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Photo story: Inside Egypt's Revolution 

The defining event of the Arab Uprising has been the revolutionary protests in Tahrir Square that brought down Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. One year after the protests began, MRG met with human rights defenders in Cairo to assess the impact of the revolution and prospects for cross-community cooperation. All photographs ©Mark Lattimer/MRG January 2012...

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...

Bangladesh, Chittagong Hill Tracts: We are Indigenous not 'Bengali' 

On 9th July 2011, about 5000 indigenous people attended a rally in Bandarban to protest the fact that the 15th constitutional amendment of Bangladesh terms the country's indigenous population as "Bengali" and demand instead their recognition as “indigenous” in the constitution of Bangladesh....

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...

India: Mass mobilisation to urge government to implement Special Component Plan and Tribal Sub Plan 

A mass agitation is planned in Delhi on 24 April 2012,  at Jantar Mantar.COME FORWARD AND JOIN THE CAMPAIGN TO COLLECTIVELY DEMAND JUST IMPLEMENTATION OF SCP/TSP FOR SCs and STs.For more information, download the attached flyer....

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....

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...

Burma: Foreign investment is a catalyst for conflict 

Foreign investments are causing increasing conflict and abuses in northern Burma, despite recent ceasefire agreements and talk of reform in the country, according to a briefing paper released today by an ethnic Ta’ang group. Catalyst for Conflict by the Ta’ang Students and Youth Organization (TSYO) documents how Burma Army soldiers deployed to secure Chinese mega projects, including oil and gas pipelines and hydropower...

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)...

Sudan: Correction - Intisar Sharif Abdulla still in custody 

SIHA is sorry to have to correct its statement of Thursday June 19th that Intisar Sharif Abdallah, who had been sentenced to death by stoning for alleged adultery on 22nd of April 2012 by Ombadah/Omdurman criminal court, had been unconditionally released. This information given to us by Omdurman prison staff proved to be wrong. In fact, the appeal court of Karari/Omdurman referred the case...

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...

Suriname: Saramaka win case in human rights court  

The Saramaka are one of six Maroon peoples in the Republic of Suriname. Their ancestors were brought to Suriname in the late 17th and early 18th centuries as slaves to work in Suriname's sugar, timber, and coffee plantations. The Saramaka live in a 9,000 square kilometre area of central Suriname. In the 1960s, a hydroelectric dam was built on their traditional land, devastating almost...

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...

Adivasis of Bangladesh: a year of broken promises  

‘My grandfather used to tell me not to go in there,’ the old man points to a wide expanse of grass where Bengali children are playing football, ‘because of the tigers in the forest’. He is a member of the Garo community; one of Bangladesh’s estimated 46 indigenous or ‘Adivasi’ peoples. He is an activist fighting for his people’s ancestral forests in Modhupur, in...

India: Rehabilitation drive for manual scavengers 

Following a reprimand from the authorities in New Delhi for failing to curb manual scavenging, the state government of West Bengal has pledged to rehabilitate people who are still engaged in this inhuman practice. According to the Telegraph, a Kolkata newspaper, there may be as many as 12,000 manual scavengers left in the state, even though the practice which forces Dalits to empty dry...

Sudan: Intisar Sharif Abdullah walks free, MRG letter to Minister of Justice in Khartoum 

MRG welcomes the release of Intisar Sharif Abdallah on 3 July after the Ombada court, in Omdurman,a suburb of the capital Khartoum, dropped all charges against her due to a lack of evidence. Intisar had been sentenced to death by stoning for the alleged crime of adultery.For more information visit Amnesty International's website.Click on the link below to read a letter sent...

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...


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