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Kenya: MRG Street Theatre Programme spreads messages of peace 

MRG's international Street Theatre Programme uses the power of theatrical performance to challenge racism against indigenous and minority groups. In Kenya, MRG has partnered with Sponsored Arts For Education (SAFE), a local charity that uses street theatre and community programmes to educate, inspire and deliver social change. Gina Rico, MRG Street Theatre Programme Assistant, recently travelled to Kenya to support the project there. Her photos (below)...

Sri Lanka: The Price of Tea - campaign video supporting Tamil tea pickers 

Ceylon tea is a global brand and is one of the biggest income-earners for Sri Lanka. But an average tea-picker earns less in a day than the amount you pay for a cup of tea at your local café.Minority Rights Group International, Society for Threatened Peoples, The National Campaign on Dalit Rights, Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice, International...

Nigeria: Genocide in Plateau state 

“The new nation called Nigeria should be an estate of our great grandfather Uthman Dan Fodio. We must ruthlessly prevent the change of power. We must use minorities in the north as willing tools and the South as a conquered territory and never allow them to rule over us and never allow them to have control of their future”... by Ahmadu Bello, Sardauna of...

Colombia: Short film on the exploitation of natural resources, conflict and displacement 

This film, produced by Swedish NGO Colombianätverket, describes the violence and displacement faced by indigenous and Afro-colombian communities, at the hands of mining corporations and armed groups. The documentary features interviews with MRG's Media Officer, Emma Eastwood, and human rights defender Gustavo Ulcue, as well as excerpts from MRG's 2011 film Suárez Gold: Afro-Colombian miners defending their heritage, by acclaimed Colombian filmmaker and journalist Hollman...

Colombia: Defeating Invisibility - Landscapes of Violence and Human Rights Violations Against Afro-descendant Women 

The Black Communities’ Process in Colombia (PCN) released a report on the plight of Black women and launched the Afro-Colombia Women Human Rights Defenders Project, accompanied by the following press release: "As the Colombia government sits at the table to negotiate peace with the armed opposition group FARC and the nation hopes for peace, Afro-Colombia communities continue to see an escalation in violence from...

Pakistan: Arooj Khalid addresses the UN Forum on Minority Issues in Geneva 

As part of Minority Rights Group International's Global Advoacacy Program, a number of minority rights activists from around the world came to Geneva to the UN Forum on Minority Issues, which held its 5th Session in November 2012. The theme of the forum was the implementation of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities, which was adopted...

Kenya: In politics there are no permanent enemies, only permanent promises 

Kenyans head to the polls on March 4th 2013. This has been billed as a defining moment for a country whose momentous economic growth was disrupted with the 2007 post-election violence. During this period Kenya grounded to a halt. The new Constitution promises to give East Africa’s economic giant a new kiss of life. MRG’s Africa Regional Information Officer, Mohamed Matovu, takes a look...

India: Dalit women face violence and barriers to justice 

Three reports by MRG’s partner organizations in India paint a disturbing picture of violence against Dalit women and their access to justice.Research by the Navsarjan Trust shows that just 0.7 per cent of gender-based violence cases involving Dalit women result in a conviction, and around half of cases have stalled in the legal system. EVIDENCE, an organization that has been involved in more than...

Namibia: 1000 Himba and Zemba protest again against dam and human rights violations 

By Rebecca Sommer EARTH PEOPLES- Namibia, March 26, 2013Yesterday, about a 1000 Himba and Zemba held a protest march in Opuwo to show the Government of Nambia (GoN) that they had enough. This was the third protest in a row, but by far the largest. The two Indigenous semi-nomadic tribes, from the semi-desert northern region of Namibia, began their well-organized...

Syria: Christians in the crossfire 

Nuri Kino, journalist and author, has met and interviewed close to a hundred Christian Syrian refugees. He gives voice to this otherwise silent minority in this article, first published in Sydsvenskan, a Swedish newspaper.In an apartment in Istanbul he gets an exclusive interview with young Christian Syrian men who all are waiting to be smuggled to Europe. Twenty-one men between 19 and 29...

