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SWM 2014: Addressing the vulnerability of South Africa’s migrant communities 

South Africa’s relative wealth and economic opportunities have for many years attracted migrants from other countries in the region, such as Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Mozambique, to live and work in the country. However, the outbreak of anti-migrant riots in 2008, beginning in Johannesburg and spreading to other cities across the country, left at least 62 people dead and highlighted the ongoing stigmatization that foreign...

SWM 2014: Rising hostility against Bulgaria’s refugee population 

Case study by Yuliana MetodievaMinority groups in Bulgaria, such as Roma and ethnic Turks, have long suffered discrimination and marginalization – and this has also translated into hate speech and bias motivated violence. However, the arrival of thousands of refugees displaced by the conflict in Syria has provided right-wing groups and extremists with a new target. MRG discussed this troubling new trend with Yuliana...

USA/Africa: A Farewell To Elombe Brath 

The life of African freedom-fighter Elombe Brath was celebrated in Harlem last month. A pillar of the pan-African movement, Brath made it his life-long mission to empower the black community both in Africa and around the world. The Brooklyn-born activist died age 77 at Amsterdam Nursing Home in Harlem on Wednesday 19th May.International ambassadors, local politicians and family members gathered in Harlem to pay...

VIDEO: Speaking out for minority women in Somalia 

At the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, Minority Rights Group hosted an interactive storytelling event at London's ExCel centre. The event featured influential guest-speakers who had travelled from Somalia in order to raise awareness about the plight of minority clans in their home country.Frequently overlooked by international media, female members of minority clans took centre stage at the MRG event. Hon. Bibi...

SWM 2014: Countering racism in South American football 

Case study by Antonio Cicioni and Natalia TorresIt is well known how enthusiastic South Americans are when it comes to football. However, while the region has attracted positive attention for the passion and commitment it invests in the game, this image has also been tarnished by incidents of racism. As in other regions, South American stadiums are places where hate speech and xenophobia have...

SWM 2014: Using the internet to pre-empt hate speech in Kyrgyzstan 

Case study by Katya Quinn-JudgeKyrgyzstan has one of Central Asia’s most vibrant and fastest-growing internet scenes, and online platforms are playing an increasingly important role in the country. These have the potential to serve as an information bridge not only between Kyrgyzstan and other countries, but also among its different regions, which are relatively isolated due to the country’s harsh topography. At the same...

SWM 2014: Action against untouchability in Bangladesh  

Case study by Livia SaccardiAbul Basar is a Bangladeshi activist who for years has been working on a variety of development and human rights issues in the country. In particular, his focus has been on the ongoing marginalization of Dalit communities and the best ways to address the root causes of their situation. Here he discusses with Livia Saccardi the daily discrimination Dalits face...

SWM 2014: Vietnam: raising awareness and challenging prejudice in the media 

Case study by Hanna HindstromIn 2011, the Hanoi-based Institute for Studies of Society, Economy and Environment (iSEE), supported by MRG, launched a new campaign to boost coverage of the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples in the media.‘As the public knew very little about ethnic minority rights and the duties of the state, the project was intended to improve their knowledge and increase social...

SWM 2014: The disturbing rise of hate speech against Koreans in Japan  

Case study by Lailah Nesbitt-AhmedAnti-Korean demonstrations in Tokyo during 2013 brought international attention to a troubling trend in Japan – an apparent rise, in recent years, of xenophobic sentiment towards the country’s ethnic Korean population. Crowds of protesters, carrying banners with nationalist symbols and racist slurs, repeatedly targeted the Shin-Ōkubo neighbourhood, where many Korean businesses are based, during the year. Denigrating graffiti has also...

SWM 2014: Ukraine fails to address hate crime against migrants and other groups 

Case study by Irene FedorovychThe Ukrainian state has been slow to recognize the reality of hate crime in the country. Even now, there continues to be a clear gap between the small number of cases officially reported each year and the much larger number of incidents recorded by NGOs and rights groups. Furthermore, until recently, while Ukraine had legal provisions (Article 161 of the...

