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Cameroon: Justice for victims of powerful commercial landowner 

For the past 25 years thousands of poor Cameroonians have been subjected to serious human rights abuses by Baba Ahmadou Danpullo, a powerful multi-millionaire commercial rancher and a member of the Central Committee of the ruling Cameroon Peoples Democratic Movement (CPDM) Party. As the biggest landowner after the state in the NW Region, he uses police, gendarmes, courts and government officials to...

Indigenous Chichewa dictionary launched in Malawi  

The Chichewa Dictionary has just been launched in Malawi.Chichewa, also known as Nyanja, is a Bantu spoken language. It is the national language of Malawi but is also an official language in several African countries including Zambia (mostly spoken in the Eastern Province, Lusaka), Mozambique and Zimbabwe.Chichewa is traceable from the Eastern Province of Zambia from the 15th century. In Zambia, Chewa is spoken...

Kenya passes anti-FGM law, will it stop the Cut? 

MRG’s Africa Regional Information Officer, Mohamed Matovu, probes the success of the anti-FGM law that Kenya and several other African countries have passed.Kenya recently passed a law outlawing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), joining a small but growing list of African countries that have criminalized the cut.Those who practice, cause to practice or make snide remarks to those who don’t undergo the cut will from...

Cameroon: Mbororos petition government over delay to implement commission findings  

In 2003, after 17 years of campaigning by the Mbororo people, the office of the president of Cameroon ordered an Investigation into the human rights abuses of Baba Ahmadou Danpullo, which found gross human rights abuses. The inter-ministerial commission, known as The Jani Commission, on the conflict between the Mbororo Community and Baba Ahmadou Danpullo was created under Ref. No. 1621/SG/PR of 27th February...

Philippines: Lumad village suffers third forced evacuation in 5 months 

Indigenous villagers are bearing the brunt of continued clashes between the Philippine military and a leftist rebel group in Mindanao, rights groups say. Renewed clashes this month have forced civilians in one village in Agusan del Norte province to flee their homes for the third time in five months. Residents in Agusan del Norte’s Bangayan village fled fighting last week, which saw weapons fired...

MRG photo story: Uncertain future for Israel's indigenous Bedouin 

In the next few months, the Israeli parliament is expected to legislate on a plan to demolish homes and displace 30,000 Arab Bedouins from the Negev desert of southern Israel. On 11 September 2011, the Israeli cabinet decided to go ahead with the controversial ‘Prawer plan’ that is aimed at providing a full resolution to continuing issues between the state and Bedouin over land...

Israel: Interview with Hanan Al Sanah, a Bedouin womens' rights activist 

Bedouin Arab women face high rates of poverty. They face disproportionately low levels of education and employment compared to other Israeli women. They are discriminated by the state and from within the community due to strict cultural traditions and customs. Hanan Al Sanah is a women’s rights activist who works with Sidreh, a Bedouin women’s organisation. Here she explains some of the major problems...

Israel's Bedouin Arabs at risk: the Prawer plan 

30,000 Arab Bedouin in Israel are going to be evicted from their homes in the next few years as part of a government plan known as the Prawer plan. The plan is expected to be put to parliament shortly. Ravia Abu Rabia, from the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, explains what the implications of the Prawer plan are for the community....

Cambodia: Indigenous women face pressure at the forefront of land rights advocacy 

Women, including those from indigenous communities, are increasingly finding themselves on the frontline in advocating for their rights in the face of Cambodia's simmering problem of land disputes.A new report from Amnesty International released this week looks at how women in the Southeast Asian country are fighting against controversial land evictions. But this more prominent role has in turn placed them at greater risk...

Kenya: National park to be created on Samburu land without their consent 

Indigenous Samburu in Kenya fear that the newly created Laikipia National Park, which will encompass 17,000 acres of their land, may forever threaten their cattle-herding way of life.On 25 November in the Kisargei area police rounded up around 3,000 cattle and 5000 goats and sheep belonging to the Samburu community. Police attacks on Samburu homes have also been reported in the area.For more information...

