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Al-Ahwaz: Iran's best-kept dirty secret 

Ahwazi's have not only been denied their most basic civil, political and human rights, they have been tortured, imprisoned and killed in the most brutal ways on a regular basis by Iranian intelligence and Iranian revolutionary guards. Journalists and human rights activists who have dared to speak up have been also been silenced, imprisoned or killed. These harsh conditions have caused more and more...

MRG Podcast: May 2011 

Click above to listenWelcome to Minority Rights Group International’s May 2011 podcast. This month we hear about how it’s hard to be black in Argentina, learn how minorities in Libya are being affected by the country’s bloody revolution and experience the pleasure and the pain of Spain’s gypsies through flamenco music.First up we have an interview with Nengumbi Celestin Sukama, president of the...

Minority religious places of worship Malaysia 

Malaysia prides itself on being a multi-cultural Muslim country. Its majority population are Malays in ethnicity who follow the Islamic religion. Some eight percent are Indians and about 40 percent Chinese. These ethnic groups profess different religions including Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Sikhism,  and Christianity. The country also has a significant indigenous population known as Orang Asli. While most of these communities live peacefully in Malaysia...

Religious minority activists in Malaysia discuss problems facing their communities 

Malaysia prides itself on being a multi-cultural Muslim country. Its majority population are Malays in ethnicity who follow the Islamic religion. Some eight percent are Indians and about 40 percent Chinese. These ethnic groups profess different religions including Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Sikhism,  and Christianity. The country also has a significant indigenous population known as Orang Asli. While most of these communities live peacefully in Malaysia...

Nepal: activists call for Dalit rights to be enshrined in new constitution 

Activists are calling on Nepal’s government to make special provisions for the rights of Dalit in the new constitution. A recent conference organized by the Feminist Dalit Organization (FEDO) yielded the “Kathmandu Proclamation”, which will be submitted to authorities in charge of formulating Nepal’s new constitution.Among other measures, the proclamation suggested that the constitution ensure proportional representation for Dalit women in all government bodies...

Cambodia: in advance of Khmer Rouge trial, a new book detailing Cham women's experiences under the regime 

As four former Khmer Rouge leaders prepare to stand trial at an international tribunal for charges including genocide, a new book sheds light on a minority community targeted by the regime during it's bloody rule between 1975 and 1979. In “The Hijab of Cambodia: Memory of Cham Muslim Women after the Khmer Rouge”, author Farina So examines Cham Muslim women’s experiences under the...

Colombia: Community Councils bring real and lasting benefits for african descendants 

Improving the quality of life of Afro Colombian communities in the zones that they have occupied ancestrally depends on effective mobilization by the social organizations that represent them, such as Community Councils.  Community Councils generate processes related to the institution of long term policies, programmes and public projects and also facilitate the presentation of demands, interests and necessities, including protecting their territories from dispossession. ...

Interviews with activists: Patrick Kensenhuis, Member of The National Assembly of the Republic of Suriname 

The Hon. Patrick Kensenhuis of the Republic of Suriname, represents a district with a majority indigenous and African descendant population.During the era of Dutch colonization of the Guiana region of South America, many enslaved Africans escaped into the rainforests of what is now the Republic of Suriname. These self liberated Africans (also known as "Maroons", "Djukas" or "Bakabusi Nengre") set up independent communities and...

Colombia: Strengthening Afro-descendant Community Councils, part I 

This video is one of the products of the project: " Strengthening Community Councils Through Their Rights"  supported by USAID and TEP and carried out with the community councils of the Cauca Basin of the Pacific zone of Colombia. It was  produced in the Municipality of López de Micay with the Association de Colonias Micaysenas, a second level organization consisting of five community councils...

Colombia: Strengthening Afro-descendant Community Councils, part II 

Afro-Colombian Community Councils generate processes related to the institution of long term  policies, programmes and public projects and also facilitate the presentation of the demands, interests and necessities of their communitiesThis video is part of an internationally funded project which seeks to reaffirm the identity of the inhabitants of the territory of the Pacific Region and to strengthen ethno-territorial development and government through Community...

