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Indigenous Peoples and the UN: Triumphs & Tragedies 

It has been 13 years since the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) began holding annual meetings amongst the representatives of the world’s estimated 370 million indigenous peoples from over 90 different countries. The meetings mark a global effort to address the rights of indigenous people and unprecedented progress has been made. Nonetheless, there is ongoing frustration amongst indigenous peoples who continue to...

Nepal: Indigenous women want recognition and equality  

Indigenous women in Nepal have suffered a decline in welfare over recent years, according to a new report by activist and investigative journalist Dev Kumar Sunuwar. Though they once enjoyed a greater degree of freedom and a higher socio-economic status than 'high caste' Hindu women of Indo-Aryan origin, who were restricted by patriarchal control and religious orthodoxy, indigenous women are now being gradually deprived...

SWM 2014: Video report - Annual survey warns of severe consequences of ignoring global hate crime towards minorities and indigenous peoples 

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...

Nepal: Indigenous youth need support 

With some 370 million indigenous people across the world, there are 67 million indigenous youth globally. This means that indigenous young people (aged 15 to 24) account for approximately 18 per cent of the world's population. But although they constitute such a sizeable portion of the global public, indigenous youth are one of the most vulnerable groups both at the international and national level....

India: Union Budget 2014-15 yet again belies expectations of Dalits, Adivasis 

PRESS RELEASE: Union Budget 2014-15 yet again belies expectations of Dalits, Adivasis: NCDHR 11 July 2014, New Delhi With no significant policy for inclusive and equitable growth as promised by the Modi Government, the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR)-Dalit Arthik Adhikar Andolan (DAAA) today described the Union Budget 2014-15 as extremely disappointing, while saying it belied the expectations of the...

Bangladesh: SHAREE investigation finds rampant discrimination in allocation of Religious Affairs budget 

SHAREE, a national voluntary organization in Bangladesh, conducted a study to investigate discrimination in allocation of the budget for the Ministry of Religious Affairs. According to the organisation, their findings are a burning example of how the state discriminates against religious minorities.Click on the link below to read the entire study.Photo: Dalit women in DhakarCredit: Livia Saccardi/MRG...

India: Gita's Story 

Gita lives on the edge of Muru, a small village in the Kutch (or Kachchh) district of Gujarat, bordering on the salt marshes of the Rann of Kachchh. The region encompasses thousands of square kilometres of grassland and desert, and the majority of its population lead a rural existence, far from major cities. Muru is home to a community of barely a thousand, who...

Iraq: Ezidies after escaping from mass killing, rape and dying from dehydration 

Ezidies people escaped from their territories to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq because of the genocide perpetrated upon them by the IS (Islamic State). As soon as the IS took over the Ezidies territories, many local people who were Non-Ezidies but well knowing the area and Ezidies families, turned against them with the IS. They together killed men and took families. Hundreds of...

Iran: Racial Discrimination Plagues the Lives of Millions of Ahwazi Arabs 

Characterised as lizard-eaters and camel milk-drinkers, barefooted and uncivilised nomads, Arabs in al-Ahwaz face racial discrimination in all areas of public life. In his latest report, rights activist Rahim Hamid explores how the Iranian regime tries to crush the willpower of Ahwazi Arabs to pursue their cultural practices.As the source of 40 to 50 per cent of Iran's gross domestic product, al-Ahwaz is one...

Iran: Harrowing report reveals discrimination against Ahwazi Arab workers  

Shunned from the workforce and stricken with poverty, Arabs in Iran's al-Ahwaz region face discrimination on a daily basis. Rahim Hamid's latest report reveals that employment levels in al-Ahwaz are disproportionately low in relation to the rest of Iran. The economic projects underway in the region are under the control of Persian contracters who have close ties with government officials. As a result, most...

