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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...

Kenya: Campaign against harmful beading culture in Samburu communities 

They are beautiful when worn around the neck. But unknown to many, some beads symbolize bondage to young girls from the Samburu and Rendile communities who inhabit Samburu, Isiolo, Laikipia and Marsabit counties.While some parents buy the beads for their daughters, others wait for the community warriors (morans) to give them; a gesture that announces the commencement of an intimate relationship. This relationship is...

Thailand: Annual festival supports hill tribe communities' education 

Each year, a festival takes place in the northern Thailand province Mae Hong Son that brings together marginalized hill tribe communities and raises money for hill tribe children’s education. The festival is organized by Toys for Thailand, a charity providing support to 29 remote hill tribe village schools located near the Burmese border in Mae Hong Son. Maria S. Miller and Sasha Billar, directors...

Uganda: 'Batwa may be poor, but they have immense cultural wealth' 

The tiny village of Nteko is set atop a 2000 metre-high hill, with stunning views of distant misty lakes and verdant valleys. Yet for Batwa this paradise is a living hell.You may well know Batwa as Pygmies, their more common, but derogatory name. Batwa have lived as hunter gatherers in the forests of south-west Uganda for millennia, depending on their forest home not only...

Georgia: Photo exhibition highlights fragile Dukhobor culture 

On 20th of March, 2014 Europe House hosted a photo exhibition entitled “Dukhobors in Georgia” by the famous Georgian photographer Natela Grigalashvili. The exhibition was held within the framework of the Regional Art and Culture project in the South Caucasus. The Dukhobors are a Russian ethno-religious group that has inhabited the Ninotsminda municipality of the Samtskhe Javakheti region of Georgia, bordering with...

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...

Africa/USA: Future "Big Africas" 

Writer and activist Sabamya Jaugu challenges Africans to "go it alone" in terms of economic development. For too long, claims Jaugu, Africans have leaned on the shoulders of their former colonialists and deprived themselves of independence. They purchase foreign-produced commodities at a high expense, even though they do produce enough of their own. The Big Africa concept provides a radical solution to these economic...

Nepal: Is REDD+ indigenous-friendly? 

Funded by the World Bank and part of a UN initiative to Reduce Emissions for Deforestation and Forest Degradation (UN-REDD), the REDD+ programme introduced by the government of Nepal has emerged a national priority since 2010. However, this government-led effort to combat climate change has come under fire from indigenous rights activists, who have raised two questions: how is the programme going to be...

Guatemala: Interview with Isabel Turuy Patzan, Representative of the 12 Communities in Resistance 

San Juan Sacatapéquez is a Guatemalan town, rich in natural resources and biodiversity, where indigenous Maya Kaqchikel form 82 per cent of the population. In 2006, the government granted concessions to the Guatemalan company CEMPRO (Cemento Progreso S.A.) to build a quarry and a cement factory in the area, and a new road cutting through communal land. Indigenous communities from San Juan were not...

Nepal: Indigenous youth need support 

With some 370 million indigenous people across the world, there are 67 million indigenous youth globally. This means that indigenous young people (aged 15 to 24) account for approximately 18 per cent of the world's population. But although they constitute such a sizeable portion of the global public, indigenous youth are one of the most vulnerable groups both at the international and national level....

India: Union Budget 2014-15 yet again belies expectations of Dalits, Adivasis 

PRESS RELEASE: Union Budget 2014-15 yet again belies expectations of Dalits, Adivasis: NCDHR 11 July 2014, New Delhi With no significant policy for inclusive and equitable growth as promised by the Modi Government, the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR)-Dalit Arthik Adhikar Andolan (DAAA) today described the Union Budget 2014-15 as extremely disappointing, while saying it belied the expectations of the...

Kenya: Photo story - Maasai forced from homes by power project in Hell's Gate National Park  

Hell’s Gate National Park, near Lake Naivasha in Kenya, is well-known for its wildlife and stunning scenery.  It is also the traditional home of the Maasai, who have strong cultural and religious attachments to the area. However, the area has been hugely destroyed by the construction of four large power stations, for geothermal energy (Olkaria I-IV), and proposed further development now threatens both the...

Nepal: Bridging the Gap at the 20th International Day of the World's Indigenous People 

Saturday August 9th marked 20 years since some 5,000 indigenous communities comprising over 370 million people and living in more than 90 countries across the world celebrated the first International Day of the World's Indigenous People (IDWIP). The UN General Assembly decided to observe August 9th as a special day of the world’s indigenous people through a resolution passed in December 1994. The...

Minority Voices Podcast: September 2014 

Welcome to the Minority Voices September 2014 podcast. This month we are firmly rooted in South Asia - we talk to a young activist from India's little-known descendants of enslaved Africans, and our minority music selection comes from Pakistan's Sufi community, who are increasingly under threat from Islamic hard-liners....

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...

Ethiopia: Obang Metho condemns ‘Life Grabs’ and the Second Scramble for Africa 

Speaking at MRG’s London office as part of a nationwide tour, Executive Director of the Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia, Obang Metho, sheds light on the systematic violation of indigenous land rights by Ethiopia’s autocratic regime, resulting in the alleged torture and imprisonment of those who resist. And although this is happening in a land far, far away, says Obang, these atrocities are...

España: La exclusión de la comunidad gitana es 'alarmante y empeora con rapidez' 

Según el último informe de la Fundación Foessa-Cáritas sobre exclusión y desarrollo social en España, la situación de los gitanos es cada vez peor. La crisis ha afectado especialmente a esta población que ya sufría exclusión.Foto: Mujeres gitanas, GranadaCredit:Luciana Batista...

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...

The Manu Project: Building a 21st century queer totem for Auckland Pride 

The Manu Project has been conceived by London-based friends and collaborators Lyall Hakaraia and Emma Eastwood.Lyall Hakaraia is a creative director and curator of Māori descent, who has produced publicly engaging work at art power houses such as the ICA and The Barbican and in the fields of Glastonbury Festival. He has designed and made wearable art pieces for popular artists such as Beyonce,...

Global: African History Month 365 Days Concepts 

Click on the link below to read an article that praises Dr. Carters G. Woodson Negro History Week that he created in 1926.The African History Month365-Days Concepts present a case to enhance his legacy, including all the descendants of slavery from Christopher Columbus's so-called New World as well as the victims of colonialism. The purpose of this case is to include Africa and its...


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