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Sri Lanka: villagers denied right to return home 

During its push to defeat the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE), the government uprooted many communities, some of whom continue to be displaced even though the war ended in 2009. One of these communities is the coastal village of Sampur. Sampur was the initial target of the advancing government forces and the entire village was moved to Batticaloa. From Batticaloa they were...

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...

Philippines: indigenous activist killed in the latest of a series of deadly attacks 

An indigenous activist has been shot and killed by masked, motorcycle-riding attackers, according to an indigenous peoples’ organization. Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) condemned the slaying of Rabenio Sungit, an indigenous Palaw’an leader. Sungit was shot twice with a .45 caliber pistol at a public market in Quezon Municipality, Palawan, on September 5. He was the ninth indigenous activist to be...

Nepal: Killing underscores persistent problem of inter-caste discrimination 

Recent violence sparked by an inter-caste marriage in a Nepali village shows the government must do more to end caste-based discrimination, advocates say. Rights groups say the family of a woman from a so-called upper caste attacked and killed Sete Damai, a 50-year-old Dalit man in central Nepal in August. The violence was sparked after the man’s 20-year-old son, Santa Bahadur Damai, eloped with...

Ecuador: Indigenous justice and Ecuadorian state laws. Interview with Ecuadorian lawyer Mercedes Zambrano 

Approximately eight percent of  Ecuador's 15 million people (2001 census) self-identify as indigenous although that figure rises to 14 percent based on language use.Ecuador's 2008 constitution allows for indigenous communities to impart their own justice under their customary laws, which some have criticized for being too harsh.  In an audio interview (Spanish), female Ecuadorian lawyer Mercedes Zambrano compares the practice of indigenous law which...

Philippines: Indigenous groups condemn slaying of prominent activist 

An organization that advocates for indigenous people in the Philippines is decrying the death of a Catholic priest and staunch Lumad activist. Father Fausto Tentorio was gunned down by a lone motorcycle-riding gunman in October. According to reports, the priest from the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions was preparing to leave for a drive to Kidapawan City when he was shot in the head....

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...

Kenya passes anti-FGM law, will it stop the Cut? 

MRG’s Africa Regional Information Officer, Mohamed Matovu, probes the success of the anti-FGM law that Kenya and several other African countries have passed.Kenya recently passed a law outlawing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), joining a small but growing list of African countries that have criminalized the cut.Those who practice, cause to practice or make snide remarks to those who don’t undergo the cut will from...

Cameroon: Mbororos petition government over delay to implement commission findings  

In 2003, after 17 years of campaigning by the Mbororo people, the office of the president of Cameroon ordered an Investigation into the human rights abuses of Baba Ahmadou Danpullo, which found gross human rights abuses. The inter-ministerial commission, known as The Jani Commission, on the conflict between the Mbororo Community and Baba Ahmadou Danpullo was created under Ref. No. 1621/SG/PR of 27th February...

Under Media Blackout 12 Arab farmers Killed by Iranian Forces in Swiseh village 

European Ahwazi Human Rights Organization has learnt that Iran has killed 12 Arab farmers after they resisted confiscation of their land in Swiseh village. Land confiscation by government is a source of tension between Ahwazis and Iran. Government forces many Arab farmers to leave their land without any or little compensations. 100 Ahwazi families are being displaced from their land since March 2011 alone where 2...

Dominican Republic: Marginalized, harrassed and criminalized 

Spanish language interview with Chandai Estevez of the Dominican Republic, a member of the youth organization Afro-Alianza Dominicana and Executive Secretary of the Circulo de Juventud Afro de las Americas (Circle of Afrodescendant Youth of the Americas)Among the themes covered are age discrimination, youth policy and participation and a particular concern with the racial profiling, police violence, harrasment, extra-judicial killings and  criminalization of regional...

Burma: Military targeting civilians in Kachin State 

A rights group is demanding the release of four ethnic Kachin women believed to be held captive as sex slaves by the Burma Army.The Chiang Mai-based Kachin Women's Association Thailand (KWAT) says it is "gravely concerned" for the lives of the four women.Escaped porters who fled from an outpost near the Chinese border with Kachin State told the group the four women were being...

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Village of the Forgotten Widows 

For three years the people of Bosnia were devastated by the horrors of war. They lived through attacks, rape and ethnic cleansing. Throughout all of this, the world looked on and did nothing, leaving both soldiers and civilians terrorized and defenseless. One of the most disgraceful examples of this occurred in Srebrenica, on the 11th of July 1995. This documentary will shine a...

Kenya: An Ogiek woman's journey to liberation 

My story is a tale of twists and turns.When I sit down and recall my journey, I could not have anticipated, given my childhood which was full of hardships, that I today would be among those who can garner the courage to stare injustice straight in the face and say, enough. As an Ogiek girl child, accessing education was the last thing on my...

New report: Urgent measures needed to protect all ethnic groups after recent South Sudan attacks, MRG 

Minority Rights Group International (MRG) condemns the recent attacks between the Lou Nuer and Murle communities in Pibor, Jonglei state, South Sudan, and calls on the government to take immediate steps to protect civilians from all ethnic groups. In the long term, the government must also address the root causes of violence among minority communities through political representation, disarmament and equitable distribution of natural...

New Report: Inter-community conflict in Jonglei State, South Sudan 

This report, by the Boma Development Initiative (an organisation working on peace-building and development in Jonglei State) in partnership with Minority Rights Group International, discusses climate change and inter-community conflict over natural resources in Jonglei State, South Sudan, resulting in displacement, food insecurity and livelihood maladaptation. ...

New report: Preventing Conflict in Karamoja, Uganda 

This report, headed by the Center for Conflict Resolution (CECORE) in Uganda with the partnership of MRG, explores the current conflict situation and identifies potential sources of conflicts in Karamoja, Uganda. It aims to prevent inter-communal violence by studying the situation of the four ethnic minorities - Batwa, Basongora, Karamojong (IK) and the Iteso of Katakwi. ...

New report: Conflict Early Warning among the Somali, Turkana, Maasai, Samburu, Ogiek and Endorois Communities of Kenya 

The Ogiek Peoples' Development Program (OPDP) in partnership with MRG produced the following report entitled "Conflict Early Warning among the Somali, Turkana, Maasai, Samburu, Ogiek and Endorois Communities of Kenya". The paper researches early warning indicators of conflict between the different communities, in view of developing ad hoc mechanisms to prevent and/or reduce the intensity of such conflicts in the future. These indicators act...


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