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Cameroon: Anti-'Pygmy' and Mbororo Hate Campaign on DBS TV 

Download the attached briefing for information about propaganda intended to incite hate, ridicule and discrimination against the Mbororo and 'Pygmy' indigenous peoples of Cameroon. Please take action to help stop this.Photo: Mbororo community leaders, CameroonCredit: Emma Eastwood, MRG...

Costa Rica: Final Declaration of the First World Conference on Afrodescendant Youth  

With 2011 having been declared the International Year of Youth (UN Resolution 64/134 ) as well as The Year of People of African Descent (UN Resolution 64/169) 150 Afrodescendant  youth participants from 40 countries in the Americas, Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean met in the city of San Jose, Costa Rica, at the First World Conference of Afrodescendant Youth.The conference was convened by the...

Colombia: Land rights defenders remain under threat  

Spanish language interview with Afro-Colombian lawyer Rosalba Castillo, representative of the Colombian rights federation Afroamerica 21, which is an accredited member of the the civil society consultative group of the Organization of American States. Among the themes discussed are ongoing state neglect and marginalization of Afro-Colombian populations, and the disposession of communally titled Afro-Colombian ancestral lands by armed groups who occupy the territories (which...

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...

Iran: Four Ahwazi Human Rights Activists Arrested for Organising Arabic Cultural Activities 

Five Arab teachers have been arrested in the city of Hamidiya Arabistan Al Ahwazi. Ali Qasim, Mohammed Jasim, Kadim Saadoun and Tariq Manshad have been arrested on Friday 4 October and charged with acting against national security and illegal gatherings. They were arrested after a raid on their homes by the security forces and transferred to Sepidar Quds prison in Ahwaz. No judicial...

Dominican Republic: Marginalized, harrassed and criminalized 

Spanish language interview with Chandai Estevez of the Dominican Republic, a member of the youth organization Afro-Alianza Dominicana and Executive Secretary of the Circulo de Juventud Afro de las Americas (Circle of Afrodescendant Youth of the Americas)Among the themes covered are age discrimination, youth policy and participation and a particular concern with the racial profiling, police violence, harrasment, extra-judicial killings and  criminalization of regional...

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...

Colombia: Un poema sobre la solidaridad entre los pueblos 

En Diciembre 2011 se estreno en Madrid, España, el nuevo documental de MRG y Hollman Morris El Oro para Suarez - Mineros afrocolombianos defendiendo sus raíces. En la ronda de preguntas después de la presentación del documental participo Rosaliano Riascos Rodriguez, de la Asociación de Afrodescendientes Desplazados (AFRODES) de Colombia. En estos momentos Rosaliano se encuentra en exilio en España debido a las amenazas...

Minorities at the UN: Ensure Dalit women's political participation in India 

Lee Macqueen of the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights, represented Dalit women in the recent UN Forum on Minority issues, focusing on Dalit women’s political participation in local governance. She took the floor to highlight the obstacles faced by the marginalized community.Macqueen states that even though one-third of the seats in local government offices or panchayats, are reserved for women, amongst the Dalit...

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...

African Canadians: Navigating the Ontario justice system & rebuilding young lives 

" There is a broad understanding that as a population black young people in Canada are more likely to be stopped by the police than any other ethnic group … It's a process of criminalization,  it's a process of stereotyping. You find there is greater police presence and police surveillance in black communities ...on almost every street corner you will see a police car." - Mobafa BakerThe...

Minorities at the UN: Effective participation of Dalit women in India's economic life 

The Centre for Social Equity and Inclusion (CSEI), an NGO based in New Delhi, India, recently spoke at the fourth session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues, focusing on the challenges faced by Dalit women in participating in economic life.Arti Verma, CSEI's representative, stated that despite constitutional and legislative provisions put in place to address the issue of caste discrimination, Dalit women continue...

Minorities at the UN: Uyghur women face severe rights violations in China 

Rebiya Kadeer, the president of the World Uyghur Congress, spoke at a side event organised by MRG and UNPO at the UN Forum on Minorities in November 2011. The event focused on the subject of violence against women and their access to justice.In her presentation, Kadeer drew attention to severe rights abuses faced by Uyghur women in China. She stated that due to their...

Minorities at the UN: Eradicate racism towards Afro-Latinas in Latin America 

At a side event on 29 November 2011, organized by the OHCHR and chaired by MRG’s Executive Director Mark Lattimer, Leonardo Reales, an Ethnic Rights Consultant for AFROLATINOS and ECODESARROLLO,  spoke on the many challenges faced by Afro-Latin women in Latin America, drawing on examples from his home country Colombia. He highlighted the fact that Afro-Colombian women were the poorest of poor, in a...

Honduras: Preserving native Bay Island culture and involving youth on Roatan Island 

The Bay Islands, located approximately 40 miles off the coast of Honduras in Central America, are an Anglophone Caribbean enclave in a predominantly Spanish speaking region. Roatan, which is the largest island in the chain, is now a popular daily port of call for large holiday cruise ships.Honduras acquired sovereignty over the Bay Islands in 1860, however it was not until the rapid growth...

MRG Podcast: February 2012 

In this month’s podcast we find out about racial stereotyping from an organization helping African-Canadians emerging from the justice system rebuild their lives, and hear how an Afro-Colombian outfit from the Choco are reworking traditional songs for the hip-hop generation.You can subscribe to MRG podcasts in iTunes here....

Bangladesh: Smoke in the hills. A story by Per Liljas, winner of MRG's Young Journalist Award 

Forty years after Bangladesh' liberation war, indigenous communities are still stuck in the same struggleTwelve-year old Dipu Chakma was woken up by the crashing sound when the front door of his family’s hut was kicked in. Five men entered, their faces covered in cloth. Hurriedly, Dipu got up from his bed and ushered his little brother Riku to the back of the hut. Sneaking...

Iran uses intimidation to deter Arab protests 

Martial law, arrests, imprisonment, torture & killings, Tehran’s media promotes racist anti-Arab propaganda May 2012 The Iranian regime is using racist propaganda, intimidation and violent repression to deter protests by its persecuted Arab citizens. It has imposed martial law and resorted to arrests, imprisonment, torture and extra-judicial killings to suppress mass demonstrations. Ahwazi Arabs have staged anti-government protests every April since 2005, the...

Peru: Afro-Peruvians submit report to UN human rights committee 

In October 2012, during the 14th session of the Working Group of Universal Periodic Review (UPR), Peru will be reviewed by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on its human rights record. One of the key questions to be raised is the situation of Afro-Peruvians who continue to suffer serious inequalities in the country.In their joint submission to the Working Group, the...

Italy: Afraid of enjoying their rights: eviction of the Roma in Cagliari 

As often reported, one of the main issues Roma face in Italy is eviction from so called “nomad camps” - whether authorised by public authorities or not, it makes little difference. Research has mostly concentrated on major Italian cities, i.e. Milan, Rome, Naples, but the reality of Cagliari, capital and largest city of Sardinia, is also interesting, as there are good examples of proper...


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