SWM 2014: Tackling Islamophobia in the United Kingdom 

In the United Kingdom, extremist organizations such as the English Defence League have launched vocal attacks against the Muslim minority. However, while these groups remain at the fringe politically, their activities comprise only a small fraction of the true extent of Islamophobic hate speech and violence. Fiyaz Mughal, director of the charity Faith Matters, discusses the challenges with MRG and how his organization’s Tell...

SWM 2014: The dangers of living as an undocumented migrant in Morocco 

Case study by Ioana MoraruIn August 2013 Ismaila Faye, a 31-year-old Senegalese, was stabbed to death on a bus after he refused to vacate his seat next to a Moroccan woman. The murder, widely condemned as an act of racism by the Senegalese community and local rights groups, is just one example of an endemic problem in the country: the mistreatment of its sub-Saharan...

SWM 2014: Hate speech and Saudi Arabia’s Shi’a minority 

Case study by Glenn PayotFrom religious freedom and education to justice and employment, Saudi Arabia’s Shi’a minority has for decades suffered discrimination in almost every aspect of their lives. A key element in their marginalization, however, is the dissemination of negative stereotypes and misinformation about the group, as well as the failure of authorities to effectively address these representations. Faced with the challenge of...

Sri Lanka: Who is responsible for attacks on innocent Muslims in Aluthgama Town? 

After multiple atrocities against innocent Muslims in Aluthgama, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has finally requested some Muslim MPs to produce evidence of the religiously-motivated attacks on Muslims in Aluthgama.One can only wonder, where does our president live? Does he live in Sri Lanka or on another planet? It is self-evident that all these discriminatory attacks are carried out by BBS cohorts following the inciteful speech...

SWM 2014: Using radio as a tool for peace in Burundi 

Studio Ijambo was launched in 1995 by the organization Search for Common Ground (SFCG) in the wake of the genocide in Rwanda. Like its neighbour, Burundi was struggling with significant inter-ethnic violence of its own. The aim of the programme was to establish an alternative platform to promote dialogue and tolerance through the radio, in contrast to the hate speech and incitement spread by...

SWM 2014: Taking steps to promote peace and reconciliation in West Africa 

Case study by Paige Wilhite JenningsThough much of this chapter makes grim reading, there are concrete grounds for hope in the region. In Sierra Leone, where around 60 per cent of the population is believed to be Muslim and another 20 to 30 per cent Christian, ethnicity played a role in over a decade of war. Religion, however, reportedly did not. Sierra Leone, according...

SWM 2014: Drawing the line between hate speech and freedom of expression in Canada 

Case study by Phyllis GerstenfeldLike the United States, Canada is a diverse, multi-ethnic society with a history of violence against and oppression of indigenous people, but its hate crime laws are still relatively new and evolving. One important difference between the United States and Canada, however, is that Canadian law has stronger measures against hate speech – that is, about offensive words or images...

VIDEO: Interviews with editor and author of MRG's State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2014 

Lucy Claridge, MRG's Head of Law and Carl Soderbergh, MRG's Director of Policy and Communications, speak about the 2014 State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples, which focuses on hate speech and hate crime.Download the full report at www.minorityrights.org...

State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2014: Case studies 

Hate crime towards minorities and indigenous peoples is a daily reality in many countries across the globe, says Minority Rights Group International (MRG) in its annual report, but is often ignored by authorities.The international organisation’s flagship report, State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2014, focuses on ‘Freedom from hate’ and presents compelling evidence showing that hate crime and hate speech are prevalent...

SWM 2014: Photo story 

Hate crime towards minorities and indigenous peoples is a daily reality in many countries across the globe, says Minority Rights Group International (MRG) in its annual report, but is often ignored by authorities.The international organisation’s flagship report, State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2014, focuses on ‘Freedom from hate’ and presents compelling evidence showing that hate crime and hate speech are prevalent...


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