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Syria: Call for the European Union and the international community to protect minorities and the democratic movement 

The Syrian revolution that began as peaceful protests against a dictatorship in March 2011, has changed into a proxy civil war. While Russia, Iran, the Iraqi regime, and Hezbollah are supporting the Assad regime, other forces like the Arabian countries in the Persian Gulf, Turkey, and other Sunni countries, are supporting the armed rebels. This way there is no role left for the peaceful...

Iraq: We remember the martyrs of Simele massacre in August 1933 

Today we remember one of the darkest moments in the history of humanity. At this day, hundreds of innocent Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian (CSA) civilian people had been killed and massacred under the rule of newly established Kingdom of Iraq. The Simele Massacre took place in August 1933 in Iraq against Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian people. Following the Iraqi independence and establishment of the whole political, social and economic...

Kenya: Fishermen abducted by Ethiopian militia  

The most recent conflict incident between the Turkana and the Dassenetch of Kenya in Ileret was on 30th July, 2013 when the Dassenetch identified one of his stolen nets in the Turkana boat. A heated quarrel ensued leading to the capture of the Turkana before the intervention was done by the Ileret security personnel and the people from Turkana.However, this as a grudge seemed...

Egypt: Copts face discrimination & violence in aftermath of coup 

Copts are Egyptian Christians descended from ancient Egyptians who have lived in the Nile Valley for more than 3000 years and were originally called Bajiptos, which was then deviated to Gypt or Copt.Until the Arabs came into Egypt in the middle of the seventh century AD, Copts were speaking the Coptic language, which is derived from Alheirogrovih, the ancient Egyptian language. But the Arab...

Egypt: International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances 

August 30 is the International Day of victims of Enforced Disappearances.The Egyptian Association of Victims of Abduction and Enforced Disappearances (AVAED) requests that the Egyptian Government endorses United Nations Resolution 65/209: “International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance”.  Today, Friday August 30, the Egyptian Association released a document outlining two cases of disappearance.  The first case, is the disappearance of...

Burma: Despite the ceasefire, health care woes continue in south-east 

In a bustling waiting room, Naw sits on a fold-up chair, her hair caught in the breeze of a whirling fan. Her arms rest over the bump just beginning to show beneath her clothes.This will be the eleventh time she has been pregnant. However, it is the first time she will actually consult with a health professional during the sensitive prenatal months.For many like...

Kenya/Ethiopia: Conflict between Kenya’s Turkana fishermen and Ethiopia’s Dassanech peoples causing humanitarian crisis 

Retaliatory raids between Turkana fishermen in Kenya and Dassanech tribal peoples of Ethiopia is threatening the peace of communities eking a livelihood around Lake Turkana and has caused an emergency situation. Between July and August this year, these two communities have attacked each other four times causing 14 deaths and loss of property including fishing gear like boats and nets. According to...

Egypt: Liberate the emirate of Delga 

After an occupation lasted more than two months by islamic militants, the central security forces, backed by the army, were finally able to enter the village of Delga, located in the south of El-Minya province.Since the imposition of a tax on the Copts (£300 on each family, paid daily), more than 50 families have been forcibly displaced from their homes and shops and their...

Burma: Continued fighting causes human rights abuses and health concerns in non-ceasefire areas 

Lway Poe Ngeal is a Palaung woman who left Burma for better education opportunities in neighbouring Thailand. Now, she works with the Palaung Women’s Organization, which advocates for the rights of an ethnic minority community concentrated in northern Shan state.Palaung civilians have become caught up in the violence between the Burma Army and armed ethnic militias, including the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), the Ta-ang...

Egypt: Christians victims of the growing Islamist non-Islamist divide; the urgent need for peace and reconciliation 

This report by Arab-West Report explains the context of the massive destruction of churches and Christian institutions in Egypt in August 2013. Very often media describe tensions between Muslims and Christians in Egypt in generalized terms, but this report prepared for the German organization, Missio, shows that tensions are primarily between Christians and Islamists.These tensions have deep roots dating back to the founding of...

