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Cambodia: Bilingual education offers opportunities to indigenous communities 

The Cambodian government has established Khmer language schools in the highland provinces of Rattanakiri, and Mondulkiri. However, minority people in these provinces are failing to gain a good education in the government system,
mostly because many of them do not understand Khmer, the national language and medium of instruction. This has resulted in successive generations growing up illiterate and unable to speak the national language....

Cambodia: forum seeks ways to address marginalization of indigenous peoples 

Government officials and representatives of several UN agencies have met to discuss issues concerning Cambodia's indigenous people, calling for greater attention to preserve cultural value of the indigenous groups and improve their economic status so as to reduce inequities between them and the majority of the country's population. The pursuit of socio-economic development that is inclusive can help minimize threat to the way of life of the...

Nepal: launch of 100 day campaign against caste discrimination and untouchability 

“I commit to end caste-based discrimination and untouchability!” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, in her video message, kicking off the bold 100 day campaign launched by her office and the National Dalit Commission (NDC) in Nepal. The High Commissioner is encouraging everyone to pledge their commitment to end caste discrimination* and untouchability and the campaign website - http://www.100daysagainstcastediscrimination.com/index.php -...

UK: Dale Farm residents resist controversial eviction by Basildon Council  

These pictures were taken on 20 September at Dale Farm in Basildon, Essex, UK, which is home to 90 Traveller, Romani and Gypsy families. The land, a former scrapyard, is owned by the families and is the UK's largest Traveller settlement. Part of Dale Farm was granted permission for residential use by Basildon Council. However the portion of the land where around 400 people...

Uganda: Meet the first Mutwa graduate 

Alice Nyamihanda is the first Mutwa person from Uganda to achieve a university diploma. In this video, she talks about the barriers to education she faced growing up, and how she overcame these challenges to attend university and finish her diploma.Batwa in Uganda are originally forest dwellers and have been almost entirely dispossessed of their land by the combined pressures of government departments responsible for...

Ecuador: Indigenous justice and Ecuadorian state laws. Interview with Ecuadorian lawyer Mercedes Zambrano 

Approximately eight percent of  Ecuador's 15 million people (2001 census) self-identify as indigenous although that figure rises to 14 percent based on language use.Ecuador's 2008 constitution allows for indigenous communities to impart their own justice under their customary laws, which some have criticized for being too harsh.  In an audio interview (Spanish), female Ecuadorian lawyer Mercedes Zambrano compares the practice of indigenous law which...

Panama: Current reality and key concerns of the Afro-Panamanian population  

Interview with Afro-Panamanian community organizer Samuel Samuels.From the early colonial period Afro-Panamanians have played a significant role in the creation of the republic.  The descendants of the Africans who arrived during the colonial era are intermixed in the general population or are found in majority Afro-Panamanian communities along the Atlantic Coast .Other Afro-Panamanians are the descendants of later migrants from the Caribbean, who came...

Argentina: Radio programme on the Barlovento Group 

Indoafroamerica is a weekly radio program dedicated to minority rights produced by Argentina rights organization Casa Indo-Afro-Americana, which has been on the air for more than a decade on Radio Nacional Santa Fe. Some programs are now being made available on line as a collection of podcasts.The program is about the Barlovento Group, an emerging branch of the global African philosophical tradition, established in...

Argentina: Programa Radial sobre la Legitimización de las tierras Mocovies 

Entrevista vía telefónica con Manuel Troncoso explicando el proceso de legitimización de tierras de la comunidad de Mocovíes en Argentina. Los mocovíes (o moqoit) son un grupo étnico desprendido del conjunto llamado guaycurú ( "guaykurú" denominación insultante que daban los guaraníes a las etnias pámpidas del Gran Chaco).Los desafíos que enfrentan este grupo indígena en el reconocimiento de sus derechos ancestrales a la tierra,...

Argentina: Radio Programme on African-descendant self-recognition in the Americas 

Indoafroamerica is a weekly radio program dedicated to minority rights produced by Argentina rights organization and MRG partner Casa de la Cultura Indo-Afro-Americana, which has been on the air for more than a decade on Radio Nacional de Santa Fe.This episode, Program 393: Autoreconocimiento Afrodescendiente, focuses on Afro-descendants' need for self recognition of their ancestral origins as a means of dealing with social alienation...

