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Jordan: Bedouins, a lifestyle in disappearance 

Improvements in the economy and technology have prevented Jordanian Bedouins from keeping a truly nomadic existence, and their way of life is slowly disappearing.Currently, around only 15 families permanently live in tents in the protected area of Wadi Rum (South-West Jordan), formed of 720 square kilometers of narrow canyons, sandstone mountains and sandy valleys. Most of its inhabitants have moved to small villages  surrounding...

Cambodia: Indigenous groups recall painful past 

Nok Yik was seven years old when the Khmer Rouge seized power in Cambodia, plunging the country into darkness and terror. She was confined to a forced labour camp in north-eastern Ratanakiri province, where she served food and water to a troupe of workers for 12 hours a day.Her grandmother and older brother were sent to other labour camps scattered across the country. Then...

Minority Voices Podcast - April 2015 

MRG's April 2015 Minority Voices Podcast features a report back from the jungles of Thailand, where indigenous communities are being displaced in the name of conservation, and folk music from the war-torn Nuba Mountains in Sudan.Photo: Mue Naw, wife of a disappeared Karen land rights activist, Thailand, March 2015.Credit: Emma Eastwood/MRG   Thanks to Atanas Kutsev for providing the field recording of Paethai Paera playing the dennaku...

Zambia: Aba Twa, Dancers of the Gods 

Three urban Zambian youths go in search of an indigenous marginalized tribe of people known as Aba Twa. This story documents their journey and what they discover from this ancient group of Africans living in the swamps of Bangweulu and Chiengi in remote part of Zambia. Written and directed by Joel Kapungwe....

SWM 2015: Bolivia - Promoting indigenous participation in Santa Cruz de la Sierra 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Vanessa MazzeiBolivia has some of the highest levels of poverty in South America, and it also stands out as one of the most culturally diverse countries in the region with the highest percentage of indigenous people in Latin America – an estimated 62 per cent of the population. Yet indigenous communities have nevertheless struggled historically to...

SWM 2015: Kenya - Urban migration and the loss of traditional culture among Endorois youth 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Rebecca MarlinIndigenous Endorois had inhabited Lake Bogoria for centuries when, in the 1970s, the Kenyan government forcibly removed them from their ancestral land. Their eviction brought to an end a unique way of life rich with culture and tradition, and they have been advocating for the rightful return of their land ever since. Despite a 2010...

SWM 2015: The San in southern Africa – adjusting to urbanization as a first people 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Inga ThiemannSouthern African countries have urbanized rapidly in the last few decades, with significant impacts on San indigenous populations in the entire region. Urbanization has not only threatened access to land among rural communities but also in areas where some measure of urbanization has taken place, while the government has failed to provide San residents with...

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: Brazil - Preserving indigenous heritage in Rio de Janeiro 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Umamah BasitRio de Janeiro has a significant indigenous population, many of whom have been driven out of their ancestral lands in the Amazon due to poverty, deforestation and persecution. Due to unaffordable housing and lack of state support, these groups have settled in the poorest of urban slums, commonly known as ‘favelas’, where they face rampant...

SWM 2015: Mexico - Sexual violence against indigenous women in Ciudad Juárez 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Mariah GrantCiudad Juárez is a striking example of both the good and the bad that the economic opportunities inherent to urbanization can bring. This city of nearly 1.5 million inhabitants is situated on the Mexico side of the border with the United States, directly opposite its sister-city, El Paso, Texas. Only the parched Rio Grande, contained...

SWM 2015: Rwanda - Promoting peace through sustainable urban development in Kigali 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Paige Wilhite JenningsApril 2014 saw the 20th anniversary of the genocide in which an estimated 800,000 people – three-quarters of the Rwanda’s Tutsi minority, as well as moderates from the Hutu majority – were killed in 100 days. While this small landlocked country’s population density, the highest in Africa, may have contributed to social tensions, ethnic...

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: 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...

Iran: New 'I recognize Al-Ahwaz as an Arab State' media campaign gains 1,000 prominent Arab supporters within the first two days  

A call by a senior UAE official on Monday for formal recognition of Al-Ahwaz as an occupied Arab country has sparked a rapidly growing pan-Arab media campaign, with over 1,000 prominent Arab figures across the region so far announcing their support of ‘I recognise Al-Ahwaz as an Arab State’. Despite only being launched a couple of days ago, the campaign is also spreading beyond...

DRC: Journée Internationale des Populations Autochtones 

Dans le cadre de la Journée Internationale des Populations Autochtones, du 09 Aout 2015, nous avons l'honneur de vous transmettre les images et la note de plaidoyer présentée au gouvernement Congolais via le Ministère Provincial des Affaires Foncières du Nord-Kivu.Notons que des promesses fermes ont été données par Son Excellence le Ministre Provincial en termes d'engagements face aux différentes recommandations des Pygmées-Bambuti.Une commission de suivi des acquis de ce plaidoyer...

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...

Uganda: School feeding program increasing Batwa pupil enrollment 

Most Batwa communities in the East Africa region live in impoverished conditions. And for a community that has been almost entirely dispossessed of their land by the government due to national conservation policies and is facing eminent extinction, education would rank least on their priority list. That is why in all national development indicators, they rank lower than national averages. ...


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