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MRG photo story: Uncertain future for Israel's indigenous Bedouin 

In the next few months, the Israeli parliament is expected to legislate on a plan to demolish homes and displace 30,000 Arab Bedouins from the Negev desert of southern Israel. On 11 September 2011, the Israeli cabinet decided to go ahead with the controversial ‘Prawer plan’ that is aimed at providing a full resolution to continuing issues between the state and Bedouin over land...

New documentary from MRG and Hollman Morris: Suárez Gold: Afro-Colombian miners defending their heritage 

Afro-Colombians have been carrying out small-scale mining in Colombia’s Cauca region since their ancestors settled there in 1637. Today their descendants continue to chip away at the red earth in search of gold, seeing it not only as a means for earning a modest living, but also as an activity deeply linked to their culture.Between 2002 and 2010, Colombia’s government gave out 7,500 mining...

Israel: Interview with Hanan Al Sanah, a Bedouin womens' rights activist 

Bedouin Arab women face high rates of poverty. They face disproportionately low levels of education and employment compared to other Israeli women. They are discriminated by the state and from within the community due to strict cultural traditions and customs. Hanan Al Sanah is a women’s rights activist who works with Sidreh, a Bedouin women’s organisation. Here she explains some of the major problems...

Israel's Bedouin Arabs at risk: the Prawer plan 

30,000 Arab Bedouin in Israel are going to be evicted from their homes in the next few years as part of a government plan known as the Prawer plan. The plan is expected to be put to parliament shortly. Ravia Abu Rabia, from the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, explains what the implications of the Prawer plan are for the community....

MRG Podcast: November 2011 

Welcome to MRG’s November 2011 podcast. This month we hear how Europe’s new member states could play a more significant role in alleviating global poverty, learn about perceptions of identity in the Dominican Republic and listen to some blues music from one of the last living paranda artists in Belize....

Cambodia: Indigenous women face pressure at the forefront of land rights advocacy 

Women, including those from indigenous communities, are increasingly finding themselves on the frontline in advocating for their rights in the face of Cambodia's simmering problem of land disputes.A new report from Amnesty International released this week looks at how women in the Southeast Asian country are fighting against controversial land evictions. But this more prominent role has in turn placed them at greater risk...

Philippines: Violations against indigenous peoples soar under Aquino administration, rights groups claim 

Human rights violations against indigenous peoples in the Philippines are continuing, rights groups are warning. According to Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP), also known as the National Alliance of Indigenous Peoples' Organisations in the Philippines, the government of President Benigno Aquino III has done little to stem violence against indigenous activists. "In the 18-months-old Aquino administration, 13 indigenous people became victims...

Colombia: nuevo documental - Hacienda Cañasgordas: Arqueología del Relato 

El documental relata la historia de la Hacienda Cañasgordas en Cali - Colombia, sus particularidades arquitectónicas y el origen de sus esclavos; la reciente excavación arqueológica en el cementerio colonial de la hacienda y la tradición oral recogida en el corregimiento El Hormiguero, fértil territorio perteneciente a la hacienda durante su esplendor, donde sobreviven asentamientos de los descendientes de esclavizados de la hacienda. ...

Kenya: An Ogiek woman's journey to liberation 

My story is a tale of twists and turns.When I sit down and recall my journey, I could not have anticipated, given my childhood which was full of hardships, that I today would be among those who can garner the courage to stare injustice straight in the face and say, enough. As an Ogiek girl child, accessing education was the last thing on my...

Colombia: Un poema sobre la solidaridad entre los pueblos 

En Diciembre 2011 se estreno en Madrid, España, el nuevo documental de MRG y Hollman Morris El Oro para Suarez - Mineros afrocolombianos defendiendo sus raíces. En la ronda de preguntas después de la presentación del documental participo Rosaliano Riascos Rodriguez, de la Asociación de Afrodescendientes Desplazados (AFRODES) de Colombia. En estos momentos Rosaliano se encuentra en exilio en España debido a las amenazas...

New report: 2011 a turbulent year for Iran's Ahwaz 

Last year was a turbulent and violent year for Iran’s persecuted and impoverished Ahwazi Arab and Mandean communities who populate the oil-rich southwestern province of Khuzestan. The latest Ahwaz Human Rights Report, by the Ahwazi Arab Solidarity Network and published this week, details an increase in violent repression by the Iranian regime against these ethnic groups amid the wave of unrest that gripped the Middle East....

MRG Podcast: January 2012 

Welcome to MRG’s first podcast of 2012. This month we learn about the current plight of Kosovo’s Roma refugees who fled the ravages of the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s and listen to the sounds of Tuvan throat singing, a variant of overtone singing practiced by the Tuva people of the remote region of southern Siberia in the Russian Federation....

Iran arrests, tortures and kills Ahwazi Arabs in new clampdown 

The Ahwazi Arab community is witnessing a fresh wave of arrests, detentions and killings at the hands of the Iranian regime, which has instituted martial law and imposed an information blackout over the region. Detainees are being held in solitary confinement in secret detention centres run by the Ministry of Intelligence. Two young Arabs have died while being held in the custody. Nasser Alboshokeh-Darafshan...

African Canadians: Navigating the Ontario justice system & rebuilding young lives 

" There is a broad understanding that as a population black young people in Canada are more likely to be stopped by the police than any other ethnic group … It's a process of criminalization,  it's a process of stereotyping. You find there is greater police presence and police surveillance in black communities ...on almost every street corner you will see a police car." - Mobafa BakerThe...

Minorities at the UN: Uyghur women face severe rights violations in China 

Rebiya Kadeer, the president of the World Uyghur Congress, spoke at a side event organised by MRG and UNPO at the UN Forum on Minorities in November 2011. The event focused on the subject of violence against women and their access to justice.In her presentation, Kadeer drew attention to severe rights abuses faced by Uyghur women in China. She stated that due to their...

Syria: Kurds killed, abducted and subject to surveillance by security forces 

Statement from YASA e.V.– Kurdish Center for Legal Studies & ConsultancyAt the beginning of the Syrian revolution the position of Kurds in Syria towards the regime was as clear as never before. To the Kurds, the revolution poses a chance to free themselves from the systematic and constant oppression of the past five decades. Their greatest hope, above all, is to put an end...

A poem from Iran: Al Ahwaz, it shall be free 

There comes a day when death is upon us. There is an hour when a man is hung. There is a second when a child is born. A Child begs his brother to not step out of the door. A mother screams with pain from the torture and hate. A young girl asks to see her father again. He was never alive. A voiceless...

Honduras: Preserving native Bay Island culture and involving youth on Roatan Island 

The Bay Islands, located approximately 40 miles off the coast of Honduras in Central America, are an Anglophone Caribbean enclave in a predominantly Spanish speaking region. Roatan, which is the largest island in the chain, is now a popular daily port of call for large holiday cruise ships.Honduras acquired sovereignty over the Bay Islands in 1860, however it was not until the rapid growth...

MRG Podcast: February 2012 

In this month’s podcast we find out about racial stereotyping from an organization helping African-Canadians emerging from the justice system rebuild their lives, and hear how an Afro-Colombian outfit from the Choco are reworking traditional songs for the hip-hop generation.You can subscribe to MRG podcasts in iTunes here....

Photo story: Inside Egypt's Revolution 

The defining event of the Arab Uprising has been the revolutionary protests in Tahrir Square that brought down Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. One year after the protests began, MRG met with human rights defenders in Cairo to assess the impact of the revolution and prospects for cross-community cooperation. All photographs ©Mark Lattimer/MRG January 2012...


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