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South East Asia: The campaign against destructive palm oil  

The rapid expansion of palm oil plantations in South East Asia is being driven by rising global demand for edible oils and bio-fuels. Thailand and the Philippines have a burgeoning palm oil industry, plantations have been established in Cambodia, and Vietnam is exploring the possibility of cashing in on this crop. Malaysia and Indonesia are the top producers of palm oil in the world,...

Ethiopia: Forced displacement and ‘villagization' 

The Ethiopian government has forcibly relocated 70,000 indigenous people from the fertile Gambella region to free up land for commercial agriculture. Local activist Ojulu talked to Corinne Lennox about some of the effects of this so-called ‘villagization’ policy.One year after the villagization programme even those farmers who tried to do farming in the new places were not able to produce enough for the whole...

Thailand: Indigenous people penalised for carrying out traditional practices 

For decades, indigenous peoples have been forcibly evicted and relocated from their lands on grounds of national security, development and resource conservation. In the north, smaller mountain-dwelling ethnic groups, including Akha, Hmong, Karen, Lahu, Lisu and Mein, struggle to survive economically and culturally in the face of development projects, land-ownership issues and the influx of ethnic Thais. In July, officials at Kaeng Krachan National...

Interviews with activists: Ahamat Molikini says Tibu minority still face oppression in post-Arab Spring Libya 

MRG: Who are the Tibu?Ahamat: The Tibu are black Africans who live in Southern Libya and are also found in parts of Sudan (Darfur), Chad and Niger. Colonial borders separated them and divided them between countries. In Libya, Tibus live mainly in the Sebha, Kufra, Awbari, Qatrun and Murzuq regions. They are Libyans and were in the region before the Arabs.MRG: What language do...

Europe: Corporate abuse flows along BP’s oil pipeline  

Early in 2011, the UK government ruled that a BP-led oil consortium was not carrying out the human rights responsibilities of multinational companies in its operations on the controversial Baku–Tbilisi–Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline. The 1,770 km pipeline runs from offshore oil fields in the Caspian Sea near Azerbaijan’s capital Baku, to Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, and on to the port of Ceyhan on...

Philippines: Youth indigenous leader tortured and killed 

National alliance of indigenous peoples Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) expressed fury over the killing of another indigenous leader. Genesis Ambason, 23 year old secretary-general of grassroots indigenous organization Tagdumahan, was tortured and killed allegedly by members of the CAFGUs (Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit) of the 26th Infantry Battalion headed by Artemio Sublidan last September 13, 2012. ...

Pakistan: Karachi unrest, the role of the media and the courts 

Click on the link below to read an article on the conflict in Karachi involving ethnic and linguistic communities living in the largest city of Pakistan.The article examines both the role of different communities in the spread of violence, and the print media in highlighting the issue before it was taken up by the Supreme Court of Pakistan.The article was published in the quarterly...

Burma: communal violence in Rakhine state  

In Rakhine State, Myanmar, there are two groups: Ethnic Rakhines and stateless people who are descendants from the tribes of Bangladesh who migrated into Rakhine state a long time ago. Rakhines are Buddhists and the Bengali descendants are Muslims.Their cultures and languages are so different and there has been friction and conflict between the two groups, although both of them are minorities in comparison...

Sri Lanka: Who will listen to our silent cry from the wilderness? 

The Sri Lankan Government has announced to the whole world that it has closed down the last detention camp that was existing from the end of the civil war in 2009, at Manic Farm in Vavuniya.It is trying to give a picture that the detainees are re-settled successfully and the war victims are rehabilitated properly. But the real story of the re-settlement is just...

Burma: Ongoing Impunity, Continued Army Atrocities against Kachin People 

While the Myanmar government is earning international admiration for its dramatic reforms towards democracy of its military government, ethnic Kachin people, who dwell in the northern part of the country, are facing severe human rights violations by government troops.Since communications have been cut due to intensified fighting between government troops and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), the issue has remained mostly unknown by the...

