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Burma: Leaked documents expose government complicity in persecution of Rohingya 

Leaked government documents reveal severe violations of human rights of Rohingya Muslims in Burma, including restrictions on their freedom of movement, marriage and childbirth, Fortify Rights said in a new report released on Tuesday.The report implicates state and central government officials in the systematic persecution of Rohingya — tantamount to crimes against humanity under international law. 'The impacts of these restrictions are severe and have been well-documented...

Ukraine: Crimean Tatars are being neglected 

While the world press is debating whether or not ethnic Russians in Crimea are under threat and need the protection of the Russian Federation, Crimean Tatars are being neglected. Crimea is getting ready for a referendum, its outcome is obvious – the Russian minority, which in fact is a majority of Crimea’s population, will vote for joining the Russian Federation.The first time I encountered...

Philippines: Not a 'mass grave,' Ligiw family slay are extrajudicial killings--IP group 

Indigenous peoples organization Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) condemned the slays of Licuben Ligiw, and his sons, Freddie "Fermin" Ligiw and Edie Ligiw, all farmers and members of the Binongan tribe in Baay-Licuan, Abra. According to a statement by 1st Lieutenant Rowena Abayon, 5th Infantry Division spokesperson, the Ligiws were executed by the New People's Army and then buried...

Burma: Network calls for action for rivers  

The Burma Rivers Network, comprising several organizations defending the communities in Burma against the effects of dams' construction, organized the international day of action for rivers and against dams to focus attention on a project undertaken by China, Thailand and Burma for building dams on the Salween River. The goal of the organization is to stop the plan that puts at risk not only the...

Philippines: Cordilleran human rights worker gunned down in Ifugao 

William Bugatti, member of rights group the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance (CHRA) was killed 7 PM last night in Ifugao. In a text message received by Cordillera Human Rights Alliance (CHRA)from human rights organizations in the Cordillera, Bugatti was probably on his way home from the CHRA office when he was gunned down at the Ifugao Highway in Bolog, Kiangan in Ifugao. Bugatti...

Photo story: Peoples under Threat 2014 

The Peoples under Threat index identifies those countries around the world where communities face the greatest risk of genocide, mass killing or systematic violent repression.It provides early warning of potential future mass atrocities.The Middle East and Africa dominate the list of major risers in the index this year.The war in Syria, whichhas risen dramatically up the table to now rankthird, continues to fragment, and...

New Video: Peoples under Threat 2014 - interview with MRG Executive Director 

 New online map shows Middle East, Africa states dominate Peoples under Threat 2014 survey on risk of mass killing.Syria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Yemen, South Sudan, Central African Republic and Egypt are among the most significant risers in this year's internationally acclaimed global ranking Peoples under Threat, published each year by Minority Rights Group International (MRG).This film features an interview with Mark Lattimer, MRG's...

Egypt: TEDx talk - A Love-Hate Relationship with Revolution 

Sarah El Ashmawy, MRG's Egypt Programme Coordinator, recently gave a talk at TEDx Exeter about the 2011 uprising in her country.Sarah El Ashmawy left Egypt one week before the popular uprising of 2011. Her realisation that she had become disconnected from her country led her to return and conduct conversations about responses to the revolution and its outcomes, and why it is so important...

Burma: Drug use and rights abuses in Burma's ethnic areas out of control 

The only men who aren’t using drugs in Palaung area are the monks, said a report by Palaung Women Organization (PWO). 91% of young people in Palaung area aged 15 and over are addicted to drugs, added Lway Poe Ngeal, joint general secretary of the local women’s rights group.Poe* is a 25 year old Palaung woman who left Burma for better education opportunities in...

SWM 2014: Legislating against and countering hate speech in East Africa 

Case study by Laura A. YoungEast Africa and the Horn has been one of the most volatile regions in the world in recent years. Several states have passed legislation that addresses hate speech, trying to clamp down on incitement to violence, but according to Article 19’s Director for Kenya and Eastern Africa, Henry Maina, these laws often end up punishing minorities instead of protecting...

