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Nepal: Is REDD+ indigenous-friendly? 

Funded by the World Bank and part of a UN initiative to Reduce Emissions for Deforestation and Forest Degradation (UN-REDD), the REDD+ programme introduced by the government of Nepal has emerged a national priority since 2010. However, this government-led effort to combat climate change has come under fire from indigenous rights activists, who have raised two questions: how is the programme going to be...

Nepal: Indigenous people - still a long way to go  

Looking back over the last 18 years in the history of Nepali Indigenous People (IP), starting from the very first International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples on August 9 in 1995 right up to 2013, there are stories of both glory and despair. Even though IPs, also known as Adivasi Janajati, comprise a significant proportion of Nepal's population, they have systematically suffered marginalisation by the...

Nepal: VIDEO - The exclusion of indigenous people in political decisionmaking  

Nepal’s indigenous people (IP) had hoped that their important stake in the historic Constitution-drafting process would be recognised and that, in the new Constitution, their rights would be legally protected in a manner consistent with the basic principles of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention 169. But their expectations were frustrated, as the Constitution-making process ended on 28 May without a finalised Constitution, thereby...

Nepal: Indigenous locals demand that development projects respect their rights 

For the past month, local communities such as the indigenous people of the Sindhuli District have been obstructing the works of the Khimti-Dhalkebar 220KV electricity transmission line project. It is the highest-capacity line in Nepal that is funded by the World Bank and is working in collaboration with Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA).While the project is aimed at developing Nepal’s hydropower potential in an environmentally...

Nepal: Indigenous women want recognition and equality  

Indigenous women in Nepal have suffered a decline in welfare over recent years, according to a new report by activist and investigative journalist Dev Kumar Sunuwar. Though they once enjoyed a greater degree of freedom and a higher socio-economic status than 'high caste' Hindu women of Indo-Aryan origin, who were restricted by patriarchal control and religious orthodoxy, indigenous women are now being gradually deprived...

Nepal: Indigenous languages on the verge of extinction 

“Our mother tongue Kisan is already near extinction,” says Bhim Kisan, a Master’s student in Linguistics at Tribhuvan University, Nepal. Speaking to investigative journalist Dev Kumar, Bhim explains that few indigenous Kisan children speak the language of their ancestors. According to the National Census Report 2011, only 601 Kisans can speak Kisan of the total of 1,739 population.As Dev discovered, the Kisan community are...

Nepal: How to save indigenous tongues from extinction 

Four-year-old Siriya Shahi from Kathmandu is a shy girl if you try to talk to her in Nepali. Unable to speak or understand, she stays quietly in a corner of the classroom, unwilling to participate in school activities. But talk to her in her native language, Newar, and she springs into action.Siriya is one of many Nepalese children from different indigenous communities and linguistic...

Guatemala: Interview with Isabel Turuy Patzan, Representative of the 12 Communities in Resistance 

San Juan Sacatapéquez is a Guatemalan town, rich in natural resources and biodiversity, where indigenous Maya Kaqchikel form 82 per cent of the population. In 2006, the government granted concessions to the Guatemalan company CEMPRO (Cemento Progreso S.A.) to build a quarry and a cement factory in the area, and a new road cutting through communal land. Indigenous communities from San Juan were not...

Nepal: Indigenous youth need support 

With some 370 million indigenous people across the world, there are 67 million indigenous youth globally. This means that indigenous young people (aged 15 to 24) account for approximately 18 per cent of the world's population. But although they constitute such a sizeable portion of the global public, indigenous youth are one of the most vulnerable groups both at the international and national level....

Kenya: Photo story - Maasai forced from homes by power project in Hell's Gate National Park  

Hell’s Gate National Park, near Lake Naivasha in Kenya, is well-known for its wildlife and stunning scenery.  It is also the traditional home of the Maasai, who have strong cultural and religious attachments to the area. However, the area has been hugely destroyed by the construction of four large power stations, for geothermal energy (Olkaria I-IV), and proposed further development now threatens both the...

