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SWM 2015: Hungary - How the redevelopment of Józsefváros is pushing out Budapest’s minorities 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Linda SzabóIn recent years Budapest’s most stigmatized neighbourhood, Józsefváros, has been undergoing significant change. ‘Józsefváros is being rebuilt,’ goes the municipality’s slogan – the only question is for whom. While Józsefváros has long been one of the city’s most diverse areas, with the highest concentration of Roma and migrant populations, the local municipality’s plans for the...

SWM 2015: Poland - Remembering Warsaw’s Jewish community through heritage conservation 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Dobroslawa Wiktor-Mach Before the outbreak of the Second World War, when Poland was home to the largest Jewish community in Europe, more than 380,000 Jews lived in Warsaw. During the war, however, the Nazis annihilated the large majority of the city’s Jewish population and destroyed much of their physical heritage. Under Communist rule, the surviving...

SWM 2015: Turkey - Little change, two decades on, for displaced Kurds  

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Bill BowringTurkey’s Kurdish community, besides being the largest minority in the country, is also one of the most discriminated against. Historically, Kurds are concentrated in the eastern and south-western parts of the country. Their situation deteriorated further following the outbreak of fighting in 1984 between the government and the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK), an armed opposition group...

SWM 2015: Ukraine/Russian Federation - Deteriorating rights for Crimean Tatars under Russian rule 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Nataliya Novakova At the beginning of 2014, following the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, the government of Ukraine lost control over the peninsula. The subsequent transition to the legislation of the Russian Federation and the continued presence of unregulated paramilitary groups, known as samooborona, posed considerable threats to the local population, particularly for ethnic and religious...

SWM 2015: UK - Gentrification brings new challenges for Brixton’s minority communities 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Electra BabouriBrixton is an inner London neighbourhood renowned for its ethnic and cultural diversity. Beginning in the late 1940s, when migrants from the Caribbean began began settling in the area, it has cemented a reputation as a multiethnic hub with a vibrant music scene and an array of global cuisines. Yet Brixton has also seen serious...

SWM 2015: Kyrgyzstan - Life as a migrant in Bishkek – a Tatar women tells her story 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Alisher KhamidovOn a cold morning in late February, Alya wakes up early as usual to prepare a simple breakfast of porridge for her and her 2-year-old boy, Shurik. Then she takes Shurik to her friend for baby-sitting before heading to work. Originally from Osh, a large city in south Kyrgyzstan, she is now a street vendor selling...

SWM 2015: India - Discrimination against Dalit women in Ahmedabad 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Rajiv ShahIn Ahmedabad, located in the heart of Gujarat state, Dalits have been an important but often invisible presence for generations, working as scavengers and waste-clearers within the strict confines of India’s caste system. Concentrated on the periphery of the city, frequently segregated from other communities, many had also migrated to the city in search of...

MRG and ACGRC calls on Armenia to adopt an anti-discrimination law 

Minority Rights Group (MRG) and the Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation (ACGRC) today called on the Armenian authorities at the 29th session of the Human Rights Council to adopt a comprehensive anti-discrimination law. On behalf of MRG, Mr Glenn Payot spoke. Thank you Mr. President, Minority Rights Group (MRG) and the Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation (ACGRC), our partner in Armenia, would like to make three...

SWM 2015: Bulgaria/Hungary - Strategic Litigation for the Housing Rights of Informal Dwellers 

Case study by Bálint MiseticsIn its 2012 decision on the Yordanova and Others v. Bulgaria case, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) unanimously held that the eviction of around 250 Romani families from the Batalova Vodenitsa neighborhood in Sofia  (in which they have been unlawfully occupying municipal land) is not necessary in a democratic society and would constitute a violation of Article 8...

SWM 2015: Bulgaria - Segregated and excluded – the situation of Roma  

Case study by Svetlozar KirilovBulgaria’s Roma are among the country’s most excluded urban population. Poverty, high levels of unemployment and limited education combine with social stigmatization, leaving them very isolated from mainstream society and unable to access many of the benefits of cities. Urban segregation has also increased over the last two decades, further reducing their visibility: ethnic Bulgarians who used to live in...

