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Tanzania: MRG's Head of Law visits Maasai communities pitted against safari company over land dispute 

In August 2012, Carla Clarke, MRG's Head of Law, visited the Maasai villages of Sukenya and Mondorosi, which border the world-renowned Serengeti National Park in northern Tanzania.The villagers are involved in an over 12,000-acre land dispute withThomson Safaris, a US-based tourism company which prides itself on its community involvement.The primary cause of the conflict between the local community and Thomson Safaris is over land...

Namibia: UN Envoy says minorities and indigenous peoples crave inclusion 

As the main human rights monitoring and advocacy NGO in Namibia, NamRights welcomes the Statement (click on the link below to download) of UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya, upon ending his visit to the African country. During a media conference held at UN Center in the Namibian capital Windhoek this morning, Anaya pointed out that all the...

Vietnam: Taidam “paenk khwan” ceremony 

Taidam, an ethnic minority community living in north-west Vietnam, have a strong belief in evil spirits, which can cause illness, while good spirits or more specifically the presence of the “khwan” (the soul) in the body preserves health. The “khwan” might be broken or overcome by fear or some supernatural powers, which leads to sickness or being continuously tired.Therefore, after someone's soul is...

Vietnam: The “xain sub kher” ceremony of Taidam people 

This photo shows the “Xain sub kher” Taidam’s ceremony at my home. In Taidam language, this name means 'to drive away catastrophe.'According to Taidam belief, after a member of family dies and moves to live with our forefathers, they often give back the reasons for their death to their close relatives. In my story, some older people said that my dead uncle had shared...

Taiwan: Chairperson of Council of Indigenous Peoples interrogated in parliament  

Members of Taiwan's parliament were highly suspicious about the proposed hundred million new Taiwanese dollars (approximately 26.4 thousand euros) observatory trip to Tibet in the 2013 annual budget report, presented by the Council of Indigenous Peoples (CIP) at the end of September 2012.The Chairperson of CIP stated that the idea of the trip is to understand more deeply the issues about self-determination in Tibet....

Libya: Amazigh demand equality and respect 

The Amazigh people in north Africa in general, and in Libya specifically, have been suppressed for centuries.  However the worst suppression has been during these past five decades.Since Libya gained independence in 1951 the Amazigh were sidelined and deprived of all the rights of indigenous people. The worst was in Ghadafi's time between 1969-2011, when we were denied even to say that we were...

Burma: Army commander’s wife violates rights of ethnic minority soldiers’ wives 

Chin State is the poorest state in the country. All resources are limited and scarce for Chin people and infrastructure needs to be build up. Chin are one of the ethnic minorities in Burma. Chin state is very isolated geographically because of poor transportation and communication, and is a recycle bin of government/public service personnel. If a public service personnel offends in a service,...

Cameroon: Participation of Minorities in 2013 Elections 

Watch a video report on the participation of minorities in the 2013 municipal and parliamentary elections.Workshop organised by Laimaru, MBOSCUDA, CAEPA & Pioneers and funded by MRG's Global Advocacy Programme.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWLugwLOoHs...

Philippines: Blaan family massacred, IP killings rise to 28 

The Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) condemns the massacre of a Blaan family in the Sagittarius Mines Inc (SMI) mine site in Tampakan, South Cotabato. Piya Macliing Malayao, KAMP spokesperson, described the killings as “barbaric, and their killers are the most brutal.” Elements of the 27th Infantry Battalion (IB) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines strafed the hut where...

Cameroun: La situation des minorités Montagnardes  

Lorsqu’on parcourt les documents officiels de l’Etat du Cameroun ainsi que les rapports des organismes (nationaux et internationaux) travaillant sur les questions de « minorités », il ressort clairement que les Montagnards, notamment ceux de la région de l’Extrême-Nord, font partie intégrante des composantes sociologique dites « populations autochtones » ou « minorités »La Loi fondamentale du 18 janvier 1996 reconnaît l’existence des minorités...

