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MRG Podcast February 2014 

Welcome to Minority Rights Group International’s February 2014 podcast. This month we investigate the current situation for religious minorities in Pakistan, take a look at the plight of Burma’s stateless Rohingya, and check out a Maasai choir from the plains of East Africa....

Philippines: Tumandok people march against Jalaur Dam  

ILOILO CITY, PHILIPPINES - Indigenous peoples under TUMANDUK (Indigenous Farmers in Defense of Land and Life) organization held a picket Thursday morning in front of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) office in Barangay Tacas, Jaro, Iloilo City to oppose the construction of the Jalaur River Multipurpose Project Phase II (JRMP2), als known as the Jalaur mega dam project. The march was held in...

Philippines: Not a 'mass grave,' Ligiw family slay are extrajudicial killings--IP group 

Indigenous peoples organization Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) condemned the slays of Licuben Ligiw, and his sons, Freddie "Fermin" Ligiw and Edie Ligiw, all farmers and members of the Binongan tribe in Baay-Licuan, Abra. According to a statement by 1st Lieutenant Rowena Abayon, 5th Infantry Division spokesperson, the Ligiws were executed by the New People's Army and then buried...

Tanzania: UN demands information from gov't on eviction of Maasai 

­Click on the link below for the full text of a letter from the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous people, James Anaya, to the Tanzanian government, calling for information concerning the alleged forcible eviction and other human rights issues affecting indigenous Maasai pastoralists in the area of Sukenya Farm, Arusha Region.For more information regarding this case and MRG's involvement see the...

Philippines: Cordilleran human rights worker gunned down in Ifugao 

William Bugatti, member of rights group the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance (CHRA) was killed 7 PM last night in Ifugao. In a text message received by Cordillera Human Rights Alliance (CHRA)from human rights organizations in the Cordillera, Bugatti was probably on his way home from the CHRA office when he was gunned down at the Ifugao Highway in Bolog, Kiangan in Ifugao. Bugatti...

Belize: US Capital Energy and Government of Belize Taunt Supreme Court SATIIM file for Injunction 

Punta Gorda March 18th, 2014: On October 23rd, 2013, arguments ended in the case between SATIIM and the indigenous communities, and the Government of Belize. Justice Arana reserved judgment. One would expect that a law-abiding and socially responsible company would suspend its activities out of respect for the Belizean justice system until a judgement was delivered. Not so with US Capital Energy. In fact, they...

Uganda: 'Batwa may be poor, but they have immense cultural wealth' 

The tiny village of Nteko is set atop a 2000 metre-high hill, with stunning views of distant misty lakes and verdant valleys. Yet for Batwa this paradise is a living hell.You may well know Batwa as Pygmies, their more common, but derogatory name. Batwa have lived as hunter gatherers in the forests of south-west Uganda for millennia, depending on their forest home not only...

Namibia: Himba people protest against dam and attempted bribery 

By Rebecca Sommer, for Earth Peoples For over a decade, the indigenous Himba Peoples from Namibia have objected to the construction of the Baynes Hydro Power Plant in Orokawe, Namibia. To voice their objections, they've written letters to the head of state and other relevant governmental authorities, filed complaint procedures at the United Nation with the help of EARTH PEOPLES reports, and carried...

Cameroon: UN experts on minorities and indigenous peoples concerned about destruction of pastoralist homes  

GENEVA (10 April 2014) - The United Nations Special Rapporteurs on minority issues, Rita Izsák, and on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, today called on the Government and the Catholic University in Bamenda, Cameroon, to urgently review the evictions and demolition of houses of a Mbororo pastoralist community. An estimated 300 people have reportedly been made homeless and evicted from their ancestral...

Photo story: Peoples under Threat 2014 

The Peoples under Threat index identifies those countries around the world where communities face the greatest risk of genocide, mass killing or systematic violent repression.It provides early warning of potential future mass atrocities.The Middle East and Africa dominate the list of major risers in the index this year.The war in Syria, whichhas risen dramatically up the table to now rankthird, continues to fragment, and...