Turkey: Refugee camp for Syrian Christians in Turkey sparks controversy  

Nowhere in the Islamic world has a refugee camp for the Christians of one country been built across the border in a neighbouring country. Now Turkey is building a camp that will hold between 3 and 30 times the number of Syrian Christians currently taking refuge in the country.The question now is why? Why is Turkey creating a small city to handle a flood...

South Sudan: Civil society organisations call for urgent intervention as humanitarian crisis looms in Boma 

A humanitarian crisis looms in South Sudan as Yauyau militias, under the command of David Yauyau, continue to fight the SPLA government forces in Boma and Pibor towns, Jonglei. Civilians, mostly women and children, have been caught in the crossfire and reports from Minority Rights Group International (MRG) partners on the ground show looting of household items as well as cows and sorghum....

Nigeria: Amnesty to Boko-Haram, a misnomer 

Nigeria appears to be in a quandary with the daunting security challenges in the country.Jonathan declares “I can’t grant amnesty to ghosts [faceless people] but I’m open to negotiation if members of Boko-Haram would show themselves physically with their demands”.Outwardly, he disparages that Boko-Haram has infiltrated his government. Nevertheless, Mr President endorses zealots (some indicted) as his advisers, security and police chiefs....

Botswana: Bushmen face imminent eviction for ‘wildlife corridor’  

Survival International has received disturbing reports about an imminent eviction of several hundred Bushmen in southern Botswana to make way for a ‘wildlife corridor’.The Bushman community at Ranyane has allegedly been told by the local government that trucks will arrive on Monday to remove them from land they have inhabited for generations.Their houses will be destroyed. The Bushmen’s land is in a proposed...

Tanzania: Government unrelenting on parceling out Maasai land in Loliondo 

The government of Tanzania, through the Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Hon Ramadhan Mwinyi, during the Permanent Forum on Indigenous issues in New York, delivered a firm stand on their action to parcel out huge chunks of pastoral land for wildlife conservancy. "The government took this decision with the understanding that environment conservation is as important for eco-system protection as it...

Nepal: Muslim leader killed, community calls it a political murder 

Kathmandu (AsiaNews) - Sadrul Miya Haq, a 55-year-old Muslim religious leader, was killed today in Saptari District, eastern Terai."Another public figure from the Muslim community was murdered amid government indifference," said Mohammad Naiimuddi, vice president of the Muslim Association of Nepal. "We think it was political motivated." The victim had his throat cut some 200 metres from a police station. Law enforcement...

Pakistan: Human Rights Commission of Pakistan releases State of Human Rights in 2012 Report 

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan - State of Human Rights in 2012 The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has released its State of Human Rights 2012 report, documenting  human rights abuses in a period of heightened political activity in the run up to the May 2013 elections The report is scathing of the level of rights violations in the country, and classifies 2012 as ‘another...

Peoples under Threat 2013 photo story: Risk of mass killing reaches critical level in Africa and the Middle East 

Each year, Minority Rights Group’s annual Peoples under Threat survey lists countries where communities are most at threat of genocide or mass killing.The latest survey, launched in July 2013, shows that sectarian killing between Sunni and Shi’a has risen dramatically and presents an urgent threat to life across much of the Middle East and into Asia.According to authoritative indicators factored into the Peoples under...

Peoples under Threat 2013: podcast on religious minorities in Pakistan 

Minority Rights Group launches its 2013 Peoples under Threat global rankings table on 10 July. The survey, which lists countries where communities are most at risk of genocide or mass killing, concludes that sectarian killing between Sunni and Shi’a has risen dramatically over the last year, and presents an urgent threat to life across much of the Middle East and into Asia.According to the...

Bangladesh: Temples and residences of Hindu minority attacked in Rajganj of Begumganj 

On February 28, 2013 the International Crimes Tribunal sentenced Secretary General of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh, Delwar Hossain Sayeedi with death penalty for crimes committed against humanity during the liberation war of 1971. In protest against the judgment, Jamaat-eIslami called for hartal all over the country, which claimed five lives in brutal clashes between the police and the activists in Begumganj Upazila of Noakhali district’s Dotter...


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