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Burma: Ongoing Impunity, Continued Army Atrocities against Kachin People 

While the Myanmar government is earning international admiration for its dramatic reforms towards democracy of its military government, ethnic Kachin people, who dwell in the northern part of the country, are facing severe human rights violations by government troops.Since communications have been cut due to intensified fighting between government troops and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), the issue has remained mostly unknown by the...

Somalia: testimonies of violence from minority women 

This is part of a special series of stories to mark the 16 days of activism against gender violence campaign. 'There is not a single woman here safe from rape. At night, armed gunmen come to the internally displaced people (IDP) camp and forcibly drive women and girls out of their shelters and rape them outside the camp. Rape cases occur twice a week.' Minority...

Colombia: Short film on the exploitation of natural resources, conflict and displacement 

This film, produced by Swedish NGO Colombianätverket, describes the violence and displacement faced by indigenous and Afro-colombian communities, at the hands of mining corporations and armed groups. The documentary features interviews with MRG's Media Officer, Emma Eastwood, and human rights defender Gustavo Ulcue, as well as excerpts from MRG's 2011 film Suárez Gold: Afro-Colombian miners defending their heritage, by acclaimed Colombian filmmaker and journalist Hollman...

Syria: Between The Barbed Wire 

The war in Syria is growing increasingly worse every day, and it is affecting every Syrian citizen, regardless of ethnicity or religion. But just like in every war, the situation for minorites is even more horrifying. The Christian minority in Syria has no militia and is targeted by everyone. Christian Assyrians/Syriacs and others have become the number one targets for criminals and terrorists.Nuri Kino,...

Ethiopia/UK: Oromo rally in London 

Oromo people living in UK staged a rally against human rights violations by the government of Ethiopia. The demonstration was organised jointly by the Oromo Community in UK, the Oromo Relief Association, the Oromo Support Group and the Oromo Youth Association. “Shame on you UK tax payers; you’re paying killers in Ethiopia; Shame on you UK government; you’re supporting the tyrant of Ethiopia!”   January...

Syria: Christians in the crossfire 

Nuri Kino, journalist and author, has met and interviewed close to a hundred Christian Syrian refugees. He gives voice to this otherwise silent minority in this article, first published in Sydsvenskan, a Swedish newspaper.In an apartment in Istanbul he gets an exclusive interview with young Christian Syrian men who all are waiting to be smuggled to Europe. Twenty-one men between 19 and 29...

Turkey: Refugee camp for Syrian Christians in Turkey sparks controversy  

Nowhere in the Islamic world has a refugee camp for the Christians of one country been built across the border in a neighbouring country. Now Turkey is building a camp that will hold between 3 and 30 times the number of Syrian Christians currently taking refuge in the country.The question now is why? Why is Turkey creating a small city to handle a flood...

Somalia, Kenya, USA: In Nairobi Neighborhood, Somali Refugees Dream of a New Life in Seattle 

Check out this compelling blogpost from a Somali diaspora member. Originally posted on the website of MRG partner organisation IIDA (Women Development Organization). MRG and IIDA are working in Somalia with minority communities to contribute to improved gender equality, reduce violence against women and increase their access to justice.A few months ago, I was riding in a cab from Seattle’s First Avenue to...

From Cardiff to Los Angeles through a documentary 

(IN)VISIBLE CITIES - Social and urban inclusion of African migrants An internationally produced multimedia project by Beatrice Ngalula Kabutakapua and Gianpaolo Bucci Residents of Butetown, Cardiff have appeared in a screening in Los Angeles as part of an internationally produced documentary exploring the lives and tales of migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa. Focused on the Somali and Sudanese community living towards the Bay, the first...

Botswana: Bushmen face imminent eviction for ‘wildlife corridor’  

Survival International has received disturbing reports about an imminent eviction of several hundred Bushmen in southern Botswana to make way for a ‘wildlife corridor’.The Bushman community at Ranyane has allegedly been told by the local government that trucks will arrive on Monday to remove them from land they have inhabited for generations.Their houses will be destroyed. The Bushmen’s land is in a proposed...

