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Thailand: Karen woman fights for justice over husband’s disappearance 

On 17 April 2014, Billy Rakchongcharoen was stopped at a checkpoint near Bangkloy village in western Thailand.  He was accused of stealing honeycomb from Kaeng Krachan National Park and taken into detention. The park authorities claim he was released after being questioned. But nobody has seen him since.His wife, a soft-spoken 29-year-old, is convinced he was murdered. Billy was not only a prominent land...

Kenya: Being Maasai - Photo story 

This October MRG and 9 Eastern European journalists travelled to the Maasai Mara, the land of the Maasai in Narok, Kenya. Visiting journalists were making news to spread the word back at home about life in developing countries and thus help their compatriots understand their countries' role and commitments in the global world and international development. This photo story gives you a few snapshots of the traditional...

Kenya: Minority within the minority - The Ogiek in Narok. Photo story. 

This October MRG and 9 Eastern European journalists travelled to the Mau Forest in Narok County, Kenya inhabited mostly by the Ogiek people. Visiting journalists were making news to spread the word back at home about life in developing countries and thus help their compatriots understand their countries' role and commitments in the global world and international development. These photos share the moments of...

Kenya: Inspection panel faults World Bank for ‘noncompliance’ with own indigenous peoples and involuntary resettlement policies  

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors met on Tuesday October 20, 2015 to discuss the Inspection Panel investigation of the Kenya Electricity Expansion Project. The $330 million IDA project, approved in May 2010, aims to increase the capacity, efficiency, and quality of electricity supply as well as expand access to electricity in urban, peri-urban, and rural areas. The Inspection Panel’s investigation responded...

Indonesia/Tanzania/Paraguay: How indigenous people can use the law to fight the takeover of their lands 

Indigenous peoples are using national, regional and international law to fight against the takeover of their lands. But what are the risks and advantages associated with going to court? In 'Using the Law', learn from communities that have used national and international law to defend their rights. This 12-minute video looks at three legal cases in Indonesia, Tanzania and Paraguay using national, regional and...

Nigeria: The Ogoni film (working title) 

"The Ogoni” (working title) is an observational feature documentary which tells a story that began many years ago, and whose outcome is unlikely to be revealed for a very long time. It takes place in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria and its backdrop, an area of 450 sq miles, Ogoniland, was, in the past, a region of green and astonishing beauty. The population...

MRG Podcast: February 2016 

Welcome to MRG’s February 2016 Minority Voices podcast. This month we ask Maasai women for their views on female circumcision in Kenya, and tune in to the melodic sounds of the Garifuna of Central America. ...

Kenya: Is the new constitution a 'magic bullet' for challenges facing minorities?  

How the National Constitution treats minorities is a good test of a nation’s maturity. How government applies their rules is a good test of the state’s maturity. New constitution-making has surged in agrarian economies since 1990, correspondent to significant political change (multi-partyism in particular) and a surge in globalisation, and of which, among other trends, the noted surge in large-scale land acquisition...

Ethiopia/Kenya/South Sudan: African Dam Project Threatens Massive Armed Conflict, Human and Environmental Devastation 

This extensive report details the catastrophy facing indigenous pastoralists, agropastoralists and fishers in the tri-nation border region of Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan. It was posted in 2013 on the internet and is the predecessor to the more extensive book forthcoming (in April 2016) with Springer-Verlag Publishing, entitled, "River Basin Development and Human Rights in Eastern Africa — a Policy Crossroads." Construction of...

Kenya: Indigenous Women and the LAPSSET Corridor in Laikipia and Isiolo counties 

Unclear land tenure, overlapping land, land grabbing and creation of conservation is a major issue faced by the indigenous peoples living along the LAPSSET Corridor (Lamu Port Southern Sudan Ethiopia Transport Corridor). Most of these territories occupied by indigenous peoples often do not hold formal title to their lands and their land rights are therefore not recognized or protected by the governments, hence causing...

