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Tanzania: Government unrelenting on parceling out Maasai land in Loliondo 

The government of Tanzania, through the Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Hon Ramadhan Mwinyi, during the Permanent Forum on Indigenous issues in New York, delivered a firm stand on their action to parcel out huge chunks of pastoral land for wildlife conservancy. "The government took this decision with the understanding that environment conservation is as important for eco-system protection as it...

India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal: Call for UN focus on Dalit women - MRG co-host event 

IDSN has urged UN member states to recognise Dalit women as a particularly vulnerable group in the upcoming annual resolution in the Human Rights Council on violence against women.Dalit women are frequently subjected to multiple forms of discrimination and violence due to their caste as well as their gender. This issue will be discussed at a side event at the UN Human Rights Council...

USA: American-Muslims dispel the stereotypes of Muslim women who cover - new photo exhibit 'iCover' 

The International Museum of Women (IMOW) is an  online museum that showcases art, stories and ideas to celebrate and advance the lives of women around the world. IMOW's exhibit Muslima: Muslim Women's Art & Voices presents inspiring art and innovative ideas from Muslim women worldwide who are leading the movement for a more just, equitable, and inclusive world.This exclusive selection of portraits from iCover,...

Mauritania: MRG visits Haratine community as part of campaign to end slavery 

Vernonique Dion, MRG's Mauritania Programme Coordinator (pictured left in the photograph), and Shobha Das, our Head of Programmes, visited Mauritania in September 2012 to meet with members of the Haratine community.MRG’s work in Mauritania, with SOS-Esclaves and Association des Femmes Chef de Famille, hopes to establish new organisations representing Haratine women, and strengthen their capacity to better advocate for their rights.Haratine in Mauritania are...

Mauritania: Video - Haratine women of 'slave caste' perform traditional song 

The bemdjé is a traditional musical/dancing practice amongst Haratine women of slave descent in Mauritania. This video of a bemdjé was filmed by MRG staff members on a visit in September 2012, as part of our ongoing work in the country.The singer, who is accompanied by a chorus of drummers, sings about relations between women and men, social relationships, and issues that affect their...

Yemen: Al-Akhdam face brutal oppression 

Members of Yemen’s Al-Akhdam minority cannot own land. They are subjected to violence, abuse, harassment and exploitation. They are often extremely poor and are forced to carry out the most menial and dirty jobs. They have almost no access to education. Their children are at constant risk of sexual, physical and psychological abuse by dominant members of society. They are generally despised, considered subhuman...

Kenya: MRG's Head of Law visits Endorois community in the Rift Valley 

Lucy Claridge, Head of Law at MRG (pictured here visiting a community honey cooperative), travelled to Kenya in June 2013 to meet with the Endorois community at Lake Bogoria in Rift Valley province.Click on the photos below to see a gallery showing Lucy's visit to the cultural centre where she was able to view a new 3D map identifying and displaying Endorois traditional land.   ...

Botswana: Government plans to cut off social services to induce indigenous Basarwa out of Ranyane Settlement, leaked confidential report 

According to Mr. Keikabile Mogodu, the Executive Director of Botswana Khwedom Council, an indigenous organization advocating for the political and cultural rights of the San people of Botswana, the government of Botwana has, since 2002, refused to recognize the Basarwa community area as a village. Instead, the government is going ahead with plans to relocate them from their ancestral lands. This year, the...

Chile: Easter Islands, silent genocide 

Easter Island, one of the most magnificent tourist spots in the Pacific Ocean, is mainly known for its moais (Polynesian stone sculptures). If you stay there for a week you’ll enjoy it for sure: archeological sightseeing tours, pink sand beaches, exciting dances.But if you get the chance to know the Rapa Nui people, the originary inhabitants, you’ll find out that there is a well-hidden...

China: Maternal deaths remain high for ethnic minorities 

Case study By Rinnai NgadanMany minority women in western China do not give birth in hospitals because of poor-quality facilities and culturally insensitive care.Despite China’s national progress in the areas of maternal and infant health, rural and ethnic minority regions lag behind. A 2010 UN report tracing China’s progress toward the Millennium Development Goals shows that maternal mortality rates are almost twice as high...