Minority Voices Podcast: September 2014 

Welcome to the Minority Voices September 2014 podcast. This month we are firmly rooted in South Asia - we talk to a young activist from India's little-known descendants of enslaved Africans, and our minority music selection comes from Pakistan's Sufi community, who are increasingly under threat from Islamic hard-liners....

India: Photo story – Marginalised Sidi community rebuilds a lost cultural identity 

Descended from African slaves, India's Sidi community struggles with a conflict of identity. They are unable to pinpoint their country of origin, yet are also marginalised from Indian society as a result of the nation's discriminatory caste system.Earlier this month, Minority Rights Group welcomed Sidi activist Mohan into our London office to speak about his personal experiences as a member of an ethnic minority...

Iran: Ahwazi Arabs forced to drink contaminated water amidst government river diversions  

In a new report, Mostafah Hetteh reveals that the Iranian regime's strategy of diverting water from the Karun river is having devastating effects on al-Ahwaz's Arab population. Mostafah explains that the plans have cut off the Ahwazi Arab population's water supply almost entirely, and the little that remains is often contaminated with industrial and agricultural waste.  Confronted with daily discrimination at the hands of Iran's...

Iran: Ethnic cleansing and oppression practices of Iranian regime against Ahwazi Arab villages 

Written By Rahim Hamid and Mehdi HashemiSince the former eras of the Pahlavi dynasty until the emergence of the Islamic Republic regime we have seen that the Arab villages of Ahwaz region in the south and south west of Iran have always been subjected to ethnic cleansing policies and systematically dragged into destruction. This report focuses on gruesome evidence of the ethnic cleansing practices...

España: La exclusión de la comunidad gitana es 'alarmante y empeora con rapidez' 

Según el último informe de la Fundación Foessa-Cáritas sobre exclusión y desarrollo social en España, la situación de los gitanos es cada vez peor. La crisis ha afectado especialmente a esta población que ya sufría exclusión.Foto: Mujeres gitanas, GranadaCredit:Luciana Batista...

Global: African History Month 365 Days Concepts 

Click on the link below to read an article that praises Dr. Carters G. Woodson Negro History Week that he created in 1926.The African History Month365-Days Concepts present a case to enhance his legacy, including all the descendants of slavery from Christopher Columbus's so-called New World as well as the victims of colonialism. The purpose of this case is to include Africa and its...

New MRG documentary/Pakistan: Shaheedo Tum Kahan Ho - a film about Pakistan's Hazara  

Shaheedo Tum Kahan Ho gives an account of the targeted killings of members of the Shi’a Hazara community in Pakistan, highlighting how they face discrimination in their everyday lives, while security concerns and death threats make routine activities like going to school or the market a potential hazard.This interview-based documentary weaves a comparison between the violent discrimination against the Hazara and the problems faced...

Iran: The oppression of Ahwazi Arab people in Al-Ahwaz  

While Iran’s role in the wars in the Middle East is receiving a great deal of international attention, the situation in its south and south-western provinces of Khuzestan, Hormozgan and Bushehr, which are known to its Arab inhabitants as Al-Ahwaz region, is largely ignored.Iran has imposed a media blackout on this Arabic-speaking region. It was occupied by Iran in 1925, and its Arab inhabitants...

Middle East: Rifugio, a new book about Christians of the Middle East 

The birthplace of Christianity lies on the Iranian slopes from Mount Ararat to Mount Lebanon. Since those ancient times, the rugged valleys and gorges have served as a refuge for monastic communities and those in search of solitude. Nowadays, 12 million Christians are assumed to live in the Middle East, but only a few of them remain to live in the region because of...

Iran: Report exposes widespread job discrimination exercised against Ahwazi Arab people  

The ruthless oppression of Ahwazi Arabs and the injustices inflicted upon them are apparently endless. The Ahwazi Arab people are facing constant explicit discrimination based on ethnicity at every field, particularly in the employment process.According to the media of the Iranian occupying state, MEHR News Agency, over 300,000 non-Arab migrant workers currently live and work across the al-Ahwaz region, where they live in specially...


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