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Minorities combat economic exclusion - photo story from the UN Minorities Forum 

The third UN Forum on Minority Issues took place in Geneva in December 2010. This year’s Forum, which is the only one of its kind and focused on effective participation in economic life, brought 500 participants together, including minority activists from all regions of the world, NGOs, academics and experts, as well as delegates from some 75 States.MRG’s Media Officer, Emma Eastwood, was there...

Support the peaceful demonstrators in Syria 

The people in Syria went on the streets in Daraa, Damascus, Lattakia, Homs, Qamishli and many other cities and showed their will to have change in their country. They said no to the massive violation of Human Rights, no to corruption, no to dictatorship.The Syrians have been suffering over the last decades under Al Baath regime and under Al Assad Senior and junior. The...

Young Journalist Award runner up: Respect Wanted: Domestic Workers in Bolivia 

Minority Rights Group International, in March 2011, announced the winner of the Minority Voices Young Journalist Award - a prize for young professional and student journalists keen to cover issues affecting minorities and indigenous communities in developing countries.The three-member panel of judges, formed both from journalism and development experts, recognised the excellent level of the entries received. In particular the committee named five applicants...

Argentina: IT'S HARD TO BE BLACK HERE  

Racism, xenophobia and racial discrimination in Argentina English language audio interview with activist Nengumbi Celestin Sukama, president of IARPIDI (Instituto Argentino para la Igualdad, Diversidad e Integración).  The NGO works in Argentina to defend the rights of asylum seekers and political refugees from the African continent, and to combat racial discrimination against native Afro-Argentinians and African descendants from other countries in the hemisphere. The...

Nepal: impunity for perpetrators of communal violence 

Nepal's government has failed to achieve justice for the victims of communal violence that exploded in 2007 in the Kapilvastu district. On June 2, human rights groups met to discuss their efforts to push the government to take action. The Kapilvastu Violence Victim Struggle Committee (KVVSC) reported that the organization was able to obtain official government reports on the violence that killed 13 people...

San Andres, Colombia - We stay with nothing 

Transcript of an interview with Ras Rolando, an artisan and tourist guide on the Colombian administered Caribbean island of San Andres.  The Colombian controlled Caribbean islands of San Andres and Providence are located some 500 miles from the South American coastline. In contrast, they are just 80 miles from the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua in Central America.After some 120 years of semi isolation and...

Burma: Kachin women trafficked into forced marriages, prostitution in China 

Ethnic Kachin women are being trafficked across the border into China and sold into forced marriages and prostitution, according the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT). The organization has documented more than 130 such cases during the past year, some including children. KWAT blames the practice on widespread poverty in Burma brought about by decades of military rule. “According to the latest information we have...

Bangladesh: 'Rohingya – a people without hope', winner of the Minority Voices young Journalist Award  

The English translation of the story below won the Minority Voices Young Journalist Award, a prize awarded by Minority Rights Group (MRG) to young professional and student journalists covering issues affecting minority and indigenous communities in developing countries. Journalist Per Liljas’ entry was described by judges as “outstanding, brilliant and a cut above the rest”. Winners were announced in March and Liljas, who took...

Nepal: activists call for Dalit rights to be enshrined in new constitution 

Activists are calling on Nepal’s government to make special provisions for the rights of Dalit in the new constitution. A recent conference organized by the Feminist Dalit Organization (FEDO) yielded the “Kathmandu Proclamation”, which will be submitted to authorities in charge of formulating Nepal’s new constitution.Among other measures, the proclamation suggested that the constitution ensure proportional representation for Dalit women in all government bodies...

Interview: ethnic tensions, cattle raiding in Sudan 

As Southern Sudan prepares for independence it faces many challenges, including ethnic tensions that often lead to violence. During a research visit to Boma, Jonglei State, MRG found that competition for scarce resources is often at the root of incidents such as cattle raiding attacks. In this interview, Boma community leader Paul Oleyo Longony speaks about tensions between ethnic groups - and what can be...