Tanzania: Government unrelenting on parceling out Maasai land in Loliondo 

The government of Tanzania, through the Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Hon Ramadhan Mwinyi, during the Permanent Forum on Indigenous issues in New York, delivered a firm stand on their action to parcel out huge chunks of pastoral land for wildlife conservancy. "The government took this decision with the understanding that environment conservation is as important for eco-system protection as it...

Botswana: Government plans to cut off social services to induce indigenous Basarwa out of Ranyane Settlement, leaked confidential report 

According to Mr. Keikabile Mogodu, the Executive Director of Botswana Khwedom Council, an indigenous organization advocating for the political and cultural rights of the San people of Botswana, the government of Botwana has, since 2002, refused to recognize the Basarwa community area as a village. Instead, the government is going ahead with plans to relocate them from their ancestral lands. This year, the...

India: Power of participation - women’s groups dramatically improve health for Adivasi mothers and newborns in eastern India 

Case study by Dr Audrey Prost, Dr Prasanta Tripathy and Soumen SarangiInvolving Adivasi women in the planning and evaluating of health care has significantly reduced deaths and empowered women among India’s Adivasi communities in Jharkhand and Odisha.Over 84 million Adivasis (original inhabitants) from more than 500 tribal groups live in western, central, eastern and north-eastern India. Today a quarter of all Adivasis reside in...

Kenya: Forceful evictions of Maasai from Narasha a recipe for ethnic clashes 

Kenya was at it a month ago when a three-decade land ownership dispute, pitting the Maasai and Kikuyu in Naivasha took an ugly turn. Reminiscent of the post elections violence of 2008, over 200 youths believed to be members of the proscribed sect Mungiki, under the escort of heavily armed police men, descended on the Maasai community in Narasha with all manner...

Iran: The weapon of forced displacement against the indigenous Ahwazi Arabs  

Since the Islamic Republic Regime's rise to power, the mullahs' regime has enforced ethnocide policies against Ahwazi Arab nation and other non-Persian nations. In fact, the threat of forced displacement, deportation or execution against the Ahwazis, Kurds, Azeris, Baluchs and Turkmens has become permanent.For many years and until the present day, the lack of reaction of the international community concerning the state of human...

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...

Burma: Continued fighting causes human rights abuses and health concerns in non-ceasefire areas 

Lway Poe Ngeal is a Palaung woman who left Burma for better education opportunities in neighbouring Thailand. Now, she works with the Palaung Women’s Organization, which advocates for the rights of an ethnic minority community concentrated in northern Shan state.Palaung civilians have become caught up in the violence between the Burma Army and armed ethnic militias, including the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), the Ta-ang...

Egypt: Nubian community health support systems 

The opening of a new hospital in Aswan only underlines the government’s long-term neglect of the health needs of Nubians.In January 2011, then President Mubarak inaugurated the new Aswan hospital; Aswan is the capital of Nubia in Southern Egypt. Meanwhile, in Cairo, the Nubian community had organized a support system for members of their community who need to access health care that was not...

Ethiopia: Foreign aid must not support oppression in the Horn of Africa 

Human rights violations are growing worse in Oromia. This is illustrated by the kidnapping and subsequent killings of Oromo refugees by the Ethiopian security forces.Despite such gruesome violations of human rights, some Western governments have kept on providing technical and financial support to the dictatorial regime, to the detriment of the oppressed.These simmering, bitter complaints have drawn thousands of Oromo men and women to...

Malaysia: The story of a famous, yet invisible Bajau man 

The myriad islands off the east coast of the Malaysian state of Sabah in northern Borneo are renowned for their outstanding natural beauty, described in tourism literature as ‘pretty as a picture-postcard’ and ‘a chance to escape from reality’ (Tierney and Tierney, 2009: 129). After an invigorating speedboat ride from the mainland town of Semporna, visitors to Mabul island are greeted by dozens of...


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