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Kenya: MRG condemns targeted attacks on Ogiek activists 

Minority Rights Group International (MRG) condemns the recent attack on two activists from the Ogiek community in Ngongogeri, Rift Valley Province in Kenya, and calls on the police and judicial authorities to conduct a full and impartial investigation into the incident.James Rana, 38, an Ogiek land rights activist, was brutally attacked by assailants on Sunday night at his home in Ngongogeri. According to the...

Government of Kenya given ultimatum to resolve Mau Narok land issue 

The Government of Kenya has been given an ultimatum of 48hours to solve the controversial Mau Narok Land issue. Youth Led – Narok County Congress Press Release Thursday, March 31, 2011 Our Statement: When we promulgated the new constitution, we thought it was the end of impunity, tribalism and nepotism but it was an exercise infutility because some of the people in...

Kenya: Flood hits Maasai land again 

Maasai land in Narok experiences yet another flood Wednesday 30th March, 2011 It was 3:00pm and the clouds had already gathered preparing for the normal rains in Narok county. This county is renowned for bearing the seventh wonder of the world, The Maasai Mara. Farmers were seen cheering there way to restaurants and hotels for a hot cup of coffee as...

MRG talk: Land Grabbing and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights 

Carla Clarke, MRG's Legal Cases Officer, gave a talk at a Socio-Economic Rights Group meeting on land rights. The event was organised by A4ID (Advocates for International Development), an organisation of legal and development professionals who work together to gain maximum impact in achieving the Millennium Development Goals.During the conference the panellists explored how approaches to land rights issues are changing in many developing...

MRG at the UN Forum on Minority Issues 

The video contains the statement given by Carl Soderbergh, MRG’s Director of Policy and Communications, at the 3rd UN Forum on Minority Issues. He points out the exclusion of minorities from the Millennium Development Goals and expresses MRG’s particular concern for minority women, many of whom suffer multiple discrimination. To read the full statement click here"In parts of Europe, Roma face very serious discrimination in employment...

Minorities speak at the UN: Kenya 

At the 3rd session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues, Andrew Songa, of the Centre for Minority Rights and Development expressed his encouragement for Kenya’s new constitution, but also the need to enforce recommendations and decisions to eliminate discrimination against minorities. To read his full statement, click here. “Minority communities in Kenya have been the subject of economic marginalisation that has been characterized by...

Current drought severely affects minority communities in East and Horn of Africa 

The East and Horn of Africa, which includes Somalia, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Kenya and Uganda, is facing severe drought. Unfortunately this is not ‘new’ news because droughts recur at least once a year in this region. What makes this drought peculiar, according to the United States’ Famine Early Warning Systems Network, is that it is the worst in 50 years The scale of this...

Kenya: Justice for Indigenous Peoples - The Endorois Case 

The Endorois, a semi-nomadic people, had for centuries herded their cattle and goats around Lake Bogoria in the Rift Valley, Kenya. In the 1970’s they were evicted from their traditional lands to create a nature reserve intended as a tourist attraction.The creation of the reserve deprived the Endorois of access to grazing lands and ultimately consigned them to lives of poverty and deprivation.  However,...

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...

EU: We report back – Kenyan activists explain the benefits of the human rights-based approach in practice 

This is a recording from the ‘Challenges of Development Cooperation in EU New Member States’ Conference, held in Budapest in September 2011. In this recording:Do you want to hear stories on how the Endorois and the Masaai people implement the human rights-based approach? Do you know that direct funding to these communities could help them act more effectively? Wilson Kipkazi, Director of Endoroi Welfare Council,...

Kenya: National park to be created on Samburu land without their consent 

Indigenous Samburu in Kenya fear that the newly created Laikipia National Park, which will encompass 17,000 acres of their land, may forever threaten their cattle-herding way of life.On 25 November in the Kisargei area police rounded up around 3,000 cattle and 5000 goats and sheep belonging to the Samburu community. Police attacks on Samburu homes have also been reported in the area.For more information...

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...

New report: Urgent measures needed to protect all ethnic groups after recent South Sudan attacks, MRG 

Minority Rights Group International (MRG) condemns the recent attacks between the Lou Nuer and Murle communities in Pibor, Jonglei state, South Sudan, and calls on the government to take immediate steps to protect civilians from all ethnic groups. In the long term, the government must also address the root causes of violence among minority communities through political representation, disarmament and equitable distribution of natural...

New Report: Inter-community conflict in Jonglei State, South Sudan 

This report, by the Boma Development Initiative (an organisation working on peace-building and development in Jonglei State) in partnership with Minority Rights Group International, discusses climate change and inter-community conflict over natural resources in Jonglei State, South Sudan, resulting in displacement, food insecurity and livelihood maladaptation. ...

New report: Preventing Conflict in Karamoja, Uganda 

This report, headed by the Center for Conflict Resolution (CECORE) in Uganda with the partnership of MRG, explores the current conflict situation and identifies potential sources of conflicts in Karamoja, Uganda. It aims to prevent inter-communal violence by studying the situation of the four ethnic minorities - Batwa, Basongora, Karamojong (IK) and the Iteso of Katakwi. ...

New report: Conflict Early Warning among the Somali, Turkana, Maasai, Samburu, Ogiek and Endorois Communities of Kenya 

The Ogiek Peoples' Development Program (OPDP) in partnership with MRG produced the following report entitled "Conflict Early Warning among the Somali, Turkana, Maasai, Samburu, Ogiek and Endorois Communities of Kenya". The paper researches early warning indicators of conflict between the different communities, in view of developing ad hoc mechanisms to prevent and/or reduce the intensity of such conflicts in the future. These indicators act...

New report: Dynamics of conflicts in Kenya's Mau Forest Complex, towards an early warning system 

The Ogiek Peoples' Development Program's new report argues for a fresh approach to conflict early warning systems in the Mau Forest Complex, Kenya's largest forest. Land issues, often linked with illegal logging, are a main cause of conflicts in the Complex, which 15,000 Ogiek call home.   Photo: Ogiek Elders in MarioshoniClick on the link below to download the report....

Minorities at the UN: The socio-economic empowerment of women in Kenya 

Jennipher Kere represented the Women in the Fishing Industry Programme (WIFIP), an MRG patrner organisation in Kenya which works to   empower of women, at the fourth session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues. WIFIP has campaigned for psycho-social rehabilitation of war widows who have faced trauma, internal displacement and face sexual and reproductive health risks.WIFIP points out the particular plight of the women...

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...

Kenya's fisherwomen helping themselves out of poverty 

Women in the Fishing Industry Programme (WIFIP), is an NGO based in Kenya that works on education and development activities for women in the fishing industry to bring about their socio-economic empowerment. WIFIP's work often centers around vulnerable, marginalized, rural and urban populations and those in situations of chronic economic insecurity. In this photo story, we take a look at the women who strive to empower themselves socially and...


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