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Middle East: Rifugio, a new book about Christians of the Middle East 

The birthplace of Christianity lies on the Iranian slopes from Mount Ararat to Mount Lebanon. Since those ancient times, the rugged valleys and gorges have served as a refuge for monastic communities and those in search of solitude. Nowadays, 12 million Christians are assumed to live in the Middle East, but only a few of them remain to live in the region because of...

SWM 2015: Dubai - Everywhere but invisible – the continued marginalization of migrant construction workers 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Derek VerbakelDubai’s construction boom has tranformed this desert city into a dense urban landscape of skyscrapers, shopping malls, roads and swimming pools. This extraordinary development has been made possible by the labour of many hundreds of thousands of migrant construction workers, who first began arriving in the city in the 1960s and now number around a...

SWM 2015: Lebanon - The disappearance of Wadi Abu Jmil, Beirut’s Jewish district 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Rania El RajjiLebanon’s wars have had a lasting impact on the country’s urban fabric. The infamous ‘green line’ which divided Beirut into East and West between 1975 and 1990 forced various religious groups – primarily Muslims and Christians, but also other smaller minorities who found themselves drawn into the conflict – to resettle on either side...

SWM 2015: Turkey - Little change, two decades on, for displaced Kurds  

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Bill BowringTurkey’s Kurdish community, besides being the largest minority in the country, is also one of the most discriminated against. Historically, Kurds are concentrated in the eastern and south-western parts of the country. Their situation deteriorated further following the outbreak of fighting in 1984 between the government and the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK), an armed opposition group...

SWM 2015: Ukraine/Russian Federation - Deteriorating rights for Crimean Tatars under Russian rule 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Nataliya Novakova At the beginning of 2014, following the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, the government of Ukraine lost control over the peninsula. The subsequent transition to the legislation of the Russian Federation and the continued presence of unregulated paramilitary groups, known as samooborona, posed considerable threats to the local population, particularly for ethnic and religious...

SWM 2015: UK - Gentrification brings new challenges for Brixton’s minority communities 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Electra BabouriBrixton is an inner London neighbourhood renowned for its ethnic and cultural diversity. Beginning in the late 1940s, when migrants from the Caribbean began began settling in the area, it has cemented a reputation as a multiethnic hub with a vibrant music scene and an array of global cuisines. Yet Brixton has also seen serious...

SWM 2015: Philippines - Supporting indigenous livelihoods in Baguio city  

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Hanna HindstromFour years ago, a typhoon struck the northern Filipino city of Baguio. The storm ruptured the walls of the city’s mounting garbage dump, sending hundreds of tonnes of urban waste cascading into the streets. The landslide flattened several houses and killed two young children.  The tragedy was a wake-up call for Geraldine Cacho, an Igorot...

SWM 2015: Thailand - Promoting a more inclusive tourism industry for Chiang Mai’s hill tribes 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Nicole Girard‘I’m studying Chinese so that I can be a guide for Chinese tourists,’ explains Nahnenuhn, a 20-year-old indigenous Karen from Thailand, ‘I think it’s a good future for me to help support my family.’ Nahnehuhn comes from a small village near Mae Saring and moved to Chiang Mai to study. Like everyone else in the...

SWM 2015: India - Discrimination against Dalit women in Ahmedabad 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Rajiv ShahIn Ahmedabad, located in the heart of Gujarat state, Dalits have been an important but often invisible presence for generations, working as scavengers and waste-clearers within the strict confines of India’s caste system. Concentrated on the periphery of the city, frequently segregated from other communities, many had also migrated to the city in search of...

SWM 2015: Resilience despite adversity – adapting indigenous communities to climate change in the Pacific region 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Anne-Marie Tupuola-Plunkett Most of the Pacific region’s island states are still predominantly rural, but rapid urbanization is fragmenting indigenous societies and undermining traditional livelihoods. In the process, new forms of poverty and disadvantage such as unemployment, delinquency and inadequate nutrition are emerging in urban areas. The devastating impacts of climate change are now adding to these hardships,...

