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Tanzania: Maasai land dispute with safari tourism group 

Freddy Batundi, MRG’s Capacity Building Officer in Africa, reports back on a visit to Maasai communities in northern Tanzania.Towards the end of last year I made a field trip to Loliondo, Tanzania, as part of MRG's work to support Maasai community meetings in the sub-villages of Sukenya, Mondorosi and Enadooshoke, which are part of Soitsambu village in northern Tanzania, to agree on their position...

UK/Nigeria: RADIO BIAFRA LONDON IS BACK!  

After two years of absence the legendary Radio Biafra London (RBL) is back on air and will resume on SATURDAY 21 APRIL 2012 at 8pm broadcasting twice a week on 11870 kHz frequency on the shortwave band from its London Studio to all African countries with concentrated footprint in Nigeria. Listeners in the Greater London area can tune into 94.3FM at the same...

Mauritius: Poverty and exclusion in an ethnically-plural society, new study 

The complex linkages between poverty and ethnicity are explored in the context of Mauritius. The research finds that the causes and patterns of poverty differ according to ethnic group. Economic, political, and social spheres are analysed.The author carried out doctoral field research for fourteen months in Mauritius to collect primary data concerning: ethnic identity, inter-ethnic/religious relations, poverty, exclusion, and marginalisation.Mauritius is an ethnically-diverse country...

Colombia: Interview with Hollman Morris, director of MRG documentary 'Suarez Gold' 

On 26th April, Amnesty UK hosted the screening of a new documentary produced by the Minority Rights Group (MRG) on Afro-descendant rights and mining in Colombia, Suarez Gold: Afro-Colombian miners defending heir heritage. Hollman Morris, director of the the film and world-wide recognized journalist spoke to volunteers from the Amnesty London Photography Group. View photos of the event at http://www.flickr.com/photos/amnestylondon/sets/ or download the video at...

Colombia: Interview with Dr Andy Higginbottom on the links between mining, militarisation and displacement 

On 26th April, Amnesty UK hosted the screening of a new documentary produced by the Minority Rights Group (MRG) on Afro-descendant rights and mining in Colombia, Suarez Gold: Afro-Colombian miners defending heir heritage, Andy Higginbottom, principal lecturer in politics and Human Rights at Kingston University and also secretary of the Colombia Solidarity Campaign spoke to volunteers from the Amnesty London Photography Group. See...

Kenya: Beads of Bondage - How beads are used to ‘book’ Samburu girls into sexual relationships 

Beading is a practice in the Samburu indigenous community of Kenya which involves the sexual engagement and exploitation of girls as young as nine years old by male relatives.Download the newsletter by Kenyan organisation Samburu Women for Education and Development Programme (SWEEDO) to find out more....

Pakistan: Study shows Christians in Lahore lag behind in education, employment 

Progress and development of any nation depends upon its socioeconomic factors, it will not be wrong if we say that socioeconomic indicators act as back-bone for the prosperity of a nation. In order to scrutinize the socio-economic conditions of Christians residing in Lahore (Pakistan) an extensive and profound survey is carried out.Lahore is among the largest Christian populated cities of Pakistan, approximately 0.7 million...

Mass protests in India to reclaim Dalit budgetary rights 

On 9th of May thousands of Dalits and Adivasis (Tribals) from all over India stormed up to the Parliament in New Delhi to demand their rightful economic share in the state and union budgets. “The scorching heat did not deter their spirits as they shouted in unison and one could her the beating drums as if to stir the capital to...

UK/India: UPR reviews at the UN, time to act on caste discrimination 

When India and the UK come up for review by the UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on 24 May, IDSN urges all UN member states to seize this important opportunity to address concerns about caste discrimination based on recommendations by civil society and UN human rights bodies. Ahead of the reviews, IDSN has launched an Appeal to UN Member States, Special Procedures, and...

Burma: Foreign investment is a catalyst for conflict 

Foreign investments are causing increasing conflict and abuses in northern Burma, despite recent ceasefire agreements and talk of reform in the country, according to a briefing paper released today by an ethnic Ta’ang group. Catalyst for Conflict by the Ta’ang Students and Youth Organization (TSYO) documents how Burma Army soldiers deployed to secure Chinese mega projects, including oil and gas pipelines and hydropower...