Interviews with activists: Patrick Kensenhuis, Member of The National Assembly of the Republic of Suriname 

The Hon. Patrick Kensenhuis of the Republic of Suriname, represents a district with a majority indigenous and African descendant population.During the era of Dutch colonization of the Guiana region of South America, many enslaved Africans escaped into the rainforests of what is now the Republic of Suriname. These self liberated Africans (also known as "Maroons", "Djukas" or "Bakabusi Nengre") set up independent communities and...

Cattle rustling in South Sudan 

The video focuses on a cattle rustling attack that killed one man and injured another in Jonglei state. There is a lot of tension between ethnic groups in Southern Sudan. Due to competition for scarce resources herders from different tribes often fight over access to water or grazing land, and they often steal each other's cattle. This attack occurred just days before the independence...

Cambodia must provide citizenship to Khmer Krom refugees: human rights group 

The Cambodian government should begin to immediately provide citizenship to Khmer Krom arriving from Vietnam where they claim they are discriminated against, said the Cambodian Centre for Human Rights (CCHR). Khmer Krom live mostly in the Mekong Delta area of Vietnam, but share the Khmer ethnicity with the majority of Cambodia’s population. Many Khmer Krom arrive in Cambodia claiming that they face discrimination...

Burma: conflict leads to spike in trafficking of Palaung minority 

The Palaung Women’s Organization (PWO) has released a new report that explores and uncovers human trafficking in ethnic Palaung areas of Burma.PWO has documented 72 cases of actual or suspected trafficking involving 110 people, which took place along the China-Burma border, mostly during the past six years. The majority of those trafficked were young Palaung women from tea farming communities in Namkham, Namhsan and...

Current drought severely affects minority communities in East and Horn of Africa 

The East and Horn of Africa, which includes Somalia, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Kenya and Uganda, is facing severe drought. Unfortunately this is not ‘new’ news because droughts recur at least once a year in this region. What makes this drought peculiar, according to the United States’ Famine Early Warning Systems Network, is that it is the worst in 50 years The scale of this...

Life on the edge; the Mbororo of Cameroon 

The Mbororo are a semi-nomadic cattle-rearing community who have faced discrimination since arriving in Cameroon in the early 1900s. They are a sub-ethnic group of the largest nomadic group in the world, the Fulani, who are spread across West, Central and North Africa.Many Mbororo live isolated in small, remote communities and come in to conflict with neighbouring majority communities who despise them as illegal...

India: Gauri's story 

In recent years Dalit and human rights organizations have shed light on the daily abuses suffered by almost one-fifth of the population of India. Unfortunately however the widespread practice of untouchability is often excluded from discussions and monitoring of human rights violations in the country.Since 1989 MRG partner organisation Navsarjan Trust has been working to visibilise and eliminate discrimination based on untouchability practices and...

Nepalese Minority Groups; Struggle for Identity & Representation 

Nepal has experienced a series of remarkable changes over the past few years as it has evolved from being a Hindu Kingdom with a Maoist insurgency to a secular Republic with a Maoist-led government. The people’s movement of April 2006, the November 2006 Comprehensive Peace Agreement to end the armed conflict, and the April 2008 Constituent Assembly election all marked critical steps towards the...

Ahwazi Refugees plight in Al-Waleed camp 

Ahwazi people who faced death threats and fled Iran have found themselves in horrendous conditions in a displacement camp in the desert. The camp lacks adequate facilities and there is an absence of medical care amid extreme weather conditions. Children, women and the elderly have died due to the lack of adequate healthcare. The nearest hospital is four hours drive along a dangerous route. The tents are...

Foreign investment threatens Burma's ethnic minorities: report 

Foreign investment has risen dramatically over the past year, as international companies cooperate with Burma’s government to exploit the country’s natural resources. But those resources are concentrated in areas occupied by ethnic minorities, and projects such as hydroelectric dams have already sparked fighting between ethnic armed groups and government forces.The influx of investment threatens both ethnic minorities and the environment, according to a new...


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