Philippines: Bajao Community in the Aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan 

Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm ever recorded to make landfall, hit the Philippines in the early morning hours of November 8, 2013, leaving unimaginable infrastructural devastation and human suffering in its wake. The Bajao community, living in the municipality of Isabel on Leyte Island, was one of the hardest hit communities.The article (click on link below to read) explores recovery efforts and proposed relocation...

Kenya: Preparing for REDD in the Embobut Forest and forcing Sengwer People “into extinction” 

Last year the Government of Kenya was getting “ready” for REDD in the Embobut Forest, now it is violently evicting the Sengwer People and forcing them “into extinction.” According to Survival International, “as many as a thousand homes have already been torched.”Sengwer spokesman Yator Kiptum denounced the “disaster” caused by combined force of the Kenya Forest Service and Administration Police, a paramilitary unit of...

Philippines: Indigenous women express support for Andrea Rosal 

In a protest action at the gates of Camp Crame this morning, traditionally-clad indigenous women demanded the release of Andrea Rosal, a suspected communist leader and the daughter of renowned Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army leader Ka Roger Rosal. The indigenous women, from the BAI Network of Indigenous Women, expressed condemnation at the “lack of humanity extended by state forces” to Rosal....

SWM 2014: Kenya/Tanzania - Defending land rights in the face of hate speech 

Case study by Laura A. YoungIn their efforts to secure their land rights, indigenous peoples regularly become the subject of hate speech and hate crimes. Like other human rights defenders and like many marginalized groups, when they speak out or take other action to defend their rights indigenous peoples find themselves charged with crimes such as incitement to violence, criminal trespass or hate speech....

SWM 2014: Legislating against and countering hate speech in East Africa 

Case study by Laura A. YoungEast Africa and the Horn has been one of the most volatile regions in the world in recent years. Several states have passed legislation that addresses hate speech, trying to clamp down on incitement to violence, but according to Article 19’s Director for Kenya and Eastern Africa, Henry Maina, these laws often end up punishing minorities instead of protecting...

Uganda: Local rights organisation deeply concerned about tension between Batwa and Bakiga and calls for immediate investigations of incidents of arson 

United Organisation for Batwa Development (Uobdu) condemns the recent attack on a Batwa community in Rubuguri in which 13 homes were razed after a night bar brawl between a Mutwa, only identified as Akakwasa, and Aggrey Masente and his wife from the majority Bakiga ethnic group on 7 June 2014. Masente with the assistance of a group of errant youth, adults and...

SWM 2014: Vietnam: raising awareness and challenging prejudice in the media 

Case study by Hanna HindstromIn 2011, the Hanoi-based Institute for Studies of Society, Economy and Environment (iSEE), supported by MRG, launched a new campaign to boost coverage of the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples in the media.‘As the public knew very little about ethnic minority rights and the duties of the state, the project was intended to improve their knowledge and increase social...

VIDEO: Interviews with editor and author of MRG's State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2014 

Lucy Claridge, MRG's Head of Law and Carl Soderbergh, MRG's Director of Policy and Communications, speak about the 2014 State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples, which focuses on hate speech and hate crime.Download the full report at www.minorityrights.org...

Nigeria: Ogoni people hail London court ruling against Shell  

The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has hailed the landmark decision of the London Technological and Construction Court, which held that Shell would be liable for damages inflicted on individuals and communities even if the cause of such damage was sabotage done to its infrastructure, if it has failed to take enough steps to protect the assets including pipelines from...

Indigenous Peoples and the UN: Triumphs & Tragedies 

It has been 13 years since the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) began holding annual meetings amongst the representatives of the world’s estimated 370 million indigenous peoples from over 90 different countries. The meetings mark a global effort to address the rights of indigenous people and unprecedented progress has been made. Nonetheless, there is ongoing frustration amongst indigenous peoples who continue to...


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