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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...

Kenya: The impact of land-grabbing, displacement and discrimination on health 

Case study by Chelsea PurvisThe plight of the Ogiek community highlights the impact of land-grabbing, displacement and discrimination on health. The Ogiek are an indigenous group of about 20,000 people in Kenya.The Kenyan government has repeatedly and forcibly evicted the Ogiek from their ancestral land in the Mau Forest and around Mount Elgon. This has left entire communities of Ogiek homeless or without proper...

State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2013: Interview with MRG Director of Policy and Communications 

Minorities and indigenous peoples suffer more ill-health and receive poorer quality of care, says MRG in a new global report.MRG's flagship report, State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2013, presents a global picture of the health inequalities experienced by minorities and indigenous communities.The report is launched to coincide with a United Nations General Assembly meeting to follow up on efforts made towards...

Uganda: Batwa – sexual violence and lack of health care spreads HIV/AIDS 

Displacement and loss of access to ancestral territory has had devastating effects on indigenous peoples, including on their health status. Arguably, those most severely affected have been the Batwa communities of East and Central Africa.With recent news about increases in HIV infection rates in Uganda, MRG interviewed Faith Tushabe, Executive Director of African International Christian Ministry, an NGO that works closely with Batwa communities...

Mauritania: Why do Haratine women still live in slavery? 

The government must step up efforts to eradicate all forms of slavery and provide health care for its most vulnerable citizens.Though facing serious obstacles Mauritania, 155th of 187 countries on the UN Development Programme’s (UNDP’s) Human Development Index, has been taking steps towards meeting the MDGs. In 2010 it was reported to be very close to halving extreme poverty, and had made slight progress...

Bolivia: Traditional healers and climate change 

As elsewhere in the indigenous Americas, there is a very significant distrust of formal mainstream medicine among Bolivia’s largely indigenous population and a particularly strong preference for traditional medicine. National surveys by the Ministry of Health indicate that 60 per cent of Bolivians turn to natural prescriptions before going to a modern physician. This occurs even in zones with some access to formal health...

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...

Cambodia: In remote Ratanakkiri province, resource exploitation puts pressure on indigenous communities 

Ploy Them is an ethnic Tampuan woman living in Ratanakkiri province in Cambodia’s remote north-east.In 2004, Them says the government awarded a land concession to a firm that quickly opened up a large gem mining operation. Her fellow villagers were allowed to stay, but some of the gem mine infringed on the local community forest. By the time the company left several years later,...

Russia: Indigenous health care system in the remote areas of the north 

High prevalence of tuberculosis and other infectious diseases, particular problems with alcohol and mental health, and difficulties accessing health care are among the most pressing health problems facing indigenous peoples in Russia’s far north.There are few studies and little data on the health of indigenous peoples in the Russian Arctic, because these groups live in remote areas with few medical services. Considerable variation exists...

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...

Argentina: MRG report on health launched at UNICEF event 

MRG’s annual flagship report State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2013, which this year focuses on health, was launched in Argentina this week on the Day of the Children of the Mountains 2013. The cacique of the Amaicha del Valle community, Dr Eduardo Nieva, spoke alongside report authors Dr Viviana Crivelli of the Faculty of Medicine, Universidad Nacional de Tucumán (UNT), and Professor...

Philippines: Indigenous Peoples group slams DOJ dismissal on ‘Capion massacre’ 

Only days before the first anniversary of the murders of 27-year-old Juvy Capion and her two sons in an alleged armed encounter with elements of the of the 27th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army in Tampakan, Kimlawis, Davao del Sur, a resolution from the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor in Digos City, Davao del Sur received by the complainant, Sukim K. Malid, ordered...

Tanzania: October cyclical drought should not catch government unaware 

That time of year is upon us again in Tanzania. Pastoralists are asking will the rains come, or not? With many experts now claiming that the cyclical pattern of drought in east Africa is no longer accidental,  MRG Kampala office intern Maud Tournier looks at the impact of the drought that set in in mid-October, and how minorities and indigenous peoples are coping. ...

Cambodia: Roza Dao speaks at the 6th UN Forum on Minority Issues in Geneva 

At the UN Forum on Minority Issues in Geneva on 26-27 November 2013, Mrs Roza Dao spoke to delegates on behalf of the Cham National Federation of Cambodia, an NGO representing the interests of the Champa minority community. The theme of the intervention was "beyond freedom of religion or belief: guaranteeing the rights of religious minorities". Read the full text of Roza Dao's speech below:Madam...

Kenya: The customary bylaws of the Chepkitale Ogiek of Mount Elgon 

As a result of an intense community process of mapping and dialogue, the Ogiek of Mount Elgon, Kenya, have written down their customary bylaws for the first time, in order to ensure the continued conservation of their ancestral lands and natural resources.As one Ogiek community member explains:"We have never conserved. It is the way we live that conserves. These customary bylaws we have had...

Philippines: KAMP condemns slay of Pablo survivor, IP rights defender  

Indigenous people's organization Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas lambasted the Aquino after another case of extrajudicial killing was reported yesterday. "The Aquino government is yet again showing its inutility in solving the nation's problems in the unabated extrajudicial killings," Piya Macliing Malayao KAMP spokesperson said. "Its failure to resolve the dire human rights situation in the country piles on this administration's inability...

Philippines: Junk the EPIRA, VAT to suppress energy rate hikes-IP group 

"BS Aquino's lame duck attitude towards pressing issues is sickening. A President who claims to be powerless to address the people's needs is no way for Aquino to act amidst crises," says Piya Macliing Malayao, Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) spokesperson said. "BS Aquino’s impotency to protect its people and ensure their welfare makes this government worthless to its constituents." ...

Burma: Systematic sexual violence in ethnic areas, new report 

Today marks the launch of an important new report documenting ongoing crimes of sexual violence-over 100 cases documented since 2010, including 47 gang rapes--perpetrated by the Burmese military in ethnic regions of Burma.The Women's League of Burma (WLB), consisting of thirteen women's organizations representing different ethnic areas in Burma, released the report, "Same Impunity, Same Pattern: Sexual abuses by the Burma army will not...

Kenya: Stop forced eviction of indigenous Sengwer/Cherangany people 

We are deeply concerned by the forced eviction, and consequent other human rights violations, that threaten the forest life and forest homes of the 6000-7000 indigenous people and other communities in Embobut Forest in the Cherangany Hills (Elgeyo Marakwet County, Kenya).We appeal to the Government and Parliament of Kenya and to the UN organs responsible for guarding and securing the fundamental rights of such...

Nigeria: Ogoni People give gov't 90-day ultimatum to implement UNEP report during celebrations to mark International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples 

Over ten thousand Ogonis, including Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) activists, marched on Bori, the Ogoni ancestral capital, to protest the failure of the Nigerian Government to implement the UNEP environmental assessment report on Ogoni two years after its official release. They gave a 90-day ultimatum to the Federal Government of Nigeria to set in motion the proper...


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