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Interview: ethnic tensions, cattle raiding in Sudan 

As Southern Sudan prepares for independence it faces many challenges, including ethnic tensions that often lead to violence. During a research visit to Boma, Jonglei State, MRG found that competition for scarce resources is often at the root of incidents such as cattle raiding attacks. In this interview, Boma community leader Paul Oleyo Longony speaks about tensions between ethnic groups - and what can be...

Interviews with activists: Patrick Kensenhuis, Member of The National Assembly of the Republic of Suriname 

The Hon. Patrick Kensenhuis of the Republic of Suriname, represents a district with a majority indigenous and African descendant population.During the era of Dutch colonization of the Guiana region of South America, many enslaved Africans escaped into the rainforests of what is now the Republic of Suriname. These self liberated Africans (also known as "Maroons", "Djukas" or "Bakabusi Nengre") set up independent communities and...

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,...

Cambodia must provide citizenship to Khmer Krom refugees: human rights group 

The Cambodian government should begin to immediately provide citizenship to Khmer Krom arriving from Vietnam where they claim they are discriminated against, said the Cambodian Centre for Human Rights (CCHR). Khmer Krom live mostly in the Mekong Delta area of Vietnam, but share the Khmer ethnicity with the majority of Cambodia’s population. Many Khmer Krom arrive in Cambodia claiming that they face discrimination...

Burma: conflict leads to spike in trafficking of Palaung minority 

The Palaung Women’s Organization (PWO) has released a new report that explores and uncovers human trafficking in ethnic Palaung areas of Burma.PWO has documented 72 cases of actual or suspected trafficking involving 110 people, which took place along the China-Burma border, mostly during the past six years. The majority of those trafficked were young Palaung women from tea farming communities in Namkham, Namhsan and...

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. ...

Current drought severely affects minority communities in East and Horn of Africa 

The East and Horn of Africa, which includes Somalia, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Kenya and Uganda, is facing severe drought. Unfortunately this is not ‘new’ news because droughts recur at least once a year in this region. What makes this drought peculiar, according to the United States’ Famine Early Warning Systems Network, is that it is the worst in 50 years The scale of this...

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...

Malaysian police raid AIDS fundraiser at a church 

The Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) unreservedly condemns the unwarranted raid on the premises of the Damansara Utama Methodist Church (DUMC) on the evening of 3 August 2011. Officers of the Selangor lslamic Religious Department (JAIS) and the police clearly breached the constitutionally guaranteed, and internationally recognised, sanctity of a holy place of worship. They raided...

India: Dalit homes destroyed without warning by Delhi authorities 

Imagine sitting in your home. It’s ten o´clock in the morning and you suddenly see a bulldozer, with its jaws wide open, drive up to your front door. You are told that you have thirty minutes to collect your belongings and get out of the family home you have lived in for decades, before it is completely destroyed, reduced to a worthless pile of...

Pakistan's leaders promise equal rights for minorities 

Pakistan’s political leaders have affirmed their government’s commitment to equal rights for religious minorities. President Asif Ali Zardari addressed the country on August 11, World Minorities Day. He said the government stands committed to ensuring equal rights for all the minorities as enshrined in the Constitution of Pakistan and the UN Declaration of Human Rights. He said: “Minorities Day, every year on August 11...

The situation in the Syrian Kurdish areas worsens 

With an increase in anti-government protests in Syria’s Kurdish areas, concerns are rising that the already highly militarized towns may become the next major target for attack by government forces.The spark of the uprising against the Syrian regime was first lit in March 2011, in Deraa, the southern city near the border with Jordan. After a week of demonstrations in Deraa against the regime of President Bashar...

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...

Sri Lanka: Discrimination against Tamils continues after the war  

Sri Lanka’s Tamil minority continues to suffer discrimination despite the defeat of the Tamil Tiger rebel group, activists say.Government forces in 2009 overwhelmed the Tamil Tigers, or the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE), ended a bloody war in which the rebel group fought to secure a separate state.Human rights activists and civil society groups say the end of the conflict has opened the...

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....

Cambodia: forum seeks ways to address marginalization of indigenous peoples 

Government officials and representatives of several UN agencies have met to discuss issues concerning Cambodia's indigenous people, calling for greater attention to preserve cultural value of the indigenous groups and improve their economic status so as to reduce inequities between them and the majority of the country's population. The pursuit of socio-economic development that is inclusive can help minimize threat to the way of life of the...

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...


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