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Minorities speak at the UN: Kenya 

At the 3rd session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues, Andrew Songa, of the Centre for Minority Rights and Development expressed his encouragement for Kenya’s new constitution, but also the need to enforce recommendations and decisions to eliminate discrimination against minorities. To read his full statement, click here. “Minority communities in Kenya have been the subject of economic marginalisation that has been characterized by...

Minorities speak at the UN: Kyrgyzstan 

Dildora Khamidova, on behalf of both the Centre for Multicultural and Multilingual Education and the Foundation for International Tolerance, spoke at the UN Forum on Minority Issues. She highlighted how last year’s inter ethnic violence is affecting the economic life of marginalised communities in Kyrgyzstan, consequently making them more vulnerable. To read her full speech, click here.  “The consequences of June's tragic events have negatively affected...

Minorities speak at the UN: Georgia 

Ilona Kochoy, from the Union of Kurdish Youth of Georgia, spoke at the UN Forum on Minority Issues highlighting the situation of Kurdish minorities, with reference to work and social security. To read her full speech, click here.  “Some of the representatives of the Kurdish community have been fired, as they tried to protest together with the trade unions, which also unfortunately have low...

Minorities speak at the UN: India 

H. Benjamin Mate, of the Indo-Myanmar Tribal Development Association, spoke at the UN Forum on Minority Issues. He described the condition of Kuki people in India and Burma: alienated  and expropriated of their identity and rights.To read his full statement, click here.“These regions have been often described as India’s biggest zoo by the mainland Indian. The basic necessities such as safe drinking water, sanitation,...

Young Journalist Award runner up: A grassroots revolution 

Minority Rights Group International, in March 2011, announced the winner of the Minority Voices Young Journalist Award - a prize for young professionals and student journalists keen to cover issues affecting minorities and indigenous communities in developing countries.The three-member panel of judges, formed both from journalism and development experts, recognised the excellent level of the entries received. In particular the committee named five applicants...

Young Journalist Award runner up: Respect Wanted: Domestic Workers in Bolivia 

Minority Rights Group International, in March 2011, announced the winner of the Minority Voices Young Journalist Award - a prize for young professional and student journalists keen to cover issues affecting minorities and indigenous communities in developing countries.The three-member panel of judges, formed both from journalism and development experts, recognised the excellent level of the entries received. In particular the committee named five applicants...

Philippines: legal changes needed to address inequality of Muslim women 

This article discusses current initiatives in the Philippines to advocate for gender justice in laws and policies, especially in the Philippine Code of Muslim Personal Laws. Muslims in the Philippines bear at least one or more commonly, two minority identities: a national minority identity, which is the "Moro" and a religious minority identity being Muslims. Moros, in turn, are comprised as well of various...

India: Orissa Freedom of Religion Act 1967 is Anti-Minority  

“My religious conversion is not inspired by any material motive. This is hardly anything I cannot achieve even while remaining an Untouchable. There is no other feeling than that of a spiritual feeling underlying my religious conversion. Hinduism does not appeal to my conscience. My self-respect cannot assimilate Hinduism. In your case change of religion is imperative for worldly as well as spiritual ends....

India: Warrant issued for police officer who removed turban 

17 April 2011, Mohali, Panjab –A bailable warrant of arrest was issued yesterday against the concerned officer of Mohali Phase VIII Police Station for failing to attend court to report on a complaint filed by UNITED SIKHS concerning the removal of a turban of a Sikh youth by two Punjab Police officers last month.Judicial Magistrate First Class, Jaswinder Singh, said that the warrant is...

Vietnamese and Thai authorities blocked launch of human rights report 

The Vietnamese and Thai governments prevented a human rights report from being launched in Bangkok. Authorities in Thailand cancelled a press conference scheduled at a private venue, while human rights representatives were prevented from traveling to the Thai capital. The report, which accused Vietnam of violating the rights of groups including ethnic minorities, was complied by the Paris-based International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)...

