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Bangladesh: Rohingya refugees suffer from lack of documentation 

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who fled repression in Burma have no protection from abuse , starvation, and detention in Bangladesh because of a lack of documentation, Refugees International highlighted in a recent report. In the report, Bangladesh: The Silent Crisis, Refugees International is urging the international community to work with the Bangladeshi government to register undocumented refugees and improve protection for...

Bangladesh: 'Rohingya – a people without hope', winner of the Minority Voices young Journalist Award  

The English translation of the story below won the Minority Voices Young Journalist Award, a prize awarded by Minority Rights Group (MRG) to young professional and student journalists covering issues affecting minority and indigenous communities in developing countries. Journalist Per Liljas’ entry was described by judges as “outstanding, brilliant and a cut above the rest”. Winners were announced in March and Liljas, who took...

India: Dalits unable to access government disaster relief programs 

Despite the fact that caste-based discrimination is illegal in India, prejudice against Dalits seeps into government-run programs, including disaster relief. Lee Macqueen Paul, documented the impact on Dalit communities during heavy flooding last year. The photo report can be downloaded below. The report was commissioned by National Dalit Watch, an initiative of the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights. In an interview below, Lee...

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...

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...

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...

Ahwazi Refugees plight in Al-Waleed camp 

Ahwazi people who faced death threats and fled Iran have found themselves in horrendous conditions in a displacement camp in the desert. The camp lacks adequate facilities and there is an absence of medical care amid extreme weather conditions. Children, women and the elderly have died due to the lack of adequate healthcare. The nearest hospital is four hours drive along a dangerous route. The tents are...

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...

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...

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...

Sri Lanka: villagers denied right to return home 

During its push to defeat the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE), the government uprooted many communities, some of whom continue to be displaced even though the war ended in 2009. One of these communities is the coastal village of Sampur. Sampur was the initial target of the advancing government forces and the entire village was moved to Batticaloa. From Batticaloa they were...

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...

China digs in across conflict-ridden Burma to access oil and gas  

A report released by the Shwe Gas Movement reveals the disturbing extent to which China has advanced construction of a trans-Burma oil and gas pipelines project, despite raging conflict and associated abuses. Sold Out details the expanding construction of a deep sea port, gas terminal, and oil transfer point in Burma’s western Arakan State as well as the laying of nearly 800...

Sri Lanka: laws fail to protect minorities 

The government of Sri Lanka ratified the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on 18th February 1982, and it entered into force on 20th March 1982. Upon ratifying the convention, national laws were imposed by the Sri Lankan government to enhance all citizens, including people belonging to minority groups. Unfortunately, legislation has done little to help the minorities, but instead has led...

Injustices with minorities in flood relief in Pakistan 

Scheduled castes women complaints over relief http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/09/complaint-over-relief.html Rain victims complain of rotten food http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/02/rain-victims-complain-of-rotten-food.html 2 women raped in relief camp http://pakistancriminalrecords.com/2011/10/01/umerkot-2-women-raped-in-relief-camp/ http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/01/two-women-raped-in-relief-camp.html http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2011/10/top-student-gang-raped-in-shahkot/?printType=article More stories about relief discrimination http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=71771&Cat=4...

Colombia: Land rights defenders remain under threat  

Spanish language interview with Afro-Colombian lawyer Rosalba Castillo, representative of the Colombian rights federation Afroamerica 21, which is an accredited member of the the civil society consultative group of the Organization of American States. Among the themes discussed are ongoing state neglect and marginalization of Afro-Colombian populations, and the disposession of communally titled Afro-Colombian ancestral lands by armed groups who occupy the territories (which...

Burma: Military targeting civilians in Kachin State 

A rights group is demanding the release of four ethnic Kachin women believed to be held captive as sex slaves by the Burma Army.The Chiang Mai-based Kachin Women's Association Thailand (KWAT) says it is "gravely concerned" for the lives of the four women.Escaped porters who fled from an outpost near the Chinese border with Kachin State told the group the four women were being...

Nuevo documental de MRG y Hollman Morris: El Oro para Suárez - Mineros afrocolombianos defendiendo sus raíces 

Una producción de Minority Rights Group International y dirigida por el aclamado director de cine colombiano Hollman Morris. La minería artesanal ha sido llevada a cabo en Cauca, Colombia por Afrocolombianos desde los tiempos de sus antepasados, los cuales se establecieron en esta zona del país desde el 1637. En la actualidad los descendientes de los mineros siguen picando la piedra roja en busca de...


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