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Egypt: Copts "exposed to daily assaults" says Chairman of rights group 

At the fifth session of the UN Forum on Minority Isuues in Geneva, Mamdouh Nakhla gave the following intervention about the status of the Copts in Egypt: "Thank you Mr. President for giving me the word. My name is Mamdouh Nakhla, I am the chairman of the al-Kalema, ”Word”, Organization for Human Rights, I am one of the Coptic minority. The Coptic community is the...

Namibia: Protest by Himba and Zemba Indigenous Peoples 

By Rebecca Sommer Hundreds of semi-nomadic Himba and Zemba marched again in the southern African nation of Namibia on Dec. 5, 2012, protesting what they believe are Namibia’s human rights violations against them. The protests were in Opuwo, a small town located in the heart of the “Kaokoland” in the far north of a country that 100 years...

Tanzania: Pastoralists face famine as effects of drought are worsened by government neglect 

A severe hunger crisis has developed over the past two months in the Ngorongoro area in northern Tanzania. Seasonal rains have largely failed in October and November, weakening cattle that are now dying of disease. Consequently, the local Maasai people who depend on their cattle for nutrition, are starving. A large number of children have died of malnutrition and related causes already. An investigation...

Southern Africa: San Peoples sign common rights declaration 

Members of the San peoples in Southern Africa have signed a Declaration on their rights and what they want their respective countries to do in order to advance their issues. The Declaration is a product of the three days San Rights Regional Conference held in Gobabis, Namibia.The conference was organized by the Working Group of Minorities in Southern Africa and brought in San representatives...

Philippines: Human Rights Superbody 'We will find no justice from the perpetrators'- indigenous peoples  

Indigenous peoples' organization Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP), described the 'superbody' created by the Aquino government to address the cases of extrajudicial killings and other human rights violations as "a feeble cover up to the growing list of human rights transgressions committed by State forces." Last November, President Aquino created an Inter-Agency Committee (IAC) to handle cases of extra-judicial...

Libya: Amazigh freely celebrate New Year for only second time in centuries 

Today The 13th of January 2013 is the first day of January 2963 in the Amazigh calendar. This new year has a special taste in Libya .The Libyan Amazigh are celebrating this new year freely for the second year in the past few centuries, because of the freedom that Libyans are enjoying after the success of the 17th February revolution.Yesterday morning I...

India: Kuki State Demand Committee launch "Quit Kuki Land" Movement 

THE TIMES OF INDIA TNN | Jan 22, 2013, 06.35 AM IST CHURACHANDPUR: The agitating Kuki State Demand Committee (KSDC) has announced the launch of its 'Quit Kuki Land' movement, incorporating a series of stirs including an indefinite roadblock in 'Kuki areas' of Manipur from Thursday evening. "If the government continues to ignore our longstanding legitimate demand for creation of a separate...

Nepal: Will Supreme Court decide to provide for participation of indigenous peoples in constitution making process through their freely chosen representatives? 

Nepal’s Supreme Court (SC) has scheduled to give its decision on a case filed by indigenous peoples organizations regarding exclusion of indigenous peoples’ freely chosen representatives from the constitution making process on 3 February 2013. In 2009, immediately after the election of Constituent Assembly (CA), different indigenous peoples’ organizations had filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court alleging their exclusion of indigenous...

Kenya: Songs, drama, artifact exhibition colour Ogiek community cultural day  

The Ogiek community in Kenya marked their cultural day, which has become an annual fixture, in celebratory pomp with 14 cultural groups performing songs, drama and exhibiting rare traditional artifacts. The day, held towards the end of December at Nessuit Primary School in Nakuru County, saw Kipkurere youth group emerge the best, with Soget Ogiek Dancers and Kaplelach Women Group, the runners up....

Guyana: Court ruling violates indigenous peoples' rights 

 Forest Peoples Programme/Rainforest Foundation USControversial Court decision favours miners over indigenous peoples as country sinks to new low on double standards on human rights and development On 17 January 2013, the Guyanese High Court ruled in favour of a miner who has a mining concession on titled indigenous lands. The ruling states that miners who obtained mining permits prior to the Amerindian...

