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Namibia: Indigenous groups' long road to claim their rights 

Two indigenous groups have stood up to the powers that be in Namibia to claim their rights. In two separate declarations, the Himba and Zemba ethnic groups made plain their demands to government.Phil ya Nangoloh, a human rights defender and Executive Director of NamRights, a Namibian human rights organization, explained to MRG how a hitherto powerless and voiceless people took their advocacy to the...

UK/Nigeria: London Igbos march in protest against killings committed by Boko Haram 

By Chizom Ekeh Saturday 18 February 2012 (London, UK) More than 200 people from London’s Igbo community have marched on Downing Street calling for an end to the targeted killing of Christians in northern eastern Nigeria by the terrorist Islamist group, Boko Haram.The protest, organised by the Nigeria Peace Rally, which was set up in the aftermath of the Christmas day...

Syria/Iraq: Toward the end of Syriac Christians? 

In this media statement, the European Syriac Union (ESU) highlights the severe pressures faced by Syriac Christians in the Middle East throughout years of conflict. From the Iraq war to the uprising in Syria, Syriacs, also known as Chaldean-Assyrians, have been the victims of policies targeted at vulnerable ethnic and religious groups. The ESU states that the Syrian uprising has cost thousands of lives,...

Ensuring minority rights in Nepal's new constitution 

These photos were taken by Support Nepal that had recently organized a regional training conference called 'Together for Rights' that focused on minority rights within the context of state restructuring in Nepal. The conference, held earlier this year in January, was held in seven places all around Nepal's five regions and included the participation of minority communities such as the Madeshi, Dalits, Mahilas, Janjatis...

Pakistan: Let Her Rest in Peace – A Hindu Girl Buried in a Muslim Graveyard 

On 29th April 2009, a 13 year old girl Shahmira, an Oad (Non-Muslim) by cast, resident of village Khuda Bux Chandio, Hyderabad, died due to an unknown disease. With the permission of local elders, she was buried in a Muslim graveyard located in a nearby village. The burial became an issue when a local religious cleric (Mulla), eight months later, proclaimed this burial as...

Where is the dignity of Burma? 

Download a report 'Where is the Dignity of the Chin of Burma? Time to speak out about crimes against humanity in Chin State.'...

35 videos documenting caste discrimination across India launched  

The myth that caste discrimination in India is a thing of the past must be dispelled and on the 14th of April, Video Volunteers launch 35 community videos documenting caste discrimination across 12 states in India, to mark Ambedkar day, the birthday of a Dalit hero who fought for equality and justice for India’s Dalits. The videos are made by community video activists,...

Kenya: Beads of Bondage - How beads are used to ‘book’ Samburu girls into sexual relationships 

Beading is a practice in the Samburu indigenous community of Kenya which involves the sexual engagement and exploitation of girls as young as nine years old by male relatives.Download the newsletter by Kenyan organisation Samburu Women for Education and Development Programme (SWEEDO) to find out more....

Iran uses intimidation to deter Arab protests 

Martial law, arrests, imprisonment, torture & killings, Tehran’s media promotes racist anti-Arab propaganda May 2012 The Iranian regime is using racist propaganda, intimidation and violent repression to deter protests by its persecuted Arab citizens. It has imposed martial law and resorted to arrests, imprisonment, torture and extra-judicial killings to suppress mass demonstrations. Ahwazi Arabs have staged anti-government protests every April since 2005, the...

Israel: Uphold the right to land and decent living for Bedouins in the Naqab 

This morning, the residents of the AlAraqib village in the Naqab (Negev) witnessed yet another demolition of their homes and community by the Israeli Interior Ministry. The Palestinian Bedouin population of AlAraqib is being confined to the village cemetery by police forces, barred from protecting their properties or salvaging their belongings. The Israeli Interior Ministry and Land Authority have also continued their destructive policy...

