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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: 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...

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...

Iran: Extreme poverty causes rise in suicide rates among Ahwazi Arabs 

Sociologists believe that the social identity is one of the important parts of one’s identity in every society. Once such aspect of an individual’s identity is crushed or isolated for whatever reasons, it would cause that individual to gradually fall into depression and lose his/her hope and motivation to battle in life.  As the individual’s social ties weaken or extremely restrict in the...

SWM 2015: USA - Detroit – rebuilding the city from the bottom up 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Mariah GrantThroughout the recent recession in the United States, the city of Detroit, Michigan was seen as a cautionary tale of economic boom and bust within the country’s urban centres. Nicknamed Motor City, USA, Detroit was the thriving epicentre of the automobile industry from its early days in the 1900s to the 1950s, when the city boasted...

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: 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: 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: Philippines - Supporting indigenous livelihoods in Baguio city  

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Hanna HindstromFour years ago, a typhoon struck the northern Filipino city of Baguio. The storm ruptured the walls of the city’s mounting garbage dump, sending hundreds of tonnes of urban waste cascading into the streets. The landslide flattened several houses and killed two young children.  The tragedy was a wake-up call for Geraldine Cacho, an Igorot...

SWM 2015: Thailand - Promoting a more inclusive tourism industry for Chiang Mai’s hill tribes 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Nicole Girard‘I’m studying Chinese so that I can be a guide for Chinese tourists,’ explains Nahnenuhn, a 20-year-old indigenous Karen from Thailand, ‘I think it’s a good future for me to help support my family.’ Nahnehuhn comes from a small village near Mae Saring and moved to Chiang Mai to study. Like everyone else in the...

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...

SWM 2015: Resilience despite adversity – adapting indigenous communities to climate change in the Pacific region 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Anne-Marie Tupuola-Plunkett Most of the Pacific region’s island states are still predominantly rural, but rapid urbanization is fragmenting indigenous societies and undermining traditional livelihoods. In the process, new forms of poverty and disadvantage such as unemployment, delinquency and inadequate nutrition are emerging in urban areas. The devastating impacts of climate change are now adding to these hardships,...

State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2015 - focus on cities: Case studies 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)The battle for respect for the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples is increasingly being played out in cities, says Minority Rights Group International in its annual report.Our flagship annual global report, State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2015, focuses on cities, and explores the many challenges communities face in urban areas, from segregation and lack 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...

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...

Kenya: Is the new constitution a 'magic bullet' for challenges facing minorities?  

How the National Constitution treats minorities is a good test of a nation’s maturity. How government applies their rules is a good test of the state’s maturity. New constitution-making has surged in agrarian economies since 1990, correspondent to significant political change (multi-partyism in particular) and a surge in globalisation, and of which, among other trends, the noted surge in large-scale land acquisition...

Libye: La vente aux enchères de migrants noirs a suscité une profonde indignation internationale 

La vente aux enchères de migrants noirs originaires d’Afrique sub-saharienne a fait l’objet d’une large couverture médiatique et suscité une profonde indignation de l’ensemble de l’opinion internationale attachée aux droits et à la dignité des êtres humains. Cette indignation a été particulièrement ressentie par les peuples noirs du continent africain et de la diaspora et leur a rappelé les douloureux souvenirs de la traite...

Ukraine: Life in displacement for a Roma family in Kiev: a double bind of poverty and discrimination 

Since the outbreak of conflict in 2014 in the east of the country, thousands of Ukrainians have been uprooted from their homes. Now controlled by armed militias, with Russian support, these areas remain off limits due to the devastation left by the fighting and ongoing human rights abuses. As a result, many have been forced to relocate to Kiev and other cities in the...


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