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Syria: New report on right to self-determination of Kurds 

Click on the link below to download a report in Arabic about the right to self-determination for the Kurds in Syria....

Bangladesh: A hard life in the camps for Urdu speaking minority 

In this photo story set in Dhaka, Bangladesh, MRG’s Director of Programmes Shobha Das goes on an eye-opening tour of a camp inhabited by a marginalized Urdu-speaking community. The first of its community members arrived in the 1940s from India, and up to four generations now called the camp home.They face widespread discrimination from mainstream Bengali society, due to being perceived as 'traitors' as...

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...

Nepal: expert panel best guarantees IPs rights in new constitution 

In a bid to best guarantee Indigenous Peoples' rights in the new constitution, lawyers from indigenous communities and members of Nepal's Constituent Assembly (CA) Indigenous Peoples Caucus have formed an 11-member expert panel. The decision comes after the Lawyers' Association for Human Rights of Nepalese Indigenous Peoples (LAHURNIP) and CA Indigenous Peoples Caucus jointly held a last minute meeting before the unveiling of the...

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: 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....

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....

Philippines: Indigenous peoples condemn military harassment of UP students 

Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) condemned the harassment done against University of the Philippines students and four Ayta minors in a remote Ayta community in Porac, Pampanga by members of the Philippine Army. “We vehemently condemn the harassment done against UP students by military personnel. This abrasive and violent attitude towards visitors to our communities is offensive to our people,...

Philippines: Indigenous peoples wary over new mining policy 

Indigenous peoples’ organization Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) criticized President Bengino Aquino’s actions in a meeting of foreign chambers of commerce last Thursday. “Aquino acted like a kid amongst bullies in a schoolyard,” Piya Macliing Malayao, KAMP spokesperson said. “But instead of lunch money, he gave away national economy and patrimony without a fight.”Aquino promised investors of a new...

Minorities at the UN: Ensure Dalit women's political participation in India 

Lee Macqueen of the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights, represented Dalit women in the recent UN Forum on Minority issues, focusing on Dalit women’s political participation in local governance. She took the floor to highlight the obstacles faced by the marginalized community.Macqueen states that even though one-third of the seats in local government offices or panchayats, are reserved for women, amongst the Dalit...

Minorities at the UN: Crimean Tatar women face unemployment and discrimination in Ukraine 

Nara Narimanova of the Crimean Tatar Youth Council spoke at the recent UN Forum on Minority Issues, after having completed online advocacy training courses as part of MRG’s Global Advocacy Programme (GAP).She took the opportunity to raise issues faced by Crimean Tatar women in Ukraine who are particularly vulnerable in the face of poor living conditions, unemployment and high levels of discrimination. With the...

Minorities at the UN: Improve education for minorities in Zimbabwe 

On 29 and 30 November 2011, MRG's partners took part in the fourth session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues as part of MRG's Global Advocacy Programme (GAP) which offers online and practical training and direct advocacy opportunities to minority activists across the world.Misheck Gondo, the National Chairperson of the National Association of Youth Organisations was one of several participants who had taken...

Minorities at the UN: Guarantee the rights of minority women in Kyrgyzstan 

MRG partner, the Institute for Regional Studies (IFRS), based in Kyrgyzstan, participated in MRG’s Global Advocacy Programme (GAP), and recently spoke on the topic of guaranteeing the rights of minority women at the recent UN Forum on Minority Issues.Luiza Khier highlighted the issues of entrenched gender roles that make early marriages common, often meaning the lack of education amongst young women and therefore affecting...

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...


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