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Tanzania: Maasai Villagers Win Fight For Information about Land-Grabs and Forced Eviction 

APRIL 21, 2014, BOSTON — A high-end safari operator must turn over documents and testimony about alleged land-grabbing and violence to the leaders of three Maasai villages in Tanzania, according to an order issued Friday by a federal magistrate judge in Boston. The villagers, assisted by EarthRights International (ERI), petitioned to receive this evidence in order to support their fight in the Tanzanian courts...

SWM 2014: Legislating against and countering hate speech in East Africa 

Case study by Laura A. YoungEast Africa and the Horn has been one of the most volatile regions in the world in recent years. Several states have passed legislation that addresses hate speech, trying to clamp down on incitement to violence, but according to Article 19’s Director for Kenya and Eastern Africa, Henry Maina, these laws often end up punishing minorities instead of protecting...

SWM 2014: The unequal application of hate crime legislation in Hungary 

Case study by Eszter JovánovicsWhile the conviction, almost five years on, of four people in 2013 for the serial killing of six Roma in 2008 and 2009 is a welcome step in the fight against Hungary’s endemic hate crime, the community is still poorly protected against a rising wave of targeted violence. This is reflected in the fact that the suspected perpetrators were only...

SWM 2014: The experience of Central Asian migrants in Moscow, Russia 

Case study by Anastasia DenisovaThis research is the result of an extended participatory research study between March and April 2014, undertaken by the Civic Assistance Committee and funded by MRG with support from CAFOD.Trapped in the margins – the challenges of being a migrant in RussiaRussia’s migrant population, comprising around 11 million people, is the second largest in the world. The majority are nationals...

SWM 2014: Using the internet to pre-empt hate speech in Kyrgyzstan 

Case study by Katya Quinn-JudgeKyrgyzstan has one of Central Asia’s most vibrant and fastest-growing internet scenes, and online platforms are playing an increasingly important role in the country. These have the potential to serve as an information bridge not only between Kyrgyzstan and other countries, but also among its different regions, which are relatively isolated due to the country’s harsh topography. At the same...

SWM 2014: Action against untouchability in Bangladesh  

Case study by Livia SaccardiAbul Basar is a Bangladeshi activist who for years has been working on a variety of development and human rights issues in the country. In particular, his focus has been on the ongoing marginalization of Dalit communities and the best ways to address the root causes of their situation. Here he discusses with Livia Saccardi the daily discrimination Dalits face...

SWM 2014: Ukraine fails to address hate crime against migrants and other groups 

Case study by Irene FedorovychThe Ukrainian state has been slow to recognize the reality of hate crime in the country. Even now, there continues to be a clear gap between the small number of cases officially reported each year and the much larger number of incidents recorded by NGOs and rights groups. Furthermore, until recently, while Ukraine had legal provisions (Article 161 of the...

SWM 2014: Taking steps to promote peace and reconciliation in West Africa 

Case study by Paige Wilhite JenningsThough much of this chapter makes grim reading, there are concrete grounds for hope in the region. In Sierra Leone, where around 60 per cent of the population is believed to be Muslim and another 20 to 30 per cent Christian, ethnicity played a role in over a decade of war. Religion, however, reportedly did not. Sierra Leone, according...

SWM 2014: Drawing the line between hate speech and freedom of expression in Canada 

Case study by Phyllis GerstenfeldLike the United States, Canada is a diverse, multi-ethnic society with a history of violence against and oppression of indigenous people, but its hate crime laws are still relatively new and evolving. One important difference between the United States and Canada, however, is that Canadian law has stronger measures against hate speech – that is, about offensive words or images...

VIDEO: Interviews with editor and author of MRG's State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2014 

Lucy Claridge, MRG's Head of Law and Carl Soderbergh, MRG's Director of Policy and Communications, speak about the 2014 State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples, which focuses on hate speech and hate crime.Download the full report at www.minorityrights.org...