State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2015 - focus on cities: Case studies 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)The battle for respect for the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples is increasingly being played out in cities, says Minority Rights Group International in its annual report.Our flagship annual global report, State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2015, focuses on cities, and explores the many challenges communities face in urban areas, from segregation and lack of...

Iraq/Turkey: 15,000 Displaced Yezidis in Turkey seek mass exodus to EU through Bulgaria 

The world fails to address Yazidi Crisis; 7000 enslaved, 5000 killed, and a half million displaced; they now plea for resettlement.Diyarbakir, Turkey – June 27, 2015.  Nearly 15,000 Yazidi displaced refugees in southeast of Turkey are seeking mass exodus to European Union countries through Turkish-Bulgarian crossing point where they plan to formally request temporary residency in Bulgaria, and admission to other EU countries as...

Iraq: One year on and thousands of Yazidis remain uprooted 

From a group of volunteers who have been supporting displaced Iraqis since August 2014, specifically Yazidis, with whom they have been in touch regularly.The children in this photo, and thousands like them, fled their homes when ISIS attacked the town of Sinjar and the villages of Yazidis, Christians and other minorities in the Nineveh plain in Iraq.Most of the displaced Yazidis live in the camps which...

DRC: MRG's Head of Law visits Batwa communities 

The Batwa of South Kivu, DRC, have lived in an area now called Kahuzi-Biega National Park (PNKB) since time immemorial. In 1937, a law was passed creating a nature reserve in the area, but the Batwa were allowed to remain in the forest. However, in 1970, a further law was passed creating the PNKB, at the proposal of the Congolese Institute for the Conservation...

DRC/Australia: 'Still a Pygmy' 

The shortness of a mini-eggplant is its mature size. – BaTembo Pygmy proverb How did a Pygmy from Congo end up living in Sydney, Australia? Growing up as a hunter-gatherer in the forests of Congo, where Pygmies were considered inferior to all other Africans and fit only for slave labour and witchcraft rituals, Isaac Bacirongo never dreamed he would end up...

Thailand: Karen woman fights for justice over husband’s disappearance 

On 17 April 2014, Billy Rakchongcharoen was stopped at a checkpoint near Bangkloy village in western Thailand.  He was accused of stealing honeycomb from Kaeng Krachan National Park and taken into detention. The park authorities claim he was released after being questioned. But nobody has seen him since.His wife, a soft-spoken 29-year-old, is convinced he was murdered. Billy was not only a prominent land...

Syria: ESU condemns killing of Assyrian civilians from Khabour by Isis 

The ongoing conflict in the Middle East, especially in Iraq and Syria, is causing irrevocable damage to native people, minorities, ethnic and religious groups. From the beginning of the fall of Mosul city until today, Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian people and Ezidis had been subject of killings, executions, ransom and mass-displacement. In a recently published video by ISIS, reported by various Middle East media outlets, it is...

Iraq/Syria: ESU Statement on International Day of Genocide Victims 

On this day of December 9 as the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of the Genocide and the Prevention of this Crime, it is our moral and historical duty to remember victims of the Genocides and the survivors of the Sayfo 1915, Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian people face another genocide in the Middle East and existential threat. Commemoration...

Syria: ESU condemns heinous attack against civilians in Nzalin, Qamishli 

On the Eve of New Year, December, 30, 2015 historical Syriac town of Beth Zalin, Qamishli in Gozarto, Syria had been target of heinous terrorist attack, according to local sources with current situation, leaving 18 martyrs and more than 25 injured, under treatment in different hospitals across the town. During the night of December 30, around 9pm local time, three explosions targeted Syriacs owned...

Central Asia: Russian-speaking population is leaving due to terrorist threat growth 

Such a conclusion was made by the authors of the report “ISIS: threat for the Central Asia and Caspian region”. The report was based on the results of a long-term monitoring of the activities of the Islamist terroristic organizations in Central Asia and Caspian region carried out within the frameworks of the project entitled “Central Asia: evaluation of risks of the Caspian region security”....


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