Peru: Afro-Peruvians submit report to UN human rights committee 

In October 2012, during the 14th session of the Working Group of Universal Periodic Review (UPR), Peru will be reviewed by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on its human rights record. One of the key questions to be raised is the situation of Afro-Peruvians who continue to suffer serious inequalities in the country.In their joint submission to the Working Group, the...

The situation of Sri Lanka’s northern Tamils three years after the war 

‘I need not state afresh that this day – the 19th of May - is now a great historic day in our country. Today marks third celebration of victory of the nation under a single flag. It is the great victory that restored the honorable peace that our country had preserved through many centuries. Similarly, it is also the great victory that freed many...

Interview with MRG Director Mark Lattimer: Minorities face attack as revolutions sour in Middle East and North Africa, says new global Peoples Under Threat survey 

EMBARGO: 00.01 (GMT +1) 24 May 2012Peoples under Threat is Minority Rights Group’s annual authoritative rankings table which highlights those countries around the world where the risk of mass killing is greatest.Peoples under Threat is created by compiling data on the known antecedents to genocide or mass political killing. While the individual indicators describe the current situation – what is happening – the index...

Demolition of Armenian Church’s bell tower in Tbilisi, Georgia 

On the morning of May 14, 2012 the bell tower of the Surb Nshan Armenian Church was demolished. The 1703 church is situated on Vertshkhli Street in Tbilisi, and its walls were painted by eminent Armenian painters Hovnatanyans. Over a long period of time the Church’s bell tower has been in emergency conditions. A while ago the National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of...

Sudan: Urgent action - 20 year old Intisar Sharif Abdulla sentenced to death by stoning 

On April 22nd 2012, Judge Sami Ibrahim Shabo sentenced Intisar Sharif Abdulla, 20, a Nuba Muslim woman from South Kordofan, Sudan, to death by stoning. She was accused of having a relationship and becoming pregnant by a man who was not her husband.Initially, Intisar and her co-accused pleaded not guilty, however, after reportedly being beaten by her own brother, she later “admitted” to the...

UK/Nigeria: Stop gay Biafran activist Joshua Odeke from being forcibly deported on 7 June 

Gay Biafran activist Joshua Odeke is billed for forced deportation from the UK (Home Office Ref O1151115). He is due to be forcibly removed to Nigeria on charter flight PVT090 on 7th June 2012. Joshua fled Nigeria due to his political activities there, namely his involvement with the non-violent Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), which campaigns openly...

Kenya/Ethiopia: Escalation of border conflict between ethnic communities 

This report highlights the most recent conflicts between the Dassenetch community of Southwest Ethiopia and the Kenya security forces at Todonyang along the Kenya – Ethiopia common border on 15th April, 2012.The Dassenetch community, who are agro –pastoralists living along the banks of River Omo extending to where the River ends in the Lake at the Kenya – Ethiopia border. The Turkana neighboring community...

Italy: Afraid of enjoying their rights: eviction of the Roma in Cagliari 

As often reported, one of the main issues Roma face in Italy is eviction from so called “nomad camps” - whether authorised by public authorities or not, it makes little difference. Research has mostly concentrated on major Italian cities, i.e. Milan, Rome, Naples, but the reality of Cagliari, capital and largest city of Sardinia, is also interesting, as there are good examples of proper...

Burma: Dams feed ethnic conflict  

‘The soldiers came to my house and said, “Starting now you cannot grow on the farms near the river,” and I asked him back: “Why?” He gave the reason that they will build the dam in that area. They confiscated the land from my farm, it was about 18 acres.’  Molo villager facing eviction. On 30 September 2011, President Thein Sein announced an indefinite...

Thailand: Indigenous people penalised for carrying out traditional practices 

For decades, indigenous peoples have been forcibly evicted and relocated from their lands on grounds of national security, development and resource conservation. In the north, smaller mountain-dwelling ethnic groups, including Akha, Hmong, Karen, Lahu, Lisu and Mein, struggle to survive economically and culturally in the face of development projects, land-ownership issues and the influx of ethnic Thais. In July, officials at Kaeng Krachan National...


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