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India: Adivasis fight mega-dams  

A new “powerhouse” is emerging in the frontier state of Arunachal Pradesh, north-eastern India. Public and private companies have proposed 168 massive dams, to produce 57,000 megawatts of hydropower, in this strategically important region, which borders Myanmar in the east, Bhutan in the west and China in the north. All of these dams are proposed for the upper reaches of the Brahmaputra...

Cambodia: Kuy people rally to save ‘our forest’ 

I am Mao Chanthoeun, a Kuy, from Chaom Svay Village near Prey Lang forest in Kampong Thom, Cambodia. I was born here about 30 years ago. My parents and grandparents were also born here. We’ve always been dependent on Prey Lang, which in Kuy means ‘our forest’. When I was young, the forest was large and thick. Prey Lang gave us food, medicines, and...

Gabon: Mining, dams and repression 

‘It’s fantastic, the forest, fantastic. There is peace, tranquillity, one breathes in the freshness - no pollution and it’s magnificent. If we destroy this forest, we will have aggression from everywhere that will reach the wider population’, Marc Ona Essangui, President of Brainforest and winner of the 2009 Goldman Environmental Prize. The small village of Mananga lies next to the Ivindo River in Ogooué-Ivindo province,...

Thailand: Indigenous people penalised for carrying out traditional practices 

For decades, indigenous peoples have been forcibly evicted and relocated from their lands on grounds of national security, development and resource conservation. In the north, smaller mountain-dwelling ethnic groups, including Akha, Hmong, Karen, Lahu, Lisu and Mein, struggle to survive economically and culturally in the face of development projects, land-ownership issues and the influx of ethnic Thais. In July, officials at Kaeng Krachan National...

Film: State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2012 

Natural resource development projects such as logging and dams, oil and mineral extraction and large-scale agriculture have been successful in generating vast revenues across the globe. But at what cost to minorities and indigenous peoples?In its flagship annual publication, State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2012, Minority Rights Group International documents hundreds of case studies about marginalized groups who have been adversely...

Thailand: Documentary film - jungle dwelling indigenous community threatened by influx of 'outsiders' 

Mani 2.0 is a 25-minute documentary about an indigenous jungle dwelling community, the Mani, of Southern Thailand, who are now facing challenges and influences from the 'outside' world. Watch the film on YouTube:Part1:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXD0M3FhWKY&feature=g-upl Part2:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQJSg-pLgcQ&feature=relmfu...

Interviews with activists: Ahamat Molikini says Tibu minority still face oppression in post-Arab Spring Libya 

MRG: Who are the Tibu?Ahamat: The Tibu are black Africans who live in Southern Libya and are also found in parts of Sudan (Darfur), Chad and Niger. Colonial borders separated them and divided them between countries. In Libya, Tibus live mainly in the Sebha, Kufra, Awbari, Qatrun and Murzuq regions. They are Libyans and were in the region before the Arabs.MRG: What language do...

Russia: Reindeer herders seek deal with energy giants 

The Russian Federation is home to about 200 ethnic groups. Of these, 41 are legally recognized as “indigenous, small-numbered peoples of the North, Siberia, and the Far East”. This status is confined to groups numbering less than 50,000; maintaining a traditional way of life; inhabiting certain remote regions of Russia; and identifying themselves as a distinct ethnic community. Russia is the...

State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2012 

Natural resource development projects such as logging and dams, oil and mineral extraction and large-scale agriculture have been successful in generating vast revenues across the globe. But at what cost to minorities and indigenous peoples?In its flagship annual publication, State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2012, Minority Rights Group International documents hundreds of case studies about marginalized groups who have been adversely...

Madagascar: Rio Tinto’s history of human rights abuses 

In 2006 QIT Madagascar Minerals S.A (QMM), a joint venture between QIT Fer et Titane (Rio Tinto’s wholly-owned Canadian subsidiary) and the Government of Madagascar, began work on a new ilmenite mine in the Fort Dauphin area of the Anosy region of Madagascar. An estimated 6000 people, including many indigenous Antanosy, lived in villages in and around the area which was removed to make...