SWM 2014: The role of civil society in countering hate speech in Burma 

Case study by Hanna HindstromThe rise of extremist rhetoric against Burma’s Muslim minority has been facilitated by the government’s reluctance to take meaningful steps to curb this hate speech. Even pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has attracted criticism for her apparent silence on the targeted abuse and displacement of tens of thousands of Rohingya. The escalation of the violence since the recent thawing...

SWM 2014: The unequal application of hate crime legislation in Hungary 

Case study by Eszter JovánovicsWhile the conviction, almost five years on, of four people in 2013 for the serial killing of six Roma in 2008 and 2009 is a welcome step in the fight against Hungary’s endemic hate crime, the community is still poorly protected against a rising wave of targeted violence. This is reflected in the fact that the suspected perpetrators were only...

SWM 2014: Understanding the dynamic of communal riots against Muslims in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts, Uttar Pradesh, India 

Case study by Sajjad HassanThis research is the result of an extended participatory research study between January and March 2014, undertaken by the Centre for Equity Studies in partnership with Aman Biradari, funded by MRG with support from CAFOD. Context – Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts before the riotsMuzaffarnagar and Shamli districts are part of the agriculturally rich western Uttar Pradesh (UP) region, dominated by...

Sri Lanka: Buddhist extremists attack innocent Muslims 

Warning - this post contains graphic and potentially disturbing imagesBudu Bala Sene and its supporters attacked innocent Muslims in some Muslims villages in the South of Sri Lanka today (15-6-14). Buddhist extremists’ movement Budu Bala Sene had its demonstration against Muslims today in Aluthgama town. The following the demonstration they had a meeting. The general secretary of BBS spoke with his vulgar tones and...

SWM 2014: The impact of violence on communities in Boma Sub-County, South Sudan 

Case study by Paul Oleyo LongonyThis research is the result of a month-long participatory research study undertaken by the Boma Development Initiative, funded by MRG with support from CAFOD. In December 2013, a confrontation between Dinka and Nuer soldiers quickly escalated into a major civil conflict between President Salva Kiir Mayardit and former Vice-President Riek Machar. The ensuing violence, which has taken on a...

Uganda: Local rights organisation deeply concerned about tension between Batwa and Bakiga and calls for immediate investigations of incidents of arson 

United Organisation for Batwa Development (Uobdu) condemns the recent attack on a Batwa community in Rubuguri in which 13 homes were razed after a night bar brawl between a Mutwa, only identified as Akakwasa, and Aggrey Masente and his wife from the majority Bakiga ethnic group on 7 June 2014. Masente with the assistance of a group of errant youth, adults and...

SWM 2014: Rising hostility against Bulgaria’s refugee population 

Case study by Yuliana MetodievaMinority groups in Bulgaria, such as Roma and ethnic Turks, have long suffered discrimination and marginalization – and this has also translated into hate speech and bias motivated violence. However, the arrival of thousands of refugees displaced by the conflict in Syria has provided right-wing groups and extremists with a new target. MRG discussed this troubling new trend with Yuliana...

USA/Africa: A Farewell To Elombe Brath 

The life of African freedom-fighter Elombe Brath was celebrated in Harlem last month. A pillar of the pan-African movement, Brath made it his life-long mission to empower the black community both in Africa and around the world. The Brooklyn-born activist died age 77 at Amsterdam Nursing Home in Harlem on Wednesday 19th May.International ambassadors, local politicians and family members gathered in Harlem to pay...

VIDEO: Speaking out for minority women in Somalia 

At the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, Minority Rights Group hosted an interactive storytelling event at London's ExCel centre. The event featured influential guest-speakers who had travelled from Somalia in order to raise awareness about the plight of minority clans in their home country.Frequently overlooked by international media, female members of minority clans took centre stage at the MRG event. Hon. Bibi...

SWM 2014: Ukraine fails to address hate crime against migrants and other groups 

Case study by Irene FedorovychThe Ukrainian state has been slow to recognize the reality of hate crime in the country. Even now, there continues to be a clear gap between the small number of cases officially reported each year and the much larger number of incidents recorded by NGOs and rights groups. Furthermore, until recently, while Ukraine had legal provisions (Article 161 of the...


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