Nepal: Indigenous governing institutions form rights alliance  

Leaders and representatives of indigenous governing institutions of six indigenous groups of Nepal have initiated an informal alliance to make collective efforts for the rights of indigenous peoples. The alliance, named 'Nepal's Indigenous Governing Institutions Coordination Assembly', includes representatives from traditional institutions (given in parenthesis) of Majhi (Majhe Saba), Thakali (Mukhiya), Dhimal (Majhi Warang), Tharu (Badhgar/Bhalmansha), Santhal (Majhihi Hadam) and Newar (Guthi)...

Nepal: Supreme Court decision on indigenous participation in constitution making process deferred again for 4 March 

Nepal’s Supreme Court has again deferred its final decision on a case filed by indigenous peoples organizations regarding participation of indigenous peoples’ freely chosen representatives in the constitution making process, scheduled for 22 February to 4 March. This is the third time that the decision has repeatedly been postponed since 3 February,citing busy schedule. In 2009, immediately after the election of Constituent...

Kenya: In politics there are no permanent enemies, only permanent promises 

Kenyans head to the polls on March 4th 2013. This has been billed as a defining moment for a country whose momentous economic growth was disrupted with the 2007 post-election violence. During this period Kenya grounded to a halt. The new Constitution promises to give East Africa’s economic giant a new kiss of life. MRG’s Africa Regional Information Officer, Mohamed Matovu, takes a look...

Nepal: Indigenous Tharus in the east mark their win over Regional Waste Management Project 

Biratnagar, 11 March 2013 After Finland’s Government formally withdrew its support to Regional Waste Management Project for eastern Nepal citing dissent from ‘locals’ last month, indigenous Tharus of Dangraha village in Morang district on Monday marked their victory over their lands acquired for construction of landfill site in the village under the project. Under joint financing of Governments of Finland and Nepal,...

Nepal: Supreme Court decision on participation of indigenous peoples in constitution making process deferred again for 4 April 

Kathmandu, 5 March 2013 Nepal’s Supreme Court has again deferred its final decision on a case filed by indigenous peoples organizations regarding participation of indigenous peoples’ freely chosen representatives in constitution making process scheduled 4 April. This is the fourth time that the decision has repeatedly been postponed since 3 February citing busy schedule. In 2009, immediately after the election of...

Nepal: Indigenous and local communities call on World Bank to seek alternatives for construction of Khimti-Dhalkebar 220 KV Transmission Line 

Kathmandu, 15 March 2013 In a meeting with World Bank officials today, representatives of indigenous and local communities of Sindhuli district in central Nepal have urged the Bank to take actions for alternatives to the construction of Khimti-Dhalkebar 220 KV Transmission Line in the district under Nepal Power Development Project co-financed by the Bank. The representatives informed Bank officials that the project...

Liberia: Land reforms must learn from and protect communities' customary land and resource rights, urge Grand Cape Mount communities in new report 

Instances of conflict between communities and large-scale agricultural concessions have recently brought the issues of land and human rights into focus in Liberia, and throughout Africa. Rural communities in Grand Cape Mount, north-western Liberia, have been at the sharp end of a dispute with Malaysian oil palm giant Sime Darby, that received national and international attention. Today, these communities will...

Namibia: 1000 Himba and Zemba protest again against dam and human rights violations 

By Rebecca Sommer EARTH PEOPLES- Namibia, March 26, 2013Yesterday, about a 1000 Himba and Zemba held a protest march in Opuwo to show the Government of Nambia (GoN) that they had enough. This was the third protest in a row, but by far the largest. The two Indigenous semi-nomadic tribes, from the semi-desert northern region of Namibia, began their well-organized...

Namibia: German GIZ directly engaged with dispossessing indigenous peoples of their lands and territories 

By Earth Peoples The history of the Germans invading, oppressing, enslaving, exploiting, and ruthlessly killing the people of Namibia is an extremely shameful one. It is important to understand Germany’s terrible past, to consider why especially German involvement through it’s GIZ branch in support of Namibia’s Land Reform efforts are highly inappropriate. To ensure monopoly rights to exploit mineral deposits...

Nepal: Indigenous Magars submit memorandum against preparations to declare buffer zone around Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve 

April 5, 2013 In a memorandum submitted on Monday 1 April, indigenous Magars have called on the Government of Nepal to immediately halt any preparation for declaring a buffer zone in Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve without consulting them or obtaining their consent as they are entitled to under international human rights standards. According to the memorandum, the State policies to operate the Hunting...


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