Syria: Fears for ancient Christian communities continue 

Fears for Syria’s ancient Christian communities continue as they are attacked by both the militias and government forces.The Syrian Christian community makes up approximately 10 per cent of the population, but its size has been declining since the March 2011 uprising due to displacement and emigration. There are Greek Orthodox, Greek Catholic, Syrian Orthodox, Syrian Catholic, Armenian Catholic, Assyrian and Chaldean Christians. The number...

Ethiopia: Foreign aid must not support oppression in the Horn of Africa 

Human rights violations are growing worse in Oromia. This is illustrated by the kidnapping and subsequent killings of Oromo refugees by the Ethiopian security forces.Despite such gruesome violations of human rights, some Western governments have kept on providing technical and financial support to the dictatorial regime, to the detriment of the oppressed.These simmering, bitter complaints have drawn thousands of Oromo men and women to...

Philippines: Indigenous Peoples group slams DOJ dismissal on ‘Capion massacre’ 

Only days before the first anniversary of the murders of 27-year-old Juvy Capion and her two sons in an alleged armed encounter with elements of the of the 27th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army in Tampakan, Kimlawis, Davao del Sur, a resolution from the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor in Digos City, Davao del Sur received by the complainant, Sukim K. Malid, ordered...

India: Communal violence against Muslim minority in Madhya Pradesh 

In Madhya Pradesh state of India hardly a month passes without one or another incident of communal violence not being reported. According to the information furnished in Indian parliament by the Central government, between 2009 and 2013, 432 communal incidents took place in the state and it was among the top three states in the country in this respect.On September 19, 2013 (Thursday), at...

Sri Lanka: Statement at 6th Session of the UN's Forum on Minority issues 

6th Session of the UN’s Forum on Minority Issues (26-27 November 2013) Madam Chair, Thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak. My name is Suhood Fasleem and I am speaking on behalf of the Muslim Community, a religious minority in minority who was forcibly expelled from Northern Province of Srilanka by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in 1990.One of the most...

Guatemala: Edgar Pérez - Genocide and justice 

In March this year former Guatemalan dictator José Efraín Ríos Montt made international headlines when he was convicted on genocide charges. Sadly, the conviction was swiftly overturned by Guatemala's Constitution Court. A new trial is set to begin in January 2015, but many fear that the same legal and political barriers will stand in the way of a conviction.Last month one of Guatemala's foremost...

Burma: Kachin group slams China’s new CSR report on Myitsone dam 

Kachin activists have slammed a new corporate social responsibility (CSR) report aimed at bolstering support for seven China-backed hydropower projects along the Irrawaddy River in northern Burma, including the deeply unpopular Myitsone mega dam.The Upstream Ayeyawady Confluence Basin Hydropower Co. (ACHC), part of state-owned Chinese Power Investment (CPI), launched its “Ayeywady Dams Corporate Responsibility Report” in Rangoon in December, claiming the projects would be...

Burma: Systematic sexual violence in ethnic areas, new report 

Today marks the launch of an important new report documenting ongoing crimes of sexual violence-over 100 cases documented since 2010, including 47 gang rapes--perpetrated by the Burmese military in ethnic regions of Burma.The Women's League of Burma (WLB), consisting of thirteen women's organizations representing different ethnic areas in Burma, released the report, "Same Impunity, Same Pattern: Sexual abuses by the Burma army will not...

MRG Podcast February 2014 

Welcome to Minority Rights Group International’s February 2014 podcast. This month we investigate the current situation for religious minorities in Pakistan, take a look at the plight of Burma’s stateless Rohingya, and check out a Maasai choir from the plains of East Africa....

Bangladesh: Hindus under threat 

Click on the link below for a report from Star on Hindus under threat as hundreds leave home in panic as Jamaat-BNP-led post-polls terror strikes them in several districts.Photo: Jamaat-Shibir men go on the rampage, in Kornai Bazar of Dinajpur. Credit: Star/ Focus Bangla...


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