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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...

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...

Belize: Maya People Return to Supreme Court for Protection 

Press Release Punta Gorda, Toledo District, The Maya Leaders Alliance and the Toledo Alcaldes Association are once again turning to the courts to hold the government of Belize to its responsibilities and to find the government in contempt of orders issued by the Supreme Court in the Maya Land Rights cases of 2007 and 2010.In 2007, the Supreme Court ruled that the Maya villages...

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.   ...

Pakistan: The Christian Sweeper Community, Pakistan's Untouchables 

A couple of weeks ago, a senior politician made a statement on television saying "only non-Muslims will be recruited for sanitary jobs", drawing more attention to the kind of neglect this community is facing. This short documentary looks at the socioeconomic barriers faced by the Christian sweepers piled with racial discrimination. It will look at in depth how sweepers are being exploited by...

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...

India: West Pakistan refugees stateless even after 65 years of Independence 

We the members of West Pakistan Refugees Action Committee wish to submit that we migrated from West Pakistan during partition of India and Pakistan in 1947 and have since been living in Jammu Division of Jammu and Kashmir State as refugees.Our present population is around 250,000. We have been deprived from all our constitutional rights by the state government, whereas refugees who migrated to other...

Kenya: MRG's Head of Law addresses Ogiek about pending legal case 

In July 2013, Lucy Claridge, MRG's Head of Law, visited the Ogiek of Nessuit location, Nakuru District, to explain the effect of a recent court ruling in the Ogiek's against the Government of Kenya, currently pending before the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights.  The first case of its kind to be considered by the African Court, the case challenges the Ogiek's eviction...

MRG’s Carl Soderbergh addresses the 6th UN Forum on Minority Issues in Geneva 

Carl Soderbergh, MRG's Director of Policy & Communications, addressed the 6th UN Forum on Minority Issues in Geneva, held on  the 26-27 November 2013.His speech focused on the topic of legal frameworks and key concepts, discussing the impact of discriminatory legal practices on many minority communities around the globe, in particular with regards to religious minority women.Read the full text of his intervention below:Madam...

Cambodia: Roza Dao speaks at the 6th UN Forum on Minority Issues in Geneva 

At the UN Forum on Minority Issues in Geneva on 26-27 November 2013, Mrs Roza Dao spoke to delegates on behalf of the Cham National Federation of Cambodia, an NGO representing the interests of the Champa minority community. The theme of the intervention was "beyond freedom of religion or belief: guaranteeing the rights of religious minorities". Read the full text of Roza Dao's speech below:Madam...

Georgia: Bishop Rusudan Gotsiridze speaks at the 6th UN Forum on Minority Issues 

Bishop Rusudan Gotsiridze of the Evangelist Baptist Church of Georgia spoke at the 6th Forum on Minority Issues on 26 November.Her intervention raised the issue of recent discrimination and attacks on religious minorities in Georgia and the failure of the authorities to provide adequate protection.Watch her speech in full below:...

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...

Mauritania: Interview with lawyer Me Elid Mohameden 

Me Elid Mohameden is a lawyer supported by MRG to represent women and child victims of slavery in Mauritania.The Haratine form one of the largest ethnic groups in Mauritania, and during the post-colonial era they have struggled to assert their rights and break free of the slavery which has historically subjugated them; 10 to 20 per cent of Mauritania's population is still estimated to...

Kenya: The customary bylaws of the Chepkitale Ogiek of Mount Elgon 

As a result of an intense community process of mapping and dialogue, the Ogiek of Mount Elgon, Kenya, have written down their customary bylaws for the first time, in order to ensure the continued conservation of their ancestral lands and natural resources.As one Ogiek community member explains:"We have never conserved. It is the way we live that conserves. These customary bylaws we have had...

Kenya: Stop forced eviction of indigenous Sengwer/Cherangany people 

We are deeply concerned by the forced eviction, and consequent other human rights violations, that threaten the forest life and forest homes of the 6000-7000 indigenous people and other communities in Embobut Forest in the Cherangany Hills (Elgeyo Marakwet County, Kenya).We appeal to the Government and Parliament of Kenya and to the UN organs responsible for guarding and securing the fundamental rights of such...

Maasai villagers turn to US courts for information on abusive evictions by US safari company 

February 26, 2014, Boston — Today, with the assistance of EarthRights International (ERI), three Tanzanian Maasai communities turned to a United States federal court to support their ongoing legal battle over the land they lost to Thomson Safaris, a high-end safari outiftter based in Watertown, Massachusetts. The communities originally filed suit in 2010, in a local court in Tanzania, after they were forced from...

Zimbabwe: Mthwakazi leaders' rights abused  

From bulawayo24.com:Mqondisi Moyo who the Mthwakazi Youth Leaders Joint Resolution President and Busani Sibindi MYLJR chairperson have been given a three months suspended sentence at the bulawayo Magistrate Court on condition they don't commit a similar offense in the next coming 5 years. The two Mthwakazi leaders have to pay a $500 dollar fine each. Their lawyer, Mr Dumisani Dube, has indicated that he...

Tanzania: UN demands information from gov't on eviction of Maasai 

­Click on the link below for the full text of a letter from the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous people, James Anaya, to the Tanzanian government, calling for information concerning the alleged forcible eviction and other human rights issues affecting indigenous Maasai pastoralists in the area of Sukenya Farm, Arusha Region.For more information regarding this case and MRG's involvement see the...

UN: Appointment of Special Rapporteur reflects important place of minority rights in UN system, MRG 

On 27 March, the Human Rights Council adopted by consensus a resolution proposed by Austria, renewing the mandate of the United Nations Independent Expert on Minority Issues, and converting it into a Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues.‘MRG welcomes this change of name, which amounts to a symbolic upgrade, and affirms the important place given to the rights of persons belonging to minorities in the...

UK: Chagossians protest MPA outside UK Court of Appeal 

Click on the gallery to see photos of a protest on 31 March by Chagos Islanders outside the UK Court of Appeal in central London. The Court met to hear a challenge to the creation of the Chagos Marine Protected Area.In 2010 the UK government created the world's largest marine reserve around the Chagos Islands, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean. The Islands' original...


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