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Sudan: Correction - Intisar Sharif Abdulla still in custody 

SIHA is sorry to have to correct its statement of Thursday June 19th that Intisar Sharif Abdallah, who had been sentenced to death by stoning for alleged adultery on 22nd of April 2012 by Ombadah/Omdurman criminal court, had been unconditionally released. This information given to us by Omdurman prison staff proved to be wrong. In fact, the appeal court of Karari/Omdurman referred the case...

Thailand: Documentary film - jungle dwelling indigenous community threatened by influx of 'outsiders' 

Mani 2.0 is a 25-minute documentary about an indigenous jungle dwelling community, the Mani, of Southern Thailand, who are now facing challenges and influences from the 'outside' world. Watch the film on YouTube:Part1:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXD0M3FhWKY&feature=g-upl Part2:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQJSg-pLgcQ&feature=relmfu...

Italy: San Sperate (un)welcomes Roma 

Following their eviction from the encampment on the 554 route, 26 Roma have been moved to the small town of San Sperate, about 15 km away from Sardinia’s main city, Cagliari.On 3 July 2012 a heated public debate took place in San Sperate, where the mayor expressed his concern that “the town is unable to deal with the situation which has been created”, because...

India: Rehabilitation drive for manual scavengers 

Following a reprimand from the authorities in New Delhi for failing to curb manual scavenging, the state government of West Bengal has pledged to rehabilitate people who are still engaged in this inhuman practice. According to the Telegraph, a Kolkata newspaper, there may be as many as 12,000 manual scavengers left in the state, even though the practice which forces Dalits to empty dry...

New - full version of MRG documentary : A Journey to Imja Lake - Climate Change in the land of the Sherpa 

This 30 minute film, commissioned by MRG in 2010, and directed and produced by Anna Colom, is now available for the first time on MRG's YouTube channel.The documentary tells the story of the Sherpa people in the Everest region of Nepal, who are already experiencing the effects of climate change in the Himalayas: from the changes on the mountains, their spiritual gods, to the impact...

Kenya: What the Constitutional Court’s ruling on boundaries and electoral areas means for minority communities  

On 9 July 2012, a panel of five judges made their ruling on several petitions filed by dissatisfied community members against how the Indepenedent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in Kenya had gone about fixing new boundaries and electoral areas. MRG’s Africa Regional Information Officer caught up with Molu Korepu Tepo, a consultant with MRG under the Good Governance Project and asked him what...

Jamaica/Global: Marcus Garvey's Legacy 

The article is titled Marcus Garvey's Legacy, which gives a comprehensive analysis of the life of Marcus Garvey, and the impact he still has on the contemporary world. It reflects his era and obstacles he had to negotiate in order to organize the greatest mass movement that consisted of over six millions of Africans Americans together with Africans worldwide. The movement centered on...

Event: Brussels screening of new MRG film on discrimination in Africa and the Caribbean 

You are invited to a film screening and expert Q&A on discrimination in Africa and the Caribbean. Filmed in four countries, Say My Name tells the stories of people on the outside of society facing extreme discrimination. Viewed as less than human or ‘too dark’,  Valentina, Phineas and thousands of others are prevented from studying, working or getting healthcare. Desperate for change they become...

Namibia: UN Envoy says minorities and indigenous peoples crave inclusion 

As the main human rights monitoring and advocacy NGO in Namibia, NamRights welcomes the Statement (click on the link below to download) of UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya, upon ending his visit to the African country. During a media conference held at UN Center in the Namibian capital Windhoek this morning, Anaya pointed out that all the...

Vietnam: Taidam “paenk khwan” ceremony 

Taidam, an ethnic minority community living in north-west Vietnam, have a strong belief in evil spirits, which can cause illness, while good spirits or more specifically the presence of the “khwan” (the soul) in the body preserves health. The “khwan” might be broken or overcome by fear or some supernatural powers, which leads to sickness or being continuously tired.Therefore, after someone's soul is...

