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Costa Rica: Final Declaration of the First World Conference on Afrodescendant Youth  

With 2011 having been declared the International Year of Youth (UN Resolution 64/134 ) as well as The Year of People of African Descent (UN Resolution 64/169) 150 Afrodescendant  youth participants from 40 countries in the Americas, Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean met in the city of San Jose, Costa Rica, at the First World Conference of Afrodescendant Youth.The conference was convened by the...

Colombia: Land rights defenders remain under threat  

Spanish language interview with Afro-Colombian lawyer Rosalba Castillo, representative of the Colombian rights federation Afroamerica 21, which is an accredited member of the the civil society consultative group of the Organization of American States. Among the themes discussed are ongoing state neglect and marginalization of Afro-Colombian populations, and the disposession of communally titled Afro-Colombian ancestral lands by armed groups who occupy the territories (which...

Dominican Republic: Marginalized, harrassed and criminalized 

Spanish language interview with Chandai Estevez of the Dominican Republic, a member of the youth organization Afro-Alianza Dominicana and Executive Secretary of the Circulo de Juventud Afro de las Americas (Circle of Afrodescendant Youth of the Americas)Among the themes covered are age discrimination, youth policy and participation and a particular concern with the racial profiling, police violence, harrasment, extra-judicial killings and  criminalization of regional...

MRG Podcast: January 2012 

Welcome to MRG’s first podcast of 2012. This month we learn about the current plight of Kosovo’s Roma refugees who fled the ravages of the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s and listen to the sounds of Tuvan throat singing, a variant of overtone singing practiced by the Tuva people of the remote region of southern Siberia in the Russian Federation....

African Canadians: Navigating the Ontario justice system & rebuilding young lives 

" There is a broad understanding that as a population black young people in Canada are more likely to be stopped by the police than any other ethnic group … It's a process of criminalization,  it's a process of stereotyping. You find there is greater police presence and police surveillance in black communities ...on almost every street corner you will see a police car." - Mobafa BakerThe...

Minorities at the UN: Improve access to early childhood services for Roma in Europe 

The Roma Education Fund (REF), an NGO based in Budapest, Hungary gave a presentation at a side event arranged by the OHCHR and chaired by MRG, that complemented the fourth session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues.  REF works on closing the gap in educational outcomes between Roma and non-Roma children in 14 different countries in Europe.Beata Bislim Olahova, represented REF at the...

Honduras: Preserving native Bay Island culture and involving youth on Roatan Island 

The Bay Islands, located approximately 40 miles off the coast of Honduras in Central America, are an Anglophone Caribbean enclave in a predominantly Spanish speaking region. Roatan, which is the largest island in the chain, is now a popular daily port of call for large holiday cruise ships.Honduras acquired sovereignty over the Bay Islands in 1860, however it was not until the rapid growth...

MRG Podcast: February 2012 

In this month’s podcast we find out about racial stereotyping from an organization helping African-Canadians emerging from the justice system rebuild their lives, and hear how an Afro-Colombian outfit from the Choco are reworking traditional songs for the hip-hop generation.You can subscribe to MRG podcasts in iTunes here....

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...

Pakistan: Study shows Christians in Lahore lag behind in education, employment 

Progress and development of any nation depends upon its socioeconomic factors, it will not be wrong if we say that socioeconomic indicators act as back-bone for the prosperity of a nation. In order to scrutinize the socio-economic conditions of Christians residing in Lahore (Pakistan) an extensive and profound survey is carried out.Lahore is among the largest Christian populated cities of Pakistan, approximately 0.7 million...

Bangladesh: An indigenous Jummo girl child is raped and brutally killed by settler Bengali 

On 10th, 12th and 14th May 2012 mass protest rallies and processions were brought out in several places of Rangamati Hill Tracts and Dhaka capital city. The mass processions demanded justice of rape and killing of an indigenous Jummo girl child in Atarakchara Union under the Langudu upazila of Rangamati Hill Tracts.Through the procession, the mass people, indigenous people’s leaders, activists and political leaders...

Nepal: Dalit girls' education suffers due to late start at school  

The Feminist Dalit Organization has produced a report surveying Dalit girls' education in Nepal entitled Late comers in school: The status of Dalit girls in education. Dalit girls in Nepal are the last to be enrolled in school and begin their education late due to their low status in society. Through extensive consultation with parents, students, teachers, political parties, Dalit activists and others, the...

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...

Zimbabwe: San elders make anti-discrimination case before minister, receive children's learning materials in symbolic act 

On Sunday 4 November 2012, the Co-Minister in charge of National Healing and Reconciliation, the Honorable Moses Mzila Ndlovu, met about 180 San elders in Tsholotsho, Gariya Community Centre in Tsholotsho Ward 10.The one-on-one meeting, itself a rarity with a senior government official, discussed key issues affecting the San, inluding; The San discrimination,  Lack of access to clean water, education and health services,  Discriminatory...

Europe: Video - 20 years of the Office of the High Commissioner for Minorities 

MRG staff attended a conference organised by the European Centre for Minority Issues in Flensburg, Germany, in July 2012, to celebrate 20 years of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe's Office of the High Commissioner for National Minorities (HCNM).The conference aimed to discuss the future challenges of minority rights protection in Europe, and enhance knowledge and understanding of the HCNM’s functions and...

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: Songs, drama, artifact exhibition colour Ogiek community cultural day  

The Ogiek community in Kenya marked their cultural day, which has become an annual fixture, in celebratory pomp with 14 cultural groups performing songs, drama and exhibiting rare traditional artifacts. The day, held towards the end of December at Nessuit Primary School in Nakuru County, saw Kipkurere youth group emerge the best, with Soget Ogiek Dancers and Kaplelach Women Group, the runners up....

Zimbabwe: Matabeleland Youths Arrested for Demanding Fairness in Employment 

Police in Bulawayo (Matabeleland, Zimbabwe) this morning rounded up and arrested members of youth pressure group for holding a demonstration against the continued neglect of locals in employment opportunities. The members of the Mthwakazi Youth Leaders Joint Resolution were arrested along Belmont Road as they were demonstrating against a government parastatal that ‘bussed in and employed’ more than 20 youths from Mashonaland for...

Peru: ¡Aquí estamos! Niñas, niños y adolescentes afroperuanos 

En el marco de la Convención sobre los Derechos del Niño que establece la obligación que tienen los Estados de promover que todas las niñas y los niños ejerzan sus derechos en igualdad de condiciones, se planteó la elaboración del estudio “¡Aquí estamos! Niñas, niños y adolescentes afroperuanos”.Este estudio ofrece un primer acercamiento al ejercicio de los derechos de las niñas, los niños y...

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....


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