Nepal: Bridging the Gap at the 20th International Day of the World's Indigenous People 

Saturday August 9th marked 20 years since some 5,000 indigenous communities comprising over 370 million people and living in more than 90 countries across the world celebrated the first International Day of the World's Indigenous People (IDWIP). The UN General Assembly decided to observe August 9th as a special day of the world’s indigenous people through a resolution passed in December 1994. The...

Ethiopia: Obang Metho condemns ‘Life Grabs’ and the Second Scramble for Africa 

Speaking at MRG’s London office as part of a nationwide tour, Executive Director of the Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia, Obang Metho, sheds light on the systematic violation of indigenous land rights by Ethiopia’s autocratic regime, resulting in the alleged torture and imprisonment of those who resist. And although this is happening in a land far, far away, says Obang, these atrocities are...

Iran: Ahwazi Arabs forced to drink contaminated water amidst government river diversions  

In a new report, Mostafah Hetteh reveals that the Iranian regime's strategy of diverting water from the Karun river is having devastating effects on al-Ahwaz's Arab population. Mostafah explains that the plans have cut off the Ahwazi Arab population's water supply almost entirely, and the little that remains is often contaminated with industrial and agricultural waste.  Confronted with daily discrimination at the hands of Iran's...

DRC: Congolese journalists learn to report on indigenous groups 

Goma - Democratic Republic of the Congo. On September 30 - 4 October, 2014, with the generous support of Irish Aid, 25 Congolese journalists were trained by MRG on how to report sensitively on indigenous groups. The training that took place in Goma - the capital of North Kivu Province - also saw the journalists visit a Bambuti community in Kingi, located in the...

Cambodia: Lao minority fight to retain their language 

Um Simeng is the only person in her family who doesn’t speak the Khmer language.“When I need to run an official errand I have to take a translator with me,” says the 55-year-old ethnic Lao woman, resting in the shade beneath a small wooden hut in Kok Lao village, Ratanakiri province. “Usually I take one of my sons.”In her village, a remote constellation of...

Ukraine: Report on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples  

During the last 12 years my research studies were devoted to the problems of indigenous peoples residing in Ukraine. In modern conditions of the Russian agression and occupation of the Crimea, those problems become urgently actual for Crimean Tatars and other indigenous people living in Crimea. This research report was done with a strong contact of Crimean Tatar experts and NGO activists from Crimea...

DRC: Les Populations Autochtones Pygmees Faces Au Processus Electoral En RD Congo 

Tout citoyen a droit de participer pleinement à la vie politique de son Pays. Ceci est l’un des baromètres pour apprécier la démocratie dans un Etat. Les Pygmées de la RD Congo, singulièrement ceux de la Province du Nord-Kivu lance un cri d’alarme face au risque qu’ils courts, celui de n’est pas participés aux élections suite au manque de carte d’électeur, unique moyen...

The Manu Project: Building a 21st century queer totem for Auckland Pride 

The Manu Project has been conceived by London-based friends and collaborators Lyall Hakaraia and Emma Eastwood.Lyall Hakaraia is a creative director and curator of Māori descent, who has produced publicly engaging work at art power houses such as the ICA and The Barbican and in the fields of Glastonbury Festival. He has designed and made wearable art pieces for popular artists such as Beyonce,...

Nepal: UN rights experts apprised of violation of rights of indigenous Pradhan Newars for construction of a mega business complex 

Kathmandu, 9 Feb Two non-governmental organizations have submitted an urgent communication to UN rights experts alleging that a Nepali private company has unlawfully acquired the communal trust lands of indigenous Pradhan Newar community of Kathmandu to construct a mega business complex. As a result, the religious and cultural customs and traditions of Pradhan Newars based on the pond and its embankment lands have...

Iran/EU: Ahwazi mass demonstration in front of the European Parliament in Brussels  

The Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Al-Ahwaz has organized a mass demonstration, under the title “We will never forget our Ahwazi people” in front of the European Parliament in Brussels, the Belgian Capital.The Demonstration took place on Friday 6th of March to condemn the policies of Iranian occupation and the ongoing anti-human atrocities against the Arab people of Ahwaz.The Ahwazi community organized...


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