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ZIMBABWE: PARLIAMENT FINALLY DEBATES NDEBELE TRIBAL MARGINALIZATION 

The Parliament of Zimbabwe is, during the coming weeks, going to find itself in a compromising position where it is to debate a subject that has been somewhat considered taboo in the country’s political platforms – the subject of tribalism. This is after the Matabeleland South Proportinal Representation MP Hon. Ms Priscila Misihairambwi-Mushonga introduced a motion in the lower house (on the 3rd of...

ZIMBABWE POLICE BLOCK GUKURAHUNDI GENOCIDE MEMORIAL IN MATOBO 

The Zimbabwe government today sent heavily armed Zimbabwe Republic Police Officers to Matobo District to stop an Ibhetshu Likazulu organized Gukurahundi genocide memorial.The armed and larged Shona speaking police sealed off the road from the main road to Bhalagwe memorial site. Even efforts by scores of villagers and ZAPU Intelligence supremo Dr Dumiso Dabengwa to talk to them to let the event continue failed....

Guatemala: Indigenous women activists, a photostory 

Indigenous women and girls are increasingly at the forefront of evolving and emerging resistance movements in Guatemala. It is vital to understand their role as agents of change in spaces for socio-political and environmental activism, particularly in light of international focus on the rights of women and indigenous peoples. Their combined gender and ethnic  identities not only determine the womens' struggles, but also facilitate...

Rwanda: Organising for the future of Intwatwa 

Between 3 and 6 October this year, twenty leading Rwandan composers, singers and dancers of intwatwa participated in a workshop held in Kigali to plan for the future of this traditional dance-music genre. The participants to the workshop agreed to engage in a mapping project of  the different variants of the intwatwa in the country, to empower intwatwa composers, singers and dancers through future...

UK/Global: Indigenous leaders gather in London to highlight need to protect forests 

Indigenous leaders from Latin America and Southeast Asia came together in a month-long tour around Europe aiming to raise awareness on the environmental challenges they are facing. In their visit to London, the Guardians of the Forests explained how deforestation, land grabbing, criminalization and mass killings are affecting them and their communities, and how these issues affect the world. MRG attended the demonstraton to...

Bolivia: Sexta Comisión otorgó hoy al FILAC el Estatus de Observador de las Naciones Unidas, en una decisión histórica 

Este lunes 6 de noviembre de 2017, en la sesión de la Sexta Comisión de la Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas, realizada en Nueva York, se aprobó, sin objeciones, la resolución titulada “Otorgamiento de la condición de observador en la Asamblea General al Fondo para el Desarrollo de los Pueblos Indígenas de América Latina y El Caribe (FILAC)”. Con esta Resolución, consignada...

Guatemala: New film - El futuro maya II 

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with support from Virginia Commonwealth University, Tulane University, and Vanderbilt University, has recently co-produced a sequel documentary film, El futuro maya II.  This film features interviews from nineteen Maya in Guatemala from various backgrounds: students, teachers, writers, weavers, and activists. It focuses on indigenous identity, discrimination, the Maya Movement, language revitalization, and their visions for the future. The original 1998 documentary, El futuro maya: Voces del presente, focused on the Maya Movement shortly after...

Brazil: The displacement of Guarani Kaiowá in Mato Grosso do Sul 

By Genna Naccache Numbering some 30,000 people, Brazil’s Guarani Kaiowá are one of the largest indigenous communities in the country, with a long history of forced evictions dating back to the early twentieth century. Most live on the frontier of Mato Grosso do Sul, bordering neighbouring Paraguay, an isolated region far from the nearest town and with little in the way of public security....

Rwanda: Being indigenous and disabled is double jeopardy 

Being indigenous and disabled is double jeopardy: But we need to put our effort together to fight against the discrimination of disabled people.In 2016-2017, African Initiative for Mankind Progress Organisation (AIMPO) conducted out survey on Batwa with disabilities, thanks to the support of Disability Rights Fund (DRF). The objective of this baseline survey was to establish the demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of Batwa currently...

Netherlands: Territories in Dispute Conference 

On the 30th May - 1st June, the University College Roosevelt of Utrecht University will hold a two-day conference titled ‘Territories in Dispute: Epistemologies, Resistances, Spirtitualities and Rights’. The conference is hosted by the University College Roosevelt, Utrecht University, University of Deusto, University of Milan, EURAC research, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and the Human Rights Centre of Ghent University. This conference aims to...

Kenya: Mbechot - access to clean water welcomed by Endorois  

In line with #Envision2030 Goal 6 of SDGs - Access to Clean Water and Sanitation - I set out in December 2017 to interrogate the issue and current status. Mbechot, is in the middle of the territory of Endorois people of Baringo, Kenya. Access to water remains an elusive thing. This borehole drilled by the government of Japan in partnership with the...

Iraq: Sabean Mandeans in the spotlight 

AL Miezan Association for Human Rights Development carried out a project in Amarah City, in Iraq's Maysan Province, to encourage community dialogue between the Muslim majority and minorities such as Sabean-Mandaeans. The project, which started in October 2017 with support from MRG, included a visit to a Sabean-Mandaean temple in the city. Mandaeans, followers of one of the oldest monotheistic religions, are historically settled in Southern Iraq,...

Minority Voices Podcast May 2018: An interview with Daniel Kobei 

In May 2017, the Ogiek indigenous community of Kenya successfully challenged the denial of their land rights before the African Court of Human and Peoples Rights. Following an eight-year legal battle, the Court found that the Kenyan government violated seven separate articles of the African Charter, in a case that dates back to colonial times. This landmark ruling recognised that the Ogiek – and...


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