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Jordan: Bedouins, a lifestyle in disappearance 

Improvements in the economy and technology have prevented Jordanian Bedouins from keeping a truly nomadic existence, and their way of life is slowly disappearing.Currently, around only 15 families permanently live in tents in the protected area of Wadi Rum (South-West Jordan), formed of 720 square kilometers of narrow canyons, sandstone mountains and sandy valleys. Most of its inhabitants have moved to small villages  surrounding...

Cambodia: Indigenous groups recall painful past 

Nok Yik was seven years old when the Khmer Rouge seized power in Cambodia, plunging the country into darkness and terror. She was confined to a forced labour camp in north-eastern Ratanakiri province, where she served food and water to a troupe of workers for 12 hours a day.Her grandmother and older brother were sent to other labour camps scattered across the country. Then...

Minority Voices Podcast - April 2015 

MRG's April 2015 Minority Voices Podcast features a report back from the jungles of Thailand, where indigenous communities are being displaced in the name of conservation, and folk music from the war-torn Nuba Mountains in Sudan.Photo: Mue Naw, wife of a disappeared Karen land rights activist, Thailand, March 2015.Credit: Emma Eastwood/MRG   Thanks to Atanas Kutsev for providing the field recording of Paethai Paera playing the dennaku...

Middle East: Rifugio, a new book about Christians of the Middle East 

The birthplace of Christianity lies on the Iranian slopes from Mount Ararat to Mount Lebanon. Since those ancient times, the rugged valleys and gorges have served as a refuge for monastic communities and those in search of solitude. Nowadays, 12 million Christians are assumed to live in the Middle East, but only a few of them remain to live in the region because of...

SWM 2015: Hungary - How the redevelopment of Józsefváros is pushing out Budapest’s minorities 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Linda SzabóIn recent years Budapest’s most stigmatized neighbourhood, Józsefváros, has been undergoing significant change. ‘Józsefváros is being rebuilt,’ goes the municipality’s slogan – the only question is for whom. While Józsefváros has long been one of the city’s most diverse areas, with the highest concentration of Roma and migrant populations, the local municipality’s plans for the...

SWM 2015: Poland - Remembering Warsaw’s Jewish community through heritage conservation 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Dobroslawa Wiktor-Mach Before the outbreak of the Second World War, when Poland was home to the largest Jewish community in Europe, more than 380,000 Jews lived in Warsaw. During the war, however, the Nazis annihilated the large majority of the city’s Jewish population and destroyed much of their physical heritage. Under Communist rule, the surviving...

SWM 2015: Turkey - Little change, two decades on, for displaced Kurds  

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Bill BowringTurkey’s Kurdish community, besides being the largest minority in the country, is also one of the most discriminated against. Historically, Kurds are concentrated in the eastern and south-western parts of the country. Their situation deteriorated further following the outbreak of fighting in 1984 between the government and the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK), an armed opposition group...

SWM 2015: Ukraine/Russian Federation - Deteriorating rights for Crimean Tatars under Russian rule 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Nataliya Novakova At the beginning of 2014, following the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, the government of Ukraine lost control over the peninsula. The subsequent transition to the legislation of the Russian Federation and the continued presence of unregulated paramilitary groups, known as samooborona, posed considerable threats to the local population, particularly for ethnic and religious...

SWM 2015: Brazil - Preserving indigenous heritage in Rio de Janeiro 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Umamah BasitRio de Janeiro has a significant indigenous population, many of whom have been driven out of their ancestral lands in the Amazon due to poverty, deforestation and persecution. Due to unaffordable housing and lack of state support, these groups have settled in the poorest of urban slums, commonly known as ‘favelas’, where they face rampant...

SWM 2015: UK - Gentrification brings new challenges for Brixton’s minority communities 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Electra BabouriBrixton is an inner London neighbourhood renowned for its ethnic and cultural diversity. Beginning in the late 1940s, when migrants from the Caribbean began began settling in the area, it has cemented a reputation as a multiethnic hub with a vibrant music scene and an array of global cuisines. Yet Brixton has also seen serious...