Philippines: Violations against indigenous peoples soar under Aquino administration, rights groups claim 

Human rights violations against indigenous peoples in the Philippines are continuing, rights groups are warning. According to Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP), also known as the National Alliance of Indigenous Peoples' Organisations in the Philippines, the government of President Benigno Aquino III has done little to stem violence against indigenous activists. "In the 18-months-old Aquino administration, 13 indigenous people became victims...

Cambodia: Communal land titles awarded, but indigenous land remains under threat 

The Cambodian government has issued communal land titles to three indigenous communities--the first of their kind in the country.The government awarded the land titles this month to two villages in Ratanakkiri province in Cambodia's remote northeast. A third village in eastern Mondulkiri province will be given a communal land title in January. Together, the titles comprise a total area of almost 3,800 hectares and...

Kenya: An Ogiek woman's journey to liberation 

My story is a tale of twists and turns.When I sit down and recall my journey, I could not have anticipated, given my childhood which was full of hardships, that I today would be among those who can garner the courage to stare injustice straight in the face and say, enough. As an Ogiek girl child, accessing education was the last thing on my...

Nepal: expert panel best guarantees IPs rights in new constitution 

In a bid to best guarantee Indigenous Peoples' rights in the new constitution, lawyers from indigenous communities and members of Nepal's Constituent Assembly (CA) Indigenous Peoples Caucus have formed an 11-member expert panel. The decision comes after the Lawyers' Association for Human Rights of Nepalese Indigenous Peoples (LAHURNIP) and CA Indigenous Peoples Caucus jointly held a last minute meeting before the unveiling of the...

New report: Conflict Early Warning among the Somali, Turkana, Maasai, Samburu, Ogiek and Endorois Communities of Kenya 

The Ogiek Peoples' Development Program (OPDP) in partnership with MRG produced the following report entitled "Conflict Early Warning among the Somali, Turkana, Maasai, Samburu, Ogiek and Endorois Communities of Kenya". The paper researches early warning indicators of conflict between the different communities, in view of developing ad hoc mechanisms to prevent and/or reduce the intensity of such conflicts in the future. These indicators act...

New report: Dynamics of conflicts in Kenya's Mau Forest Complex, towards an early warning system 

The Ogiek Peoples' Development Program's new report argues for a fresh approach to conflict early warning systems in the Mau Forest Complex, Kenya's largest forest. Land issues, often linked with illegal logging, are a main cause of conflicts in the Complex, which 15,000 Ogiek call home.   Photo: Ogiek Elders in MarioshoniClick on the link below to download the report....

MRG Podcast: January 2012 

Welcome to MRG’s first podcast of 2012. This month we learn about the current plight of Kosovo’s Roma refugees who fled the ravages of the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s and listen to the sounds of Tuvan throat singing, a variant of overtone singing practiced by the Tuva people of the remote region of southern Siberia in the Russian Federation....

Philippines: Indigenous peoples condemn military harassment of UP students 

Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) condemned the harassment done against University of the Philippines students and four Ayta minors in a remote Ayta community in Porac, Pampanga by members of the Philippine Army. “We vehemently condemn the harassment done against UP students by military personnel. This abrasive and violent attitude towards visitors to our communities is offensive to our people,...

Philippines: Indigenous peoples wary over new mining policy 

Indigenous peoples’ organization Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) criticized President Bengino Aquino’s actions in a meeting of foreign chambers of commerce last Thursday. “Aquino acted like a kid amongst bullies in a schoolyard,” Piya Macliing Malayao, KAMP spokesperson said. “But instead of lunch money, he gave away national economy and patrimony without a fight.”Aquino promised investors of a new...

Minorities at the UN: Crimean Tatar women face unemployment and discrimination in Ukraine 

Nara Narimanova of the Crimean Tatar Youth Council spoke at the recent UN Forum on Minority Issues, after having completed online advocacy training courses as part of MRG’s Global Advocacy Programme (GAP).She took the opportunity to raise issues faced by Crimean Tatar women in Ukraine who are particularly vulnerable in the face of poor living conditions, unemployment and high levels of discrimination. With the...


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