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MRG Podcast: August 2011 

Welcome to Minority Rights Group International’s August 2011 podcast. This month we visit an isolated cow-herding community in Cameroon and hear about how competition for land and resources leads to conflict between neighbours, and learn about the challenges Dalits in Nepal face to escape the age-old caste system. Our minority music selection this month comes from Colombian superstar Toto la Momposina, whose tunes, like...

India: Dalit homes destroyed without warning by Delhi authorities 

Imagine sitting in your home. It’s ten o´clock in the morning and you suddenly see a bulldozer, with its jaws wide open, drive up to your front door. You are told that you have thirty minutes to collect your belongings and get out of the family home you have lived in for decades, before it is completely destroyed, reduced to a worthless pile of...

Interviews with activists: Johanne Ongbenok, Director of FONDAF, Cameroon 

Johanne Ongbenok is the director of FONDAF, an organisation working to support the Bagyeli community in southern Cameroon. The Bagyeli, a nomadic forest people living in the Campo Ma'an national park in southwest Cameroon who are commonly referred to as ‘Pygmies', have sustained themselves for centuries using their vast knowledge of the plant and animal life of the surrounding forest. They traditionally survived by...

Recent attacks on women in the north and east of Sri Lanka - impunity and lack of rule of law. 

In the month of August 2011 many women in the north and the east of Sri Lanka have been attacked individually, and the female population terrorized more generally, by unidentified men, attackers now colloquially referred to as ‘Grease Yakas’. These incidents and the response of law enforcement and government agencies indicate a larger problem in the law and order situation in the north and...

Cambodia: Bilingual education offers opportunities to indigenous communities 

The Cambodian government has established Khmer language schools in the highland provinces of Rattanakiri, and Mondulkiri. However, minority people in these provinces are failing to gain a good education in the government system,
mostly because many of them do not understand Khmer, the national language and medium of instruction. This has resulted in successive generations growing up illiterate and unable to speak the national language....

Cambodia: forum seeks ways to address marginalization of indigenous peoples 

Government officials and representatives of several UN agencies have met to discuss issues concerning Cambodia's indigenous people, calling for greater attention to preserve cultural value of the indigenous groups and improve their economic status so as to reduce inequities between them and the majority of the country's population. The pursuit of socio-economic development that is inclusive can help minimize threat to the way of life of the...

China digs in across conflict-ridden Burma to access oil and gas  

A report released by the Shwe Gas Movement reveals the disturbing extent to which China has advanced construction of a trans-Burma oil and gas pipelines project, despite raging conflict and associated abuses. Sold Out details the expanding construction of a deep sea port, gas terminal, and oil transfer point in Burma’s western Arakan State as well as the laying of nearly 800...

Sri Lanka: laws fail to protect minorities 

The government of Sri Lanka ratified the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on 18th February 1982, and it entered into force on 20th March 1982. Upon ratifying the convention, national laws were imposed by the Sri Lankan government to enhance all citizens, including people belonging to minority groups. Unfortunately, legislation has done little to help the minorities, but instead has led...

Philippines: indigenous peoples, environmentalists ejected from mining conference 

A group of indigenous peoples and environment activists staged protest at the Sofitel Plaza Hotel in Pasay City where a conference of mining investors was being held. Members of the Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) and Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment led the protest. The protesters were ‘pushed out’ of the hotel lobby by security. The hotel security forcibly took...

Nepal: launch of 100 day campaign against caste discrimination and untouchability 

“I commit to end caste-based discrimination and untouchability!” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, in her video message, kicking off the bold 100 day campaign launched by her office and the National Dalit Commission (NDC) in Nepal. The High Commissioner is encouraging everyone to pledge their commitment to end caste discrimination* and untouchability and the campaign website - http://www.100daysagainstcastediscrimination.com/index.php -...

Pakistan’s Dalits denied flood relief because of caste discrimination 

Desperately needed shelter and relief items are not reaching hundreds of thousands of Dalits who are left homeless after the severe flooding in Pakistan’s Sindh province. Dalits are being discriminated against because their caste relegates them to the bottom of the social order in Pakistan and ‘untouchability practices’ exclude them from sharing the same shelters as other members of society. The President of...

Panama: Current reality and key concerns of the Afro-Panamanian population  

Interview with Afro-Panamanian community organizer Samuel Samuels.From the early colonial period Afro-Panamanians have played a significant role in the creation of the republic.  The descendants of the Africans who arrived during the colonial era are intermixed in the general population or are found in majority Afro-Panamanian communities along the Atlantic Coast .Other Afro-Panamanians are the descendants of later migrants from the Caribbean, who came...

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...

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...

EU: We report back - Hungarian development official says EU Presidency had a positive impact on development cooperation 

This is a recording from the ‘Challenges of Development Cooperation in EU New Member States’ Conference, held in Budapest in September 2011.  In this recording:Ádám Kirchknopf, Deputy Head of Department of Development Co-operation, Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs tells us how the EU Presidency helped the development officials to raise the profile of the issue. Hungary was hosting two big events during its Presidency, the...

EU: We report back – Hungarian development official says water as a priority was a timely initiative during the Hungarian EU Presidency 

This is a recording from the ‘Challenges of Development Cooperation in EU New Member States’ Conference, held in Budapest in September 2011. In this recording:Ádám Kirchknopf, Deputy Head of Department of Development Co-operation, Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs explains why Hungary set water as a priority during its Presidency.About the conference:On the occasion of two New EU Member States holding the EU Presidency in 2011,...

EU: We report back – Hungarian development official says transition experience is an added value of the New Member States to development 

This is a recording from the ‘Challenges of Development Cooperation in EU New Member States’ Conference, held in Budapest in September 2011. In this recording:Ádám Kirchknopf, Deputy Head of Department of Development Co-operation, Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs talks about the important role new donors can play in the neighbourhood countries and Eastern Europe with their transition experience.About the conference:On the occasion of two New...

EU: We report back – Hungarian development official gives good tips to Poland and Cyprus on the EU Presidency 

This is a recording from the ‘Challenges of Development Cooperation in EU New Member States’ Conference, held in Budapest in September 2011. In this recording:Ádám Kirchknopf, Deputy Head of Department of Development Co-operation, Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs gives useful tips to the upcoming presidencies and also explains the difference between facilitating and controlling presidencies.About the conference:On the occasion of two New EU Member States...

EU: We report back – Hungarian development practitioner gives good tips to development NGOs in Poland and Cyprus 

This is a recording from the ‘Challenges of Development Cooperation in EU New Member States’ Conference, held in Budapest in September 2011. In this recording:Barbara Erős, representative of the Hungarian Association for NGOs for Development and Humanitarian Aid gives good tips on how collaboration can be effective among the civil society of member countries of the Presidency troika and shares her experience on in-country advocacy during the...

EU: We report back – Polish development official talks about Presidency priorities 

This is a recording from the ‘Challenges of Development Cooperation in EU New Member States’ Conference, held in Budapest in September 2011. In this recording:Agata Zajega, I. Councellor, Polish Embassy in Budapest shares the priorities of the Polish Presidency concerning development cooperation.About the conference:On the occasion of two New EU Member States holding the EU Presidency in 2011, followed by Cyprus in 2012 and Lithuania...


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