Burma: Army commander’s wife violates rights of ethnic minority soldiers’ wives 

Chin State is the poorest state in the country. All resources are limited and scarce for Chin people and infrastructure needs to be build up. Chin are one of the ethnic minorities in Burma. Chin state is very isolated geographically because of poor transportation and communication, and is a recycle bin of government/public service personnel. If a public service personnel offends in a service,...

Cameroun: La situation des minorités Montagnardes  

Lorsqu’on parcourt les documents officiels de l’Etat du Cameroun ainsi que les rapports des organismes (nationaux et internationaux) travaillant sur les questions de « minorités », il ressort clairement que les Montagnards, notamment ceux de la région de l’Extrême-Nord, font partie intégrante des composantes sociologique dites « populations autochtones » ou « minorités »La Loi fondamentale du 18 janvier 1996 reconnaît l’existence des minorités...

Pakistan: Geneva event - debate on UN review 

Click on the link below to download information on a 'chat show style' debate on Pakistan's Universal Periodic Review, to be held at the UN on 31 October 2012.Hosted by MRG and G Media Centre, moderated by UPR.info with participating panellists from MRG, Save the Children, the International Dalit Solidarity Network and Pakistan Press Foundation....

Kenya: Beading young Samburu girls into sexual bondage 

This video, which first appeared on NTV Kenya on Oct 21, 2012, was filmed in the dry, somewhat barren Rift Valley Province in Kenya, and tells the story of how the Samburu community – a semi-nomadic pastoralist group closely related to the Masaai - use an entrenched aspect of their culture to violate the sexual rights of girls as young as eight years...

Zimbabwe: San elders make anti-discrimination case before minister, receive children's learning materials in symbolic act 

On Sunday 4 November 2012, the Co-Minister in charge of National Healing and Reconciliation, the Honorable Moses Mzila Ndlovu, met about 180 San elders in Tsholotsho, Gariya Community Centre in Tsholotsho Ward 10.The one-on-one meeting, itself a rarity with a senior government official, discussed key issues affecting the San, inluding; The San discrimination,  Lack of access to clean water, education and health services,  Discriminatory...

Europe: Video - 20 years of the Office of the High Commissioner for Minorities 

MRG staff attended a conference organised by the European Centre for Minority Issues in Flensburg, Germany, in July 2012, to celebrate 20 years of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe's Office of the High Commissioner for National Minorities (HCNM).The conference aimed to discuss the future challenges of minority rights protection in Europe, and enhance knowledge and understanding of the HCNM’s functions and...

Africa: Civil society representatives across Africa root for pro-poor land policies 

95 participants from over 22 countries in Africa, representing indigenous and non-indigenous populations, urged governments to implement people-centred land policies as the only sure way to protect poor and vulnerable communities including minority and indigenous peoples. This was during a Land Reform meeting in Cameroon hosted by MBOSCUDA, November 7-8, 2012, under the theme ‘Securing the land rights of indigenous people and rural...

Libya: Tafsweet Amazigh cultural festival in Jadoo 

The Tafsweet cultural festival took place between the 7th and 9th of November in Jadoo, an Amazigh town located at Nafusa mountain, about 200 kilometers south west of Tripoli. The festival was attended by diplomats from American, British and Italian embassies.The festival celebrated Amazigh culture, with lectures, live music, and an Amazigh play. There were also displays of cultural objects, from kitchen equipment and textiles...

Kenya: minority and indigenous women face multiple discrimination 

Minority and indigenous women in Kenya are discriminated against on multiple levels; they are targeted because of their identification with a minority or indigenous group, and as women – both by cultural practices within their own community and because of gender discrimination more widely.Minority Rights Group's report Challenges at the intersection of gender and ethnic identity in Kenya, examines the challenges and the new opportunities that have emerged with the passing...

Le invitamos a la presentación de una película sobre discriminación en África y el Caribe 

INVITACION Le invitamos a la presentación de la película sobre discriminación en África y el Caribe, seguida de una ronda de preguntas con representantes de la comunidad domínico-haitiana y la productora de la película. Filmada en cuatro países, ‘Di Mi Nombre’ cuenta la historia de personas que estan al margen de la sociedad y que afrontan cada día varias manifestaciones de discriminación. A Valentina,...


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