Ukraine/Crimea: Rights of Non-Numerous Indigenous Peoples in Conditions of the Conflict of Crimea 

Considering the historical, legal, ethical preconditions and possibility of application the international legal mechanisms, author made the research on legal issues for protection and promotion the rights of non-numerous indigenous peoples (NIP) in Crimea as specific ethnic groups of Ukraine....

Ukraine/Crimea: Deportation of the Indigenous Crimean Tatar People as the Ongoing International Crime  

Report contains the analysis of legal qualification of the deportation of Indigenous Crimean Tatar people in 1944-1989 and after 2014 from its historical native land in Crimea according to the principles of law, norms of international humanitarian and criminal law, to the provision of Soviet and modern Ukrainian criminal material and process legislation and comparing with the coherent ECoHR practice.Reporters prove that deportation of...

Kenya: Cattle raiding in Baringo County 

The Immortal Raiders of BaringoInterventions from the Kenyan government have been seen by residents to yield more conflict in the cattle rustling torn area of Baringo South, flooring speculation that the continued raids are a daring message to the government.Constant accusations of aggression by the neighboring Pokot Community, said to invade Endorois ancestral lands who are a minority and indigenous community, and causing loss...

Kenya: My panty, my health, my dignity 

My name is Maureen Bii from the Ogiek community living in the Mau Forest,Nessuit village. I have been inspired by the young girls and boys who amid difficult situations they face, they still hope for a better future. One most challenge they face is sexual abuse from young and old men they look up to for support and care.In many instances,its their own...

Global: Intercultural - Raising awareness of the misinterpretation of nationalities living in modern day societies 

The journey that lead to the creation of “Intercultural” began long before my time. If I may take you back to the British Raj era, the year of 1891 when my great great grandmother a young girl of six years old played on the beach in Goa, India. A British soldier approached her and offered candy, which she accepted as a kind gesture....

Uganda: Cross-cultural encounters in the grazing lands of Karamoja 

In October 2015, members of the European Parliament (MEPs) Maria Heubuch and Norbert Neuser visited Karamoja (Northern Uganda) to learn about pastoralism. During their visit they discovered how pastoralism copes with climate change and assures food security. Though pastoralism has many benefits, it is often threatened by unadapted domestic and/or international policies. The two MEPs were invited by the Coalition of European Lobbies on Eastern...

DRC: Mort d’un autochtone pygmee dans la prison du district police Rutshuru en province du nord-Kivu, a l’est de la RDC 

C’est avec consternation que nous avons été alertés ce Lundi, 30 Janvier 2017 de la mort de Barigira Rugayu, un autochtone Pygmée de Burai dans le territoire de Rusthuru à plus ou moins 70 km de Goma, dans la Province du Nord-Kivu.Selon des sources crédibles, la mort de Barigira Rugayu serait occasionnée par la torture subit dans la prison du District de Rutshuru par...

Ukraine: A year without Ervin 

The 24th May 2016 was a crucial date for Crimean Tatar and Ukrainian human rights. Activist and member of the Bakhchysaray regional mejlis, Ervin Ibragimov (aged 30) went missing on that day near his house in Bakhchysarai, central Crimea. The abduction occurred around 11:00 PM as shown by footage from a CCTV camera of a building nearby. Ibragimov was forced into a van (Ford...

Belize: Government undermines Maya traditional leaders 

Discriminatory acts against the Maya People are carried out by Belize’s Government since 1953, resulting in the violation of international norms since 2015.Despite the historical practice of the Maya people appointing Alcaldes as governing authorities, and the agreement made by Belize’s government to recognize them as judicial officers through the Alcalde Act of 1858; the government has failed in its commitment with 78 Alcaldes...

DRC: Batwa killed and injured in Kahuzi-Biega National Park. 

South-Kivu, DRC. Civil society organizations and Pygmies Communities from the province of South Kivu denounce the assassination of MBONE NAKULIRE Batwa child, occurred on Saturday 26 of August in Kahuzi-Beiga National Park.The atrocity occurred around 09:00 AM of that Saturday morning, when unarmed Batwa child and his father were looking for medicinal plants and ended up being shot by park guards in the premises...


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