Interviews with activists: Sidney Francis, President of the Central American Black Organization  

The 41st regular session of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) was held from June 5th to 7th 2011, in the Central American country of El Salvador.  A number of civil society organizations (CSOs) that were approved by the OAS Permanent Council, received  official invitations under the accreditation of "Special Guest" .These included CSOs from the Americas that represented women,...

Pioneering use of street theatre to tackle prejudice in Rwanda 

Zulema Cadenas, MRG’s Street Theatre Project Coordinator, travelled to Gitarama, Rwanda, to support our partner YWCA (Young Women’s Christian Association) to launch a project that uses drama at a grass roots level to tackle prejudice and discrimination.The aim of the project is to raise awareness of the situation of the Twa minority and to challenge discriminatory attitudes and prejudices held by majority society against this...

Life on the edge; the Mbororo of Cameroon 

The Mbororo are a semi-nomadic cattle-rearing community who have faced discrimination since arriving in Cameroon in the early 1900s. They are a sub-ethnic group of the largest nomadic group in the world, the Fulani, who are spread across West, Central and North Africa.Many Mbororo live isolated in small, remote communities and come in to conflict with neighbouring majority communities who despise them as illegal...

Bangladeshi government blocks EU-funded anti-torture project 

The Bangladeshi government is blocking an EU-funded program aimed at stopping torture, according to Odhikar, a human rights group. Odhikar has become the victim of numerous acts of harassment by the government agencies. The NGO Affairs Bureau (NGOAB), under the Prime Minister’s Office, has kept pending its approval and fund clearance of Odhikar’s project for more than 6 months when this process should not...

India: Gauri's story 

In recent years Dalit and human rights organizations have shed light on the daily abuses suffered by almost one-fifth of the population of India. Unfortunately however the widespread practice of untouchability is often excluded from discussions and monitoring of human rights violations in the country.Since 1989 MRG partner organisation Navsarjan Trust has been working to visibilise and eliminate discrimination based on untouchability practices and...

Nepalese Minority Groups; Struggle for Identity & Representation 

Nepal has experienced a series of remarkable changes over the past few years as it has evolved from being a Hindu Kingdom with a Maoist insurgency to a secular Republic with a Maoist-led government. The people’s movement of April 2006, the November 2006 Comprehensive Peace Agreement to end the armed conflict, and the April 2008 Constituent Assembly election all marked critical steps towards the...

Foreign investment threatens Burma's ethnic minorities: report 

Foreign investment has risen dramatically over the past year, as international companies cooperate with Burma’s government to exploit the country’s natural resources. But those resources are concentrated in areas occupied by ethnic minorities, and projects such as hydroelectric dams have already sparked fighting between ethnic armed groups and government forces.The influx of investment threatens both ethnic minorities and the environment, according to a new...

MRG Podcast: August 2011 

Welcome to Minority Rights Group International’s August 2011 podcast. This month we visit an isolated cow-herding community in Cameroon and hear about how competition for land and resources leads to conflict between neighbours, and learn about the challenges Dalits in Nepal face to escape the age-old caste system. Our minority music selection this month comes from Colombian superstar Toto la Momposina, whose tunes, like...

Syria in change - Solution for the Kurdish issue 

Since 15th March of this year, citizens rose up against the regime in Syria, which is considered as one of the most brutal and repressive regimes in the Arab world. The reaction of the Syrian regime on the protests of the Syrian people has showed this brutality. Thousands of Syrians have paid with their life for their demand for freedom, democracy and human rights.The...

Sri Lanka: Discrimination against Tamils continues after the war  

Sri Lanka’s Tamil minority continues to suffer discrimination despite the defeat of the Tamil Tiger rebel group, activists say.Government forces in 2009 overwhelmed the Tamil Tigers, or the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE), ended a bloody war in which the rebel group fought to secure a separate state.Human rights activists and civil society groups say the end of the conflict has opened the...


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