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Burma: Mega-dams to impact thousands 

Burma’s military-backed government is proceeding with two mega dams on Burma’s Shweli River, a major tributary of the Irrawaddy, which will forcibly displace 3,000 people and directly impact over 15,000 people. The report, Shweli Under Siege, details how farmlands have been confiscated, roads built, and surveying conducted under military escort in preparation for construction of two hydropower dams in northern Shan State,...

Burma: Interview with Salai Za Uk Ling, an activist with the Chin Human Rights Organization 

The Chin people have for decades faced racial discrimination, religious persecution, forced labour and internal displacement. In this interview with MRG's Director of Prgrammes, Shobha Das, Salai Za Uk Ling, Program Director at the Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO), describes the systematic human rights violations that come as a result of the heavy presence of the Burmese Army. He covers several pertinent issues including...

Syria: New report on right to self-determination of Kurds 

Click on the link below to download a report in Arabic about the right to self-determination for the Kurds in Syria....

Bangladesh: A hard life in the camps for Urdu speaking minority 

In this photo story set in Dhaka, Bangladesh, MRG’s Director of Programmes Shobha Das goes on an eye-opening tour of a camp inhabited by a marginalized Urdu-speaking community. The first of its community members arrived in the 1940s from India, and up to four generations now called the camp home.They face widespread discrimination from mainstream Bengali society, due to being perceived as 'traitors' as...

New report: Dynamics of conflicts in Kenya's Mau Forest Complex, towards an early warning system 

The Ogiek Peoples' Development Program's new report argues for a fresh approach to conflict early warning systems in the Mau Forest Complex, Kenya's largest forest. Land issues, often linked with illegal logging, are a main cause of conflicts in the Complex, which 15,000 Ogiek call home.   Photo: Ogiek Elders in MarioshoniClick on the link below to download the report....

MRG Podcast: January 2012 

Welcome to MRG’s first podcast of 2012. This month we learn about the current plight of Kosovo’s Roma refugees who fled the ravages of the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s and listen to the sounds of Tuvan throat singing, a variant of overtone singing practiced by the Tuva people of the remote region of southern Siberia in the Russian Federation....

MRG at the UN: Minority women face increased risks in conflict 

Ann Blomberg, MRG’s Representative at the UN in Geneva, spoke at the recent session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues, drawing on the issue of meaningful participation of minority women in post-conflict peace-building processes.She touched on the many risks women face in conflict situations, including being coerced into sex work to be able to support their families or when displaced. Women from minority...

Minorities at the UN: Protect the rights of Kurdish women in Turkey 

Ela Esra Gunad represented the Association for Social Change, an NGO based in Turkey, at the recent UN Forum on Minority Issues. She spoke about how Kurdish women in Turkey, who, as a result of displacement and discrimination, face difficulties in securing their economic and social rights.Gunad states that on top of these difficulties, Kurdish women also face issues of poverty, discrimination in employment...

Honduras: Preserving native Bay Island culture and involving youth on Roatan Island 

The Bay Islands, located approximately 40 miles off the coast of Honduras in Central America, are an Anglophone Caribbean enclave in a predominantly Spanish speaking region. Roatan, which is the largest island in the chain, is now a popular daily port of call for large holiday cruise ships.Honduras acquired sovereignty over the Bay Islands in 1860, however it was not until the rapid growth...

Sri Lanka: Women From The North And East Call For Real Peace, Justice And Accountability 

Released by the North East Women’s Network as part of the International Women’s Day Campaign (March 08th 2012)The end of the brutal 30 year old war brought with it a hope of reconciliation, peace, development and equality for all. However in the last three years the Sri Lankan State’s lack of commitment to these basic principles have left women in the North and East...

Burma: Children in Thai refugee camps face few prospects 

These photos by the Thai Committee for Refugees Foundation (TCR), taken in February 2012, reflect their work with minority Karen refugees in north Thailand. This specific camp photographed is the Umpiam Refugee Camp in Tak Province, a bordering Thai province with Burma. The refugees, amongst them Muslims, Buddhists and Christians, face a lack of protection of basic rights, particularly in education and housing. Children...

Burma: Stateless Rohingya Children are deprived of Education at Home and Diaspora  

Download an article on the current situation for the Rohingya minority in thier home country of Burma and wider diaspora communities, from the Rohingya Society in Malaysia....

Where is the dignity of Burma? 

Download a report 'Where is the Dignity of the Chin of Burma? Time to speak out about crimes against humanity in Chin State.'...

India/Burma: Hopeful Chins Look to Don Bosco Ashayalam to be a Saving Grace 

27 March 2012 - Delhi, India: The Burmese Chin refugees started boycotting the services of the UNHCR implementing partner YMCA last July 7, 2011 because many of the Indian employees at the YMCA providing the services were very discriminating, rude, told outlandish lies, threatened parents, and did not care or show compassion to the refugees they were supposed to be helping. ...

UK/Nigeria: RADIO BIAFRA LONDON IS BACK!  

After two years of absence the legendary Radio Biafra London (RBL) is back on air and will resume on SATURDAY 21 APRIL 2012 at 8pm broadcasting twice a week on 11870 kHz frequency on the shortwave band from its London Studio to all African countries with concentrated footprint in Nigeria. Listeners in the Greater London area can tune into 94.3FM at the same...

Colombia: Interview with Hollman Morris, director of MRG documentary 'Suarez Gold' 

On 26th April, Amnesty UK hosted the screening of a new documentary produced by the Minority Rights Group (MRG) on Afro-descendant rights and mining in Colombia, Suarez Gold: Afro-Colombian miners defending heir heritage. Hollman Morris, director of the the film and world-wide recognized journalist spoke to volunteers from the Amnesty London Photography Group. View photos of the event at http://www.flickr.com/photos/amnestylondon/sets/ or download the video at...

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...

Interview with MRG Director Mark Lattimer: Minorities face attack as revolutions sour in Middle East and North Africa, says new global Peoples Under Threat survey 

EMBARGO: 00.01 (GMT +1) 24 May 2012Peoples under Threat is Minority Rights Group’s annual authoritative rankings table which highlights those countries around the world where the risk of mass killing is greatest.Peoples under Threat is created by compiling data on the known antecedents to genocide or mass political killing. While the individual indicators describe the current situation – what is happening – the index...

Ethiopia: Land grabs fuel violence in Gambella 

The Ethiopian government has committed gross human rights violations by uprooting the indigenous people of Gambella from their traditional territories, which they have inhabited for centuries, in order to make more land available for commercial agricultural investment.During the first phase of the government’s “villagization” programme, over 21,000 households were forcefully relocated from their traditional villages, farms and water resources. By the end of the...

Iran: Azeris protest against dams and government neglect 

Azeris in Iran have joined together to protest against dam construction on Lake Urmia’s tributaries that is destroying the region’s ecological and economic resources.Lake Urmia, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, is situated between the East and West Azerbaijan provinces and is one of the largest salt lakes in the world. But over the past 15 years it has shrunk by 60 per cent due to...


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