Interview with MRG Director Mark Lattimer: Minorities face attack as revolutions sour in Middle East and North Africa, says new global Peoples Under Threat survey 

EMBARGO: 00.01 (GMT +1) 24 May 2012Peoples under Threat is Minority Rights Group’s annual authoritative rankings table which highlights those countries around the world where the risk of mass killing is greatest.Peoples under Threat is created by compiling data on the known antecedents to genocide or mass political killing. While the individual indicators describe the current situation – what is happening – the index...

Uzbekistan/Kazakhstan: Retreating Aral Sea displaces Karakalpaks 

The shrinking of the Aral Sea by 90 per cent and desertification of most of its territory is one of the most visible environmental disasters in the world over the last fifty years. While improved water management has led to modest growth in the volume of Kazakhstan’s northern portion of the sea in recent years, there is little prospect of similar changes in the...

Iran: River diversion dries up Ahwazi Arab land 

In 2011, the World Health Organization declared that Ahwaz City, the capital of the Khuzestan governorate, was the most polluted city in the world, with high asthma levels among children and teenagers due to industrial waste and emissions. Industrial pollution has damaged the natural environment, and marshland biodiversity is so seriously threatened that migratory birds have left the area. The Bandar Iman petrochemical complex...

Botswana: Diamonds bring no benefits to Basarwa  

While Botswana’s government has never officially admitted to forcibly relocating the G/wi and G//ana communities of the Basarwa indigenous group to make way for diamond-mining operations in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR), critics have long suspected this to be the main motivation for the removals. When it became known in late 2010 that Gem Diamonds would begin mining operations in the CKGR, suspicions...

India: Rehabilitation drive for manual scavengers 

Following a reprimand from the authorities in New Delhi for failing to curb manual scavenging, the state government of West Bengal has pledged to rehabilitate people who are still engaged in this inhuman practice. According to the Telegraph, a Kolkata newspaper, there may be as many as 12,000 manual scavengers left in the state, even though the practice which forces Dalits to empty dry...

Ethiopia: Outrage as World Bank funds power lines linked to controversial dam 

Human rights organizations, including Survival International and Human Rights Watch, have fiercely criticized a decision by the World Bank to fund power lines in Ethiopia linked to the controversial Gibe III dam. The newly-approved project will help transport power generated by a notorious hydroelectric dam in southern Ethiopia, to Kenya’s power grid. Ethiopia’s controversial Gibe III dam is expected to be complete...

Kenya: What the Constitutional Court’s ruling on boundaries and electoral areas means for minority communities  

On 9 July 2012, a panel of five judges made their ruling on several petitions filed by dissatisfied community members against how the Indepenedent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in Kenya had gone about fixing new boundaries and electoral areas. MRG’s Africa Regional Information Officer caught up with Molu Korepu Tepo, a consultant with MRG under the Good Governance Project and asked him what...

Bangladesh: the decline of a vibrant Bihari craft 

Click on the link below to download a report on Urdu-speaking Banarsi silk weavers of Dhaka, Bangladesh....

Lithuania's Roma - stateless and excluded 

Click on the links below to learn more about the history leading to the current statelessness of some members of the Roma community in Lithuania, as well as the factors maintaining their exclusion from citizenship, and the Roma Holocaust and the lack of public conscience of it in the country. http://advocacynet.org/wordpress-mu/efilo/2012/09/09/of-course-the-horse-is-still-romantic-but-a-car-would-be-preferable/http://advocacynet.org/wordpress-mu/efilo/2012/08/04/weve-all-heard-the-call-to-%E2%80%9Cnever-forget%E2%80%9D/Photo: A Romani family in The Kirtimai settlement in Vilnius.Credit: Eglė Kristina Kucinskaite...

Tanzania: MRG's Head of Law visits Maasai communities pitted against safari company over land dispute 

In August 2012, Carla Clarke, MRG's Head of Law, visited the Maasai villages of Sukenya and Mondorosi, which border the world-renowned Serengeti National Park in northern Tanzania.The villagers are involved in an over 12,000-acre land dispute withThomson Safaris, a US-based tourism company which prides itself on its community involvement.The primary cause of the conflict between the local community and Thomson Safaris is over land...


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