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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...

Burma: Foreign investment is a catalyst for conflict 

Foreign investments are causing increasing conflict and abuses in northern Burma, despite recent ceasefire agreements and talk of reform in the country, according to a briefing paper released today by an ethnic Ta’ang group. Catalyst for Conflict by the Ta’ang Students and Youth Organization (TSYO) documents how Burma Army soldiers deployed to secure Chinese mega projects, including oil and gas pipelines and hydropower...

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...

Colombia: estudio sobre la comunidad de mineros de Buenos Aires, Cauca 

Proyecto de Practica por Julián Mesa y Frei Díaz.Programa de Artes visuales y estética, Universidad del Valle. Cali, Colombia, 2011En la primera fase de nuestro trabajo comenzamos creando nexos con la comunidad de mineros de la vereda Munchique municipio Buenos Aires departamento del Cauca, donde tuvimos la oportunidad de relacionarnos mucho con las personas y enterarnos un poco más sobre las actividades de esta...

Bangladesh: An indigenous Jummo girl child is raped and brutally killed by settler Bengali 

On 10th, 12th and 14th May 2012 mass protest rallies and processions were brought out in several places of Rangamati Hill Tracts and Dhaka capital city. The mass processions demanded justice of rape and killing of an indigenous Jummo girl child in Atarakchara Union under the Langudu upazila of Rangamati Hill Tracts.Through the procession, the mass people, indigenous people’s leaders, activists and political leaders...

Ethiopia: Land grabs fuel violence in Gambella 

The Ethiopian government has committed gross human rights violations by uprooting the indigenous people of Gambella from their traditional territories, which they have inhabited for centuries, in order to make more land available for commercial agricultural investment.During the first phase of the government’s “villagization” programme, over 21,000 households were forcefully relocated from their traditional villages, farms and water resources. By the end of the...

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...

India: Discrimination against Dalits still rife in Madhya Pradesh village  

Yuva Samvad, Nagrik Adhikar Manch and National Secular Forum conducted an investigation on 2 May 2012 in Maregaon Village of Gadarwara Tehsil of Narsinghpur district and uncovered the following details: Maregoan Village has a population of approximately 2000 individuals. Out of these, 100 families are of the Ahirwar community. Dalits make up most of the agricultural labourers in this area, where Ahirwars (Chamars)...

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...

Iran: Azeris protest against dams and government neglect 

Azeris in Iran have joined together to protest against dam construction on Lake Urmia’s tributaries that is destroying the region’s ecological and economic resources.Lake Urmia, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, is situated between the East and West Azerbaijan provinces and is one of the largest salt lakes in the world. But over the past 15 years it has shrunk by 60 per cent due to...

India: Land and life lost in Bihar 

On April 5, Belwanti Devi was shot to death during a protest in a Musahar colony in the heart of Bihar state capital, Patna. The protest was spurred by a land grab in a Musahar Dalit community where she lived with her family. Her family had lived there for more than a century when Jai Niwas Construction Company (or Amit Constructions) grabbed land located...

Chile: Anti-terror law used against Mapuche activists  

In late November 2011, Mapuche protesters in the southern region of Araucania once again clashed with Chilean police. They demonstrated against plans to build an airport on Mapuche land; police used tear gas against the demonstrators, who were blocking the highway. Earlier in January, the Santiago Court of Appeals had rejected the Mapuche claim and ruled that the airport project could go ahead. The...

Malaysia: Indigenous groups contest mega-dams in Sarawak 

Sarawak — a forested Malaysian state on the island of Borneo — is home to 2.5 million people and 40 indigenous groups. The rights of many of these groups are now under threat as three of China’s state-owned companies are helping to build as many as 51 controversial dams in Sarawak. These projects will displace large numbers of indigenous communities who lack the legal...

Burma: International support needed to protect Rohingyas from persecution 

Statement, 14 June 2012 Odhikar is deeply alarmed by rapidly deteriorating sectarian violence in the Rakhine State of western Burma since June 3, 2012. So far the facts and evidence received by Odhikar depicts a grim scenario in which the minority Rohingyas are particularly persecuted and forced to leave their homeland. They are being killed, wounded and their villages burnt and when they try...

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...

Australia: Aborigines halt Rio Tinto mining project  

The Jabiluka uranium deposit in the Northern Territory of Australia lies beneath the ancestral lands of the Mirarr Aboriginal people. The site is surrounded by, but not included in the Kakadu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The uranium deposit was discovered in the 1960s. In 1998 the Australian government granted Energy Resources of Australia (ERA), majority-owned by Rio Tinto, permission to begin...

DRC: Buela community at a disadvantage  

The Buela, a forest community in the Congo Basin, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, signed an agreement in 2011 with Sodefor (Société de Developpement Forestier), a subsidiary of Nordsudtimber, a Liechenstein-based company, to allow forest areas used by the community to be logged by the company. However, the process leading up to the signing was skewed in favour of the company. According to...


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