Malaysia: The road to Murum dam 

The government-built tarred road to Murum dam is pitted with large potholes: a casualty of overflowing, under-regulated logging trucks. This road begins from the junction leading to Bakun dam, off the old Bintulu-Miri highway in the Malaysian Borneo state of Sarawak. It then merges into a logging road at the turn-off where a large sign beckons with the words, Murum dam. The road...

Kenya: Beading young Samburu girls into sexual bondage 

This video, which first appeared on NTV Kenya on Oct 21, 2012, was filmed in the dry, somewhat barren Rift Valley Province in Kenya, and tells the story of how the Samburu community – a semi-nomadic pastoralist group closely related to the Masaai - use an entrenched aspect of their culture to violate the sexual rights of girls as young as eight years...

Africa: New land grabs exposed. Asian palm oil companies run into trouble 

Indonesia’s largest palm oil company, Sinar Mas, ran into trouble recently when communities in Liberia complained about a 33,000 ha. operation being developed on their lands by its indirectly-owned subsidiary, Golden Veroleum, in Butaw District, Sinoe County.Alfred Brownell, the lawyer from Green Advocates representing the Kru tribes impacted by the project who is attending the 10th Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil being held in...

Zimbabwe: San elders make anti-discrimination case before minister, receive children's learning materials in symbolic act 

On Sunday 4 November 2012, the Co-Minister in charge of National Healing and Reconciliation, the Honorable Moses Mzila Ndlovu, met about 180 San elders in Tsholotsho, Gariya Community Centre in Tsholotsho Ward 10.The one-on-one meeting, itself a rarity with a senior government official, discussed key issues affecting the San, inluding; The San discrimination,  Lack of access to clean water, education and health services,  Discriminatory...

Belize: EIA 'consultation' neither free nor fair 

The sole public consultation to discuss the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for US Capital Energy´s proposal to drill in Belize's Sarstoon-­TemashNational Park did not allow for a full and proper venting of community concerns, nor did it facilitate responses to critical questions impacting the indigenouscommunities.Click on the link below to download a press release from SATIIM, MLA, TAA and communities of the Sarstoon Temash...

Africa: Civil society representatives across Africa root for pro-poor land policies 

95 participants from over 22 countries in Africa, representing indigenous and non-indigenous populations, urged governments to implement people-centred land policies as the only sure way to protect poor and vulnerable communities including minority and indigenous peoples. This was during a Land Reform meeting in Cameroon hosted by MBOSCUDA, November 7-8, 2012, under the theme ‘Securing the land rights of indigenous people and rural...

Kenya: minority and indigenous women face multiple discrimination 

Minority and indigenous women in Kenya are discriminated against on multiple levels; they are targeted because of their identification with a minority or indigenous group, and as women – both by cultural practices within their own community and because of gender discrimination more widely.Minority Rights Group's report Challenges at the intersection of gender and ethnic identity in Kenya, examines the challenges and the new opportunities that have emerged with the passing...

Zimbabwe: San people forced to abandon their homes in search of water  

About one thousand members of the San community in Tsholotsho, Zimbabwe, may be forced to abandon their homesteads in the next 5 days and settle in the bush in a quest to access water for both human and animal use. The Chairperson of the San Community in Tsholotsho, Mr Christopher Dube, has revealed that shortage of water has reached its peak levels in...

India: Community groups campaign for religious freedom 

In 2008, communal violence broke out in Kandhamal district of India’s Odisha state, when Christian minorities were attacked by extremists from the majority Hindu community.A local NGO, the Centre for the Sustainable use of Social and Natural Resources (CSNR) was formed in response, to protect the rights of religious minorities. ‘We are advocates for victims of communal violence in Kandhamal’, Dhirendra Panda, the founder of CSNR, explained: ‘For those who are Dalits and Adivasis practising Christianity – for...

India: Kuki blockade Manipur highways in last ditch attempt to force government to dialogue 

Dr Manmohan SinghPrime Minister Govt of India12/11/2012 Subject: Political dialogue with the Kukis, represented by KSDC and Kuki Militant OrganisationsHon'ble Prime Minister,Prior to the advent of the Biritsh colonialists, the Kukis were an independent people, ruled by their noble Chieftains. The Meitei people of present-day Manipur and the Kukis co-existed in peace, politically independent of each other. From time to time, the...


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