Nigeria: Ogoni people hail London court ruling against Shell  

The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has hailed the landmark decision of the London Technological and Construction Court, which held that Shell would be liable for damages inflicted on individuals and communities even if the cause of such damage was sabotage done to its infrastructure, if it has failed to take enough steps to protect the assets including pipelines from...

Nepal: VIDEO - The exclusion of indigenous people in political decisionmaking  

Nepal’s indigenous people (IP) had hoped that their important stake in the historic Constitution-drafting process would be recognised and that, in the new Constitution, their rights would be legally protected in a manner consistent with the basic principles of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention 169. But their expectations were frustrated, as the Constitution-making process ended on 28 May without a finalised Constitution, thereby...

India: Union Budget 2014-15 yet again belies expectations of Dalits, Adivasis 

PRESS RELEASE: Union Budget 2014-15 yet again belies expectations of Dalits, Adivasis: NCDHR 11 July 2014, New Delhi With no significant policy for inclusive and equitable growth as promised by the Modi Government, the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR)-Dalit Arthik Adhikar Andolan (DAAA) today described the Union Budget 2014-15 as extremely disappointing, while saying it belied the expectations of the...

Iran: Torture, Imprisonment and Summary Execution for Ahwazi Arabs  

Conducted behind closed doors, before biased judges and in the absence of legal representation, the unfair trials of Arabs in the al-Ahwaz region are part of a long-standing persecution of this minority group in Iran. Despite the fact that this recurring miscarriage of justice is in flagrant violation of the Islamic Republic's constitution, Iran's jails are filled with Ahwazi political prisoners who face brutal...

SWM 2015: Bulgaria/Hungary - Strategic Litigation for the Housing Rights of Informal Dwellers 

Case study by Bálint MiseticsIn its 2012 decision on the Yordanova and Others v. Bulgaria case, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) unanimously held that the eviction of around 250 Romani families from the Batalova Vodenitsa neighborhood in Sofia  (in which they have been unlawfully occupying municipal land) is not necessary in a democratic society and would constitute a violation of Article 8...

Pakistan: New Blasphemy Case is Registered 

Naveed Masih, a 24 year old Christian man, is accused of blasphemy, was arrested and is in police custody. Persecution of minorities in Pakistan has become a common practice especially in the era of the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) (PML [N]). A young man, 24, is been accused of blasphemy. (FIR is registered U/S 295 - A, file No. 619 in Satellite Town Police Station...

Indonesia/Tanzania/Paraguay: How indigenous people can use the law to fight the takeover of their lands 

Indigenous peoples are using national, regional and international law to fight against the takeover of their lands. But what are the risks and advantages associated with going to court? In 'Using the Law', learn from communities that have used national and international law to defend their rights. This 12-minute video looks at three legal cases in Indonesia, Tanzania and Paraguay using national, regional and...

India: My 98 days in detention; Illegally framed in a criminal case. 

In recent years, Intolerance & religious, lingual & regional extremism has been rising so fast in all corners of India. The movement of peace, harmony & human rights is being weakened as an strategy of communal forces, opportunist political leaders & selfish clerics. In December, 1992 after demolition of Babri Masjid when communal forces, opportunist political leaders & selfish clerics were playing their...

Iran stands top with over 1084 Executions in 2015  

Iran records the highest ratio of executions worldwide relative to population Written by Rahim HamidPhoto: “Firing Squad in Iran” by Jahangir Razmi of Ettela’atThe position of Iranian officials regarding Saudi Arabia's execution of 47 prisoners, as well as Iran’s instigation via its Basiji forces of assault on the Saudi consulate and embassy, has raised many questions as to the real position of the Iranian...

MRG Podcast: January 2016 

Welcome to the January 2016 edition of MRG’s Minority Voices podcast. This month we find out how discrimination is having the most serious of consequences in the Dominican Republic, and then travel to the Middle East to experience the joyful sounds of Syrian wedding music....


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