Nouveau documentaire MRG/Mauritanie: Esclaves et discriminee: l'émancipation des femmes Haratines 

Réalisé par Mamoudou Lamine Kane, commandé et produit par Minority Rights Group International et NEXUS PROD Durée: 27:35 mn Langue: Arabe (sous-titrage en français) Dans une série d'entretiens, des femmes Haratine parlent des réalités quotidiennes de l’esclavage et de la liberté qu'elles ont connu depuis l'émancipation.L'esclavage existe depuis des siècles en territoire mauritanien. Elle existe dans toutes les communautés (Maures,...

Iran: New 'I recognize Al-Ahwaz as an Arab State' media campaign gains 1,000 prominent Arab supporters within the first two days  

A call by a senior UAE official on Monday for formal recognition of Al-Ahwaz as an occupied Arab country has sparked a rapidly growing pan-Arab media campaign, with over 1,000 prominent Arab figures across the region so far announcing their support of ‘I recognise Al-Ahwaz as an Arab State’. Despite only being launched a couple of days ago, the campaign is also spreading beyond...

Pakistan: Celebration of Minorities' Day  

11th of August was declared as Minorities’ Day in Pakistan in 2009 by the efforts of Shahbaz Bhatti “The Martyred”.The idea of that particular day was the historical speech of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah The Founder of Pakistan, delivered on 11th of August 1947 to Constituent Assembly, had clearly laid down the outlines of the type of state he visualized Pakistan to become. “You...

DRC: MRG's Head of Law visits Batwa communities 

The Batwa of South Kivu, DRC, have lived in an area now called Kahuzi-Biega National Park (PNKB) since time immemorial. In 1937, a law was passed creating a nature reserve in the area, but the Batwa were allowed to remain in the forest. However, in 1970, a further law was passed creating the PNKB, at the proposal of the Congolese Institute for the Conservation...

Pakistan: New Blasphemy Case is Registered 

Naveed Masih, a 24 year old Christian man, is accused of blasphemy, was arrested and is in police custody. Persecution of minorities in Pakistan has become a common practice especially in the era of the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) (PML [N]). A young man, 24, is been accused of blasphemy. (FIR is registered U/S 295 - A, file No. 619 in Satellite Town Police Station...

MRG Podcast: January 2016 

Welcome to the January 2016 edition of MRG’s Minority Voices podcast. This month we find out how discrimination is having the most serious of consequences in the Dominican Republic, and then travel to the Middle East to experience the joyful sounds of Syrian wedding music....

Caribbean: GARIFUNA PEOPLE STILL FACING INJUSTICES IN THE COUNTRIES WHERE THEY LIVE 

This is an article about the struggles of the Garifuna people who were forcefully removed by the British Crown from their homeland "Yurumein", now known as Saint Vincent & The Grenadines, on March the 14th 1797 to Roatan, in the Bay Islands, now a part of Honduras in Central America.Garifuna now live in the countries of; Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Belize and the United...

African Commission launches new principles on the Promotion of Human and Peoples’ Rights while Countering Terrorism in Africa 

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights has launched new Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights while Countering Terrorism in Africa (Principles and Guidelines). In the current environment, acts of terrorism and associated human rights abuses can touch almost every walk and facet of life and impact all types of rights, whether civil and political; economic, social and cultural; or group rights....

United Kingdom: Racism in universities: 'There is a sense your face doesn't fit' 

Report finds high levels of discrimination in colleges and universities4 February 2016Nine out of ten (90%) black staff members report having faced barriers to promotion in colleges and universities, says a UCU report released today.The   survey of 631 black union members [132kb] working in post-16 education also found that over two-thirds (71%) said they had 'often' or 'sometimes' been subject to bullying and harassment from managers.UCU...

Nepal: Madhesi youths launch initiative to combat discrimination in the Nepali media 

Aashu has witnessed first-hand the skewed portrayal of ethnic Madhesis in the mainstream Nepali media. Last year his father, a journalist with the Kathmandu-based daily Himalayan Times was dispatched to cover a rally by separatist leader CK Raut in their home town Birgunj, near the Indian border. When Raut was arrested by the authorities, the protest turned violent. “Demonstrators were throwing rocks...


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