Adivasis of Bangladesh: a year of broken promises  

‘My grandfather used to tell me not to go in there,’ the old man points to a wide expanse of grass where Bengali children are playing football, ‘because of the tigers in the forest’. He is a member of the Garo community; one of Bangladesh’s estimated 46 indigenous or ‘Adivasi’ peoples. He is an activist fighting for his people’s ancestral forests in Modhupur, in...

Botswana: Diamonds bring no benefits to Basarwa  

While Botswana’s government has never officially admitted to forcibly relocating the G/wi and G//ana communities of the Basarwa indigenous group to make way for diamond-mining operations in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR), critics have long suspected this to be the main motivation for the removals. When it became known in late 2010 that Gem Diamonds would begin mining operations in the CKGR, suspicions...

Europe: Corporate abuse flows along BP’s oil pipeline  

Early in 2011, the UK government ruled that a BP-led oil consortium was not carrying out the human rights responsibilities of multinational companies in its operations on the controversial Baku–Tbilisi–Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline. The 1,770 km pipeline runs from offshore oil fields in the Caspian Sea near Azerbaijan’s capital Baku, to Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, and on to the port of Ceyhan on...

New - full version of MRG documentary : A Journey to Imja Lake - Climate Change in the land of the Sherpa 

This 30 minute film, commissioned by MRG in 2010, and directed and produced by Anna Colom, is now available for the first time on MRG's YouTube channel.The documentary tells the story of the Sherpa people in the Everest region of Nepal, who are already experiencing the effects of climate change in the Himalayas: from the changes on the mountains, their spiritual gods, to the impact...

Ethiopia: Outrage as World Bank funds power lines linked to controversial dam 

Human rights organizations, including Survival International and Human Rights Watch, have fiercely criticized a decision by the World Bank to fund power lines in Ethiopia linked to the controversial Gibe III dam. The newly-approved project will help transport power generated by a notorious hydroelectric dam in southern Ethiopia, to Kenya’s power grid. Ethiopia’s controversial Gibe III dam is expected to be complete...

Kenya: What the Constitutional Court’s ruling on boundaries and electoral areas means for minority communities  

On 9 July 2012, a panel of five judges made their ruling on several petitions filed by dissatisfied community members against how the Indepenedent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in Kenya had gone about fixing new boundaries and electoral areas. MRG’s Africa Regional Information Officer caught up with Molu Korepu Tepo, a consultant with MRG under the Good Governance Project and asked him what...

Nepal: Time to honor the history of indigenous with the Federal Structure 

At this turning point, if Nepal fails to recognize its indigenous communities with the federal structure to honor their ancient yet prevailing history, because of the obstruction crafted by the main opposition parties – Nepali Congress and CPN UML, it will be unfortunate. Consequently, the new constitution will not be promulgated. There will be constitutional crisis. The provision of the Constituent Assembly will come...

Democratic Republic of Congo: Indigenous organizations call for humanitarian assistance for displaced Batwa people  

We, organizations of indigenous Batwa people and those who accompany them, regret to note the following:- Large-scale displacement of indigenous Batwa across the entire province of North Kivu due to numerous conflicts that occur. Therefore, they are the primary innocent victims;- Indigenous Batwa people do not have access to, or have difficulty accessing, emergency humanitarian aid in IDP (internally displaced persons) camps due to...

MRG Event: Business, natural resources and minority rights 

Minority Rights Group International (MRG) is holding a seminar on business, natural resources and minority rights in London, UK, on 17 October 2012.While the principle of corporate responsibility for human rights is gaining ground, the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples have not been given sufficient attention. As a result, these communities around the world continue to face eviction from their lands and other violations...

Philippines: Youth indigenous leader tortured and killed 

National alliance of indigenous peoples Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) expressed fury over the killing of another indigenous leader. Genesis Ambason, 23 year old secretary-general of grassroots indigenous organization Tagdumahan, was tortured and killed allegedly by members of the CAFGUs (Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit) of the 26th Infantry Battalion headed by Artemio Sublidan last September 13, 2012. ...


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