SWM 2015: Mali - Cultural heritage as a vehicle for peace in Timbuktu 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Joana DabajThe fabled ‘city of 333 Saints’, Timbuktu, is located in the republic of Mali at the edge of the Sahara desert and near the Niger River. Founded in the 5th century, it was long regarded as a centre for the diffusion of Islam through West Africa and a city of trade, where manuscripts and books...

SWM 2015: Kyrgyzstan - Life as a migrant in Bishkek – a Tatar women tells her story 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Alisher KhamidovOn a cold morning in late February, Alya wakes up early as usual to prepare a simple breakfast of porridge for her and her 2-year-old boy, Shurik. Then she takes Shurik to her friend for baby-sitting before heading to work. Originally from Osh, a large city in south Kyrgyzstan, she is now a street vendor selling...

SWM 2015: Philippines - Supporting indigenous livelihoods in Baguio city  

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Hanna HindstromFour years ago, a typhoon struck the northern Filipino city of Baguio. The storm ruptured the walls of the city’s mounting garbage dump, sending hundreds of tonnes of urban waste cascading into the streets. The landslide flattened several houses and killed two young children.  The tragedy was a wake-up call for Geraldine Cacho, an Igorot...

SWM 2015: Thailand - Promoting a more inclusive tourism industry for Chiang Mai’s hill tribes 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Nicole Girard‘I’m studying Chinese so that I can be a guide for Chinese tourists,’ explains Nahnenuhn, a 20-year-old indigenous Karen from Thailand, ‘I think it’s a good future for me to help support my family.’ Nahnehuhn comes from a small village near Mae Saring and moved to Chiang Mai to study. Like everyone else in the...

SWM 2015: Resilience despite adversity – adapting indigenous communities to climate change in the Pacific region 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Anne-Marie Tupuola-Plunkett Most of the Pacific region’s island states are still predominantly rural, but rapid urbanization is fragmenting indigenous societies and undermining traditional livelihoods. In the process, new forms of poverty and disadvantage such as unemployment, delinquency and inadequate nutrition are emerging in urban areas. The devastating impacts of climate change are now adding to these hardships,...

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...

MRG and ACGRC calls on Armenia to adopt an anti-discrimination law 

Minority Rights Group (MRG) and the Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation (ACGRC) today called on the Armenian authorities at the 29th session of the Human Rights Council to adopt a comprehensive anti-discrimination law. On behalf of MRG, Mr Glenn Payot spoke. Thank you Mr. President, Minority Rights Group (MRG) and the Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation (ACGRC), our partner in Armenia, would like to make three...

Nouveau documentaire MRG/Mauritanie: Esclaves et discriminee: l'émancipation des femmes Haratines 

Réalisé par Mamoudou Lamine Kane, commandé et produit par Minority Rights Group International et NEXUS PROD Durée: 27:35 mn Langue: Arabe (sous-titrage en français) Dans une série d'entretiens, des femmes Haratine parlent des réalités quotidiennes de l’esclavage et de la liberté qu'elles ont connu depuis l'émancipation.L'esclavage existe depuis des siècles en territoire mauritanien. Elle existe dans toutes les communautés (Maures,...

DRC/Australia: 'Still a Pygmy' 

The shortness of a mini-eggplant is its mature size. – BaTembo Pygmy proverb How did a Pygmy from Congo end up living in Sydney, Australia? Growing up as a hunter-gatherer in the forests of Congo, where Pygmies were considered inferior to all other Africans and fit only for slave labour and witchcraft rituals, Isaac Bacirongo never dreamed he would end up...

Republica Dominicana: Empoderamiento y cambio social a traves del teatro 

Apelando a las emociones y utilizando el cuerpo como herramienta de expresión doce jóvenes recorren las calles de República Dominicana para transmitir un mensaje de fortaleza y cambio social. Las personas jóvenes que conforman el grupo Los 12 Discípulos provienen de diferentes comunidades bateyanas en las que conviven historias de injusticia, pobreza y falta de acceso a derechos básicos con historias de éxito,...


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