Philippines: Blaan family massacred, IP killings rise to 28 

The Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) condemns the massacre of a Blaan family in the Sagittarius Mines Inc (SMI) mine site in Tampakan, South Cotabato. Piya Macliing Malayao, KAMP spokesperson, described the killings as “barbaric, and their killers are the most brutal.” Elements of the 27th Infantry Battalion (IB) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines strafed the hut where...

Iraq: Christian remembers brutal attack on Baghdad church 

On October 31 2010, the church of Our Lady of Salvation in Baghdad was attacked by gunmen, who proceeded to take worshippers celebrating a Syriac Catholic mass hostage.Security forces stormed the church in an attempt to free the hostages. 50 people were killed, with many more wounded, including Louis Climis, a member of MRG partner organisation, the Iraqi Minorities Council, and his son.To commemorate...

Kenya: Beading young Samburu girls into sexual bondage 

This video, which first appeared on NTV Kenya on Oct 21, 2012, was filmed in the dry, somewhat barren Rift Valley Province in Kenya, and tells the story of how the Samburu community – a semi-nomadic pastoralist group closely related to the Masaai - use an entrenched aspect of their culture to violate the sexual rights of girls as young as eight years...

Africa: Civil society representatives across Africa root for pro-poor land policies 

95 participants from over 22 countries in Africa, representing indigenous and non-indigenous populations, urged governments to implement people-centred land policies as the only sure way to protect poor and vulnerable communities including minority and indigenous peoples. This was during a Land Reform meeting in Cameroon hosted by MBOSCUDA, November 7-8, 2012, under the theme ‘Securing the land rights of indigenous people and rural...

Kenya: minority and indigenous women face multiple discrimination 

Minority and indigenous women in Kenya are discriminated against on multiple levels; they are targeted because of their identification with a minority or indigenous group, and as women – both by cultural practices within their own community and because of gender discrimination more widely.Minority Rights Group's report Challenges at the intersection of gender and ethnic identity in Kenya, examines the challenges and the new opportunities that have emerged with the passing...

Somalia: testimonies of violence from minority women 

This is part of a special series of stories to mark the 16 days of activism against gender violence campaign. 'There is not a single woman here safe from rape. At night, armed gunmen come to the internally displaced people (IDP) camp and forcibly drive women and girls out of their shelters and rape them outside the camp. Rape cases occur twice a week.' Minority...

India: Kuki blockade Manipur highways in last ditch attempt to force government to dialogue 

Dr Manmohan SinghPrime Minister Govt of India12/11/2012 Subject: Political dialogue with the Kukis, represented by KSDC and Kuki Militant OrganisationsHon'ble Prime Minister,Prior to the advent of the Biritsh colonialists, the Kukis were an independent people, ruled by their noble Chieftains. The Meitei people of present-day Manipur and the Kukis co-existed in peace, politically independent of each other. From time to time, the...

Kyrgyzstan: Sexual and gender-based violence 

The Uzbek and Kyrgyz communities in southern Kyrgyzstan are both predominantly Sunni Muslim and traditionally are more conservative than people living in other areas of Kyrgyzstan. As a result, both communities collectively react to sexual and gender-based violence with particular anger, while victims of such attacks often feel intense shame and may experience stigma from within their own communities. In this context, during the...

Can minority and indigenous women benefit from international agreements? 

Without the material and political backing to act upon them in a comprehensive and disinterested manner, international agreements and resolutions are benchmarks, statements of principle, rather than action plans. This does not detract from their importance. The history of human rights is one of gradual rather than spectacular gains. History also tells us that rights are never just handed down from above, but have...

Iraq: Violence against minority women is rife and poorly addressed 

According to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) reporting to the UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on Iraq in 2010, women from minorities are ‘the most vulnerable section of Iraqi society’. Their minority status and gender identity put them at particular risk in a female population that is already experiencing great trauma.Violence against women in Iraq has been an increasing problem since the conflict...


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