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New report: Dynamics of conflicts in Kenya's Mau Forest Complex, towards an early warning system 

The Ogiek Peoples' Development Program's new report argues for a fresh approach to conflict early warning systems in the Mau Forest Complex, Kenya's largest forest. Land issues, often linked with illegal logging, are a main cause of conflicts in the Complex, which 15,000 Ogiek call home.   Photo: Ogiek Elders in MarioshoniClick on the link below to download the report....

New report: 2011 a turbulent year for Iran's Ahwaz 

Last year was a turbulent and violent year for Iran’s persecuted and impoverished Ahwazi Arab and Mandean communities who populate the oil-rich southwestern province of Khuzestan. The latest Ahwaz Human Rights Report, by the Ahwazi Arab Solidarity Network and published this week, details an increase in violent repression by the Iranian regime against these ethnic groups amid the wave of unrest that gripped the Middle East....

Philippines: Indigenous peoples condemn military harassment of UP students 

Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) condemned the harassment done against University of the Philippines students and four Ayta minors in a remote Ayta community in Porac, Pampanga by members of the Philippine Army. “We vehemently condemn the harassment done against UP students by military personnel. This abrasive and violent attitude towards visitors to our communities is offensive to our people,...

Minorities at the UN: Ensure Dalit women's political participation in India 

Lee Macqueen of the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights, represented Dalit women in the recent UN Forum on Minority issues, focusing on Dalit women’s political participation in local governance. She took the floor to highlight the obstacles faced by the marginalized community.Macqueen states that even though one-third of the seats in local government offices or panchayats, are reserved for women, amongst the Dalit...

MRG at the UN: Minority women face increased risks in conflict 

Ann Blomberg, MRG’s Representative at the UN in Geneva, spoke at the recent session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues, drawing on the issue of meaningful participation of minority women in post-conflict peace-building processes.She touched on the many risks women face in conflict situations, including being coerced into sex work to be able to support their families or when displaced. Women from minority...

Iran arrests, tortures and kills Ahwazi Arabs in new clampdown 

The Ahwazi Arab community is witnessing a fresh wave of arrests, detentions and killings at the hands of the Iranian regime, which has instituted martial law and imposed an information blackout over the region. Detainees are being held in solitary confinement in secret detention centres run by the Ministry of Intelligence. Two young Arabs have died while being held in the custody. Nasser Alboshokeh-Darafshan...

Syria: Kurds killed, abducted and subject to surveillance by security forces 

Statement from YASA e.V.– Kurdish Center for Legal Studies & ConsultancyAt the beginning of the Syrian revolution the position of Kurds in Syria towards the regime was as clear as never before. To the Kurds, the revolution poses a chance to free themselves from the systematic and constant oppression of the past five decades. Their greatest hope, above all, is to put an end...

A poem from Iran: Al Ahwaz, it shall be free 

There comes a day when death is upon us. There is an hour when a man is hung. There is a second when a child is born. A Child begs his brother to not step out of the door. A mother screams with pain from the torture and hate. A young girl asks to see her father again. He was never alive. A voiceless...

Photo story: Inside Egypt's Revolution 

The defining event of the Arab Uprising has been the revolutionary protests in Tahrir Square that brought down Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. One year after the protests began, MRG met with human rights defenders in Cairo to assess the impact of the revolution and prospects for cross-community cooperation. All photographs ©Mark Lattimer/MRG January 2012...

New report: The effect of conflict on the Ik minority in Uganda  

The Ik, currently settled in Kamion sub county, are regarded as the most marginalized of all ethnic groups in Karamoja, in north Uganda. Geographically located between rival pastoral Dodoth and Turkana communities, the Ik have for decades been victims of cattle raiding between the two groups. When CECORE conducted an assessment of the situation in 2009, it revealed enormous suffering inflicted on the Ik,...

Namibia: Indigenous groups' long road to claim their rights 

Two indigenous groups have stood up to the powers that be in Namibia to claim their rights. In two separate declarations, the Himba and Zemba ethnic groups made plain their demands to government.Phil ya Nangoloh, a human rights defender and Executive Director of NamRights, a Namibian human rights organization, explained to MRG how a hitherto powerless and voiceless people took their advocacy to the...

UK/Nigeria: London Igbos march in protest against killings committed by Boko Haram 

By Chizom Ekeh Saturday 18 February 2012 (London, UK) More than 200 people from London’s Igbo community have marched on Downing Street calling for an end to the targeted killing of Christians in northern eastern Nigeria by the terrorist Islamist group, Boko Haram.The protest, organised by the Nigeria Peace Rally, which was set up in the aftermath of the Christmas day...

Bangladesh: Smoke in the hills. A story by Per Liljas, winner of MRG's Young Journalist Award 

Forty years after Bangladesh' liberation war, indigenous communities are still stuck in the same struggleTwelve-year old Dipu Chakma was woken up by the crashing sound when the front door of his family’s hut was kicked in. Five men entered, their faces covered in cloth. Hurriedly, Dipu got up from his bed and ushered his little brother Riku to the back of the hut. Sneaking...

Sri Lanka: Women From The North And East Call For Real Peace, Justice And Accountability 

Released by the North East Women’s Network as part of the International Women’s Day Campaign (March 08th 2012)The end of the brutal 30 year old war brought with it a hope of reconciliation, peace, development and equality for all. However in the last three years the Sri Lankan State’s lack of commitment to these basic principles have left women in the North and East...

Syria/Iraq: Toward the end of Syriac Christians? 

In this media statement, the European Syriac Union (ESU) highlights the severe pressures faced by Syriac Christians in the Middle East throughout years of conflict. From the Iraq war to the uprising in Syria, Syriacs, also known as Chaldean-Assyrians, have been the victims of policies targeted at vulnerable ethnic and religious groups. The ESU states that the Syrian uprising has cost thousands of lives,...

Pakistan: Religious diversity must for peace, development 

Respecting religious diversity and promoting religious harmony is essential for peace and sustainable development in Pakistan, said Sustainable Development Policy Institute’s Senior Advisor on Education and Religious Diversity Ahmed Salim here on Monday.Ahmed Salim was addressing the opening session of a 3-day training on “Religious harmony: a must for peace and development in Pakistan’ organised by SDPI and Minority Rights Group International (MRG). Teachers...

Burma: Stateless Rohingya Children are deprived of Education at Home and Diaspora  

Download an article on the current situation for the Rohingya minority in thier home country of Burma and wider diaspora communities, from the Rohingya Society in Malaysia....

Sri Lanka: Arrest and abduction of human rights activist - No progress in investigations 

It's been nearly three years since Mr. Sinnvan Stephen Sunthararaj, Programme Manager of the Centre for Human Rights and Development (CHRD) was abducted by unknown gunmen in army uniforms in Colombo. Mr. Sunthararaj, who worked as Project Manager of the CHRD, was taken into custody by the Army near his office in Colombo on February 12, 2009, and handed over to the Kollupitiya...

Where is the dignity of Burma? 

Download a report 'Where is the Dignity of the Chin of Burma? Time to speak out about crimes against humanity in Chin State.'...

India: Arbitrary arrest of Christian human rights defender 

Junash Pradhan, a well-known human rights defender and a tribal community leader belonging to a vulnerable minority (Christian) community has been working as a social activist for the last 22 years in Orissa state.  His popularity amongst the local people led to him twice elected as member of the Daringibadi Panchayat Samiti (Block), first from 1993 to 1996 and then as the Chairperson from...


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