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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...

Nepal: Time to honor the history of indigenous with the Federal Structure 

At this turning point, if Nepal fails to recognize its indigenous communities with the federal structure to honor their ancient yet prevailing history, because of the obstruction crafted by the main opposition parties – Nepali Congress and CPN UML, it will be unfortunate. Consequently, the new constitution will not be promulgated. There will be constitutional crisis. The provision of the Constituent Assembly will come...

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...

Mauritius: Creole Chief Inspector challenges law preventing police officers joining union 

Minority Voice is following closely the case of Chief Inspector Hector Tuyau, a well-respected member of the Creole community in Mauritius. He is currently facing discrimination and is being victimised by the Commissioner of Police, Dhun Iswar Rampersad, who is a member of the Vaish and Hindu majority. This has happened after Chief Inspector Hector Tuyau approached the Supreme Court and the Human...

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...

Pakistan: Karachi unrest, the role of the media and the courts 

Click on the link below to read an article on the conflict in Karachi involving ethnic and linguistic communities living in the largest city of Pakistan.The article examines both the role of different communities in the spread of violence, and the print media in highlighting the issue before it was taken up by the Supreme Court of Pakistan.The article was published in the quarterly...

Pakistan: Religious minorities must be rendered equal 

Hatred and repulsion towards minorities in Pakistan has almost become a routine matter. The curriculum in the educational institutions starts teaching the children from grade 4, that other than Muslims the rest of the communities belonging to minorities are either inferior to us or are our adversaries. Hindus, Sikhs, Parsis, Ahmedis and Christians constantly fear persecution in their own country due to the weak...

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...

Kenya: Beading young Samburu girls into sexual bondage 

This video, which first appeared on NTV Kenya on Oct 21, 2012, was filmed in the dry, somewhat barren Rift Valley Province in Kenya, and tells the story of how the Samburu community – a semi-nomadic pastoralist group closely related to the Masaai - use an entrenched aspect of their culture to violate the sexual rights of girls as young as eight years...

Zimbabwe: San elders make anti-discrimination case before minister, receive children's learning materials in symbolic act 

On Sunday 4 November 2012, the Co-Minister in charge of National Healing and Reconciliation, the Honorable Moses Mzila Ndlovu, met about 180 San elders in Tsholotsho, Gariya Community Centre in Tsholotsho Ward 10.The one-on-one meeting, itself a rarity with a senior government official, discussed key issues affecting the San, inluding; The San discrimination,  Lack of access to clean water, education and health services,  Discriminatory...

Europe: Video - 20 years of the Office of the High Commissioner for Minorities 

MRG staff attended a conference organised by the European Centre for Minority Issues in Flensburg, Germany, in July 2012, to celebrate 20 years of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe's Office of the High Commissioner for National Minorities (HCNM).The conference aimed to discuss the future challenges of minority rights protection in Europe, and enhance knowledge and understanding of the HCNM’s functions and...

Africa: Civil society representatives across Africa root for pro-poor land policies 

95 participants from over 22 countries in Africa, representing indigenous and non-indigenous populations, urged governments to implement people-centred land policies as the only sure way to protect poor and vulnerable communities including minority and indigenous peoples. This was during a Land Reform meeting in Cameroon hosted by MBOSCUDA, November 7-8, 2012, under the theme ‘Securing the land rights of indigenous people and rural...

Video: Interview with Professor Heiner Bielefeldt, UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief 

MRG’s Head of Programmes, Shobha Das, interviews the United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Professor Heiner Bielefeldt, on religious freedom around the world, particularly in Pakistan. Professor Bielefeldt discusses the controversy surrounding The Age of the Innocents film, as well as some of the positive responses to the video from around the world. He also identifies barriers to freedom of...

Philippines: Human Rights Superbody 'We will find no justice from the perpetrators'- indigenous peoples  

Indigenous peoples' organization Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP), described the 'superbody' created by the Aquino government to address the cases of extrajudicial killings and other human rights violations as "a feeble cover up to the growing list of human rights transgressions committed by State forces." Last November, President Aquino created an Inter-Agency Committee (IAC) to handle cases of extra-judicial...

Georgia: Armenian political prisoners Armen Gevorgyan and Ruben Shekoyan released from prison 

In October 2010, as a result of false accusations, well-known figures of the Armenian community of Adjara, Armen Gevorgyan and Ruben Shekoyan, were arrested without evidence and sentenced to 11 years in prison.In accordance with the Law on Amnesty adopted in December 2012 by the Parliament of the Republic of Georgia, on January 13, along with other 190 prisoners Armen Gevorgyan and Ruben Shekoyan...

Egypt: Criminal court sentences whole Christian family to hard labour 

The criminal court in Beni Sweif governorate, upper Egypt, on Sunday 13th January 2013, sentenced a whole Christian family of eight people to 15 years of hard labor for changing their religion and their address on their national number identity card. The changes had been made in order to reconvert to Christianity after their mother’s conversion into Islam many years ago and her marriage...


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