Kenya/Ethiopia: Conflict between Kenya’s Turkana fishermen and Ethiopia’s Dassanech peoples causing humanitarian crisis 

Retaliatory raids between Turkana fishermen in Kenya and Dassanech tribal peoples of Ethiopia is threatening the peace of communities eking a livelihood around Lake Turkana and has caused an emergency situation. Between July and August this year, these two communities have attacked each other four times causing 14 deaths and loss of property including fishing gear like boats and nets. According to...

Kenya: Forceful evictions of Maasai from Narasha a recipe for ethnic clashes 

Kenya was at it a month ago when a three-decade land ownership dispute, pitting the Maasai and Kikuyu in Naivasha took an ugly turn. Reminiscent of the post elections violence of 2008, over 200 youths believed to be members of the proscribed sect Mungiki, under the escort of heavily armed police men, descended on the Maasai community in Narasha with all manner...

Egypt: Liberate the emirate of Delga 

After an occupation lasted more than two months by islamic militants, the central security forces, backed by the army, were finally able to enter the village of Delga, located in the south of El-Minya province.Since the imposition of a tax on the Copts (£300 on each family, paid daily), more than 50 families have been forcibly displaced from their homes and shops and their...

Bolivia: Traditional healers and climate change 

As elsewhere in the indigenous Americas, there is a very significant distrust of formal mainstream medicine among Bolivia’s largely indigenous population and a particularly strong preference for traditional medicine. National surveys by the Ministry of Health indicate that 60 per cent of Bolivians turn to natural prescriptions before going to a modern physician. This occurs even in zones with some access to formal health...

Europe: A bike ride to meet linguistic minorities 

My name is Emmanuel Le Merlus, I'm 42 years old. I'm Breton from Brittany to the North West of France. I'm an activist of the Breton language and culture. And I'm also interested in other European minorities. Brittany is populated by 4.5 millions Bretons. They are a Celtic people with a long history. The Breton language is close to other Celtic languages, particularly Cornish...

Global: European Parliament urges the EU to fight caste discrimination 

The elected representatives of half a billion Europeans from 28 countries are seriously concerned about caste discrimination. On 10 October the European Parliament will debate and vote on a resolution that urges EU institutions to take action on this important global human rights issue. The EU must step up its efforts to eliminate caste discrimination, one of the world’s most serious human rights...

Tanzania: October cyclical drought should not catch government unaware 

That time of year is upon us again in Tanzania. Pastoralists are asking will the rains come, or not? With many experts now claiming that the cyclical pattern of drought in east Africa is no longer accidental,  MRG Kampala office intern Maud Tournier looks at the impact of the drought that set in in mid-October, and how minorities and indigenous peoples are coping. ...

Cambodia: Roza Dao speaks at the 6th UN Forum on Minority Issues in Geneva 

At the UN Forum on Minority Issues in Geneva on 26-27 November 2013, Mrs Roza Dao spoke to delegates on behalf of the Cham National Federation of Cambodia, an NGO representing the interests of the Champa minority community. The theme of the intervention was "beyond freedom of religion or belief: guaranteeing the rights of religious minorities". Read the full text of Roza Dao's speech below:Madam...

Kenya: The customary bylaws of the Chepkitale Ogiek of Mount Elgon 

As a result of an intense community process of mapping and dialogue, the Ogiek of Mount Elgon, Kenya, have written down their customary bylaws for the first time, in order to ensure the continued conservation of their ancestral lands and natural resources.As one Ogiek community member explains:"We have never conserved. It is the way we live that conserves. These customary bylaws we have had...

Iraq: Religion and identity 

Throughout its long history, Iraq has been an incubator for different religions.Unfortunately, religion has often played a negative role, fuelling conflict between majority & minority communities and suppressing the development of a unifying civic identity.This document was produced by a participant in a training organised by MRG’s partner Iraqi Minorities Council, in Erbil, and talks about the history of religious diScrimination in Iraq, and the importance...


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