Cameroon: Anti-'Pygmy' and Mbororo Hate Campaign on DBS TV 

Download the attached briefing for information about propaganda intended to incite hate, ridicule and discrimination against the Mbororo and 'Pygmy' indigenous peoples of Cameroon. Please take action to help stop this.Photo: Mbororo community leaders, CameroonCredit: Emma Eastwood, MRG...

MRG Podcast: October 2011 

Welcome to Minority Rights Group International’s October 2011 podcast. This month we hear from a Bedouin woman from the unrecognised villages of the Negev in Israel, speak to the first Ugandan Mutwa to gain a university degree, and get spiritual with the early blues of the USA’s Deep South....

Panama: Afropanamanian Newsletter October 2011 

Monthly newsletter produced by members of Afro-Panamanian community aimed at rescuing values, customs and cultural traditions and highlighting notable individuals to serve as examples for young readers....

Costa Rica: Final Declaration of the First World Conference on Afrodescendant Youth  

With 2011 having been declared the International Year of Youth (UN Resolution 64/134 ) as well as The Year of People of African Descent (UN Resolution 64/169) 150 Afrodescendant  youth participants from 40 countries in the Americas, Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean met in the city of San Jose, Costa Rica, at the First World Conference of Afrodescendant Youth.The conference was convened by the...

Colombia: Land rights defenders remain under threat  

Spanish language interview with Afro-Colombian lawyer Rosalba Castillo, representative of the Colombian rights federation Afroamerica 21, which is an accredited member of the the civil society consultative group of the Organization of American States. Among the themes discussed are ongoing state neglect and marginalization of Afro-Colombian populations, and the disposession of communally titled Afro-Colombian ancestral lands by armed groups who occupy the territories (which...

Kenya passes anti-FGM law, will it stop the Cut? 

MRG’s Africa Regional Information Officer, Mohamed Matovu, probes the success of the anti-FGM law that Kenya and several other African countries have passed.Kenya recently passed a law outlawing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), joining a small but growing list of African countries that have criminalized the cut.Those who practice, cause to practice or make snide remarks to those who don’t undergo the cut will from...

Cameroon: Mbororos petition government over delay to implement commission findings  

In 2003, after 17 years of campaigning by the Mbororo people, the office of the president of Cameroon ordered an Investigation into the human rights abuses of Baba Ahmadou Danpullo, which found gross human rights abuses. The inter-ministerial commission, known as The Jani Commission, on the conflict between the Mbororo Community and Baba Ahmadou Danpullo was created under Ref. No. 1621/SG/PR of 27th February...

Iran: Four Ahwazi Human Rights Activists Arrested for Organising Arabic Cultural Activities 

Five Arab teachers have been arrested in the city of Hamidiya Arabistan Al Ahwazi. Ali Qasim, Mohammed Jasim, Kadim Saadoun and Tariq Manshad have been arrested on Friday 4 October and charged with acting against national security and illegal gatherings. They were arrested after a raid on their homes by the security forces and transferred to Sepidar Quds prison in Ahwaz. No judicial...

Dominican Republic: Marginalized, harrassed and criminalized 

Spanish language interview with Chandai Estevez of the Dominican Republic, a member of the youth organization Afro-Alianza Dominicana and Executive Secretary of the Circulo de Juventud Afro de las Americas (Circle of Afrodescendant Youth of the Americas)Among the themes covered are age discrimination, youth policy and participation and a particular concern with the racial profiling, police violence, harrasment, extra-judicial killings and  criminalization of regional...

Nuevo documental de MRG y Hollman Morris: El Oro para Suárez - Mineros afrocolombianos defendiendo sus raíces 

Una producción de Minority Rights Group International y dirigida por el aclamado director de cine colombiano Hollman Morris. La minería artesanal ha sido llevada a cabo en Cauca, Colombia por Afrocolombianos desde los tiempos de sus antepasados, los cuales se establecieron en esta zona del país desde el 1637. En la actualidad los descendientes de los mineros siguen picando la piedra roja en busca de...


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