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Bangladesh: the decline of a vibrant Bihari craft 

Click on the link below to download a report on Urdu-speaking Banarsi silk weavers of Dhaka, Bangladesh....

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...

Syria: Map of Western (Syrian) Kurdistan  

After months of work and cooperation with many Kurds both inside and outside Syria, YASA, the Kurdish Center for Legal Studies & Consultancy, has created a map of Western Kurdistan.The first phase of the project is completed, and we are currently working on the second phase. People and experts who want to join us or have any comments or suggestions can contact us using...

Libya: Amazigh freely celebrate New Year for only second time in centuries 

Today The 13th of January 2013 is the first day of January 2963 in the Amazigh calendar. This new year has a special taste in Libya .The Libyan Amazigh are celebrating this new year freely for the second year in the past few centuries, because of the freedom that Libyans are enjoying after the success of the 17th February revolution.Yesterday morning I...

Europe: A bike ride to meet linguistic minorities 

My name is Emmanuel Le Merlus, I'm 42 years old. I'm Breton from Brittany to the North West of France. I'm an activist of the Breton language and culture. And I'm also interested in other European minorities. Brittany is populated by 4.5 millions Bretons. They are a Celtic people with a long history. The Breton language is close to other Celtic languages, particularly Cornish...

Cambodia: Roza Dao speaks at the 6th UN Forum on Minority Issues in Geneva 

At the UN Forum on Minority Issues in Geneva on 26-27 November 2013, Mrs Roza Dao spoke to delegates on behalf of the Cham National Federation of Cambodia, an NGO representing the interests of the Champa minority community. The theme of the intervention was "beyond freedom of religion or belief: guaranteeing the rights of religious minorities". Read the full text of Roza Dao's speech below:Madam...

Iran: Deliberate 'linguicide' of Arabic language in Al-Ahwaz 

By Rahim HamidNationality: Ahwazi- ArabPrefaceI begin my study by addressing some constructive questions about the common factors that can be attributed to the gradual extinction of language, which frequently occurs intentionally and systematically, particularly in multiethnic countries that one language strictly dominated on other languages as a discriminatory policy to assimilate the language of the ethnic minority or aboriginal people by imposing the most...

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...

Armenia: Young minority leader preserves Yezidi identity and language  

Boris Murazi-Tamoyan, 24 years old, is an active community leader representing the Yezidi minority of Armenia. Boris was born in Armenia; has graduated from the Academy of Television and Radio, as well as served for 2 years at the national military. He speaks Armenian and Russian languages fluently. However, his native language is Yezidi (Kurmanji).In 2011, Boris along with his friends established the Yezidi...

VIDEO: Interviews with editor and author of MRG's State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2014 

Lucy Claridge, MRG's Head of Law and Carl Soderbergh, MRG's Director of Policy and Communications, speak about the 2014 State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples, which focuses on hate speech and hate crime.Download the full report at www.minorityrights.org...

Nepal: VIDEO - The exclusion of indigenous people in political decisionmaking  

Nepal’s indigenous people (IP) had hoped that their important stake in the historic Constitution-drafting process would be recognised and that, in the new Constitution, their rights would be legally protected in a manner consistent with the basic principles of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention 169. But their expectations were frustrated, as the Constitution-making process ended on 28 May without a finalised Constitution, thereby...

Nepal: Indigenous languages on the verge of extinction 

“Our mother tongue Kisan is already near extinction,” says Bhim Kisan, a Master’s student in Linguistics at Tribhuvan University, Nepal. Speaking to investigative journalist Dev Kumar, Bhim explains that few indigenous Kisan children speak the language of their ancestors. According to the National Census Report 2011, only 601 Kisans can speak Kisan of the total of 1,739 population.As Dev discovered, the Kisan community are...

Nepal: How to save indigenous tongues from extinction 

Four-year-old Siriya Shahi from Kathmandu is a shy girl if you try to talk to her in Nepali. Unable to speak or understand, she stays quietly in a corner of the classroom, unwilling to participate in school activities. But talk to her in her native language, Newar, and she springs into action.Siriya is one of many Nepalese children from different indigenous communities and linguistic...

India: Photo story – Marginalised Sidi community rebuilds a lost cultural identity 

Descended from African slaves, India's Sidi community struggles with a conflict of identity. They are unable to pinpoint their country of origin, yet are also marginalised from Indian society as a result of the nation's discriminatory caste system.Earlier this month, Minority Rights Group welcomed Sidi activist Mohan into our London office to speak about his personal experiences as a member of an ethnic minority...

Cambodia: Lao minority fight to retain their language 

Um Simeng is the only person in her family who doesn’t speak the Khmer language.“When I need to run an official errand I have to take a translator with me,” says the 55-year-old ethnic Lao woman, resting in the shade beneath a small wooden hut in Kok Lao village, Ratanakiri province. “Usually I take one of my sons.”In her village, a remote constellation of...

State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2015 - focus on cities: Case studies 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)The battle for respect for the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples is increasingly being played out in cities, says Minority Rights Group International in its annual report.Our flagship annual global report, State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2015, focuses on cities, and explores the many challenges communities face in urban areas, from segregation and lack of...

Kenya: Being Maasai - Photo story 

This October MRG and 9 Eastern European journalists travelled to the Maasai Mara, the land of the Maasai in Narok, Kenya. Visiting journalists were making news to spread the word back at home about life in developing countries and thus help their compatriots understand their countries' role and commitments in the global world and international development. This photo story gives you a few snapshots of the traditional...

Iran: A letter to UN about human rights breach in North-Khorasan region 

On June 2015, the Kurdish - Kurmanji language course classroom was shut down. This class was in the Kish - Arya centre in Bojnord the capital of North of Khorasan region, Iran. Kurdish – Kurmanji language is about more than 75% of the people in the region of North of Khorasan, number about 2 millions. Education and teaching in Kurdish - Kurmanji language is...

Iran: Kurdish education forbidden 

Click on the link below to read a letter from Dr. Afrasiab Shekofteh, of the Organisation of Kurmanj People, to Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, about the shutting down of Kurdish/Kurmanji language education in the North of Khorasan region. ...

Nepal: Madhesi youths launch initiative to combat discrimination in the Nepali media 

Aashu has witnessed first-hand the skewed portrayal of ethnic Madhesis in the mainstream Nepali media. Last year his father, a journalist with the Kathmandu-based daily Himalayan Times was dispatched to cover a rally by separatist leader CK Raut in their home town Birgunj, near the Indian border. When Raut was arrested by the authorities, the protest turned violent. “Demonstrators were throwing rocks...


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