Argentina: IT'S HARD TO BE BLACK HERE  

Racism, xenophobia and racial discrimination in Argentina English language audio interview with activist Nengumbi Celestin Sukama, president of IARPIDI (Instituto Argentino para la Igualdad, Diversidad e Integración).  The NGO works in Argentina to defend the rights of asylum seekers and political refugees from the African continent, and to combat racial discrimination against native Afro-Argentinians and African descendants from other countries in the hemisphere. The...

Argentina: 2010 Census - Successful or not? 

Afro-Argentinian reaction to latest census exercise.For the first time since 1895 the Argentina national census of 2010 took measures to include a count of people of African descent.  In October the many thousands of census-workers who fanned out across every province were supposed to collect data on the number of people in the country including those who self-identify as Indigenous people  and African descendant....

Nepal: impunity for perpetrators of communal violence 

Nepal's government has failed to achieve justice for the victims of communal violence that exploded in 2007 in the Kapilvastu district. On June 2, human rights groups met to discuss their efforts to push the government to take action. The Kapilvastu Violence Victim Struggle Committee (KVVSC) reported that the organization was able to obtain official government reports on the violence that killed 13 people...

San Andres, Colombia - We stay with nothing 

Transcript of an interview with Ras Rolando, an artisan and tourist guide on the Colombian administered Caribbean island of San Andres.  The Colombian controlled Caribbean islands of San Andres and Providence are located some 500 miles from the South American coastline. In contrast, they are just 80 miles from the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua in Central America.After some 120 years of semi isolation and...

Burma: Kachin women trafficked into forced marriages, prostitution in China 

Ethnic Kachin women are being trafficked across the border into China and sold into forced marriages and prostitution, according the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT). The organization has documented more than 130 such cases during the past year, some including children. KWAT blames the practice on widespread poverty in Burma brought about by decades of military rule. “According to the latest information we have...

Bangladesh: Rohingya refugees suffer from lack of documentation 

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who fled repression in Burma have no protection from abuse , starvation, and detention in Bangladesh because of a lack of documentation, Refugees International highlighted in a recent report. In the report, Bangladesh: The Silent Crisis, Refugees International is urging the international community to work with the Bangladeshi government to register undocumented refugees and improve protection for...

Nepal: activists call for Dalit rights to be enshrined in new constitution 

Activists are calling on Nepal’s government to make special provisions for the rights of Dalit in the new constitution. A recent conference organized by the Feminist Dalit Organization (FEDO) yielded the “Kathmandu Proclamation”, which will be submitted to authorities in charge of formulating Nepal’s new constitution.Among other measures, the proclamation suggested that the constitution ensure proportional representation for Dalit women in all government bodies...

Nepal: UN welcomes new law on caste-based discrimination 

United Nations human rights officials and their counterparts in Nepal welcomed a new law prohibiting discrimination against people who are considered members of low castes and are known as “untouchables” or “Dalits.” The Bill on Caste-based Discrimination and Untouchability that was passed May 25 had been before Parliament for the past two years, according to a joint statement issued by the UN Office...

India: Dalits unable to access government disaster relief programs 

Despite the fact that caste-based discrimination is illegal in India, prejudice against Dalits seeps into government-run programs, including disaster relief. Lee Macqueen Paul, documented the impact on Dalit communities during heavy flooding last year. The photo report can be downloaded below. The report was commissioned by National Dalit Watch, an initiative of the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights. In an interview below, Lee...

Cambodia: in advance of Khmer Rouge trial, a new book detailing Cham women's experiences under the regime 

As four former Khmer Rouge leaders prepare to stand trial at an international tribunal for charges including genocide, a new book sheds light on a minority community targeted by the regime during it's bloody rule between 1975 and 1979. In “The Hijab of Cambodia: Memory of Cham Muslim Women after the Khmer Rouge”, author Farina So examines Cham Muslim women’s experiences under the...


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