights and Economic Development for Sustainable Poverty Reduction of forest communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)", Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), and it’s local partners in the DRC have published, in collaboration with the Organisation d’Accompagnement et d’Appui aux Pygmées (OSAPY), the first volume of a new book series titled Forêts Africaines - Tabernacle des...

Tanzania: Government unrelenting on parceling out Maasai land in Loliondo 

The government of Tanzania, through the Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Hon Ramadhan Mwinyi, during the Permanent Forum on Indigenous issues in New York, delivered a firm stand on their action to parcel out huge chunks of pastoral land for wildlife conservancy. "The government took this decision with the understanding that environment conservation is as important for eco-system protection as it...

Egypt: Controversial laws regulating NGOs result in fines and imprisonment  

The Al-Kalema Center for Human Rights has expressed its shock regarding the recently issued judgment from Cairo Criminal Court, that has found a number of charitable organisations in breach of Egypt’s controversial NGO bill.The bill places strict restrictions upon the funding of NGOs working within Egypt and this case represents a clear sign that the courts are complying with the crackdown. The ruling laid...

Iraq: MRG's Head of Conflict Prevention speaks on situation of ethnic minorities and religious groups at the European Parliament  

MRG's Head of Conflict Prevention, Chris Chapman, will be addressing a hearing on 20 June hosted by the Delegation for Relations with Iraq, dedicated to the topic of ethnic minorities and religious groups in Iraq.The hearing will be held in the European Parliament where Mr Chapman will be joined by highly esteemed representatives of the Intergroup for Minorities of the Iraqi Council of Representatives;...

Pakistan: Religious Minority Rights; challenges for a new Government in Islamabad 

By Zimran Samuel, Barrister, Bar Human Rights Committee of England and WalesPakistan’s recent elections could prove to be a pivotal moment in the development of democracy and the rule of law in the country. It was the first democratic transition of power in the country’s history. The treatment of minorities and religious freedom generally will present an important challenge for Pakistan’s newly elected Nawaz Sharif.Indeed...

Kenya: MRG's Head of Law visits Endorois community in the Rift Valley 

Lucy Claridge, Head of Law at MRG (pictured here visiting a community honey cooperative), travelled to Kenya in June 2013 to meet with the Endorois community at Lake Bogoria in Rift Valley province.Click on the photos below to see a gallery showing Lucy's visit to the cultural centre where she was able to view a new 3D map identifying and displaying Endorois traditional land.   ...

Botswana: Government plans to cut off social services to induce indigenous Basarwa out of Ranyane Settlement, leaked confidential report 

According to Mr. Keikabile Mogodu, the Executive Director of Botswana Khwedom Council, an indigenous organization advocating for the political and cultural rights of the San people of Botswana, the government of Botwana has, since 2002, refused to recognize the Basarwa community area as a village. Instead, the government is going ahead with plans to relocate them from their ancestral lands. This year, the...

Belize: Photo story - Oil drilling on Maya and Garifuna land 

Toledo, Belize, is the ancestral homeland of indigenous Maya people and Afro-descendant Garifuna people.  Under human rights law, the government of Belize must recognize and protect the rights of Maya and Garifuna peoples to their traditional land.But without consulting Maya or Garifuna, the government has opened Toledo to oil drilling by USCapital Energy Belize, Ltd.  The government has ignored decisions by domestic and international...

Kenya/Ethiopia: Conflict between Kenya’s Turkana fishermen and Ethiopia’s Dassanech peoples causing humanitarian crisis 

Retaliatory raids between Turkana fishermen in Kenya and Dassanech tribal peoples of Ethiopia is threatening the peace of communities eking a livelihood around Lake Turkana and has caused an emergency situation. Between July and August this year, these two communities have attacked each other four times causing 14 deaths and loss of property including fishing gear like boats and nets. According to...

Global: European Parliament urges the EU to fight caste discrimination 

The elected representatives of half a billion Europeans from 28 countries are seriously concerned about caste discrimination. On 10 October the European Parliament will debate and vote on a resolution that urges EU institutions to take action on this important global human rights issue. The EU must step up its efforts to eliminate caste discrimination, one of the world’s most serious human rights...

Tanzania: October cyclical drought should not catch government unaware 

That time of year is upon us again in Tanzania. Pastoralists are asking will the rains come, or not? With many experts now claiming that the cyclical pattern of drought in east Africa is no longer accidental,  MRG Kampala office intern Maud Tournier looks at the impact of the drought that set in in mid-October, and how minorities and indigenous peoples are coping. ...

Guatemala: Edgar Pérez - Genocide and justice 

In March this year former Guatemalan dictator José Efraín Ríos Montt made international headlines when he was convicted on genocide charges. Sadly, the conviction was swiftly overturned by Guatemala's Constitution Court. A new trial is set to begin in January 2015, but many fear that the same legal and political barriers will stand in the way of a conviction.Last month one of Guatemala's foremost...

South Sudan: Interview with Paul Oleyo Longony, Boma Community Initiative 

As South Sudanese vote on becoming an independent state, in what has internationally been billed as a “new dawn” and “new chapter in history” for the long-suffering and neglected South, ethnic minority communities harbour guarded optimism.MRG’s Africa Regional Information officer, Mohamed Matovu, talked to Paul Oleyo, the Executive Director of Boma Community Initiative (a Sudanese organisation working on peace-building based in Boma, Jonglei State...


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