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Kenya: Endorois activist says women's rights need to be fulfilled 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording:Endorois Welfare Council leader Wilson Kipkazi is sharing thoughts about the backward situation of women in his community. Endorois women face problems such as the female genital mutilation (FGM), early marriage, domestic violence or rape. Kipkazi is saying empowerment of women is more important than ever to improve...

Cambodian indigenous group threatened by rubber company 

In Cambodia, an estimated one hundred fifty thousand people are facing forced eviction from their homes. Many of these are members of indigenous groups. They have traditionally occupied land now slated for resource development projects. Indigenous peoples are often pushed from their land and given little or no compensation.In Mondulkiri province, a rubber plantation is under development on land occupied by the Bunong. Some...

MRG Podcast: February 2011 

Welcome to the February 2011 podcast from Minority Rights Group International. This month we hear how indigenous communities in Cambodia are affected by development projects, learn about an innovative new way to tackle racism in the Dominican Republic and travel to Uganda, where minority language issues are illustrated through song....

Uganda: Climate change worsening food insecurity in Karamoja 

Karamoja is changing. One thing responsible for this change is rain. It is mostly less or when available, too much. Its pattern no longer predictable. And above all the temperature is rising. MRG’s Africa Regional Information Officer, Mohammed Matovu, analyses how the community is coping.Akong Morris is a pastoralist and pastoralist life is all he knows. He leaves in a manyata (small homestead) with...

Malaysia: Possible crackdown on marginalised Indians 

To: Governments, United Nations, International NGOsUrgent Request to Government of Malaysia on the Crackdown and possible violence by United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) sponsored underworld “3 Line”, Pekida and Extremist Perkasa on Human Rights AdvocatesDear Sir/Madam,I write to you with the utmost urgency for your attention on the above matter.HINDRAF is a Human Rights organisation that advocates the rights of the marginalized Indian community...

MEPs: The EU must act now to help end one of the biggest human rights issues in the world  

PRESS RELEASE from The International Dalit Solidarity Network Brussels, March 1, 2011 (IDSN) --- MEPs stated that EU action must be taken to help end caste discrimination, affecting 260 million people worldwide. The statements came during a hearing on caste discrimination in South Asia, at the European Parliament Monday afternoon. This was also the message delivered by Dalit rights advocators at the hearing, who...

Kenya: MRG condemns targeted attacks on Ogiek activists 

Minority Rights Group International (MRG) condemns the recent attack on two activists from the Ogiek community in Ngongogeri, Rift Valley Province in Kenya, and calls on the police and judicial authorities to conduct a full and impartial investigation into the incident.James Rana, 38, an Ogiek land rights activist, was brutally attacked by assailants on Sunday night at his home in Ngongogeri. According to the...

Afro descendant in the Americas: A Struggle for Recognition 

African descendants in the Americas: A Struggle for RecognitionThe United Nations and the Organization of American States has decreed 2011 to be the Year of African descendants.There are over 150 million people of African descent in Latin America and the Caribbean   with the largest numbers concentrated in Brazil, Colombia and VenezuelaAfrican descendant peoples in the region, display consistent realities and are affected by currents...

Canada: Interview with Chief Wilton Littlechild 

Interview with Chief Wilton Littlechild - Member of Canada's Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission.Photo courtesy of Neeta Lind"We are still marginalized. The poverty for example  of indigenous children is on the rise.  The taking away of the child is still going on. We still fill the prisons, .... I went to an institution for young offenders and 100 percent of the inmates were...

"There is nothing like a Zimbabwean culture. There are Zimbabwean cultures." 

Kucaca Phulu visited Budapest on the 28th February, as a delegate of the Zimbabwe Europe Network. Also stopping by in Geneva and Brussels, as part of its European-wide advocacy tour, the network aimed to ensure that progressive policies and actions were taken by the European Union concerning Zimbabwe. Phulu is the president of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association and a member of the country's...

Sri Lankan women's groups demand road access for displaced people through famous nature reserve 

We, the undersigned call on the Government to take immediate action to prevent the destruction of the Wilpattu National Park, while continuing to provide access through the road from Puttalam to Mannar via the park. We believe that through taking corrective measures the Government can ensure that both issues are addressed in order to protect the rights of the expelled Northern Muslims and the...

India: Dalit Christians in search for justice 

Christian and Muslim Dalits in India have long demanded for separate quotas that will help address their historical marginalisation in areas of education and employment. In February 2011, the Indian Supreme Court was scheduled to take up a Public Interest Litigation case on the issue of quotas. John Dayal, an Indian civil society activist campaigning on Dalit issues, comments on the status of the...

Support the peaceful demonstrators in Syria 

The people in Syria went on the streets in Daraa, Damascus, Lattakia, Homs, Qamishli and many other cities and showed their will to have change in their country. They said no to the massive violation of Human Rights, no to corruption, no to dictatorship.The Syrians have been suffering over the last decades under Al Baath regime and under Al Assad Senior and junior. The...

Young Journalist Award runner up: Human rights repression in Western Sahara 

Minority Rights Group International, in March 2011, announced the winner of the Minority Voices Young Journalist Award - a prize for young professional and student journalists keen to cover issues affecting minorities and indigenous communities in developing countries.The three-member panel of judges, formed both from journalism and development experts, recognised the excellent level of the entries received. In particular the committee named five applicants...

Young Journalist Award runner up: A grassroots revolution 

Minority Rights Group International, in March 2011, announced the winner of the Minority Voices Young Journalist Award - a prize for young professionals and student journalists keen to cover issues affecting minorities and indigenous communities in developing countries.The three-member panel of judges, formed both from journalism and development experts, recognised the excellent level of the entries received. In particular the committee named five applicants...

Young Journalist Award runner up:The Ghosts Without Pigment 

Minority Rights Group International, in March 2011, announced the winner of the Minority Voices Young Journalist Award - a prize for young professional and student journalists keen to cover issues affecting minorities and indigenous communities in developing countries.The three-member panel of judges, formed both from journalism and development experts, recognised the excellent level of the entries received. In particular the committee named five applicants...

Vietnam: weekly market attracts minorities from the culturally diverse north 

The mountains of northern Vietnam are home to a number of indigenous minority groups, including the H'mong. Each week, many people in the region trek through the mountains to the Kermis market in Lao Cai province to buy and sell goods. In this photo, a H'mong woman gives her child a treat after returning from the market to her village in neighbouring Ha Giang...

San Andres, Colombia - We stay with nothing 

Transcript of an interview with Ras Rolando, an artisan and tourist guide on the Colombian administered Caribbean island of San Andres.  The Colombian controlled Caribbean islands of San Andres and Providence are located some 500 miles from the South American coastline. In contrast, they are just 80 miles from the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua in Central America.After some 120 years of semi isolation and...

Young Journalist Award runner up: Street racing queen of Ramallah 

Minority Rights Group International, in March 2011, announced the winner of the Minority Voices Young Journalist Award - a prize for young professional and student journalists keen to cover issues affecting minorities and indigenous communities in developing countries.The three-member panel of judges, formed both from journalism and development experts, recognised the excellent level of the entries received. In particular the committee named five applicants...

Iran: Stop Ethnic Cleansings In Ahwaz  

To: UN Secretary-General 3 May 2011 Your Excellency Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, The Secretary-General of The United Nations We write to you out of deep concern for Iran’s increasingly brutal crackdown on the Ahwazi Arabs human rights activists and peaceful protesters in recent days. At this juncture, it is imperative that the United Nations take a stand and urges Iran to immediately desist its oppression...


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