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MRG talk: Land Grabbing and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights 

Carla Clarke, MRG's Legal Cases Officer, gave a talk at a Socio-Economic Rights Group meeting on land rights. The event was organised by A4ID (Advocates for International Development), an organisation of legal and development professionals who work together to gain maximum impact in achieving the Millennium Development Goals.During the conference the panellists explored how approaches to land rights issues are changing in many developing...

MRG Podcast: April 2011 

Welcome to Minority Rights Group International’s April 2011 podcast. This month we investigate the situation for minorities in troubled Pakistan, take a step back into history to hear about how the assimilation of indigenous people into mainstream society in Canada in the 19th Century has left a legacy of social damage, and travel to the Sahara desert to listen to the mesmeric sounds of...

MRG at the UN Forum on Minority Issues 

The video contains the statement given by Carl Soderbergh, MRG’s Director of Policy and Communications, at the 3rd UN Forum on Minority Issues. He points out the exclusion of minorities from the Millennium Development Goals and expresses MRG’s particular concern for minority women, many of whom suffer multiple discrimination. To read the full statement click here"In parts of Europe, Roma face very serious discrimination in employment...

Minorities speak at the UN: Uganda 

Irene Nadunga from the Uganda Coalition for Crisis Prevention highlighted the discrimination faced by pastoralist women in Karamoja in her speech at the 3rd UN Forum on Minority Issues held in Geneva in December 2010. To read her full speech click here “The economic disadvantage of pastoralist is most felt by the marginalised and vulnerable pastoralist women of Karamoja who are economically discriminated within...

Minorities speak at the UN: Kenya 

At the 3rd session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues, Andrew Songa, of the Centre for Minority Rights and Development expressed his encouragement for Kenya’s new constitution, but also the need to enforce recommendations and decisions to eliminate discrimination against minorities. To read his full statement, click here. “Minority communities in Kenya have been the subject of economic marginalisation that has been characterized by...

Minorities speak at the UN: India 

H. Benjamin Mate, of the Indo-Myanmar Tribal Development Association, spoke at the UN Forum on Minority Issues. He described the condition of Kuki people in India and Burma: alienated  and expropriated of their identity and rights.To read his full statement, click here.“These regions have been often described as India’s biggest zoo by the mainland Indian. The basic necessities such as safe drinking water, sanitation,...

Young Journalist Award runner up: Human rights repression in Western Sahara 

Minority Rights Group International, in March 2011, announced the winner of the Minority Voices Young Journalist Award - a prize for young professional and student journalists keen to cover issues affecting minorities and indigenous communities in developing countries.The three-member panel of judges, formed both from journalism and development experts, recognised the excellent level of the entries received. In particular the committee named five applicants...

Young Journalist Award runner up: A grassroots revolution 

Minority Rights Group International, in March 2011, announced the winner of the Minority Voices Young Journalist Award - a prize for young professionals and student journalists keen to cover issues affecting minorities and indigenous communities in developing countries.The three-member panel of judges, formed both from journalism and development experts, recognised the excellent level of the entries received. In particular the committee named five applicants...

Young Journalist Award runner up: Respect Wanted: Domestic Workers in Bolivia 

Minority Rights Group International, in March 2011, announced the winner of the Minority Voices Young Journalist Award - a prize for young professional and student journalists keen to cover issues affecting minorities and indigenous communities in developing countries.The three-member panel of judges, formed both from journalism and development experts, recognised the excellent level of the entries received. In particular the committee named five applicants...

Vietnam: weekly market attracts minorities from the culturally diverse north 

The mountains of northern Vietnam are home to a number of indigenous minority groups, including the H'mong. Each week, many people in the region trek through the mountains to the Kermis market in Lao Cai province to buy and sell goods. In this photo, a H'mong woman gives her child a treat after returning from the market to her village in neighbouring Ha Giang...

Vietnamese and Thai authorities blocked launch of human rights report 

The Vietnamese and Thai governments prevented a human rights report from being launched in Bangkok. Authorities in Thailand cancelled a press conference scheduled at a private venue, while human rights representatives were prevented from traveling to the Thai capital. The report, which accused Vietnam of violating the rights of groups including ethnic minorities, was complied by the Paris-based International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)...

Argentina: 2010 Census - Successful or not? 

Afro-Argentinian reaction to latest census exercise.For the first time since 1895 the Argentina national census of 2010 took measures to include a count of people of African descent.  In October the many thousands of census-workers who fanned out across every province were supposed to collect data on the number of people in the country including those who self-identify as Indigenous people  and African descendant....

Nepal: impunity for perpetrators of communal violence 

Nepal's government has failed to achieve justice for the victims of communal violence that exploded in 2007 in the Kapilvastu district. On June 2, human rights groups met to discuss their efforts to push the government to take action. The Kapilvastu Violence Victim Struggle Committee (KVVSC) reported that the organization was able to obtain official government reports on the violence that killed 13 people...

Burma: Kachin women trafficked into forced marriages, prostitution in China 

Ethnic Kachin women are being trafficked across the border into China and sold into forced marriages and prostitution, according the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT). The organization has documented more than 130 such cases during the past year, some including children. KWAT blames the practice on widespread poverty in Burma brought about by decades of military rule. “According to the latest information we have...

Bangladesh: 'Rohingya – a people without hope', winner of the Minority Voices young Journalist Award  

The English translation of the story below won the Minority Voices Young Journalist Award, a prize awarded by Minority Rights Group (MRG) to young professional and student journalists covering issues affecting minority and indigenous communities in developing countries. Journalist Per Liljas’ entry was described by judges as “outstanding, brilliant and a cut above the rest”. Winners were announced in March and Liljas, who took...

MRG Podcast: May 2011 

Click above to listenWelcome to Minority Rights Group International’s May 2011 podcast. This month we hear about how it’s hard to be black in Argentina, learn how minorities in Libya are being affected by the country’s bloody revolution and experience the pleasure and the pain of Spain’s gypsies through flamenco music.First up we have an interview with Nengumbi Celestin Sukama, president of the...

Interviews with activists: Patrick Kensenhuis, Member of The National Assembly of the Republic of Suriname 

The Hon. Patrick Kensenhuis of the Republic of Suriname, represents a district with a majority indigenous and African descendant population.During the era of Dutch colonization of the Guiana region of South America, many enslaved Africans escaped into the rainforests of what is now the Republic of Suriname. These self liberated Africans (also known as "Maroons", "Djukas" or "Bakabusi Nengre") set up independent communities and...

Cattle rustling in South Sudan 

The video focuses on a cattle rustling attack that killed one man and injured another in Jonglei state. There is a lot of tension between ethnic groups in Southern Sudan. Due to competition for scarce resources herders from different tribes often fight over access to water or grazing land, and they often steal each other's cattle. This attack occurred just days before the independence...

State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2011 

Women from minority and indigenous communities are targeted for rape and other forms of sexual violence, torture and killings specifically because of their ethnic, religious or indigenous identity, Minority Rights Group International says in its 2011 annual report launched today. In the flagship annual publication, State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2011, MRG documents cases from across the world showing how...

Burma: conflict leads to spike in trafficking of Palaung minority 

The Palaung Women’s Organization (PWO) has released a new report that explores and uncovers human trafficking in ethnic Palaung areas of Burma.PWO has documented 72 cases of actual or suspected trafficking involving 110 people, which took place along the China-Burma border, mostly during the past six years. The majority of those trafficked were young Palaung women from tea farming communities in Namkham, Namhsan and...


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